Meanness Quotes

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Oliver
“and anyway it’s just the same old story --
a few people just trying,
one way or another,
to survive.

Mostly, I want to be kind.
And nobody, of course, is kind,
or mean,
for a simple reason.

And nobody gets out of it, having to
swim through the fires to stay in
this world.”
Mary Oliver, Dream Work

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

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

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

Anthony Ryan
“I saw cities, and roads of marvelous construction. I saw cruelty and greed, but I've seen them here too. I saw a people live a life that was strange in many ways, but also much the same as anywhere else."
"Then why are they so cruel?" There was an earnestness to the girl's face, an honest desire to know.
"Cruelty is in all of us," he said. "But they made it a virtue.”
Anthony Ryan, Queen of Fire

Stewart Stafford
“Spies are, by nature and necessity, pathological liars who strive to make their endgames justify their meanness.”
Stewart Stafford

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

“Sometimes the universe uses an nasty person to pull you out of your comfort zone and throw you into an opportunity.”

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...

Richelle E. Goodrich
“Meanness is a monster that usurps your self-control because you cowardly allow it to conquer you.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons: Quotes, Poetry, & a few Short Stories for Every Day of the Year

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...

Omar El Akkad
“She wondered if all boys were like this, their meanness a self defense.”
Omar El Akkad, American War

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

Megan Jacobson
“In my 14 years of existence, I've never had a girl write nice things about me. I want to cry, and I think of that night with my mother, at the school social and how nice she and Noah were, and how kindness punches you in the heart more than meanness ever can. It's the most powerful weapon there is. And I wonder why people don't use it more often.”
Megan Jacobson, Yellow

“Vile people displayed no gift for poetry or aptitude to display kindness. The Captain could not stretch the lineament of his mind beyond his own hide. He did not see his shadow. He could not hear the Parnassus muse whose voice raps at the hidden door of the poet’s soul. He had no coyote spirit to guide him; he was unable to comprehend the passionate wilderness of life. He could not talk to nature. He could not make friends with the thunder and he could not see beauty in the lightning. He did not open his bedroom window to let in the sweet smell of night rain. His hooded eyes did not glow in the moonlight. He did not appreciate the taste of quaintness. He could not sense the feelings of other people who soaked in the rose scented silence of a sunset. He was incapable of oneness. He never discovered how to dance barefooted for pure joy under a sprinkle of stars or take a knee in a meadow of tears mourning other people’s sorrow.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“There is a dragon in my head and he is mean. He says he is my best friend. He says he wants to take care of me and keep me safe. But I don't believe him.”
Jan Esh & Stephen Nauta, Help! There's a Dragon in My Head

Sarah Jio
“Papa says that some people seem mean, but they're just sad inside.”
Sarah Jio, All the Flowers in Paris

Hugh Walpole
“No one ever did anything mean to anyone else yet save for their good, and so it will be until the end of this frail planet.

"The Staircase”
Hugh Walpole, All Souls' Night

Laurence Overmire
“Extremism is marked by a closed mind and a meanness of spirit - unwilling to listen, unwilling to reason, unwilling to compromise, unwilling to forgive, and in the end, unwilling to learn and unwilling to grow.”
Laurence Overmire, The One Idea That Saves The World: A Message of Hope in a Time of Crisis

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