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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

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, December 1918

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

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

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

I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. ~Booker T. Washington

Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat. ~Henry Emerson Fosdick

A Rattlesnake, if Cornered will become so angry it will bite itself. That is exactly what the harboring of hate and resentment against others is — a biting of oneself. We think we are harming others in holding these spites and hates, but the deeper harm is to ourselves. ~E. Stanley Jones

Hate must make a man productive. Otherwise one might as well love. ~Karl Kraus

All men kill the thing they hate, too, unless, of course, it kills them first. ~James Thurber

Hatred is one long wait. ~René Maran

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

A precious liquid, a poison dearer than that of the Borgias — because it is made from our blood, our health, our sleep, and two-thirds of our love — we must be stingy with it. ~Charles Baudelaire, "Advice to Young Writers," 1867

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

The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less. ~Eldridge Cleaver, Soul on Ice, 1968 is warm and hate is cold... ~Hal Borland, dedication to Barbara, Hal Borland's Book of Days, 1976

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love is blind; hate is deaf. ~Author Unknown

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

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

There is a story of an Oxford student who once remarked, "I despise all Americans, but have never met one I didn't like." ~Gordon Allport

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

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

If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang. ~Charley Reese

You lose a lot of time, hating people. ~Marian Anderson

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

Hatreds are the cinders of affection. ~Walter Raleigh

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,

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

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

Watching you
for such a long time
I wonder:
Isn't it
Might you
drop it
~Alice Walker, from "Watching You Hold Your Hatred," Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, 2010

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

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

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)

There is no
~Alice Walker, from "Watching You Hold Your Hatred," Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, 2010

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

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

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

We cannot heal when hate persists. ~Terri Guillemets

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate. ~Socrates

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

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

A loving heart heals hate. ~Terri Guillemets

Take care that no one hates you justly. ~Publilius Syrus

Hatred is a blindman
Seeing only darkness
~Terri Guillemets

End discrimination. Hate everybody. ~Elle Eden

Love breaks hate. ~Terri Guillemets

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