Offensive Quotes

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Gretchen Rubin
“Never start a sentence with the words 'No offense.”
Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

Criss Jami
“Simply minding one's own business is more offensive than being intrusive. Without ever saying a word one can make a person feel less-than.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Erik Pevernagie
“If we feel incarcerated in the trenches of viral wars, let us not give way to a defensive ‘fear’ reflex or offensive ‘rage’ reflex but let us follow our orienting ‘adventure’ reflex and explore the numerous paths to a new reality. ("Corporeal prison")”
Erik Pevernagie

Sam Harris
“Let me assure you that my intent is not to offend or merely be provocative. I'm simply worried.”
Sam Harris

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Freedom of speech gives us the right to offend others, whereas freedom of thought gives them the choice as to whether or not to be offended.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Irvine Welsh
“Ah fuckin hate the way some American cunts call lassies cunts. Fuckin offensive, that shite.”
Irvine Welsh, Dead Men's Trousers

Geoffrey Miller
“Imagine a young Isaac Newton time-travelling from 1670s England to teach Harvard undergrads in 2017. After the time-jump, Newton still has an obsessive, paranoid personality, with Asperger’s syndrome, a bad stutter, unstable moods, and episodes of psychotic mania and depression. But now he’s subject to Harvard’s speech codes that prohibit any “disrespect for the dignity of others”; any violations will get him in trouble with Harvard’s Inquisition (the ‘Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’). Newton also wants to publish Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, to explain the laws of motion governing the universe. But his literary agent explains that he can’t get a decent book deal until Newton builds his ‘author platform’ to include at least 20k Twitter followers – without provoking any backlash for airing his eccentric views on ancient Greek alchemy, Biblical cryptography, fiat currency, Jewish mysticism, or how to predict the exact date of the Apocalypse.

Newton wouldn’t last long as a ‘public intellectual’ in modern American culture. Sooner or later, he would say ‘offensive’ things that get reported to Harvard and that get picked up by mainstream media as moral-outrage clickbait. His eccentric, ornery awkwardness would lead to swift expulsion from academia, social media, and publishing. Result? On the upside, he’d drive some traffic through Huffpost, Buzzfeed, and Jezebel, and people would have a fresh controversy to virtue-signal about on Facebook. On the downside, we wouldn’t have Newton’s Laws of Motion.”
Geoffrey Miller

“Some people looove to feel offended because it makes them feel important. When your only tool is a hammer, suddenly every problem starts to look like a nail. And when the only time you feel relevant is when you claim to be offended, suddenly everything looks offensive.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Inside The Mind of an Introvert

C.A.A. Savastano
“Those who cannot bear any offensive speech do not believe in free speech.”
Carmine Savastano

Israelmore Ayivor
“To know if someone can speak offensively or politely, don’t give him poem to recite; don’t give him a song to sing. Just engage him in an argument and you will know it for yourself who he is.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders' Ladder

Ehsan Sehgal
“I can forgive and forget all kinds of offensive behaviours, but not a lie. A lie is a cancer of one's mentality.”
Ehsan Sehgal

“Why do some people feel offended by the word shit, but not by the word poop? Because some little old lady at the FCC decided that
good citizens don't use the word shit, and suddenly using a word like shit or fuck becomes an act of civil disobedience. Suddenly a little four-letter word has the power to shock.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Bad Choices Make Good Stories - Going to New York

“It is always improper to intentionally offend anyone; and if someone is offended by your actions or words, they are not necessarily right.”
RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo) – 1981

“If you want to find something to be offended about, you will. If you want to find something to be thankful for, you will. You can do both at the same time.”
Bill Weller

E.A. Bucchianeri
“Demonic spirits never sleep or take a vacation, always plotting and waiting for the next offensive.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Vocation of a Gadfly

“You should not have to feel personally offended in order to know that something is offensive.”

Eric Overby
“Protesting often times takes a stance of offense; a form of violence that may not always be physical but is a form of violence all the same. Everyone has the right to be heard, but only if they are willing to really listen to others in an attempt to understand. As an atheist, I have never stood outside a church and disrupted their gathering, although I am willing to have a conversation about how my journey brought me here and how you have come to this point. For me to enter a gathering and protest is an offensive move that would cause the people involved to put up walls. It would not be welcomed and I would not do it. It would be a hindrance to us actually knowing and understanding each other.

The only way to truly know someone is by being with them, by conversation.”
Eric Overby

Beth Harbison
“Mom, she's a yoga teacher. She doesn't do..." He lowered his voice just fractionally. "Real jobs."
Aja heard it loud and clear, and looked at him incredulously. "I don't do real jobs?"
"Don't be ridiculous," Lucinda said to Michael. Aja's chest tightened with gratitude before she added, "This isn't a real job, it's a task that someone needs to do, and Aria seems to fit the bill." She leveled that cool blue gaze on Aja. "Don't you?"
"I don't think so," Aja said, suddenly taken over by a cool resentment. She looked from Lucinda to Michael. "I can't believe you two are arguing back and forth about how incompetent and... and... desperate I apparently seem to you. Not that I should have to defend myself to you, but my little job helps a lot of people. Would you have any more respect for me if I was called a physical therapist instead of a yoga instructor? Because that's basically what I am." Her anger rose disproportionate to the offense, and she tried to keep her voice controlled. "The hospital thinks so, anyway, as they have kept me employed there for five years. They consider it to be a real job when they pay me."
For a moment, Lucinda and Michael both seemed stunned into silence.”
Beth Harbison, The Cookbook Club: A Novel of Food and Friendship

Sara Desai
“At your age, I would expect you to have had a boyfriend or two, but if you've had intimate-"
"I'm not that old." Layla bristled, cutting him off.
"In this market you are." Sam smirked. "Most of the girls who have responded to my profile are under twenty-one. You're practically an auntie. I'm surprised your profile got as much interest as it did.”
Sara Desai, The Marriage Game

Tony Warrick
“When dealing with offensive and irritating people, you need to look past their behavior to their pain. Please understand that hurting people hurt people. They are full of fear and insecurity. Wise people ignore the insult and respond with patience and love.”
Tony Warrick

“Why do some people feel offended by the word shit, but not by the word poop? Because some little old lady at the FCC decided that good citizens don't use the word shit, and suddenly using a word like shit or fuck becomes an act of civil disobedience. Suddenly a little four-letter word has the power to shock.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Bad Choices Make Good Stories - Going to New York

Caspar Vega
“I find myself in social situations often where I think of a response to something someone has just said and it’s just too good not to say it. More often than not, it’s something rude or offensive or disturbing. Always funny or poignant, though. And very rarely something I actually feel.”
Caspar Vega, The Sexorcism of Amber Holloway

Jason Medina
“No offense, Charles, but they’ll probably shoot you just for being black.”
Jason Medina, The Manhattanville Incident: An Undead Novel

Criss Jami
“The order of the day is people are constantly nerve-stricken after previously following the permission to live lies. An overlap into discomfort largely comes from an excess of comfort.”
Criss Jami

Sara Shepard
“Aerin stared down at her dress and blushed. Eveyrone kept saying how great she looked. As if she usually looked like shit. Assholes.”
Sara Shepard, The Amateurs

“It's been said before, the left censors what they deem offensive, and the right censors what they deem obscene.”
Razorblade Kandy

A.D. Aliwat
“You can make something less offensive by taking it over.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

Lenny Bruce
“I want to help you if you have a dirty-word problem. There are none, and I'll spell it out logically to you.

Here is a toilet. Specifically-that's all we're concerned with, specifics-if I can tell you a dirty toilet joke, we must have a dirty toilet. That's what we're all talking about, a toilet. If we take this toilet and boil it and it's clean, I can never tell you specifically a dirty toilet joke about this toilet. I can tell you a dirty toilet joke in the Milner Hotel, or something like that, but this toilet is a clean toilet now. Obscenity is a human manifestation. This toilet has no central nervous system, no level of consciousness. It is not aware; it is a dumb toilet; it cannot be obscene; it's impossible. If it could be obscene, it could be cranky, it could be a Communist toilet, a traitorous toilet. It can do none of these things. This is a dirty toilet here.

Nobody can offend you by telling a dirty toilet story. They can offend you because it's trite; you've heard it many, many times.”
Lenny Bruce, How to Talk Dirty and Influence People

Lenny Bruce
“Now, if the bedroom is dirty to you, then you are a true atheist, because if you have any of the mores, superstitions, if anyone in this audience believes that God made his body, and you body is dirty, the fault lies with the manufacturer. It's that cold, Jim, yeah.”
Lenny Bruce, How to Talk Dirty and Influence People

“The cherished assumption in teaching has always been that truth is what matters, and until the last decade no one would have thought the truth should be denied because some consider it offensive or ‘triggering.”
Brad Miner, The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry

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