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"A small unkindness is a great offence." - Hannah More

"And where the offence is, let the great axe fall." - William Shakespeare

"Pardon one offence, and you encourage the commission of many." - Publilius Syrus

"O, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven" - William Shakespeare

"Pardon one offence and you encourage the commission of many." - Publilius Syrus

"APOLOGIZE, v.i. To lay the foundation for a future offence." - Ambrose Bierce

"If an offence come out of the truth better is it that the offence come, than the truth be concealed." - Jerome

"To take offence is a great folly, and to give offence is a great folly - I know not which is the greater ..." - Amelia Barr

"Almost every desire a poor man has is a punishable offence." - Louis-Ferdinand Celine

"Perfect soldier, perfect gentleman never gave offence to anyone not even the enemy." - A J P Taylor

"No offence to Nicki Minaj, but her career has essentially been a Lil' Kim tribute" - Azealia Banks

"Yet beauty, though injurious, hath strange power, After offence returning, to regain Love once possess'd." - John Milton

"The abuse of children is the worst offence that anybody can commit." - Ann Widdecombe

"We are so desirous of vengeance that people often offend us by not giving offence." - Dorothee DeLuzy

"At every trifle scorn to take offence; That always shows great pride or little sense." - Alexander Pope

"She hugg'd the offender, and forgave the offence; Sex to the last." - John Dryden

"Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency, in giving them no offence." - Cicero

"Yet beauty, tho' injurious, hath strange power, After offence returning, to regain Love once possess'd." - John Milton

"Care must be taken that the punishment does not exceed the offence." - Cicero

"What dire offence from am'rous causes springs, What mighty contests rise from trivial things,..." - Alexander Pope

"Excusing bad programming is a shooting offence, no matter what the circumstances." - Linus Torvalds

"Care must be taken that the punishment does not exceed the offence." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Let the punishment be equal with the offence. [Lat., Noxiae poena par esto.]" - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"No offence Mitch, but you look like s*****." "I feel like s****" - Vince Flynn

"No offence to Nicki Minaj, but her career has essentially been a Lil" Kim tribute" - Azealia Banks

"The only 'natural enemies' are those who take one's very nature as an offence." - Simon May

"The crime of bribery of foreign officials is an offence under the Commonwealth Criminal Code." - George Brandis

"Sometimes, I, anyway, get tired of playing defence, and like to play offence." - Bill Mckibben

"When you commit a serious doping offence you are not eligible for lottery funding." - John Scott

"Not to be able to utter one's thought without giving offence, is to lack culture." - John Lancaster Spalding

"Bear-baiting was esteemed heathenish and unchristian: the sport of it, not the inhumanity, gave offence." - David Hume

"Beauty, though injurious, hath strange power, After offence returning, to regain Love once possessed." - John Milton

"What dire offence from amorous causes springs! What mighty contests rise from trivial things!" - Alexander Pope

"Tis easier for the generous to forgive, than for offence to ask it." - James Thomson

"WARNING: This album contains country & western music and may cause offence to narrow minded listeners." - Elvis Costello

"What dire offence from am'rous causes springs, What mighty contests rise from trivial things." - Alexander Pope

"Almost every desire a poor man has is a punishable offence." - Louisferdinand Celine

"Satire, being levelled at all, is never resented for an offence by any." - Jonathan Swift

"All zeal for a reform, that gives offence To peace and charity, is mere pretence." - William Cowper

"Long hair is an unpardonable offence which should be punishable by death." - Steven Patrick Morrissey

"I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence." - George Eliot

"Vatican City is a bit overrated in my opinion - no offence to the Vatican." - Ed Stoppard

"'Tis easier for the generous to forgive, than for offence to ask it." - James Thomson

"I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop." - James Thomson

"The greatest offence against virtue is to speak ill of it." - William Hazlitt

"It is an offence to pay for sex with someone controlled for gain." - Jacqui Smith

"We do not tell old friends beneath our roof-tree that they are an offence to the eyesight." - P G Wodehouse

"I am very sorry if I have caused any offence. It was a poor choice of costume." - Prince Harry

"When any one has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offence cannot reach it." - Rene Descartes

"In such a time as this it is not meet That every nice offence should bear his comment." - William Shakespeare

"His great offence is dead, And deeper than oblivion do we bury The incensing relics of it." - William Shakespeare

"Cleanliness is not next to godliness nowadays, for cleanliness is made an essential and godliness is regarded as an offence." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"The public scandal is what constitutes the offence: sins sinned in secret are no sins at all." - Moliere

"There is no gospel without the offence. This is God's wisdom. It never seems sensible to us in our flesh." - Mark Dever

"All taboos serve different human interests by avoiding those things which threaten to cause offence or distress" - Kate Burridge

"Underhand euphemism are used, not so much to conceal offence and to deliberately disguise a topic and deceive" - Kate Burridge

"In the 1950s, buggery was a criminal offence. Now it's a requirement to receive benefits from the federal government." - Garry Breitkreuz

"Reprimand not a child immediately on the offence. Wait till the irritation has been replaced by serenity." - Moses Hasid

"O, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven; It hath the primal eldest curse upon 't, A brother's murder." - William Shakespeare

"[Of the Auschwitz concentration camp:] Our language lacks words to express this offence, the demolition of a man." - Primo Levi

"Sir, with no intention to take offence, I deny your right to put words into my mouth." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense, and love the offender, yet detest the offence?" - Alexander Pope

"The scandal of the world is what makes the offence; it is not sinful to sin in silence." - Moliere

"Indulgent gods, grant me to sin once with impunity. That is sufficient. Let a second offence bear its punishment." - Ovid

"Even bear-baiting was esteemed heathenish and unchristian: the sport of it, not the inhumanity, gave offence." - Alexander Hume

"The theologian considers sin mainly as an offence against God; the moral philosopher as contrary to reasonableness." - Thomas Aquinas

"An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may." - William Hazlitt

"Offence is important; that's how you know you care about things. Imagine a life where you're not offended. So dull." - Marcus Brigstocke

"Truly upon mortals cometh swift of foot their evil and his offence upon him that trespasseth against Right." - Aeschylus

"Let go of offence. Let go of fear. Let go of revenge. Don't live angry, let go now!" - Joel Osteen

"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." - Clive Barker

"Whenever the offence inspires less horror than the punishment, the rigour of penal law is obliged to give way to the common feelings of mankind." - Edward Gibbon

"The moderate are not usually the most sincere, for the same circumspection which makes them moderate makes them likewise retentive of what could give offence." - Walter Savage Landor

"True delicacy, as true generosity, is more wounded by an offence from itself-if I may be allowed the expression-than to itself." - Sir Fulke Greville

"Anytime you run a gimmick offence, you're a little bit afraid - you're not sound in what you're doing in your base stuff." - Richard Sherman

"Watch the too indignantly righteous. Before long you will find them committing or condoning the very offence which they have so fiercely censured." - Sri Aurobindo

"If I take offence easily; if I am content to continue in cold unfriendliness, though friendship be possible, then I know nothing of Calvary love." - Amy Carmichael

"It ought to be a criminal offence for women to dye their hair. Especially red. What the devil do women do that sort of thing for?" - P G Wodehouse

"To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain." - William Gilmore Simms

"What do you care? You always liked loneliness better than you liked people. No offence liking yourself's the beginning of all love." - Fritz Leiber

"Love is patient and kind.It's never jealous.Love is never boastful or conceited.It is never rude or selfish.It does not take offence and is not resentful" - Nicholas Sparks

"Man and wife are equally concerned, to avoid all offence of each other, in the beginning of their conversation. Every little thing can blast an infant blossom." - Jeremy Taylor

"True delicacy, as true generosity, is more wounded by an offence from itself - if I may be allowed the expression - than to itself." - Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke

"If hearty sorrow be a sufficient ransom for offence, I tender it here; I do as truly suffer, as ever I did commit." - William Shakespeare

"And however are Dennises take offence, A double meaning shows double sense; And if proverbs tell truth, A double tooth Is wisdom's adopted dwelling." - Thomas Hood

"The two exist because of the One, But hold not even to this One; When the one Consciousness -is not disturbed, The ten thousand things offer no offence." - Sengcan

"The fastidious taste will find offence in the occasional vulgarisms, or what we now call slang, which not a few of our writers seem to have affected." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Take advantage of the gracious condescension of the elegant calf's kidney, multiply its metamorphoses: you can without giving it any offence, call it the chameleon of cuisine." - Emmanuel des Essarts

"Reproof, especially as it relates to children, administered in all gentleness, will render the culprit not afraid, but ashamed to repeat the offence." - Hosea Ballou

"There is no greater offence than harbouring desires. There is no greater disaster than discontent. There is no greater misfortune than wanting more." - Laozi

"If one sets a car on fire, that is a criminal offence. If one sets hundreds of cars on fire, that is political action." - Ulrike Meinhof

"What do you care? You always liked loneliness better than you liked people. No offence - liking yourself's the beginning of all love." - Fritz Leiber

"For princis ofte, of furious hastynesse, Wil cachche a quarrel, causeless in sentence, Ageyn folk absent, thouh ther be non offence." - John Lydgate

"On general grounds I object to Parliament trying to regulate private morality in matters which only affects the person who commits the offence." - Lord Salisbury

"Some daemon stole my pen (forgive th' offence) And once betrayed me into common sense. Else all my prose and verse were much the same." - Alexander Pope

"And so to publish Tarquin's foul offence: Which being done with speedy diligence, The Romans plausibly did give consent To Tarquin's everlasting banishment." - William Shakespeare

"When an oath is taken ... the mind is more attentive; for it guards against two things, the reproach of friends and offence against the gods." - Sophocles

"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." - Clive Barker

"Those who offend us are generally punished for the offence they give; but we so frequently miss the satisfaction of knowing that we are avenged !." - Anthony Trollope

"No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence." - Thomas Carlyle

"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." - Michael Leunig

"When I am at Rome I fast as the Romans do; when I am at Milan I do not fast. So likewise you, whatever church you come to, observe the custom of the place, if you would neither give offence to others, nor take offence from them." - Saint Ambrose

"If you throw one stone, it's a punishable offence. If 1,000 stones are thrown, it's political action. If you set a car on fire, it's a punishable offence. If hundreds of cars are set on fire, it's political action. Protest is when I say I don't agree with something. Resistance is when I ensure that things with which I disagree no longer take place." - Ulrike Meinhof

"If you throw one stone, it's a punishable offence. If 1,000 stones are thrown, it's political action. If you set a car on fire, it's a punishable offence. If hundreds of cars are set on fire, it's political action. Protest is when I say I do' agree with something. Resistance is when I ensure that things with which I disagree no longer take place." - Ulrike Meinhof

"We forgive, we mortify our resentment; a week later some chain of thought carries us back to the original offence and we discover the old resentment blazing away as if nothing had been done about it at all. We need to forgive our brother seventy times seven not only for 490 offences but for one offence." - C S Lewis

"When I am at Rome I fast as the Romans do; when I am at Milan I do not fast. So likewise you, whatever church you come to, observe the custom of the place, if you would neither give offence to others, nor take offence from them." - Ambrose

"If you throw one stone, it's a punishable offence. If 1,000 stones are thrown, it's political action. If you set a car on fire, it's a punishable offence. If hundreds of cars are set on fire, it's political action. Protest is when I say I don't agree with something. Resistance is when I ensure that things with which I disagree no longer take place." - Ulrike Meinhof

"Thus with hir fader for a certeyn space Dwelleth this flour of wyfly pacience, That neither by hir wordes ne hir face Biforn the folk, ne eek in her absence, Ne shewed she that hir was doon offence." - Geoffrey Chaucer

"In the bonds of Death He lay Who for our offence was slain; But the Lord is risen to-day, Christ hath brought us life again, Wherefore let us all rejoice, Singing loud, with cheerful voice, Hallelujah!" - Martin Luther

"When Bobby came into the league he was a rushing defenseman, a goal scorer and a point getter. He just opened the game up to more offence and that's the way the game is played now." - Johnny Bucyk

"Before I built a wall I'd ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offence. Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That wants it down." - Robert Frost

"Being covered in white paint ,you demonstrate behaviour intended to create a public nuisance,which did in fact cause offence to members of the public ,and created a breach of the peace and public order." - Gunter Brus

"For granting we have sinned, and that the offence Of man is made against Omnipotence, Some price that bears proportion must be paid, And infinite with infinite be weighed." - John Dryden

"Wrap thyself in the decent veil that the arts or the graces weave for thee, O human nature! It is only the statue of marble whose nakedness the eye can behold without shame and offence!" - Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

"Bassanio: Do all men kill all the things they do not love? Shylock: Hates any man the thing he would not kill? Bassanio: Every offence is not a hate at first." - William Shakespeare

"As in smooth oil the razor best is whet, So wit is by politeness sharpest set; Their want of edge from their offence is seen, Both pain us least when exquisitely keen." - Edward Young

"O, he sits high in all the people's hearts: And that, which would appear offence in us, His countenance, like richest alchymy, Will change to virtue and to worthiness." - William Shakespeare

"Once I journeyed far from home To the gate of holy Rome; There the Pope, for my offence, Bade me straight, in penance, thence Wandering onward, to attain The wondrous land that height Cokaigne." - Robert Wace

"Immortal amaranth, a flower which once In Paradise, fast by the Tree of Life, Began to bloom, but soon for Man's offence, To heav'n remov'd, where it first grew, there grows, And flow'rs aloft shading the fount of life." - John Milton

"This is the slowest, yet the daintiest sense; For ev'n the ears of such as have no skill, Perceive a discord, and conceive offence; And knowing not what's good, yet find the ill." - Sir John Davies

"Wrap thyself in the decent veil that the arts or the graces weave for thee, O human nature! It is only the statue of marble whose nakedness the eye can behold without shame and offence!" - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"Thus with hir fader for a certeyn space Dwelleth this flour of wyfly pacience, That neither by hir wordes ne his face Biforn the fold, ne eek in her absence, Ne shewed she that hir was doon offence." - Geoffrey Chaucer

"As in smooth oil the razor is whet, So wit is by politeness sharpest set; Their want of edge from their offence is seen, Both pain us least when exquisitely keen." - Edward Young

"Tis hard to say if greater want of skill Appear in writing or in judging ill; But, of the two less dang'rous is th' offence To tire our patience than mislead our sense." - Alexander Pope

"This is the slowest, yet the daintiest sense; For ev'n the ears of such as have no skill, Perceive a discord, and conceive offence; And knowing not what's good, yet find the ill." - Sir John Davies

"Now, if anything at all can be known to be wrong, it seems to me to be unshakably certain that it would be wrong to make any sentient being suffer eternally for any offence whatever." - Antony Flew

"The national laws of the five regions of India prescribe no cangue, beatings or prison. Those who are guilty are fined in accordance with the degree of the offence committed. There is no capital punishment." - Hyecho

"David Irving is under arrest in Austria for Holocaust denial. Perhaps there is a case for making climate change denial an offence - it is a crime against humanity after all." - Margo Kingston

"My belief is, from all that I have seen of the French people and their Government, that they are much more likely to presume upon our weakness than to take offence at our strength." - Robert Peel

"Never does sin so reign in the Church or State, as when it has gained reputation,or, at least, is no disgrace to the sinner,nor is a matter od offence to we who behold it." - Richard Baxter

"True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance. 'Tis not enough no harshness gives offence, The sound must seem an echo to the sense." - Alexander Pope

"True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move easiest who learn'd to dance. 'Tis not enough no harshness gives offence, The sound must seem an echo to the sense." - Alexander Pope

"I think of the company advertising Thought Processors or the college pretending that learning BASIC suffices or at least helps, whereas the teaching of BASIC should be rated as a criminal offence: it mutilates the mind beyond recovery." - Edsger Dijkstra

"Before I built a wall I'd ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offence. Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That wants it down." - Robert Frost

"The real offence, as she ultimately perceived, was her having a mind of her own at all. Her mind was to be his - attached to his own like a small garden-plot to a deer-park." - Henry James

"True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those move easiest who have learned to dance. 'Tis not enough no harshness gives offence. The sound must seem an echo to the sense." - Alexander Pope

"Honestly some folk will take offence at anything, I met a bloke with no legs this morning while at the bus stop, all I asked was "How are you getting on?"" - Billy Connolly

"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." - Antony Beevor

"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." - Andrew Dominik

"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

"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." - Michael Leunig

"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." - John Mcgahern

"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." - William Whipple

"I think of the company advertising "Thought Processors" or the college pretending that learning BASIC suffices or at least helps, whereas the teaching of BASIC should be rated as a criminal offence: it mutilates the mind beyond recovery." - Edsger Dijkstra

"For if it is not lawful to take the law into our own hands and slay even a guilty person, whose death no public sentence has warranted. Then certainly he who kills himself is a homicide, and so much the guiltier of his own death as he was more innocent of that offence for which he doomed himself to die." - Saint Augustine

"God will forgive you if you forgive others. Forgiving those who cause offence or injury is often exceedingly difficult. And yet, forgiveness is one of the most beautiful and important teachings of Jesus Christ. It is central to the gospel because, without it, you can't go to heaven." - Patrick Madrid

"A very small offence may be a just cause for great resentment: it is often much less the particular instance which is obnoxious to us than the proof it carries with it of the general tenor and disposition of the mind from whence it sprung." - Sir Fulke Greville

"The more gifted by nature is a man, the more is deplorable the abuse that he does by using them to shameful ends. A swindler (or crook) of higher condition is more blameworthy than a vulgar scoundrel; an intelligent eveil-doer, having benefited from a higher education, represent a more saddening phenomenon ("phenomene", Fr.) than an unfortune illiterate fellow having commited an offence." - African Spir

""Consider the matter dispassionately, Mr. Foster, and you will see that no offence is so heinous as unorthodoxy of behaviour. Murder kills only the individual- and after all, wha is an individual? ". . . ." We can make a new one with the greatest of ease- as many as we like. Unorthodoxy threatens more than the life of a mere individual; it strikes at Society itself."" - Aldous Huxley

"I ask why your Omnipotent God does not hold a man back when he is about to commit a sin or offence. It is child's play for God. Why did He not kill war lords? Why did He not remove the fury of war from their minds? In this way God could have saved humanity from great calamity and horror." - Bhagat Singh



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