Disrespect Sayings and Quotes

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

Ignoring a child's disrespect is the surest guarantee that it will continue.     

Fred G. Gosman

If they disrespect you to your face imagine what they're doing behind your back.     

Sonya Parker

The only cure for contempt is counter-contempt.     

H. L. Mencken

Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.     

Bertrand Russell

Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against one's own despised and unwanted feelings.     

Alice Miller

Only the contemptible fear contempt.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Contempt mates well with pity.     

Gloria Naylor

Contempt is the only way to triumph over calumny.     

Madame De Maintenon

Our contempt for others proves nothing but the illiberality and narrowness of our own views.     

William Hazlitt

No matter what the reason, if you start to scream and shout, you look a fool, and you feel a fool, and you earn the disrespect of everyone.     

Michael Caine

Disrespect cannot be commanded, it must be earned.     

Matthew Taberner

Never make excuses for someone who disrespects you-who they are or what they do isn't a pass to treat you like trash!     

Trent Shelton

You don't have permission to disrespect yourself.     

Martin De Maat

You don't have to disrespect and insult others simply to hold your own ground. If you do, that shows how shaky your own position is.     

Red Haircrow

Of all afflictions, the worst is self-contempt.     

Berthold Auerbach

There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

If we have no respect for our viewers, then how can we have any respect for ourselves and what we do?     

Christiane Amanpour

When people don't respect one another seldom is there honesty.     

Shannon L. Alder

An excess of courtesy is discourtesy.     

Japanese Proverb

Discourtesy does not spring merely from one bad quality, but from several--from foolish vanity, from ignorance of what is due to others, from indolence, from stupidity, from distraction of thought, from contempt of others, from jealousy.     

Jean De La Bruyere

A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless interaction to a battle of wills and add drama to an otherwise dull day.     

Bill Watterson

Impudence is the worst of all human diseases.     


The way to avoid the imputation of impudence is not to be ashamed of what we do, but never to do what we aught to be ashamed of.     


There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence.     

Charles Caleb Colton

I completely scorn the falsifying, the sanctimonious, the cheap and the shoddy.     

Ralph Thomas Walker

There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.     

John Locke

Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.     

Eric Hoffer

Straightforwardness, without the rules of propriety, becomes rudeness.     


A true and genuine impudence is ever the effect of ignorance, without the least sense of it.     

Richard Steele

The way to avoid the imputation of impudence is not to be ashamed of what we do, but never to do what we ought to be ashamed of.     


The insolence of time is like a blow in the face from an unseen enemy.     

Margaret Deland

The insolence of the vulgar is in proportion to their ignorance. They treat everything with contempt which they do not understand.     

William Hazlitt

There is an insolence which none but those who themselves deserve contempt can bestow, and those only who deserve no contempt can bear.     

Henry Fielding

Mistaking insolence for freedom has always been the hallmark of the slave.     

Wilhelm Reich

The insolence of authority is endeavoring to substitute money for ideas.     

Frank Lloyd Wright

Surfeit begets insolence, when prosperity comes to a bad man.     

Theognis Of Megara

Incivility is the extreme of pride; it is built on the contempt of mankind.     

John Zimmerman

If the disagreement was strong enough, we could end up pretty close to the borderline of incivility.     

David Rockefeller

The insolence of wealth will creep out.     

Samuel Johnson

Only once in my life was I on the edge of incivility. I do not like to be unkind.     

David Rockefeller

In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.     

Theodor Adorno

Impertinence will intermeddle in things in which it has no concern, showing a want of breeding, or, more commonly, a spirit of sheer impudence.     

George Crabbe

No one is more insufferable than he who lacks basic courtesy.     

Bryant McGill

That bad manners are so prevalent in the world is the fault of good manners.     

Marie Ebner-Eschenbach

Bad manners make a journalist.     

Oscar Wilde

There is no excuse for bad manners, except fast reflexes.     

Steven Brust

There is no nobility with bad manners.     

Ali Ibn Abi Talib

If you can't ignore an insult, top it; if you can't top it, laugh it off; and if you can't laugh it off, it's probably deserved.     

Russell Lynes

Where there is no respect for life, there you will find evil.      

O.R. Melling

Never insult anyone by accident.     

Robert A. Heinlein