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Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.
I have come to the conclusion that it's a waste of time to have too much pride in anything. Perhaps it's good to have a sense of duty, a jealous zeal to protect or improve, but pride ultimately is only that which stands vulnerable to offense and degradation.
It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher.
There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far.
Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed ought drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
The bomber will always get through. The only defense is in offense, which means that you have to kill more women and children more quickly that the enemy if you want to save yourselves.
Forgiveness is not a feeling - it's a decision we make because we want to do what's right before God. It's a quality decision that won't be easy and it may take time to get through the process, depending on the severity of the offense.
To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.
Bobby Knight told me this: 'There is nothing that a good defense cannot beat a better offense.' In other words a good offense wins.
No other offense has ever been visited with such severe penalties as seeking to help the oppressed.
Arizona's law makes what is already a federal offense - being in the country illegally - a state offense. Some critics seem not to understand Arizona's right to assert concurrent jurisdiction.
If you aim for parody right off the bat and it misses, no offense to the filmmakers, but it is Meet the Spartans.
We needed to go back on the offense and offer clear leadership on Iraq.
Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
If bad decorating was a hanging offense, there'd be bodies hanging from every tree!
Contrary to conventional military and game theory, the most effective offense is sometimes a direct attack against your political opponent's greatest strength - not his weaknesses - to place him immediately on the defensive.
I don't know that there's any particular scientific evidence that you could say, more guys get hurt in this offense versus that one, or hurry-up, or whatever, but everything that we've ever done in the NCAA is about exposure. How many exposures does a player get?
A personal offense is like a scratch on a phonograph record. I couldn't move my thoughts beyond my pain. It kept repeating, as if I were stuck within its grooves. There was only one way to play beyond it. I had to forgive them, so my heart could take its form again.
I wasn't a bad basketball player, but I was far from the world's greatest. Good defense, no offense - that was me.
The Hell's Angels try not to do anything halfway, and anyone who deals in extremes is bound to cause trouble, whether he means to or not. This, along with a belief in total retaliation for any offense or insult, is what makes the Hell's Angels unmanageable for the police and morbidly fascinating to the general public.
Hunter S. Thompson
All of us take offense to anyone who reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America. And undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace those responsibilities see little option but to remain in the shadows, or risk their families being torn apart.
If a person says or does something that we consider offensive, our first obligation is to refuse to take offense and then communicate privately, honestly, and directly with that individual. Such an approach invites inspiration from the Holy Ghost and permits misperceptions to be clarified and true intent to be understood.
David A. Bednar
To me, a critic is some loser who has no idea... someone with an opinion. We all have opinions. No offense, but what makes them dictate what is cool and what is not.
If it is a first offense, you ground them and have a talk. The second offense would call for counseling.
God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.
Henry Ward Beecher
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
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