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"Comparisons are odious." - John Fortescue

"Comparisons are odious." - George Herbert

"Comparisons are odious." - Miguel De Cervantes

"I think comparisons are odious." - John Madden

"Sorrow makes an ugly face odious." - Samuel Richardson

"Vanity makes people ridiculous, pride odious, and ambition terrible." - Richard Steele

"Nothing is more odious than music without hidden meaning." - Frederic Chopin

"Flattery labors under the odious charge of servility." - Tacitus

"The treason pleases, but the traitors are odious." - Miguel De Cervantes

"Never compare one person with another: comparisons are odious." - Teresa of Avila

"WESTBURY, a nasty odious rotten-borough, a really rotten place." - William Cobbett

"Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism." - Claude Pepper

"The oppression of a majority is detestable and odious; the oppression of a minority is only by one degree less detestable and odious." - William E Gladstone

"We are told that this is an odious and unpopular tax. I never knew a tax that was not odious and unpopular with the people who paid it." - John Sherman

"You are not superior just because you see the world in an odious light." - Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand

"Kindness acts Not always as you think; a hated hand Renders it odious." - Pierre Corneille

"An odious exhibition of journalists dabbling their fingers in the stuff of other people's souls." - Oliver McGregor, Baron McGregor of Durris

"Women were made to give our eyes delight; A female sloven is an odious sight." - Edward Young

"There are odious virtues; such as inflexible severity, and an integrity that accepts of no favor." - Tacitus

"Atheism is so senseless & odious to mankind that it never had many professors." - Isaac Newton

"One is not superior merely because one sees the world as odious." - Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand

"Kindness acts Not always as you think; a hated hand Renders it odious." - Pierre Corneille

"What is odious but . . . people . . . who toast their feet on the register. . . ." - Marsilio Ficino

"Liberty lies in the rights of that person whose views you find most odious." - John Stuart Mill

"Forever all goodness will be most charming; forever all wickedness will be most odious." - Thomas Sprat

"You told a lie, an odious damned lie; Upon my soul, a lie, a wicked lie." - William Shakespeare

"You cannot protect your solitude if you cannot make yourself odious." - Emile M Cioran

"Kindness acts Not always as you think; a hated hand Renders it odious." - Pierre Corneille

"We live always under the weight of the old and odious customs... of our barbarous ancestors." - Guy De Maupassant

"Time has touched me gently in his race, And left no odious furrows in my face." - George Crabbe

"The most odious of all oppressions are those which mask as justice." - Robert H. Jackson

"Papillia, wedded to her amorous spark, Sighs for the shades - How charming is a park? A park is purchas'd, but the fair he sees All bath'd in tears - O odious, odious trees!" - Alexander Pope

"Scientists have odious manners, except when you prop up their theory; then you can borrow money off them." - Mark Twain

"The day seems long, but night is odious; no sleep, but dreams; no dreams but visions strange." - Philip Sidney

"But camels, though odious to view and endowed with the offensive spirit, did not enjoy the blessing of pachydermaty." - F. E. Adcock

"See Time has touched me gently in his race, And left no odious furrows in my face." - George Crabbe

"Vicious habits are so odious and degrading that they transform the individual who practices them into an incarnate demon." - Cicero

"See Time has touched me gently in his race, And left no odious furrows in my face." - George Crabbe

"When an artist deserts to the side of the angels, it is the most odious of treasons." - Aldous Huxley

"Nothing is so tiresome to one's self, as well as so odious to others, as disguise and affectation." - Benjamin Franklin

"Vicious habits are so odious and degrading that they transform the individual who practices them into an incarnate demon." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Odious ideas are not entitled to hide from criticism behind the human shield of their believers feelings." - Richard Stallman

"The Roman government appeared every day less formidable to its enemies, more odious and oppressive to its subjects." - Edward Gibbon

"Peter Mandelson is one of the most odious, self-satisfied, misogynistic men I have ever met. Compellingly, fascinatingly horrible." - Jemima Khan

"Odious ideas are not entitled to hide from criticism behind the human shield of their believers' feelings." - Richard Stallman

"Scientists have odious manners, except when you prop up their theory; then you can borrow money of them." - Mark Twain

"To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father." - Virginia Woolf

"When a man, however passively, becomes an obstacle to the fulfillment of a woman's desires, he becomes an odious thing in her eyes, - or will, given time enough." - Theodore Dreiser

"It is a shameful and unseemly thing to think one thing and to speak another, but how odious to write one thing and to think another." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Why do guys insist on wearing those odious jeans with their rear ends hanging down around their ankles? Do they really think it's hot?" - Steve Kluger

"Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality." - Harlan F. Stone

"Boredom is that awful state of inaction when the very medicine - that is, activity - which could solve it, is seen as odious." - Margaret George

"A civil ruler dabbling in religion is as reprehensible as a clergyman dabbling in politics. Both render themselves odious as well as ridiculous." - James Gibbons

"An important art of politicians is to find new names for institutions which under old names have become odious to the public." - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

"To subject every private family to the odious visits and examination of the tax-gatherers ... would be altogether inconsistent with liberty." - Adam Smith

"A slavish concern for the composition of words is the sign of a bankrupt intellect. Be gone, odious wasp! You smell of decayed syllables." - Norton Juster

"The exercise of authority is odious, and they who know how to govern, leave it in abeyance as much as possible." - John Lancaster Spalding

"All false practices and affections of knowledge are more odious to God, and deserve to be so to men, than any want or defect of knowledge can be." - Thomas Sprat

"A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists." - Honore De Balzac

"Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality." - Harlan Stone

"I look at him. "It's odious," he says. "Detention?" I ask, confused. "Huh?" We have no idea what the other is talking about. "What's odious?" I ask. "O.D.S," he says, pointing to his discman and obviously referring to some dropkick band. Like I really care." - Melina Marchetta

"Age-based retirement arbitrarily severs productive persons from their livelihood, squanders their talents, scars their health, strains an already overburdened Social Security system, and drives many elderly people into poverty and despair. Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism." - Claude Pepper

"The odious and disgusting aristocracy of wealth is built upon the ruins of all that is good in chivalry or republicanism; and luxury is the forerunner of a barbarism scarcely capable of cure." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"A poor relation is the most irrelevant thing in nature, a piece of non pertinent correspondence, an odious approximation, a haunting conscience, a preposterous shadow, lengthening in the noontide of our prosperity." - Charles Lamb

"Gospel repentance is not a little hanging down of the head. It's a working of the heart until your sin becomes more odious to you than any punishment for it." - Richard Sibbes

"Best masters for the young writer and speaker are the fault- finding brothers and sisters at home who will not spare him, but willpick and cavil, and tell the odious truth." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The liberty of the press is dear to England; the licentiousness of the press is odious to England: the liberty of it can never be so well protected as by beating down the licentiousness." - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore everybody not greatly in fault themselves to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest." - Jane Austen

"...and was disposed too often to idealize as a virtue that habit of mean subservience to wealth and social position which, after more than half a century of political democracy, is still the characteristic and odious vice of the Englishman." - R. H. Tawney

"Nothing is more odious than the majority, for it consists of a few powerful leaders, a certain number of accommodating scoundrels and submissive weaklings, and a mass of men who trot after them without thinking, or knowing their own minds." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The work that the kids saw around them was so odious, so boring, so worthless that they came to regard WORK as the only dirty four-letter word in the English language." - Abbie Hoffman

"A poor relation is the most irrelevant thing in nature, a piece of impertinent correspondence, an odious approximation, a haunting conscience, a preposterous shadow, lengthening in the noon-tide of our prosperity. He is known by his knock." - Charles Lamb

"Of all hardness of heart there is none so inexcusable as that of parents toward their children. An obstinate, inflexible, unforgiving temper is odious upon all occasions; but here it is unnatural." - Joseph Addison

"I cannot but conclude that the Bulk of your Natives, to be the most pernicious Race of little odious Vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the Surface of the Earth." - Jonathan Swift

"I have never, in all my life, been so odious as to regard myself as 'superior' to any living being, human or animal. I just walked alone - as I have always walked alone." - Edith Sitwell

"Whenever I read _Time_ or _Newsweek_ or such magazines, I wash my hands afterward. But how to wash off the small but odious stain such reading leaves on the mind?" - Edward Abbey

"After puberty the personality develops impetuously and all extraneous intervention becomes odious.... Now it so happens that parents feel the responsibility towards their children precisely during this second period, when it is too late." - Antonio Gramsci

"But most of us are apt to settle within ourselves that the man who blocks our way is odious, and not to mind causing him a little of the disgust which his personality excites in ourselves." - George Eliot

"A big part of the problem that we face today is that our children have been taught at schools that every idea is right, that no one should criticize others positions, no matter how odious." - Ed Royce

"What is the good of life if its chief element, and that which must always be its chief element, is odious? No, the only true economy is to arrange so that your daily labor shall be itself a joy." - Edward Carpenter

"It is a trite but true Observation, that Examples work more forcibly on the Mind than Precepts: and if this be just in what is odious and blameable, it is more strongly so in what is amiable and praiseworthy." - Henry Fielding

"I mistake the American people if they favor the odious doctrine that there is no such thing as international morality; that there is one law for a strong nation and another for a weak one." - Grover Cleveland

"I hate the present modes of living and getting a living. Farming and shopkeeping and working at a trade or profession are all odious to me. I should relish getting my living in a simple, primitive fashion." - Henry David Thoreau

"The same is true of ranking him thus against any work of literature. [Bob Dylan] has been made, through no fault of his own, the object of odious tokenism." - David Bennun

"I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth." - Jonathan Swift

"Real Patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favourite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests. (Note: spelling/capitalization likely original.)." - George Washington

"Know thyself - a maxim as pernicious as it is odious. A person observing himself would arrest his own development. Any caterpillar who tried to know himself would never become a butterfly." - Andre Gide

"used to think that once a writer became a man of letters, if only for a half hour, he was done for. And here I am now, at the very moment of such an odious, though respectable, danger." - Dylan Thomas

"A poor relation - is the most irrelevant thing in nature, - a piece of impertinent correspondency, - an odious approximation, - a haunting conscience, - a preposterous shadow, lengthening in the noontide of our prosperity." - Charles Lamb

"A few persons of an odious and despised country could not have filled the world with believers, had they not shown undoubted credentials from the divine person who sent them on such a message." - Joseph Addison

"Though fraud in all other actions be odious, yet in matters of war it is laudable and glorious, and he who overcomes his enemies by stratagem is as much to be praised as he who overcomes them by force." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"I like playing Vernon Dursley in 'Harry Potter,' because that gives me a license to be horrible to kids. I hate the odious business of sucking up to the public." - Richard Griffiths

"What makes tar sands particularly odious is that the energy you get out in the end, per unit carbon dioxide, is poor. It's equivalent to burning coal in your automobile." - James Hansen

"The U.S. invaded the wrong country, destroying an odious government that was not responsible for 9/11. I don't know how you recover from invading the wrong country, no matter how you spin it." - Richard Engel

"Is it possible your pragmatical worship should not know that the comparisons made between wit and wit, courage and courage, beauty and beauty, birth and birth, are always odious and ill taken?." - Miguel De Cervantes

"No picture of life can have any veracity that does not admit the odious facts. A man's power is hooped in by a necessity, which, by many experiments, he touches on every side, until he learns its arc." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A big part of the problem that we face today is that our children have been taught at schools that every idea is right, that no one should criticize others' positions, no matter how odious." - Ed Royce

"None of us are nuclear experts, but we know that if there is a melt-down and breach of containment, that's clearly the most odious thing that could happen." - William Scranton

"We stand for free speech. This means we are not going to ban distasteful subreddits. We will not ban legal content even if we find it odious or if we personally condemn it." - Yishan Wong

"It's always seemed odd to me that after a group of terrorists commits a vile and odious deed they rush messages to the public to claim credit for it." - Russell Baker

"Punishment is now unfashionable... because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility." - Thomas Szasz

"All over the U.S. there are people whose lives are being destroyed for lack of proper health care provision, and there is no sight more odious than the rich, powerful and arrogant trying to keep it that way." - Simon Hoggart

"I used to think that once a writer became a man of letters, if only for a half hour, he was done for. And here I am now, at the very moment of such an odious, though respectable, danger." - Dylan Thomas

"But I think I can sincerely declare that I cheerfully submit myself to every odious name for conscience' sake; and from my soul I despise all those whose guilt, malice, or folly has made them my foes." - James Otis

"Jackson went from the professor's chair to the officer's saddle. He carried with him the very elements of character which made him odious as a teacher; but I never saw him in an arbitrary mood." - Daniel H Hill

"The delicate muses lose their head if their attention is once diverted. Perhaps if you were successful abroad in talking and dealing with men, you would not come back to your bookshelf and your task. When the spirit chooses you for its scribe to publish some commandment, it makes you odious to men and men odious to you, and you shall accept that loathsomeness with joy. The moth must fly to the lamp, and you must solve those questions though you die." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"And she hates being managed - that is not the word I want. What is it, Maturin?' 'Manipulated.' 'Exactly. She is a dutiful girl - a great sense of duty: I think it rather stupid, but there it is - but still she finds the way her mother has been arranging and pushing and managing and angling in all this perfectly odious. You two must have had hogsheads of that grocer's claret forced down your throats. Perfectly odious: and she is obstinate - strong, if you like - under that bread-and-butter way of hers. It will take a great deal to move her; much more than the excitement of a ball." - Patrick O'Brian

"I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by men who were inspired. I study the Bible daily. Opposition to godliness is atheism in profession and idolatry in practice. Atheism is so senseless and odious to mankind that it never had many professors." - Isaac Newton

"The slave-breeders and slave-traders, are a small, odious and detested class, among you; and yet in politics, they dictate the course of all of you, and are as completely your masters, as you are the master of your own negroes." - Abraham Lincoln

"I have been long sensible that while I was endeavoring to render our country the greatest of all services, that of regenerating the public education, and placing our rising generation on the level of our sister states (which they have proudly held heretofore), I was discharging the odious function of a physician pouring medicine down the throat of a patient insensible of needing it." - Thomas Jefferson

"Hackberry Holland's greatest fear was his fellow man's propensity to act collectively, in militaristic lockstep, under the banner of God and country. Mobs did not rush across town to do good deeds, and in Hackberry's view, there was no more odious taint on any social or political endeavor than universal approval." - James Lee Burke

"There is still another inconvenieney in conquests made by democracies; their government is ever odious to the conquered states. It is apparently monarchical, but in reality it is more oppressive than monarchy, as the experience of all ages and countries evinces." - Baron de Montesquieu

"I like her with all her faults: nay, like her for her faults. Her follies are so natural, or so artful, that they become her; and those affections which in another woman would be odious serve but to make her more agreeable." - William Congreve

"There is still another inconvenieney in conquests made by democracies; their government is ever odious to the conquered states. It is apparently monarchical, but in reality it is more oppressive than monarchy, as the experience of all ages and countries evinces." - Charles De Montesquieu

"Vicious habits are so great a stain to human nature, and so odious in themselves, that every person actuated by right reason would avoid them, though he were sure they would be always concealed both from God and man, and had no future punishment entailed upon them." - Cicero

"Revolution is engendered by an indignation with tyranny, yet is itself pregnant with tyranny.... An attempt to scrutinize men's thoughts and punish their opinions is of all kinds of despotism the most odious: yet this is peculiarly character of a period of revolution.... There is no period more at war with the existence of liberty." - William Godwin

"There are so many intellectual and moral angels battling for rationalism, good citizenship, and pure spirituality; so many and such eminent ones, so very vocal and authoritative! The poor devil in man needs all the support and advocacy he can get. The artist is his natural champion. When an artist deserts to the side of the angels, it is the most odious of treasons." - Aldous Huxley

"We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are - whether it's here in the United States or, as Hillary (Clinton) mentioned, more extremely in odious laws that are being proposed most recently in Uganda." - Barack Obama

"Vicious habits are so great a stain to human nature, and so odious in themselves, that every person actuated by right reason would avoid them, though he were sure they would be always concealed both from God and man, and had no future punishment entailed upon them." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"I would recommend a free commerce both of matter and mind. I would let men enter their own churches with the same freedom as their own houses; and I would do it without a homily or graciousness or favor, for tyranny itself is to me a word less odious than toleration." - Walter Savage Landor

"The parent storms, the child looks on, catches the lineaments of wrath, puts on the same airs in the circle of smaller slaves, gives a loose to the worst of passions, and thus nursed, educated and daily exercised in tyranny, cannot but be stamped by it with odious peculiarities." - Thomas Jefferson

"If Republican legislators succumb to their political addiction to compromise for the sake of getting something passed, no matter how odious, they'll be laying out the red carpet of inevitability for socialized care. Once government gets its foot in the door, more government control is unavoidable." - David Limbaugh

"The single combats of the heroes of history or fable amuse our fancy and engage our affections: the skillful evolutions of war may inform the mind, and improve a necessary, though pernicious, science. But in the uniform and odious pictures of a general assault, all is blood, and horror, and confusion . . ." - Edward Gibbon

"Luxury Employ'd a Million of the Poor, And odious Pride a Million more; Envy it self, and Vanity, Were Ministers of Industry; Their darling Folly, Fickleness, In Diet, Furniture and Dress, That strange ridic'lous Vice, was made The very Wheel that turn'd the Trade." - Bernard Mandeville

"I think that comparisons are truly odious, I do not approve of this constant proud or envious to-do; And furthermore, dear friends, I think that you and yours are delightful and I also think that me and mine are delightful too." - Ogden Nash

"There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies on the gears and on the levers, and on all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop." - Mario Savio

"There is something very unnatural and odious in a government a thousand leagues off. A whole government of our own choice, managed by persons whom we love, revere, and can confide in, has charms in it for which men will fight." - John Adams

"What a vast Traffick is drove, what a variety of Labour is performed in the World to the Maintenance of Thousands of Families that altogether depend on two silly if not odious Customs; the taking of Snuff and smoking of Tobacco; both which it is certain do infinitely more hurt than good to those that are addicted to them!" - Bernard De Mandeville

"You didn't build that' will be Obama's political epitaph: With these remarks, Obama has come out of the closet as a most odious collectivist, who believes religiously that government predation is a condition for production. Or, put simply, that the parasite created the host." - Ilana Mercer

"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law and particularly to deny him the judgement of his peers is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist." - Winston Churchill

"When you see the misogyny of hip-hop, it's so horrible, it's so putrid, it's so, you know, odious, that we know, we smell, we see it. The misogyny that is reified, that is reinforced, that is subtly reproduced in corporate America or in church life or in synagogues and temples and the like, is sometimes more subtly dealt with." - Michael Eric Dyson

"I really found this campaign odious. I couldn't get up for it. The quality of the candidates and the campaign, I just found the whole thing second-rate. I didn't know how to explain to my granddaughter that I was spending my dotage writing about Al Gore and George W. Bush." - Jack Germond

"I know no man who feels deeper disgust than I do at the ambition, avarice, and profligacy of the priesthood, as well because every one of these vices is odious in itself, as because each of them separately and all of them together are utterly abhorrent in men making profession of a life dedicated to God." - Francesco Guicciardini

"My feeling is that the hero has now been defined by phrases like the odious one that we were all raised with - crimes does not pay. Of course it pays, you schmuck. That's not why we don't do it. We don't do it because it is wrong." - Frank Miller

"Neutrality in things good or evil is both odious and prejudicial; but in matters of an indifferent nature is safe and commendable. Herein taking of parts maketh sides, and breaketh unity. In an unjust cause of separation, he that favoreth both parts may perhaps have least love of either side, but hath most charity in himself." - Joseph Hall

"Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests." - George Washington

"A man hath riches. Whence came they, and whither go they? for this is the way to form a judgment of the esteem which they and their possessor deserve. If they have been acquired by fraud or violence, if they make him proud and vain, if they minister to luxury and intemperance, if they are avariciously hoarded up and applied to no proper use, the possessor becomes odious and contemptible." - John Jortin

"Actuated by these motives, and apprehensive of disturbing the repose of an unsettled reign, Julian surprised the world by an edict which was not unworthy of a statesman or a philosopher. He extended to all the inhabitants of the Roman world the benefits of a free and equal toleration; and the only hardship which he inflicted on the Christians was to deprive them of the power of tormenting their fellow-subjects, whom they stigmatised with the odious titles of idolaters and heretics." - Edward Gibbon

"Sin2 ? is odious to me, even though Laplace made use of it; should it be feared that sin2 ? might become ambiguous, which would perhaps never occur, or at most very rarely when speaking of sin(?2), well then, let us write (sin ?)2, but not sin2 ?, which by analogy should signify sin (sin ?)" - Carl Friedrich Gauss

"This subject brings me to that vilest offspring of the herd mind - the odious militia. The man who enjoys marching in line and file to the strains of music falls below my contempt; he received his great brain by mistake - the spinal cord would have been amply sufficient. This heroism at command, this senseless violence, this accursed bombast of patriotism - how intensely I despise them! War is low and despicable, and I had rather be smitten to shreds than participate in such doings." - Albert Einstein

"It is not a charity but a right, not bounty but justice, that I am pleading for. The present state of civilization is as odious as it is unjust. It is absolutely the opposite of what it should be, and it is necessary that a revolution should be made in it. The contrast of affluence and wretchedness continually meeting and offending the eye, is like dead and living bodies chained together" - Thomas Paine

"To the Jews, Rome constituted the quintessence of all that was odious and should be swept away from off the face of the earth. They hated Rome and her device, arma et leges, with an inhuman hatred. True, Rome had leges, laws, like the Jews. But in their very resemblance lay their difference; for the Roman laws were merely the practical application of the arma, the arms...but without the arms, the leges were empty formulae." - Joseph Kastein

"There are two Italies.... The one is the most sublime and lovely contemplation that can be conceived by the imagination of man; the other is the most degraded, disgusting, and odious. What do you think? Young women of rank actually eat - you will never guess what - garlick! Our poor friend Lord Byron is quite corrupted by living among these people, and in fact, is going on in a way not worthy of him." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"In this statement, my Scipio, I build on your own admirable definition, that there can be no community, properly so called, unless it be regulated by a combination of rights. And by this definition it appears that a multitude of men may be just as tyrannical as a single despot and indeed this is the most odious of all tyrannies, since no monster can be more barbarous than the mob, which assumes the name and mask of the people." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Sin2 &966; is odious to me, even though Laplace made use of it; should it be feared that sin2 &966; might become ambiguous, which would perhaps never occur, or at most very rarely when speaking of sin(&966;2), well then, let us write (sin &966;)2, but not sin2 &966;, which by analogy should signify sin (sin &966;)" - Carl Friedrich Gauss

"Poor fellow! I think he is in love with you.' I am not aware of it. And to me it is one of the most odious things in a girl's life, that there must always be some supposition of falling in love coming between her and any man who is kind to her... I have no ground for the nonsensical vanity of fancying everybody who comes near me is in love with me." - George Eliot

"I conceive disgust at those impertinent and misbecoming familiarities, inscribed upon your ordinary tombstones. Every dead man must take upon himself to be lecturing me with his odious truism, that "such as he now is, I must shortly be." Not so shortly, friend, perhaps, as thou imaginest. In the meantime I am alive. I move about. I am worth twenty of thee. Know thy betters!" - Charles Lamb

"What makes the Southern Poverty Law Center particularly odious is its habit of taking legitimate conservatives and jumbling them with genuine hate groups (the Klan, Aryan Nation, skinheads, etc.), to make it appear that there's a logical relationship between say opposing affirmative action and lynching, or demands for an end to government services for illegal aliens and attacks on dark-skinned immigrants. The late novelist/philosopher Ayn Rand called this 'the broad-brush smear.'" - Don Feder

"There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even tacitly take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon all the apparatus and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all." - Mario Savio

"Look round this universe. What an immense profusion of beings, animated and organized, sensible and active! You admire this prodigious variety and fecundity. But inspect a little more narrowly these living existences, the only beings worth regarding. How hostile and destructive to each other! How insufficient all of them for their own happiness! How contemptible or odious to the spectator! The whole presents nothing but the idea of a blind Nature, inpregnated by a great vivifying principle, and pouring forth from her lap, without discernment or parental care, her maimed and abortive children." - David Hume



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