The Devil's Dictionary: Contempt (n.)
The feeling of a prudent man for an enemy who is too formidable safely to be opposed.
(This, by the one, is one of my very favorites in the whole dictionary.)
But the truth is, -- I am not a wise man ; ---- and besides am a mortal of so little consequence in the world, it is not much matter what I do ; so I seldom fret or fume at all about it. -- Tristam Shandy