Ridicule has historically proven itself a rickety fence for great ideas.
Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.
(October 16, 1854 - November 30, 1900)
Ridicule is generally made use of to laugh men out of virtue and good sense, by attacking everything praiseworthy in human life.
(May 01, 1672 - June 17, 1719)
First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.
(October 02, 1869 - January 30, 1948)
Ridicule is the first and last argument of a fool
No wind is of service to him that is bound for nowhere.
Mediocrity is now, as formerly, dangerous, commonly fatal, to the poet; but among even the successful writers of prose, those who rise sensibly above it are the very rarest exceptions
William E. Gladstone
(December 29, 1809 - May 19, 1898)
While women weep, as they do now, I'll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now I'll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I'll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I'll fight, I'll fight to the very end!