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Humans are nervous, touchy creatures and can be easily offended. Many are deeply insecure. They become focused and energized by taking offence; it makes them feel meaningful and alive.
Let go of offence. Let go of fear. Let go of revenge. Don't live angry, let go now!
Offence is important; that's how you know you care about things. Imagine a life where you're not offended. So dull.
The theologian considers sin mainly as an offence against God; the moral philosopher as contrary to reasonableness.
An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may.
I find that to be a fool as to worldly wisdom, and to commit my cause to God, not fearing to offend men, who take offence at the simplicity of truth, is the only way to remain unmoved at the sentiments of others.
I fear a permanent Confederation will never be settled; tho the most material articles are I think got thro', so as to give great offence to some, but to my Satisfaction.
Almost every desire a poor man has is a punishable offence.
I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.
How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense, and love the offender, yet detest the offence?
A government that can at pleasure accuse, shoot, and hang men, as traitors, for the one general offence of refusing to surrender themselves and their property unreservedly to its arbitrary will, can practice any and all special and particular oppressions it pleases.
Long hair is an unpardonable offence which should be punishable by death.
Steven Patrick Morrissey
When a Cabinet Minister who is sacked for telling lies is re-appointed, in the face of every constitutional convention, only for the same man to be sacked again from the same Cabinet for the same offence by the same Prime Minister no wonder the public are cynical about politics.
When I was in my 20s it did occur to me that there was something perverted about an attitude that thought that killing somebody was a minor offence compared to kissing somebody.
No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.
People seem to take as much offence as they possibly can these days - it's almost a new type of greed, a new kind of road rage.
The merit of 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold,' then - or its offence, depending where you stood - was not that it was authentic, but that it was credible.
John le Carre
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
I'm a great dog fanatic. My own dog died a little while ago and I take it very personally when things die - it's a major offence.
'Tis easier for the generous to forgive, than for offence to ask it.
In Australia, we point out a person's weaknesses as a way of saying 'I see you and I accept you'. If you do that with Americans, they instantly take offence.
Vatican City is a bit overrated in my opinion - no offence to the Vatican.
I was in Estonia when a professor asked me if I was aware that making any criticism of the Red Army during the war was now an imprisonable offence. I was quite shaken.
Imams must ridicule Caliphate fantasies. Exchange programmes between Muslim-only schools and non-Muslim-majority schools should be initiated. Community-based debates around these themes must no longer be shut down from fear of offence.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Arthur C. Clarke
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