What I think is that the F-word is basically just a convenient nasty-sounding word that we tend to use when we would really like to come up with a terrifically witty insult, the kind Winston Churchill always came up with when enormous women asked him stupid questions at parties
Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry
Beecher, Henry Ward
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
Bierce, Ambrose Gwinett
Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat.
You can't be truly rude until you understand good manners.
Brown, Rita Mae
Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance
The Washington Post, January 26, 1977
Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offence cannot reach it
A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.
To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves.
Durant, William James
With Ariel Durant
It is not he who gives abuse that affronts, but the view that we take of it as insulting; so that when one provokes you it is your own opinion which is provoking.
Laughter should dimple the cheek, not furrow the brow. A jest should be such, that all shall be able to join in the laugh which it occasions; but if it bear hard upon one of the company, like the crack of a string, it makes a stop in the music.
Abuse is the weapon of the vulgar.
Goodrich, Samuel Griswold
You will find that silence or very gentle words are the most exquisite revenge for insult
The best way to procure insults is to submit to them.
He who dares to speak with a razor sharp tongue, shall in end, bare the final scar.
Hensel, Robert M
Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled
In the old days of barbarism, the people fought with hatchets. Civilized men buried the hatchet, and now fight with gossip.
Howe, Edgar Watson
Country Town Sayings, 1911
Never insult an alligator until you've crossed the river
There are two insults no human being will endure: that he has no sense of humor, and that he has never known trouble.
Lewis, (Harry) Sinclair
If you can't ignore an insult, top it; if you can't top it, laugh it off; and if you can't laugh it off, it's probably deserved
Even the most ignorant speak at least two languages, their native tongue and profane.
Martino, Joseph P
The tongue cuts sharper than any tooth.
Martino, Joseph P
A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.
If you speak insults you will hear them also. [Lat., Contumelian si dices, audies.]
Plautus, Titus Maccius
Curses like chicken come home to roost.