Disrespect Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old disrespect quotes, disrespect sayings, and disrespect proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Ignoring a child's disrespect is the surest guarantee that it will continue. Fred G. Gosman
If they disrespect you to your face imagine what they're doing behind your back. Sonya Parker
The only cure for contempt is counter-contempt. H. L. Mencken
Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race. Bertrand Russell
Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against one's own despised and unwanted feelings. Alice Miller
Only the contemptible fear contempt. Francois de la Rochefoucauld
Contempt mates well with pity. Gloria Naylor
Contempt is the only way to triumph over calumny. Madame De Maintenon
Our contempt for others proves nothing but the illiberality and narrowness of our own views. William Hazlitt
No matter what the reason, if you start to scream and shout, you look a fool, and you feel a fool, and you earn the disrespect of everyone. Michael Caine
Disrespect cannot be commanded, it must be earned. Matthew Taberner
Never make excuses for someone who disrespects you-who they are or what they do isn't a pass to treat you like trash! Trent Shelton
You don't have permission to disrespect yourself. Martin De Maat
You don't have to disrespect and insult others simply to hold your own ground. If you do, that shows how shaky your own position is. Red Haircrow
Of all afflictions, the worst is self-contempt. Berthold Auerbach
There is no respect for others without humility in one's self. Henri Frederic Amiel
If we have no respect for our viewers, then how can we have any respect for ourselves and what we do? Christiane Amanpour
When people don't respect one another seldom is there honesty. Shannon L. Alder
An excess of courtesy is discourtesy. Japanese Proverb
Discourtesy does not spring merely from one bad quality, but from several--from foolish vanity, from ignorance of what is due to others, from indolence, from stupidity, from distraction of thought, from contempt of others, from jealousy. Jean De La Bruyere
A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless interaction to a battle of wills and add drama to an otherwise dull day. Bill Watterson
Impudence is the worst of all human diseases. Euripides
The way to avoid the imputation of impudence is not to be ashamed of what we do, but never to do what we aught to be ashamed of. Tully
There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence. Charles Caleb Colton
I completely scorn the falsifying, the sanctimonious, the cheap and the shoddy. Ralph Thomas Walker
There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse. John Locke
Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength. Eric Hoffer
Straightforwardness, without the rules of propriety, becomes rudeness. Confucius
A true and genuine impudence is ever the effect of ignorance, without the least sense of it. Richard Steele
The way to avoid the imputation of impudence is not to be ashamed of what we do, but never to do what we ought to be ashamed of. Cicero
The insolence of time is like a blow in the face from an unseen enemy. Margaret Deland
The insolence of the vulgar is in proportion to their ignorance. They treat everything with contempt which they do not understand. William Hazlitt
There is an insolence which none but those who themselves deserve contempt can bestow, and those only who deserve no contempt can bear. Henry Fielding
Mistaking insolence for freedom has always been the hallmark of the slave. Wilhelm Reich
The insolence of authority is endeavoring to substitute money for ideas. Frank Lloyd Wright
Surfeit begets insolence, when prosperity comes to a bad man. Theognis Of Megara
Incivility is the extreme of pride; it is built on the contempt of mankind. John Zimmerman
If the disagreement was strong enough, we could end up pretty close to the borderline of incivility. David Rockefeller
The insolence of wealth will creep out. Samuel Johnson
Only once in my life was I on the edge of incivility. I do not like to be unkind. David Rockefeller
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'. Theodor Adorno
Impertinence will intermeddle in things in which it has no concern, showing a want of breeding, or, more commonly, a spirit of sheer impudence. George Crabbe
No one is more insufferable than he who lacks basic courtesy. Bryant McGill
That bad manners are so prevalent in the world is the fault of good manners. Marie Ebner-Eschenbach
Bad manners make a journalist. Oscar Wilde
There is no excuse for bad manners, except fast reflexes. Steven Brust
There is no nobility with bad manners. Ali Ibn Abi Talib
If you can't ignore an insult, top it; if you can't top it, laugh it off; and if you can't laugh it off, it's probably deserved. Russell Lynes
Where there is no respect for life, there you will find evil. O.R. Melling
Never insult anyone by accident. Robert A. Heinlein
To injure, ignore, disrespect, and violate the innocence of a child are among the greatest evils known to man. Billy Graham
Rudeness in old men is considered a sign of vitality. In fact, it is quite the opposite. It springs from shrunken sympathies. Colin Thubren
Don't talk of rudeness. We have done with civility. We are to be as rude as we please. Samuel Johnson
I intend discourtesy to no one. Abraham Lincoln
Contempt is the only way to triumph over calumny. Mad. de Maintenon
It is often more necessary to conceal contempt than resentment. The former being never forgiven, but the latter sometimes forgot. Wrongs are often forgiven; contempt never. Chesterfield
And every man hath a sting, which he may if provoked too far, dart out at one time or another. Burton
I have unlearned contempt.— It is a sin that is engendered earliest in the soul, and doth beseth it like a poison-worm, feeding on all its beauty. N.P. Willis
The basest and meanest of all human beings are generally the most forward to despise others.— So that the most contemptible are generally the most contemptuous. Fielding
Christ saw much in this world to weep over, and much to pray over; but he saw nothing in it to look upon with contempt. E.U. Chapin
Speak with contempt of in man.—Everyone hath a tender sense of reputation. Burton
Contempt—like malice is the gauntlet thrown down by the female. Unlike menace, however, it shames rather than arouses the bad boy in a guy. Steven Carter
There is nothing which a person will not sooner forgive, than contempt. Abigail Adams
Who is hardy enough to brave contempt? Abigail Adams
It is a philosophic observation, that he who deserves an affront has no right to resent it, and he who is base enough to affront another without cause is unworthy of anything but contempt. Abigail Adams
Don't let people disrespect you. My mom says don't open the door to the devil. Surround yourself with positive people. Cuba Gooding Jr
Preservation of one's own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures. Cesar Chavez
If you do not respect your own wishes, no one else will. You will simply attract people who disrespect you as much as you do. Vironika Tugaleva
Those who disrespect you with their mouth don't deserve your ear. Curtis Tyrone Jones
Never care about people’s feelings towards you. Jordan Hoechlin
Disagreement is one thing; disrespect is quite another. Richard V. Reeves
Disrespect for life is a direct reflection of violating the laws of the kingdom of love. Sunday Adelaja
Treat people like people. Beware of pity and patronization because in them, you can't see when you're unashamedly looking down on someone. Criss Jami
Disrespect adheres to the ignorant; like wet leaves, breathed, on cold skin. Sir Kristian Goldmund Aumann
If I say ‘there is no God’, I disrespect your belief; how when you say ‘there is a God’ you do not disrespect mine? M.F. Moonzajer
Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love. Fyodor Dostoevsky
I would never disrespect any man, woman, chick, or child out there. We're all the same. What goes around comes around, and karma kicks us all in the butt at the end of the day. Angie Stone
Abusive language and swearing are a legacy of slavery, humiliation, and disrespect for human dignity, one’s own, and that of other people. Leon Trotsky
You have very little morally persuasive power with people who can feel your underlying contempt. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nothing in the history of humankind has been disrespected as much as nature. M.F. Moonzajer

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