insults.net, insults, insulting quotes & quotationswant to say something better than #!?~!*##!


random insult generator

How to swear in foreign languages

CATEGORIES
Arrogance
Boastfulness
Cynicism
Dullness
Exhibitionism
Facetiousness
Greed
Hypocrisy
Inquisitiveness
Jealousy
Knock Downs
Loquacity
Malevolence
Narrow-mindedness
Obsequiousness
Prejudice
Quarrelsomeness
Rancour
Scene Stealing
Tactlessness
Umbrage
Vanity
Wrangling

Cynicism

The greatest exponent of cynicism and acknowledged master of the art was the American wit Ambrose Bierce, the author of the famous Devil's Dictionary. No one could wish for a better definition of a cynic than:

'A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.'

and no one acts as a better guide to the cynical insult than Bierce himself. These are some of his observations on human behaviour:

Admiration: Our polite recognition of another's resemblance of ourselves.

Antipathy: The sentiment inspired by one's friend's friend.

Charity: An amiable quality of the heart which moves us to condone in others the sins and vices to which we ourselves are addicted.

Commendation: The tribute that we pay to achievements that resemble, but do not equal, our own.

Congratulation: The civility of envy.

Defame: To lie about another. To tell the truth about another.

Encourage: To confirm a fool in a folly that is beginning to hurt him.

Forbidden: Invested with a new and irresistible charm.

Forgiveness: A stratagem to throw an offender off his guard and catch him red-handed in his next offence.

Hatred: A sentiment appropriate to the occasion of another's superiority.

Impeccable: Not liable to detection.

Incompatibility: In matrimony a similarity of tastes, particularly the taste for domination.

Laziness: Unwarranted repose of manner in a person of low degree.

Loquacity: A disorder which renders the sufferer unable to curb his tongue when you wish to talk.

Mediate: To butt in.

Politeness: The most acceptable hypocrisy.

Resolute: Obstinate in a course that we approve.

Selfish: Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others.

Zeal: A certain nervous disorder affecting the young and inexperienced.

 


Copyright Notice - Email this page to a friend

Visit the HumourHub.com site