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127,002. Never offend an enemy in a small way. (Biography & Enemy & Offence) Gore Vidal, cited Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, 2013
73,688. What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. (Free Speech & Offence) Salman Rushdie, Guardian 10th February 1990
83,565. If you are offended it is your problem, and frankly lots of things offend lots of people. Salman Rushdie
544. It’s funny the way one uses words like insult and offence but only for religion ... You don’t have to feel insulted or offended unless of course you haven’t got an argument in reply. (Religion & Insult & Offence & Argument) Professor Richard Dawkins, interview Newstalk 20th September 2009
95,694. A widespread assumption, which nearly everybody in our society acccepts – the non-religious included – is that religious faith is especially vulnerable to offence and should be protected by an abnormally thick wall of respect, in a different class from the respect that any human being should pay to any other. (Faith & Religion & Respect & Offence) Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion p20
6,170. She has committed no crime, she has merely broken a rigid and time-honored code of our society, a code so severe that whoever breaks it is hounded from our midst as unfit to live with. She is the victim of cruel poverty and ignorance, but I cannot pity her: she is white. She knew full well the enormity of her offense, but because her desires were stronger than the code she was breaking, she persisted in breaking it. She persisted, and her subsequent reaction is something that all of us have known at one time or another. She did something every child has done – she tried to put the evidence of her offense away from her. But in this case she was no child hiding stolen contraband: she struck out at her victim – of necessity she must put him away from her-he must be removed from her presence, from this world. She must destroy the evidence of her offense. (Society & Offence & Victim) Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
83,559. I’ll so offend to make offence a skill,
Redeeming time when men think least I will. William Shakespeare, I Henry VI I ii 213-214
55,660. Tell me wherein I have offended most? (God – Man to God & Offence) William Shakespeare, The First Part of the Contention II Henry VI IV vii 94, Saye
4,603. I am myself indifferent honest. But yet I could accuse me of such things, that it were better my mother had not borne me. I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious; with more offences at by beck than I have thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape, or time to act them in. What should such fellows as I do crawling between earth and heaven? We are arrant knaves all; believe none of us. Go thy ways to a nunnery. (Man & Honesty & Pride & Revenge & Ambition & Advice & Self & Fault & Offence) William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Hamlet to Ophelia, III i 123-140
75,241. O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven. (Guilt & Offence) ibid. III iii 36, King
83,558. And where the offence is let the great axe fall. ibid. IV v 218
83,557. Alas! ’tis true I have gone here and there,
And made myself a motley to the view,
Gored mine own thoughts, sold cheap what is most dear,
Made old offences of affections new. William Shakespeare, Sonnet 110
83,556. What dire offence from am’rous causes springs,
What mighty contests rise from trivial things. Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock 1714
93,449. Great wits may sometimes gloriously offend,
And rise to faults true critics dare not mend.
From vulgar bounds with brave disorder part
And snatch a grace beyond the reach of art. (Wit & Fault & Offence) Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism 1711
83,561. There are two words that have become rather creepy in the last two years, and one is respect ... The other is offence. (Offense & Respect) Stephen Fry, in conversation with Christopher Hitchens
83,560. It’s simply a whine. It’s no more than a whine. I find that offensive – it has no meaning, it has no purpose, no reason to be respected as a phrase – I am offended by that – well so fucking what! ibid.
83,561. She hugged the offender, and forgave the offence. John Dryden 1631-1700, Cymon and Iphigenia
83,562. A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. Proverbs 18:19
83,563. Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Matthew 26:31-33
83,564. Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! Luke 17:1
83,566. To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it. Tacitus
83,567. Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. Rene Descartes
83,568. Let the punishment match the offence. (Offence & Punishment) Marcus Tullius Cicero
83,569. No other offense has ever been visited with such severe penalties as seeking to help the oppressed. (Offence & Oppression) Clarence Darrow
43,720. To defeat this enemy it is necessary to wage a new all-out offensive. (Drugs & Enemy & Offence) Richard Nixon
102,469. Not offensive because it’s nature, educational. (Office & Offence) The Office US s2e2: Sexual Harassment, Michael
102,470. Not offensive because that’s how they talk in movies. (Office & Offence) The Office US s2e3: Office Olympics, Michael
133,726. All that’s left is your many many misdemeanours which include graffiti, vandalism, littering, public urination … (Gangstas: New Mexico & Lawyer & Offence) Better Call Saul s5e4: Namaste, Saul to client in clink
137,681. Are we more offended more than ever these days? Are artists and writers running scared? Is creative risk too risky? Is artistic licence too easily cancelled? (Offence & Art) Offended by Irvine Walsh, Sky Arts 2020
137,682. If it provokes a single thought, isn’t that what Art is for? (Offence & Art) ibid.
137,683. Silence is inertia. It’s death. It means we’ve given up on the dynamic that progresses humanity, genuine decent, and when any organism stops going forward, it dies. Art is an historic marker of social change. (Offence & Art) ibid.
137,686. In Britain, Art has rarely enraged public opinion more than the Sensation exhibition. It propelled the Chapman brothers as part of a superstar generation of British artists to global infamy. (Offence & Art & Artists: Chapman Brothers) ibid.
137,687. The front line: Art offended the over-sensitive in the 20th century but now comedy is the battle-ground. (Offence & Art) ibid.
137,688. Have people got the right to be offended? … ‘It doesn’t mean that you have the right to change the whole world to cater to your own particular sensibilities.’ (Offence & Art) ibid. Andrew Doyle
137,689. ‘Artists only work for corporations now.’ (Offence & Art) ibid. M.I.A