Quotes About Meanness

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Louisa May Alcott
“Because they are mean is no reason why I should be. I hate such things, and though I think I've a right to be hurt, I don't intend to show it. (Amy March)”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Rebecca Stead
“Sometimes you never feel meaner than the moment you stop being mean. It's like how turning on a light makes you realize how dark the room had gotten. And the way you usually act, the things you would have normally done, are like these ghosts that everyone can see but pretends not to.”
Rebecca Stead, When You Reach Me

Phil Lester
“If you're insulting people on the internet, you must be ugly on the inside.”
Phil Lester

Laura Moriarty
“My mother says that when Mrs. Rowley is mean, which is generally the case, it is really because she is just unhappy, and who could blame her with a husband like that . . . She says this is really the only reason people are ever mean--they have something hurting inside of them, a claw of unhappiness scratching at their hearts, and it hurts them so much that sometimes they have to push it right out of their mouths to scratch someone else, just to give themselves a rest, a moment of relief.”
Laura Moriarty

Mandy Hale
“Mean girls go far in high school. Kind women go far in LIFE.”
Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Andy Rooney
“I'd be more willing to accept religion, even if I didn't believe it, if I thought it made people nicer to each other but I don't think it does.”
Andy Rooney, Sincerely, Andy Rooney

Donald L. Hicks
“When someone would mistreat, misinform, misuse, misguide, mishandle, mislead… or any other "mis"… to others, they’re obviously missing something from their lives.”
Donald L. Hicks, Look into the stillness

Bryant McGill
“A mistake made by many people with great convictions is that they will let nothing stand in the way of their views, not even kindness.”
Bryant McGill

Charlotte Brontë
“Poetry destroyed? Genius banished? No! Mediocrity, no: do not let envy prompt you to the thought. No; they not only live, but reign, and redeem: and without their divine influence spread everywhere, you would be in hell--the hell of your own meanness.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Robert G. Ingersoll
“When the great ship containing the hopes and aspirations of the world, when the great ship freighted with mankind goes down in the night of death, chaos and disaster, I am willing to go down with the ship. I will not be guilty of the ineffable meanness of paddling away in some orthodox canoe. I will go down with the ship, with those who love me, and with those whom I have loved. If there is a God who will damn his children forever, I would rather go to hell than to go to heaven and keep the society of such an infamous tyrant. I make my choice now. I despise that doctrine. It has covered the cheeks of this world with tears. It has polluted the hearts of children, and poisoned the imaginations of men. It has been a constant pain, a perpetual terror to every good man and woman and child. It has filled the good with horror and with fear; but it has had no effect upon the infamous and base. It has wrung the hearts of the tender; it has furrowed the cheeks of the good. This doctrine never should be preached again. What right have you, sir, Mr. clergyman, you, minister of the gospel, to stand at the portals of the tomb, at the vestibule of eternity, and fill the future with horror and with fear? I do not believe this doctrine: neither do you. If you did, you could not sleep one moment. Any man who believes it, and has within his breast a decent, throbbing heart, will go insane. A man who believes that doctrine and does not go insane has the heart of a snake and the conscience of a hyena.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child

P.N. Elrod
“Love is responsible for nearly every kind of insanity in the world though greed, vanity, and pure meanness contribute their portion to general misery.”
P.N. Elrod, Dark and Stormy Knights

George Gissing
“Flippancy, the most hopeless form of intellectual vice.”
George Gissing

Dean Koontz
“In this world where too many are willing to see only the light that is visible, never the Light Invisible, we have a daily darkness that is night, and we encounter another darkness from time to time that is death, the deaths of those we love, but the third and most constant darkness is with us everyday, at all hours of every day, is the darkness of the mind, the pettiness and meanness and hatred, which we have invited into ourselves, and which we pay out with generous interest.”
Dean Koontz, Brother Odd

Bryant McGill
“Playful, positive sarcasm is different from negative mean sarcasm, and many people don't know the difference.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

Robert G. Ingersoll
“I have made up my mind to say my say. I shall do it kindly, distinctly; but I am going to do it. I know there are thousands of men who substantially agree with me, but who are not in a condition to express their thoughts. They are poor; they are in business; and they know that should they tell their honest thought, persons will refuse to patronize them—to trade with them; they wish to get bread for their little children; they wish to take care of their wives; they wish to have homes and the comforts of life. Every such person is a certificate of the meanness of the community in which he resides. And yet I do not blame these people for not expressing their thought. I say to them: 'Keep your ideas to yourselves; feed and clothe the ones you love; I will do your talking for you. The church can not touch, can not crush, can not starve, cannot stop or stay me; I will express your thoughts.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child

Stefan Molyneux
“No mean person is mean all the time. The whole point of being mean is to fluctuate so that you can hold out the hope for someone. So someone will hold out the hope that they're gonna catch you on the sunny side or that you're gonna be nice this time. The tyranny is inconsistency. Somebody thats consistently mean is something that is pretty easy to sort out. The reality is that the meanest people can be wonderful sometimes. That's the whole point of meanness because otherwise it's too obvious. It's the niceness that gets you trapped in the dysfunction. That is the problem and so the fact that you have this belief that there is hope in the relationship is foundational to the dysfunction.”
Stefan Molyneux

Thomas Paine
“In stating these matters, I speak an open and disinterested language, dictated by no passion but that of humanity. To me, who have not only refused offers, because I thought them improper, but have declined rewards I might with reputation have accepted, it is no wonder that meanness and imposition appear disgustful. Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”
Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

James Taranto
“The Guardian's headline is 'How Going Green May Make You Mean.' We're inclined to think the chain of causation runs the other way—that people who are jerks to begin with gravitate toward verdant sanctimony.”
James Taranto

Elizabeth Strout
“Inside the music like this, she understood many things. She understood that Simon was a disappointed man if he needed, at this age, to tell her he had pitied her for years. She understood that as he drove his car back down the coast toward Boston, toward his wife with whom he had raised three children, that something in him would be satisfied to have witnessed her the way he had tonight, and she understood that this form of comfort was true for many people, as it made Malcolm feel better to call Walter Dalton a pathetic fairy, but it was thin milk, this form of nourishment; it could not change that you had wanted to be a concert pianist and ended up a real estate lawyer, that you had married a woman and stayed married to her for thirty years, when she did not ever find you lovely in bed.”
Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge

Liesl Shurtliff
“I didn't think meanness was ever in anyone's destiny. Meanness was a choice.”
Liesl Shurtliff, Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

Vladislav Krapivin
“Я мальчик, господин Биркенштакк... На мужчин я насмотрелся в эти дни, ну их к чёрту. Они и предать могут, и убить беззащитного. Слава Хранителям, я ещё ни в чём таком не замешан. И нечего меня сравнивать с мужчинами... Тоже мне похвала...
(Галиен Тукк - советнику Биркенштакку)”
Vladislav Krapivin, Выстрел с монитора. Гуси-гуси, га-га-га...

Donna Goddard
“We do not engage in idle or intentional gossip which undermines someone else's integrity or which spreads the seeds of fear by talking unthinkingly about illness, disasters, and all the other fears which run rampant in the world.”
Donna Goddard, The Love of Devotion

Vladislav Krapivin
“Но это был не просто мальчик, а злой мальчик. Даже подловатый. Запанибрата держался с пожилыми матросами, а молодым, случалось, тыкал украдкой кулаком в зубы... Но в то же время - не трус.
(О втором лейтенанте монитора Хариусе)”
Vladislav Krapivin, Выстрел с монитора. Гуси-гуси, га-га-га...

Susie Finkbeiner
“That was when I learned that kindness could break a heart just as sure as meanness. The difference was the kindness made that broken heart softer. Meanness just made the heart want to be hard.”
Susie Finkbeiner, A Cup of Dust: a Novel of the Dust Bowl

Douglas Coupland
“I seriously wish that he had spent his entire childhood being serially arse-raped by teachers, scoutmasters, members of the clergy, relatives, policemen, doctors, door-to-door salesmen and all registered sex offenders within a 500-mile radius of his unprotected bedroom.”
Douglas Coupland, Worst. Person. Ever.

Thomas Mann
“Caustique ? Vous voulez dire : méchant ? Oui, je suis un peu méchant, dit Settembrini. Mon regret c'est que je sois obligé de gaspiller ma méchanceté à des sujets aussi misérables. J'espère que vous n'avez rien contre la méchanceté, mon cher ingénieur. A mon sens, c'est l'arme la plus étincelante de la raison contre les puissances des ténèbres et de la laideur. La méchanceté, monsieur, est l'esprit de la critique, et la critique est à l'origine du progrès et des lumières de la civilisation.”
Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

Ludvig Holberg
“En saa kalden god Ven fortaalte mig nyeligen udi Fortroelighed, at nogle udi et vist Selskab talede ilde om min Person, og at han havde taget mig udi Forsvar. Jeg takkede ham for hans Forsvar; men sagde derhos, at jeg vilde have været ham end meer Tak skyldig, hvis han ikke havde fortaalt mig det selv: Thi jeg kunde ikke ansee slige Rapporter som Venskabs-Tegn, saasom de tiene til intet, uden at sætte en udi Bevægelse, og at saae U-eenigheds Sæd blant Mennesker. Jeg holder just ikke den for min Fiende, som i et lystigt Sælskab skiemter med min Person, men heller den som rapporterer mig saadant Skiemt: Den første meener over et Glas Viin ofte intet dermed, men skiemter, enten for at vise sin frugtbare Geist, eller for at giøre Selskabet lystigt. Den anden derimod, som forebringer mig Snak, som er mig umagtpaaliggende at vide, og som han kand være forsikkret om at ville foruroelige mit Sind, kand intet Godt derved meene.”
Ludvig Holberg, Epistler

Debasish Mridha
“Unfulfilled expectations bring unhappiness. Comparisons fill life with meanness. Avoid both to fill life with joyfulness.”
Debasish Mridha

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