Condescending Sayings and Quotes

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


Where knowledge and wisdom truly reside, there can be no space for arrogance and condescension.     

Aditi Malhotra

Better to be despised, then, than to be ignored; or damned with condescending praise.     

Joyce Carol Oates

There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension.     

John Steinbeck

The minute you think you have the right to belittle others because you think you're better than them is the same minute you've proven your worse.     

Joanne Crisner Alcayaga

Being condescending is an unintelligent way to make yourself feel superior.     

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No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tell all.     

Paulo Coelho

Don't allow someone who talks to you in a snobby, condescending, rude manner get you or intimidate you. That is a sign of an insecure person trying to appear superior to you. Arrogance amd condescension is always a sign of weakness.     

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Condescension is insecurity's self-defense.     

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Don't be condescending to unkilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.     

Brooks Atkinson

When people are hurting, what they really need is someone who is fully there for them - not someone who is condescending or officious. The only way for you to be there for them is by facing your fear or anger, whatever feelings cause you to shut down.     

Pema Chodron

The worst mistake you can make with children is to talk to them in a condescending, patronising way and think that you can teach them something. You have to understand that it is you who will be learning from them. You have to get into their world and see things from their perspective.     

Magnus Scheving

But really it's condescending and patronizing not to make fun of someone because they're old or stupid or crippled or morbidly obese. Banged up people don't want your pity. They just want to be treated like everyone else. Mockery, when done without prejudice or discretion, can be a form of respect. It's the closest we'll ever come to true equality.     

Paul Neilan

If a condescending joke is truly funny, make yourself the subject- you will increase the number of people laughing by at least one.     

joe harsel

You ever talk about a movie with someone that read the book? They're always so condescending. 'Ah, the book was much better than the movie.' Oh really? What I enjoyed about the movie: no reading.     

Jim Gaffigan

A patronizing disposition always has it's meaner side.     

George Eliot

We are a society that treats people with disabilities with condescension and pity, not dignity and respect.     

Stella Young

Your pompous attitude and condescending comments have convinced me that you are very smart and important, Said no one ever.     

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The arrogant are wise in their own eyes, but the wise will recognize their lies.     

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Just because you look down on everyone doesn't mean they're looking up to you.     

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The less you respond to rude, critical, argumentative people. The more peaceful your life will become.     

Mandy Hale

Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.     

Bible Quote

If you do it in peer-level approach, rather than a condescending control approach, you'll have much more success.     

Danah Boyd

Go force your condescending man-logic on the next house. you can go now.     

Lisa McMann

Don't care who the student is, teachers should never be condescending. That should be the first rule in the teacher handbook.     

Colleen Hoover

If 'other people have experiences incorrectly' is annoying to you, think how unbearable it must be to have a condescending stranger tell you they hate the way you're experiencing your life at just the moment you've found something you want to remember.     

Randall Munroe