“Man learns more readily and remembers more willingly what excites his ridicule than what deserves esteem and respect.”
“It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.”
“When a man curls his lip, when he uses ridicule, when he grows angry, you have touched a raw nerve in domination”
“It is easy for a man who sits idle at home, and has nobody to please but himself, to ridicule or censure the common practices of mankind”
“We adore titles and heredities in our hearts and ridicule them with our mouths. This is our democratic privilege.”
“How ridiculous and unrealistic is the man who is astonished at anything that happens in life.”
“No man should travel until he has learned the language of the country he visits. Otherwise he voluntarily makes himself a great baby-so helpless and so ridiculous.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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