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Quotations about Prejudice


No person is strong enough to carry a cross and a prejudice at the same time. ~William Arthur Ward, Thoughts of a Christian Optimist, 1968

I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks. ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960

Superstitions, errors, and prejudices are cobwebs continually woven in shallow brains. ~J. De Finod

Prejudice is a house plant which is very apt to wither if you take it outdoors amongst folks. ~Josh Billings  [spelling standardized —tg]

Prejudice is weighing the facts with your thumb on the scales. ~Alex Dreier, c.1956

If there is any one attribute common to man which is engrafted on his original nature, and entirely the growth of circumstances, that attribute is prejudice. ~William Benton Clulow, Sunshine and Shadows, 1863

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. ~Oscar Wilde

Each prejudice we harbor occupies space where God would anchor more of His love. ~William Arthur Ward, Thoughts of a Christian Optimist, 1968

We are each burdened with prejudice; against the poor or the rich, the smart or the slow, the gaunt or the obese. It is natural to develop prejudices. It is noble to rise above them. ~Author unknown

Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart. ~Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington

Miss Judge, with a mind warped by the strongest prejudices, this lady exalts herself to pronounce sentence upon people's words and actions. She is closely related to Miss Construe and Miss Conception, to whom she is warmly attached, and greatly influenced by their counsel. ~Angeline E. Alexander, "A Sisterhood of Spinsters," 1885

Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason. ~John Wesley, 1770

Prejudice is more potent in the world's religion than faith on calm judgment. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Prejudice is a wall of fear built on the sands of suspicion surrounding the city of insecurity. ~William Arthur Ward, Thoughts of a Christian Optimist, 1968

It is never too late to give up our prejudices. ~Henry David Thoreau

One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings. ~Franklin A. Thomas, 1982

Prejudice is all in your head. ~As seen on a button at

Bigotry is stationary, while philosophy wings its flight into an amazing circumference. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

But somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face. ~Nelson DeMille

PREJUDICE, in its ordinary and literal sense, is prejudging any question without having sufficiently examined it, and adhering to our opinion upon it through ignorance, malice, or perversity, in spite of every evidence to the contrary. The little that we know has a strong alloy of misgiving and uncertainty in it; the mass of things of which we have no means of judging, but of which we form a blind and confident opinion, as if we were thoroughly acquainted with them, is monstrous. Prejudice is the child of ignorance: for as our actual knowledge falls short of our desire to know, or curiosity and interest in the world about us, so must we be tempted to decide upon a greater number of things at a venture; and having no check from reason or inquiry, we shall grow more obstinate and bigotted in our conclusions, according as we have been rash and presumptuous.... in the vacuum either of facts or arguments, the weight of prejudice and passion falls with double force, and bears down everything before it. ~William Hazlitt, "On Prejudice"

I've learned this about judging people — you can have all the facts and not know the true story. ~Robert Brault,

If only closed minds came with closed mouths. ~As seen on a button at

Next to money, a man prizes his prejudices. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

I am an invisible man... I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids — and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me... That invisibility to which I refer occurs because of a peculiar disposition of the eyes of those with whom I come in contact. A matter of the construction of their inner eyes, those eyes with which they look through their physical eyes upon reality. ~Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man, 1952

I have no race prejudices, and I think I have no color prejudices or caste prejudices nor creed prejudices. Indeed I know it. I can stand any society. All that I care to know is that a man is a human being — that is enough for me; he can't be any worse. ~Mark Twain

The demagogue has always been the sternest tyrant.... I deem it my duty, in this crisis, to point out the national sins which are the causes of those national judgments under which we are now suffering. ~William Maxwell Hetherington, "The Sins of the Times," sermon, Free St Paul's, Edinburgh, 1854  [a little altered –tg]

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