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Offending Quotes


"I don't see myself as offending people." - Jimmy Carr

"I'll take on somebody if they're offending the entire culture, not just offending me." - Sandra Bernhard

"Charm is the ability to insult people without offending them." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"Live without pretending, love without depending, listen without defending, speak without offending." - Drake

"[French] authors are more afraid of offending delicacy and rules, than ambitious of sublimity." - Horace Walpole

"May we dedicate our lives to serving the Lord and not worry about offending the devil." - James E Faust

"If you are not offending some Pharisees, you are not being effective." - Craig Groeschel

"I don't want to go about offending people, that's not my plan." - Karl Pilkington

"They say that the best defense is offense, and I intend to start offending right now." - Anonymous

"Jesus's teaching consistently attracted the irreligious while offending the Bible-believing , religious people of his day." - Timothy Keller

"Freedom of speech does not mean freedom of offending culture, religion or traditions," - Staffan de Mistura

"The fear of offending can be stronger than the fear of pain" - Dave Gorman

"You can say the nastiest things about yourself without offending anyone." - Phyllis Diller

"Charm is the ability to insult people without offending them; nerdiness the reverse" - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"It is impossible to be truly artistic without the risk of offending someone somewhere." - Wayne Gerard Trotman

"If Christianity is really true it will be offending and correcting you somewhere." - Timothy Keller

"If you are not offending people, then you are not an evangelist." - Mark Dever

"If you are not offending people who ought to be offended, you're doing something wrong." - Noam Chomsky

"I like offending people, because I think people who get offended should be offended." - Linus Torvalds

"But if it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive." - William Shakespeare

"If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul." - William Shakespeare

"I don't want to go about offending people; that's not my plan." - Karl Pilkington

"If you're not offending one group of people, you're not entertaining the other." - Blake Shelton

"The wider your readership, the greater the chances of offending your readers." - Alexander Mccall Smith

"Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone - except God." - Billy Graham

"Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"There are some really good experiments with the youth offending service, joining up youth offending teams with the youth justice board, and good local authority and primary care trusts working together." - David Blunkett

"Happy is the man who can brush aside the offending remarks of another and go on his way." - Gordon B Hinckley

"I suppose if the offending paparazzi was wearing a hoodie and I shot him, it would all blow over." - Alec Baldwin

"A lot of people are too easily offended. Religious people, for instance. They've been offending other people for centuries." - Billy Connolly

"As for offending him, you might as well swear at a tree, and think to offend it." - Anthony Trollope

"Let's not become so worried about not offending anybody that we lose the ability to distinguish between respect and paranoia." - Larry King

"Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes." - Daniel Defoe

"Once you feel loved by the universe, you're already accepted, and you're not really concerned about offending people." - Alice Walker

"The great improvement of the radio over the telephone is that it may be turned off without offending the speaker." - Richard Armour

"The habit of pleasing by flattery makes a language soft; the fear of offending by truth makes it circuitous and conventional." - Walter Savage Landor

"I'm not afraid to take on somebody or say something that somebody will find offensive because unfortunately in comedy, you can't say anything really good without offending somebody." - George Lopez

"The so-called symptoms of disease are manifestations of an inherent principle of the organism to restore healthy function and to resist offending agents and influences." - Herbert M. Shelton

"There's a manner of speaking you use while lawyering. A manner as affected and rife with artifice as your average campaign speech, with a similar fear of offending." - Sergio De La Pava

"Consideration, like an angel came And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him, Leaving his body as a paradise To envelope and contain celestial spirits." - William Shakespeare

"By proactively offending everyone he met, he could pretend their rejection was due to his behavior (and not the part of himself he hated)." - Alan Robert Neal

"I'm sorry, my lady," said Geric, rubbing his arm. "But I failed to force an apology out of the offending goose." - Shannon Hale

"I'm really proud ofGunsmoke. We put on a good show every week-one that families could all watch together without offending anyone." - Ken Curtis

"don't be angry with the gentleman for thinking, whatever be the cause, for I assure you he makes no common practice of offending in that way." - Fanny Burney

"Be Yourself -The man who is neither bent upon pleasing his fellows nor afraid of offending them will enjoy great peace." - Thomas A Kempis

"Had be been Shakespeare, he would then have written Troilus and Cressidato brand the offending sex; but being only a little dog, he began to bite them." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"I'm sorry, my lady," said Geric, rubbing his arm. "But I failed to force an apology out of the offending goose." - Shannon Hale

"I've never had any trouble opposing people I've been close to. I've never worried about offending or bothering people I feel strongly about." - Randall Robinson

"We may, without offending any laws of good taste, require of an architect, as we do of a novelist, that he should be not only correct, but entertaining." - John Ruskin

"As a well-known great man would have said if he had thought of it, Don't go around offending people just because it can be done sitting down." - Gracie Allen

"As a well-known great man would have said if he had thought of it, "Don't go around offending people just because it can be done sitting down." - Gracie Allen

"I'm really proud of Gunsmoke. We put on a good show every week - one that families could all watch together without offending anyone." - Ken Curtis

"I was raised a Catholic, so I can even feel a little, you know, embarrassed or guilty if I'm really offending people's sensibilities. To a degree." - Stephen Adly Guirgis

"As an atheist, I am angry that we live in a society in which the plain truth cannot be spoken without offending 90% of the population." - Sam Harris

"The problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people, and then they come after you with machetes." - Dave Barry

"I am disappointed to find myself accused in some papers of supplying the offending sweets, particularly as I am a fruit pastille man." - Alastair Cook

"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." - Rush Limbaugh

"But the longer I'm in the business, you see a lot of times these screenplays have been rewritten 5 times and you're not really offending an author." - Edward Burns

"Saints are described as fearing the name of God; they are reverent worshippers; they stand in awe of the Lord's authority; they are afraid of offending Him; they feel their own nothingness in the sight of the Infinite One." - Charles Spurgeon

"Your true friends dont shy away from keeping you in check because your wellbeing is more important to them than even your friendship and they'd rather risk offending you than watch you harm yourself." - Omar Suleiman

"Yea, at that very moment Consideration like an angel came And whipped th' offending Adam out of him, Leaving his body as a paradise T' envelop and contain celestial spirits." - William Shakespeare

"How often, being moved under a false cause, if the person offending makes a good defense and presents us with a just excuse, are we angry against truth and innocence itself?" - Michel De Montaigne

"That courage which arises from the sense of our duty, and from the fear of offending Him that made us, acts always in a uniform manner, and according to the dictates of right reason." - Joseph Addison

"At times, to make progress, you end up offending people. And people were offended by many things I have done over the years. But I did what I felt was right, especially from an art and creative point of view." - Dov Charney

"We kill with antibiotics and antiseptics, and if our slaughter is ineffectual we use surgery to expel the offending organ from our presence. We destroy the body in order to save it." - Robert Svoboda

"The extremes to which Western elites will go to avoid blaming radical Islam for terrorism cripples our efforts to protect innocent Muslims. Terrified of offending butchers, we insist that we're the bigots, not them. We make excuses for monsters." - Ralph Peters

"It's very irresponsible as a parent to follow Tipper Gore or the Religious Right's advice and just take the offending CD or game away from the kid without discussing it." - Jello Biafra

"The Duke, always right in his purpose but generally wrong in his practice, had stayed at home working all the morning, thereby scandalising the strict, and had gone to church alone in the afternoon, thereby offending the social." - Anthony Trollope

"Might does not equal right...fortunately, the majority holds power by a very small margin. There are certain things the majority has no right to mess with, certain things that are definitely worth fighting for-worth defending and worth offending." - Margaret Cho

"He was in agony trying to think of a way of declaring himself to her. He was constantly torn between the fear of offending her and shame at his own cowardice; he shed tears of despair and frustrated desire." - Gustave Flaubert

"My greatest happiness is to serve my gracious King and Country and I am envious only of glory; for if it be a sin to covet glory I am the most offending soul alive." - Horatio Nelson

"I might as well enquire," replied she, "why with so evident a design of offending and insulting me, you chose to tell me that you liked me against your will, against your reason, and even against your character?" - Jane Austen

"The hardest thing is spending twelve hours a day accommodating the rest of the world, then going home at night and criticizing it. I would be curious about what I'd write if I didn't have to worry about offending." - Sloane Crosley

"If you do a serious presidential bio, you want to supply the reader with maximum material because otherwise you're offending the reader. A president for many people is a serious thing and they want to know everything." - Amity Shlaes

"I'm still very much an atheist, except that I don't necessarily see religion as being a bad thing. So, that's a weird thing that I'm struggling with that seems to be offending both atheists and people that are religious." - Patton Oswalt

"No Compromise is what the whole Gospel of Jesus is all about... 'For I tell man can serve two masters...' (Matt. 6:24). In a day when believers seem to be trying to please both the world and the Lord (which is an impossible thing), when people are far more concerned about offending their friends than offending God, there is only one answer...Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him!" - Keith Green

"I don't like offending people, and it's easy to offend people when you don't know as much as they do. This group knows more about what it takes to lead in this way than I ever will. My goal is to push people, but I need to do it from a place of respect." - Seth Godin

"It takes strong ears indeed to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship. For it is a healthy love that will risk wounding or offending in order to profer a benefit." - Michel De Montaigne

"There's something magical that happens when people eat from the same pot. The family meal is really the nursery of democracy. It's where we learn to share; it's where we learn to argue without offending. It's just too critical to let go, as we've been so blithely doing." - Michael Pollan

"I think both freedom of religion and freedom of expression are both fundamental human rights, everyone has not only the freedom and the right but the obligation to say what Pope Francis thinks for the common good... we have the right to have this freedom openly without offending." - Pope Francis

"But race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now. We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made in his offending sermons about America - to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality." - Barack Obama

"Like me, he has a searing belief that books are sacred. They might not be to other people, but when you have a passion, you hold on to it. You defend it. You dont pretend it isn't important at the risk of offending others." -Carrie." - Candace Bushnell

"Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters. Not only is their time and labor due to the government, but they should scrupulously avoid in their political action, as well as in the discharge of their official duty, offending by a display of obtrusive partisanship their neighbors who have relations with them as public officials." - Grover Cleveland

"I am not covetous for gold, Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost; It yearns me not if men my garments wear; Such outward things dwell not in my desires: But if it be a sin to covet honor I am the most offending soul alive." - William Shakespeare

"There is a strange taboo in our society against ending something merely because it is not pleasant- life, love, a conversation, you name it, the etiquette is that you must begin in ignorance & persevere in the face of knowledge, & though I naturally believe that this is profoundly wrong it's not nice to go around constantly offending people." - Helen DeWitt

"Gaiety is to good-humor as animal perfumes to vegetable fragrance. The one overpowers weak spirits, the other recreates and revives them. Gaiety seldom fails to give some pain; good-humor boasts no faculties which every one does not believe in his own power, and pleases principally by not offending." - Samuel Johnson

"There's a difference between maliciously offending somebody - on purpose - and somebody being offended by...truth. If you're offended by the truth, that's your problem. I have no obligation to not offend you if I'm speaking the truth. The truth is supposed to offend you; that's how you know you don't got it." - Brad Stine

"Genuine bravery for a writer... It is about calmly speaking the truth when everyone else is silenced, when the truth cannot be expressed. It is about speaking out with a different voice, risking the wrath of the state and offending everyone, for the sake of the truth, and the writer's conscience." - Murong Xuecun

"To be silent. In hopes of not offending, in hopes of being accepted. But what happened to people who never spoke, never raised their voices? Kept everything inside? Gamache knew what happened. Everything they swallowed, every word, thought, feeling rattled around inside, hollowing the person out. And into that chasm they stuffed their words, their rage." - Louise Penny

"In comedy you sometimes have to look at the funny bone a little bit. So, that was the hardest part - was not offending. I'm not laughing at anybody. We're laughing together about who we are - and the funnier part of who we are. I'm (sure) not writing this and calling you a stereotype. I'm not doing that." - Corbin Bernsen

"I should willingly give every drop of my blood to please Him and to prevent sinners offending Him. I shall be satisfied only when I am a victim to make reparation for my innumerable sins and for the sins of all the world." - Gemma Galgani

"The demands of the economy, and more recently those of political correctness and the diktat against ever offending anyone, are not conducive to a classroom or university seminar climate in which genuinely free and critical reflection on how to live prospers." - David E. Cooper

"If your partner asks you if something bothers you, and something bothers you, the best thing you can do is say, "Yes, it bothers me." Otherwise you create a situation where they think everything is fine, continue with the offending behavior, while you build up a secret reservoir of resentment that will eventually come pouring out, to their shock." - Mallory Ortberg

"If you go to a diner in the middle of America, people are having these conversations, but our politicians are too scared to bring it up because they're worried about offending the 0.002 percent of the country that may somehow be subject to what the conversation may be. And it's ridiculous." - Donald Trump, Jr.

"There are no lower or higher or median moralities. There is only one morality, and it is precisely the one that was given to us during the time of Jesus Christ and that stops me, you and Barantsevich from stealing, offending others, lying etc." - Anton Chekhov

"A scientist can be tactful and PC with his mouth, but not his ears or eyes and certainly not his mind. Truth must reign there above all. For your first allegiance is either to Truth or to Ignorance. Worry about offending, and you are choosing Ignorance." - Patri Friedman

"Wine writers have been around for almost as long as there has been wine, but in the past, generally speaking, most wine writing was uncritical and emphasized wine as a romantic, historic beverage. Criticism and comparative tastings were eschewed for fear of offending the trade, which most writers depended upon for survival." - Robert M Parker Jr

"I often look ridiculous in Japan. There's really no way to eat in Japan, particularly kaiseki in a traditional ryokan, without offending the Japanese horribly. Every gesture, every movement is just so atrociously wrong, and the more I try, the more hilarious it is." - Anthony Bourdain

"Lord, if Thou knowest that I shall find, on leaving the house, even through obedience, an occasion of offending Thee, I conjure Thee to take away my life here, where Thou are really present, for Thou solely art my life, and I prefer a thousand deaths to causing Thee the slightest displeasure." - Alphonsus Rodriguez

"By Jove, I am not covetous for gold, Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost; It yearns me not if me my garments wear; Such outward things dwell not in my desires: But if it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul alive." - William Shakespeare

"Like, my feelings on religion are starting to morph. I'm still very much an atheist, except that I don't necessarily see religion as being a bad thing. So, that's a weird thing that I'm struggling with that seems to be offending both atheists and people that are religious." - Patton Oswalt

"It is not possible to remake this country, to democratize it, humanize it, make it serious, as long as we have teenagers killing people for play and offending life, destroying the dream, and making love unviable. If education alone cannot transform society, without it society cannot change either." - Paulo Freire

"God is speaking to us. But are we listening to Him? When our conscience begins to nudge us for whatever reason, we might have this low-level misery or uneasiness about whatever it is we've done or we're about to do. At times like this, it's wise to prayerfully consider whether we're offending God with our actions." - Joyce Meyer

"It's much easier to force intermediary communications and Internet companies such as Google to police themselves and their users than the alternatives: sending cops after everybody who attempts a risque or politically sensitive search, getting parents and teachers to do their jobs, or chasing down the origin of every offending link." - Rebecca Mackinnon

"The devil does not bring sinners to hell with their eyes open: he first blinds them with the malice of their own sins. Before we fall into sin, the enemy labours to blind us, that we may not see the evil we do and the ruin we bring upon ourselves by offending God. After we commit sin, he seeks to make us dumb, that, through shame, we may conceal our guilt in confession." - Alphonsus Liguori

"Women never have a half-hour in all their lives (excepting before or after anybody is up in the house) that they can call their own, without fear of offending or of hurting someone. Why do people sit up so late, or, more rarely, get up so early? Not because the day is not long enough, but because they have 'no time in the day to themselves.' 1852" - Florence Nightingale

"F.R. Leavis's "eat up your broccoli" approach to fiction emphasises this junkfood/wholefood dichotomy. If reading a novel-for theeighteenth century reader, the most frivolous of diversions-did not, by the middle of the twentieth century, make you a better person in some way, then you might as well flush the offending volume down the toilet, which was by far the best place for the undigested excreta of dubious nourishment." - Angela Carter

"Forgiveness involves pardon. Basically, that is like erasing their offenses toward us from a marking board. We immediately wash their offenses away like a wave washing away a message in the sand. Second, forgiveness involves caring for the offending person because most people who offend us have something in their own heart that needs healing. When we forgive others, they are released from our anger and we are healed by God." - Gary Smalley

"Instead of lowering your head and copping to it like a man, you pick up the journal as one might hold a bady's beshattered diaper, as one might pinch a recently benutted condom. You glance at the offending passages. Then you look at her and smile a smile your dissembling face will remember until the day you die. Baby, you say, baby, this is part of my novel. This is how you lose her." - Junot Diaz

"If a juror feels that the statute involved in any criminal offence is unfair, or that it infringes upon the defendant's natural god-given unalienable or constitutional rights, then it is his duty to affirm that the offending statute is really no law at all and that the violation of it is no crime at all, for no one is bound to obey an unjust law." - Harlan F. Stone

"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

"The miscegenation laws of the South only operate against the legitimate union of the races; they leave the white man free to seduce all the colored girls he can, but it is death to the colored man who yields to the force and advances of a similar attraction in white women. White men lynch the offending Afro-American, not because he is a despoiler of virtue, but because he succumbs to the smiles of white women." - Ida B Wells

"There is speaking well, speaking easily, speaking justly and speaking seasonably: It is offending against the last, to speak of entertainments before the indigent; of sound limbs and health before the infirm; of houses and lands before one who has not so much as a dwelling; in a word, to speak of your prosperity before the miserable; this conversation is cruel, and the comparison which naturally arises in them betwixt their condition and yours is excruciating." - Jean De La Bruyere

"Let's start with some of the reasons that the press holds its tongue and some of the things that you don't know because of this. We'll begin with squeamishness, prudishness, timidity and an overdeveloped fear of offending someone... So much for squeamishness and prudishness. There are many other reasons that we editors fail you in this pact you and we have. Let me name a few more: Orthodoxy, conventional thinking, a misplaced pleasure at being on the inside, incompetence and laziness." - Geneva Overholser

"Donald Trump understands sense of belonging. And a lot of people think globalization, any time you make any particularity, you're sort of offending some other group. And a lot of people in this country think they belong to America anymore, and he at least appeals to some sense of belonging. I like the idea that we belong to Western traditions, so I'm glad he appeals to that sort of thing." - David Brooks

"I do think they [French] view my writing itself as exotic - though that's probably not the best term for it - to a small extent, mainly because I say things that most French writers would probably hesitate to say for fear of offending someone or upsetting public sensibilities. I don't think that answers the question, but I'm not much good at figuring readers out or I would probably be writing bestsellers." - Donald Ray Pollock

"Courage that grows from constitution very often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it, and when it is only a kind of instinct in the Soul breaks out on all occasions without judgment or discretion. That courage which proceeds from the sense of our duty, and from the fear of offending Him that made us, acts always in a uniform manner, and according to the dictates of right reason." - Joseph Addison

"In this long eternal quest to be more like our Savior, may we try to be "perfect" men and women in at least this one way now-by offending not in word, or more positively put, by speaking with a new tongue, the tongue of angels. Our words, like our deeds, should be filled with faith and hope and charity, the three great Christian imperatives so desperately needed in the world today." - Jeffrey R. Holland

"In order to the attaining of all useful knowledge this is most necessary, that we fear God; we are not qualified to profit by the instructions that are given us unless our minds be possessed with a holy reverence of God, and every thought within us be brought into obedience to Him.... As all our knowledge must take rise from the fear of God, so it must tend to it as its perfection and centre. Those know enough who know how to fear God, who are careful in every thing to please Him and fearful of offending Him in any thing; this is the Alpha and Omega of knowledge." - Matthew Henry

"He would be guilty of mortal sin, because he exposes himself to the danger of grievously offending God. Hence, before he acts he must lay aside the doubt; and if he has not hitherto done so, he must confess it, at least, as it is before God. But the scrupulous, who have doubts about everything, must follow another rule: they must obey their confessor. When he tells them to conquer their doubts, and to act against scruples, they should obey with exactness; otherwise they will render themselves unable and unfit to perform any spiritual exercise." - Alphonsus Liguori

"There is something in the eloquence of the pulpit, when it is really eloquence, which is entitled to the highest praise and honour. The preacher who can touch and affect such an heterogeneous mass of hearers, on subjects limited, and long worn thread-bare in all common hands; who can say any thing new or striking, any thing that rouses the attention, without offending the taste, or wearing out the feelings of his hearers, is a man whom one could not (in his public capacity) honour enough." - Jane Austen

"Be hated. One does not have to be evil to be hated. In fact, it's often the case that one is hated precisely because one is trying to do right by one's own convictions. It is far too easy to be liked, one merely has to be accommodating and hold no strong convictions. Then one will gravitate towards the centre and settle into the average. That cannot be your role. There are a great many bad people in the world, and if you are not offending them, you must be bad yourself." - Adrian Tan

"Dare we let children grow up with no vital contact with the Saviour, never intentionally and consciously put into His arms? Not to bring them to Him, not to teach them to walk toward Him, as soon as they can walk toward anyone, is wronging a child beyond words. The terrible indictment uttered by the Lord, "Them that were entering in ye hindered," and the millstone warning for offending little ones, are close akin to the deserts of those who ruin a man's whole day of life by wronging his morning hours. Not to help a child to know the saving power of Christ is to hold back a man from salvation." - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

"Be hated. One does not have to be evil to be hated. In fact, it's often the case that one is hated precisely because one is trying to do right by one's own convictions. It is far too easy to be liked, one merely has to be accommodating and hold no strong convictions. Then one will gravitate towards the centre and settle into the average. That cannot be your role. There are a great many bad people in the world, and if you are not offending them, you must be bad yourself." - Adrian Tan

"I read with keen interest the words of a bumper sticker readily visible on the highly polished chrome bumper of a car which was weaving in and out of the traffic stream. The words were these: "Honk if you love Jesus." No one honked. Perhaps each was disturbed by the thoughtless and rude actions of the offending driver. Then, again, would honking be an appropriate manner in which to show one's love for the Son of God, the Savior of the world, the Redeemer of all mankind? Such was not the pattern provided by Jesus of Nazareth." - Thomas S Monson

"If Islam is so peaceful, why is everybody so damn frightened of offending them? And on the other hand, if Christianity is so violent as people like Whoopi Goldberg and others tell us, why is nobody afraid to offend Christians? People laugh at, make fun of, and mock Christians all day long with no fear whatsoever. But you so much as think anything offensive about Islam, and they descend on you and they accuse you of violating political correctness and they beg you to shut up." - Rush Limbaugh



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