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Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed, for if you merely offend them they take vengeance, but if you injure them greatly they are unable to retaliate, so that the injury done to a man ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.
I live in America. I have the right to write whatever I want. And it's equaled by another right just as powerful: the right not to read it. Freedom of speech includes the freedom to offend people.
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred.
I believe in absolute freedom of expression. Everyone has a right to offend and be offended.
I've never really been one to try to be politically correct. I just feel truth is truth, and sometimes I probably offend some people.
Child abuse and neglect offend the basic values of our state. We have a responsibility to provide safe settings for at-risk children and facilitate permanent placement for children who cannot return home.
The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.
George Bernard Shaw
You can only offend me if you mean something to me.
If you're not going to offend somebody you don't need the First Amendment.
This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof.
We don't deliberately set out to offend. Unless we feel it's justified.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
Nothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none; If you flatter only one or two, you offend the rest.
We cannot know the whole truth, which belongs to God alone, but our task nevertheless is to seek to know what is true. And if we offend gravely enough against what we know to be true, as by failing badly enough to deal affectionately and responsibly with our land and our neighbors, truth will retaliate with ugliness, poverty, and disease.
Do you want me to apologize after every joke? If it doesn't offend somebody it's probably not a joke. It's probably an observation that's not funny. It's gotta offend somebody somewhere.
I think anyone who has an opinion, and voices it, will offend someone.
People are going to say what they say. I know sometimes I say things; I offend people.
I think people should have the common courtesy and judgment - the good judgment - not to be - not to offend other peoples' faiths.
It's impossible to go through life not offending people. All you have to do is basically have an opinion on anything, and you're gonna offend people.
It is not difficult to govern. All one has to do is not to offend the noble families.
Be careful that what you write does not offend anybody or cause problems within the company. The safest approach is to remove all useful information.
I don't set out to offend or shock, but I also don't do anything to avoid it.
Why don't the names of Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius offend people? The reason is that these others didn't claim to be God, but Jesus did.
Imagine for a moment the result if everyone were to love one another as Jesus loves his disciples. We would have no bickering, quarreling, strife, or contention in our homes. We would not offend or insult one another either verbally or in any other way. We would not have unnecessary litigation over small matters.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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