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  • If all the world were water fit to drown / There are some whom you would not teach to swim.

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Some Ladies Dress in Muslin Full and White," The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti ()
  • Hostility is expressed in a number of ways. One is laughter.

  • I don't like beetles, tho' I'm sure they're very good, / I don't like porridge, tho' my Nanny says I should; / I don't like the cistern in the attic where I play, / And the funny noise the bath makes when the water runs away. / I don't like the feeling when my gloves are made of silk, / And that dreadful slimy skinny stuff on top of hot milk; / I don't like tigers, not even in a book, / And, I know it's very naughty but I don't like Cook!

    • Rose Fyleman,
    • "I Don't Like Beetles," Fairies and Chimneys ()
  • [On Robert Graves:] I didn't like him and his wife — they're like very bad weather.

    • Rebecca West,
    • 1922, in Bonnie Kime Scott, ed., Selected Letters of Rebecca West ()
  • ... no man who drank or smoked could ever come nearer to me than the telephone. I'd say, I won't let you — you nicotine-soaked, beer-besmeared, whiskey-greased, red-eyed devil — talk to me face to face ...

    • Carry Nation,
    • 1901, in Carleton Beals, Cyclone Carry: The Story of Carry Nation ()
  • ... we dislike those we've injured.

  • If she does not like it, she can lump it.

  • I don't hate anyone. I dislike. But my dislike is the equivalent of anyone else's hate.

  • ... it was the fashion to psychoanalyse people these days and it was all so tiresome and irritating, as if one could no longer be allowed the luxury of disliking someone.