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It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting.
To like an individual because he's black is just as insulting as to dislike him because he isn't white.
e. e. cummings
When you use God as an excuse to hate people and you use God as an excuse to cut people down, first of all, I think it's insulting to God.
Insulting the electorate and accusing it of spiritual weakness and sinfulness are not the ways to get yourself the job of president.
The unflattering reviews are painful for short periods of time; the badly written ones are deeply, deeply insulting. That reviewer took no time to really read the book.
When I was a boy, I was taught never to use insulting expressions like, 'I've been gypped,' or, 'He welshed on the deal.'
Honesty has come to mean the privilege of insulting you to your face without expecting redress.
It's insulting to ask a dramatist what his view of his play is. I have no opinion.
I never worked with a dialogue coach before, but I'd hate it if an American did a British accent and didn't do it well. It would be insulting.
I hate a movie that will end by telling you that the first thing you should do is learn to love yourself. That is so insulting and condescending, and so meaningless. My characters don't learn to love each other or themselves.
When I see the American flag, I go, 'Oh my God, you're insulting me.'
I think the most insulting thing you can do to a director is to challenge when he or she is satisfied with your interpretation.
Women comedy is different than men comedy. Guy comedy is very aggressive, it's about insulting each other, name-calling, and kind of busting each other's chops, and that's not what women's comedy is.
The court has said you are entitled to robust speech on public sidewalks, even insulting speech.
Jay Alan Sekulow
I was a very bad student. I didn't know what I wanted to do, but I knew I didn't want to go farther in school. I hated school and was always the bad one; I was always insulting the teachers.
Obama has been perhaps the most partisan President since Truman. He hasn't learned to be civil - note his insulting speech to Paul Ryan, who did us the courtesy of scoring a budget. The president has to talk to Republicans when it comes to the debt ceiling. He has reached the debt ceiling before anyone expected.
It was delightful but, of course, it was pretty insulting to my professional reputation.
I think it's insulting to an audience to make them sit and watch a film and then give them a message in one sentence.
Whereas Jeremy is just the opposite: always moving because he's never really thinking of anything and the kind of guy you'd worry inviting to a dinner party because he says what he thinks. He can be insulting at times but doesn't mean to be.
We talk about a free press. These people hide, they make a lot of money off the media. They hide behind the slogans of free press, and then they can come out with crap like that. It's just garbage. It's insulting to the readers.
Elizabeth, Lady C, claims to be writing at the limits of language. Would it not be insulting to her if I were diligently to follow after her, explaining what she means but is not smart enough to say?
J. M. Coetzee
In the end, I do think it's insulting to men and women to insist that they fit a certain profile. I never understood that.
But I can't bear it when somebody who some man made a pass at - to call that violence seems to me absurd and insulting to women who've really met violence, who've been raped or bashed.
I think ethnic and regional labels are insulting to writers and really put restrictions on them. People don't think your work is quite as universal.
There have been man-on-the-street interviews for years, but insulting people is not that funny to me.
Here is Mike Wallace, who is visible to the public, and I have been watching him since the early '50s. Smoking up a storm and insulting his guests and being absolutely wonderfully evil and charming too.
Nothing could be more insulting to me than the concept of civil rights. It means perpetual second-class citizenship for me and my kind.
Anyone could be in the orchestra, or sports team, or arts club at my school. It was precisely the kind of inclusivity that now meets with a sort of scorn and derision as a prizes-for-all culture that generates only mediocrity. There's something so insulting about the idea that including lots of people means mediocrity.
The point of quotations is that one can use another's words to be insulting.
Carolyn Gold Heilbrun
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