A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person's brow.
A sneer is often the sign of heartless malignity.
Only little boys and old men sneer at love. - Louis Auchincloss
To sneer at his imperfect attempt was very bad breeding. - Emily Brontë
Write something the skeptics will sneer at. - Marty Rubin
Foolish wise folk sneer at you; foolish wise folk would pull up the useless lilies, the needless roses, from the garden, would plant in their places only serviceable wholesome cabbage. But the Gardener knowing better, plants the silly short-lived flowers; foolish wise folk, asking for what purpose. - Jerome K. Jerome
People talk-- they sneer at escapism. Well, there are those of us who need it. - Piers Anthony
Never be a cynic, even a gentle one. Never help out a sneer, even at the devil. - Vachel Lindsay