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Quotations about Hate



And she gathered the children of many races into her arms,
And said, "Hate dies here — be brothers."
~Harriet Monroe, "America," in Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, 1918


I imagine that one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with pain. ~James Baldwin


"And what problem does your hate solve?" he would ask us. ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com


From his example in this respect I learned the lesson that great men cultivate love, and that only little men cherish a spirit of hatred... It is now long ago that I learned this lesson from General Armstrong, and resolved that I would permit no man, no matter what his colour might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him... I pity from the bottom of my heart any individual who is so unfortunate as to get into the habit of holding race prejudice. ~Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery, 1901


A worthy New Year's resolution, perhaps, is to take no hatred into the New Year without requiring it to restate its purpose. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Hate is a fire that consumes the altar upon which it burns. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882


But hatred is best combined with Fear. Cowardice, alone of all the vices, is purely painful — horrible to anticipate, horrible to feel, horrible to remember; Hatred has its pleasures. It is therefore often the compensation by which a frightened man reimburses himself for the miseries of Fear. The more he fears, the more he will hate. ~C. S. Lewis


We really hate no one; we merely abhor the lack of our own virtues in others. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor


Hate is the Cask of the Danaïdes;
even Vengeance, frenzied and red-armed,
cannot replenish those depths fast enough
with bucketfuls of blood and dead men's tears—
Hell thirsts on, mysterious holes appear
and through them seep a thousand years of toil,
despite the victims desperately slain
and brought to life to suffer once again.
~Charles Baudelaire, "The Cask of Hate," Les Fleurs du Mal, 1857, translated by Richard Howard, 1982


I also came to see that the price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less. ~Eldridge Cleaver


...love is warm and hate is cold... ~Hal Borland, dedication to Barbara, Hal Borland's Book of Days, 1976


Love is infinitely more durable than hate. ~Ernest Hemingway, as quoted in A. E. Hotchner, The Good Life According To Hemingway, 2008


Burn, burn all the books which teach hatred! Exalt labor and love! Let us create rational human beings, capable of crushing under foot the futile magnificence of barbaric glories, and of resisting those blood ambitions of nationalism and imperialism which have crushed their brothers. ~Anatole France, 1919


Perhaps the geography of love might lend a little light to the unmapped geography of hate. ~Vincent M'Nabb, "The Land of Hate," 1916


I don't have time to hate people who hate me because I'm too busy loving people who love me. ~Author unknown


Or Hate is a drunk at the dark end of the bar
whose liquor only makes him thirstier—
a Hydra multiplies in every drop;
happy the man who drinks to meet his fate,
but Hate is fettered to a fiercer doom
and cannot even drink himself to death.
~Charles Baudelaire, "The Cask of Hate," Les Fleurs du Mal, 1857, translated by Richard Howard, 1982


Love makes man an angel, hate makes him a fiend. ~Thomas Clark Henley, A Handful of Paper Shavings, 1861


I've seen hate on the faces of too many Klansmen and too many White Citizens Councilors in the South to want to hate myself, because every time I see it, I know that it does something to their faces and their personalities and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.


I will undertake the hard task of speaking on hate. But, to guard myself and my readers against the essential dangers of the undertaking, I will speak of hate with love lurking in my heart. ~Vincent M'Nabb, "The Land of Hate," 1916


We hate some persons because we do not know them; and will not know them, because we hate them. ~C. C. Colton


Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.


Of course it is easy, a pleasure, often a self-indulgence to do things for those we love. It is more difficult to help those toward whom we are indifferent. I have tried it and found that then I feel less indifferent. As for those few people whom in my heart I dislike, I find in the same way that I am eased of it somewhat by doing them a kindness. If I did enough for them I might come to love them. ~Cid Ricketts Sumner, "Magic," A View from the Hill, 1957


Love may be blind, but this I'll state — it's eagle-eyed compared to hate. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


At first sight love and hate seem as far apart as the right hand and the left, or the north pole and the south, or day and night. However, on second sight, it would seem that hate is not love's opposite but its obverse. ~Vincent M'Nabb, "The Land of Hate," 1916


Every fool knoweth that hatreds are the cinders of affection... ~Walter Raleigh, 1593


Hatred is a feeling which leads to the extinction of values. ~José Ortega y Gasset


hatred bounces  ~E.E. Cummings, "Jottings," in Wake, 1951


Never believe anything that requires you to hate people who do not believe it. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


How wonderful it must be to speak the language of the angels, with no words for hate and a million words for love! ~Eileen Elias Freeman, The Angels' Little Instruction Book, 1994


...hate brings to men wars and fear! ~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham (1880–1971), "Christmas: The Birthday of Jesus, The Christ"


Hate less, live longer. ~Terri Guillemets, "Everyone, everywhere," 1994


Watching you
hold
your
hatred
for such a long time
I wonder:
Isn't it
slippery?
Might you
not
someday
drop it
on
yourself?...
~Alice Walker, from "Watching You Hold Your Hatred," Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, 2010


We have hereby established a certain likeness and even kinship between love and hate... Truth scatters, not only blessings, but curses. Indeed, as curses, though being more imperative, are more strident than blessings, their sound carries farther. ~Vincent M'Nabb, "The Land of Hate," 1916


No one is born hating another person... People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. ~Nelson Mandela


Hatred is a blindman
Seeing only darkness
~Terri Guillemets


If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us. ~Hermann Hesse


It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates. Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Another View of Hester," The Scarlet Letter: A Romance, 1850


Need we mention...
      All the pages it has added to our history books?...
Hatred is a master of contrast—
      between explosions and dead quiet,
      red blood and white snow...
~Wisława Szymborska (1923–2012), "Hatred," The End and the Beginning, 1993, translated from the Polish by Stanisław Barańczak and Clare Cavanagh


Hating withers your heart. Hearts that don't pump love, atrophy. ~Terri Guillemets


Hate is misguided love. ~Author unknown


Let hate, that is the Devil's spawn,
Return to Hell where it belongs!...
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Hatred," 1940s


Hate cages all the good things about you. ~Terri Guillemets


People will love you. People will hate you. And none of it will have anything to do with you. ~Abraham–Hicks


There is no
graceful
way
to
carry
hatred...
~Alice Walker, from "Watching You Hold Your Hatred," Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, 2010


We cannot heal when hate persists. ~Terri Guillemets


I don't hate anyone. The only people I know well enough to hate, I love. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Love is blind; hate is deaf. ~Author Unknown


A loving heart heals hate. ~Terri Guillemets


No evil is as deep and dark
As bitter hatred for God's own!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Hatred," 1940s


His heart beats only love — not a drop of hate-tinged blood in his body. ~Terri Guillemets


End discrimination. Hate everybody. ~Elle Eden





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