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Henry Broadhurst

Praise undeserved is satire in disguise.

Character | Disguise | Praise | Satire |

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A flippant, frivolous man may ridicule others, may controvert them, scorn them; but he who has any respect for himself seems to have renounced the right of thinking meanly of others.

Man | Respect | Ridicule | Right | Thinking | Wisdom | Respect |

Walter Savage Landor

He who brings ridicule to bear against truth finds in his hand a blade without hilt.

Ridicule | Truth | Wisdom |

Sydney Smith

Wit gives to life one of its best flavors; common-sense leads to immediate action, and gives society its daily motion; large and comprehensive views, its annual rotation; ridicule chastises folly and imprudence, and keeps men in their proper sphere; subtlety seizes hold of the find threads of truth; analogy darts away in the most sublime discoveries; feeling paints all the exquisite passions of man’s soul, and rewards him by a thousand inward visitations for the sorrows that come from without.

Action | Folly | Life | Life | Man | Men | Ridicule | Sense | Society | Soul | Truth | Wisdom | Wit | Society |

Dale Carnegie, originally spelled Dale Carnegey

Don't laugh at a child's ambitions. There is no sting so sharp as ridicule, and a laugh is often ridicule to a child. What a parent should do when he knows his child is overreaching, is to talk it over with him from every angle, and, if possible, find an angle from which the job can be attacked with hope of success. Then urge him forward, give him every encouragement. Above all, don't help your child to do something that he can accomplish on his own. Don't deny him the priceless privilege and thrill of developing his own success.

Hope | Ridicule | Success | Child | Parent | Privilege |

Frederick Douglass, born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.

Hazard | Ridicule |

Joseph Addison

A jealous man is very quick in his application: he knows how to find a double edge in an invective, and to draw a satire on himself out of a panegyrick on another.

Man | Satire |

Lin Yutang

Art should be a satire and a warning against our paralyzed emotions, our devitalized thinking and our denaturalized living. It teaches us unsophistication in a sophisticated world. It should restore to us health and sanity caused by too much mental activity. It should sharpen our senses, re-establish the connection between our reason and our human nature, and assemble the ruined parts of a dislocated life again into a whole, by restoring our original nature.

Art | Emotions | Health | Human nature | Life | Life | Nature | Reason | Sanity | Satire | Thinking | Warning | World |

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Of all debts men are least willing to pay the taxes. What a satire is this on government! Everywhere they think they get their money’s worth, except for these.

Government | Men | Money | Satire | Worth | Think |

Thomas Fuller

'Tis easier to ridicule than commend.

Ridicule |

Haim Ginott, fully Haim G. Ginott, orignially Ginzburg

A slow student is not cured by sarcasm. Mental processes are not mended by mockery. Ridicule breeds hate and invites vengeance.

Hate | Ridicule |

Lin Yutang

A vague uncritical idealism always lends itself to ridicule and too much of it might be a danger to mankind, leading it round in a futile wild-goose chase for imaginary ideals.

Danger | Idealism | Ridicule | Danger |

Leo Busacaglia

The most human thing we have to do in life is to learn to speak our honest convictions and feelings and live with the consequences. This is the first requirement of love, and it makes us vulnerable to other people who may ridicule us. But our vulnerability is the only thing we can give to other people.

Convictions | Feelings | Life | Life | People | Ridicule | Learn |

Meher Baba, born Merwan Sheriar Irani

Mere intellectuals can never understand me through their intellect. If I am the Highest of the High, it becomes impossible for the intellect to gauge me, nor is it possible for my ways to be fathomed by the limited human mind. I am not to be attained by those who, loving me, stand reverently by in rapt admiration. I am not for those who ridicule me and point at me with contempt. To have a crowd of tens of millions flocking around me is not what I am for.

Ridicule | Intellect | Understand |

Milan Kundera

Mysticism and exaggeration go together. A mystic must not fear ridicule if he is to push all the way to the limits of humility or the limits of delight.

Exaggeration | Fear | Humility | Ridicule |

Muriel Spark, fully Dame Muriel Sarah Camberg Spark

I advocate the arts of satire and of ridicule. And I see no other living art form for the future. Ridicule is the only honourable weapon we have left.

Art | Ridicule | Satire | Art |

Paul Klee

One does not lash that lies at a distance. The foibles that we ridicule must at least be a little bit our own. Only then will the work be a part of our own flesh. The garden must be weeded.

Little | Ridicule | Will | Work |