A Quote by Vanna Bonta on ridicule and critics

Ridicule is a public confession of fear.

Vanna Bonta

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on diligence, laughter, people, ridicule, and superiority

When superior people hear of the Way, they carry it out with diligence. When middling people hear of the Way, it sometimes seems to be there, sometimes not. When lesser people hear of the Way, they ridicule it greatly. If they didn't laugh at it, it wouldn't be the Way.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

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A Quote by Baruch Spinoza on action, effort, ridicule, and understanding

I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand.

Baruch Spinoza (1632 - 1677)

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A Quote by William Blake on imagination, joy, nature, ridicule, and tears

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.

William Blake (1757 - 1827)

Source: 1799, The Letters

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A Quote by Walter Scott on nobility, ridicule, and weapons

Ridicule, the weapon of all others most feared by enthusiasts of every description, and which from its predominance over such minds, often checks what is absurd, and fully as often smothers that which is noble.

Walter Scott

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A Quote by Walt Whitman on accidents, animals, balance, hunger, and ridicule

O to be self-balanced for contingencies, To confront night, storms, hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs as the trees and the animals do.

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

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A Quote by Shaftesbury on cowardice and ridicule

How comes it to pass, then, that we appear such cowards in reasoning, and are so afraid to stand the test of ridicule?


Source: Characteristics. A Letter concerning Enthusiasm, sect. 2.

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A Quote by Shaftesbury on order, ridicule, and truth

Truth, 't is supposed, may bear all lights; and one of those principal lights or natural mediums by which things are to be viewed in order to a thorough recognition is ridicule itself.


Source: Essay on the Freedom of Wit and Humour, sect. 1.

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A Quote by Napoléon Buonaparte (Napoléon I) on ridicule

"Du sublime au ridicule il n'y a qu'un pas" From the sublime to the ridiculous there is but one step.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821)

Source: Probably this is the original of Napoleon's celebrated mot,

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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on ridicule and truth

Ridicule is the best test of truth.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

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