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  • A little bit of irreverence is necessary to have any self-esteem at all. Not irreverence for people, but rather, for what other people think.

    Sherry Argov, “Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl - A Woman's Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship”
  • The very basis of creative work is irreverence! The very basis of creative work is bold experimentation. There has never been a creator of lasting importance who has not also been an innovator.

  • I think that Richard Nixon will go down in history as a true folk hero, who struck a vital blow to the whole diseased concept of the revered image and gave the American virtue of irreverence and skepticism back to the people.

    Hero   Thinking   Blow  
    William S. Burroughs (2007). “Word Virus: The William S. Burroughs Reader”, p.339, Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • However common irreverence and profanity become, they are nonetheless wrong

  • We need to restore the spirit of irreverence in music.

    Pierre Boulez, Martin Cooper (1990). “Orientations: Collected Writings”, p.482, Harvard University Press
  • A discriminating irreverence is the creator and protector of human liberty.

    Mark Twain (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of Mark Twain (Illustrated)”, p.1479, Delphi Classics
  • Curiosity and irreverence go together. Curiosity cannot exist without the other. Curiosity asks, "Is this true?" "Just because this has always been the way, is the best or right way of life, the best or right religion, political or economic value, morality?" To the questioner, nothing is sacred. He detests dogma, defies any finite definition of morality, rebels against any repression of a free, open search of ideas no matter where they may lead. He is challenging, insulting, agitating, discrediting. He stirs unrest.

  • Irreverence not only shows disrespect to Deity but also makes it hard for the Spirit to teach us the things we need to know.

  • If we had reverence for our life, our life would take at once religious form. But as it is, in our filthy irreverence, it remains a disgusting slough, where each one of us goes so thoroughly disguised in dirt that we are all alike and indistinguishab

    D. H. Lawrence, Bruce Steele (1985). “Study of Thomas Hardy and Other Essays”, p.122, Cambridge University Press
  • The greatest gift that Oxford gives her sons is, I truly believe, a genial irreverence toward learning, and from that irreverence love may spring.

    Love   Spring   Believe  
    "Shakespeare over the Port". Book by Robertson Davies, 1960.
  • One of the problems I see with these comics on television, particularly cable television, is, since you can say anything in terms of sex and scatological references and so on, therefore, you should do it. So they all limit themselves to these subjects and this vocabulary. My objection is that it is a lack of articulateness. Irreverence is easy, but what is hard is wit. Wit is what these comedians lack.

    Sydney Morning Herald interview, March 1, 2003.
  • In my view, it’s irreverence, foolish confidence and naivety combined with persistence, open mindedness and a continual ability to learn that created Facebook, Google, Yahoo, eBay, Microsoft, Apple, Juniper, AOL, Sun Microsystems and others.

    "Vinod Khosla: Maintain the Silicon Valley Vision". July 13, 2012.
  • Every act of irreverence for life, every act which neglects life, which is indifferent to and wastes life, is a step towards the love of death. This choice man must make at every minute. Never were the consequences of the wrong choice as total and as irreversible as they are today. Never was the warning of the Bible so urgent: 'I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life, that you and your children may live.'

    Children   Blessing   Men  
    Erich Fromm (1963). “War Within Man: A Psychological Enquiry Into the Roots of Destructiveness”
  • The more repression there is, the more need there is for irreverence toward those who are responsible for that repression. But too often sarcasm passes for irony, name-calling passes for insight, bleeped-out four-letter words pass for wit, and lowest-common-denominator jokes pass for analysis. Satire should have a point of view. It doesn't have to get a belly laugh. It does have to present criticism.

    Humor   Sarcasm   Views  
    "In The Jester's Court". Interview with David Kupfer, February 2009.
  • Yeah, yeah, it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye type of thing. There's that kind of irreverence to it the humor and in the reality of what's really going on that plays into this movie.

    Fun   Eye   Reality  
  • Irreverence is a most necessary ingredient of religion. Not to speak of its importance in philosophy. Irreverence is the only way left to us for testing our universe.

    Frank Herbert (2008). “Children of Dune”, p.276, Penguin
  • The 'gallows' are not only a symbol of death, but also a symbol of cruelty, terror and irreverence for life; the common denominator of primitive savagery, medieval fanaticism and modern totalitarianism.

  • It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.

    "'The Ascent of Man' ('Knowledge or Certainty')". Documentary TV Mini-Series, Episode 11, 1973.
  • Irreverence ran on both sides of our parents brought me up to think we could all change the world.

  • In today's world where, more than ever, the ongoing concentration of money and power in the hands of a self-selected few, relies on political and public apathy, Live My Life provides a much needed shot of timely, thought-provoking, musically forward, irreverence to the status quo.

  • Live My Life provides a much needed shot of timely, thought-provoking, musically forward, irreverence to the status quo.

  • True irreverence is disrespect for another man's god.

    Mark Twain (2012). “Mark Twain at Your Fingertips: A Book of Quotations”, p.405, Courier Corporation
  • for me the most fun of my career is to bring a little bit of irreverence to characters. And, you know, I don't think that the producers were expecting me to be as irreverent as I am.

    "‘Battle Creek’ star Dean Winters on nearly killing Josh Duhamel and more". Interview with Daniel Fienberg, March 1, 2015.
  • New York, thy name is irreverence and hyperbole. And grandeur.

    Ada Louise Huxtable (1976). “Kicked a building lately?”, Crown
  • I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.

    Summer   Beer   Winter  
    "Brendan Behan Dies in Dublin", March 21, 1964.
  • Irreverence is a way of playing hooky and remaining present at the same time.

    Mary Ruefle (2012). “Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures”, p.217, Wave Books
  • And, indeed, is there not something holy about a great kitchen?... The scoured gleam of row upon row of metal vessels dangling from hooks or reposing on their shelves till needed with the air of so many chalices waiting for the celebration of the sacrament of food. And the range like an altar, yes, before which my mother bowed in perpetual homage, a fringe of sweat upon her upper lip and the fire glowing in her cheeks.

    Mother   Air   Glowing  
  • Irreverence is the lifeblood of freedom.

    "Charlie Hebdo shooting: police release names and photos of two brothers wanted for the attack - as it happened" by Ben Doherty, Helen Davidson, January 8, 2015.
  • Long as I have lived, and many blasphemers as I have heard and seen, I have never yet heard or witnessed any direct and consciousblasphemy or irreverence; but of indirect and habitual, enough. Where is the man who is guilty of direct and personal insolence to Him that made him?

    Men   Long   Irreverence  
    Henry David Thoreau (2017). “Journeys, Adventures & Life in Harmony with Nature – 6 Book Collection (Illustrated): Including Walden, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, The Maine Woods, Cape Cod, A Yankee in Canada & Canoeing in the Wilderness - North American Highlands Series”, p.49, e-artnow
  • With a character like a Captain Jack, who can essentially set up these verbal land mines around him, and just keep passing the "absurdity ball" around and the "irreverence ball" around, and keep people guessing and keep people confused, there's great safety in that. Me, myself, personally, I learn from it. It's a real pleasure, and I do need him.

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