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

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

Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom. ~Merry Browne

Prejudice iz a hous plant which iz very apt tew wither if yu take it out doors amungst pholks. ~Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818–1885)  [Or if you prefer, the "translated" version: Prejudice is a house plant which is very apt to wither if you take it outdoors amongst folks. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority. ~Ralph W. Sockman

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

What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly — that is the first law of nature. ~Voltaire

Judge me all you want, just keep the verdict to yourself. ~From a Winston advertisement

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

Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances. ~Wayne W. Dyer

Our thoughts are unseen hands shaping the people we meet. Whatever we truly think them to be, that's what they'll become for us. ~Richard Cowper

Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart. ~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

If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed and color, we would find some other causes for prejudice by noon. ~George Aiken

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

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices — just recognize them. ~Edward Roscoe Murrow, 31 December 1955

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

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

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

In overcoming prejudice, working together is even more effective than talking together. ~Ralph W. Sockman

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

A minority group has "arrived" only when it has the right to produce some fools and scoundrels without the entire group paying for it. ~Carl T. Rowan

Do not judge and you will never be mistaken. ~Jean Jacques Rousseau

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

Our prejudices are like physical infirmities — we cannot do what they prevent us from doing. ~John Lancaster Spalding

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

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

Prejudice is the child of ignorance. ~William Hazlitt

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

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. ~Golda Meir

Prejudices subsist in people's imagination long after they have been destroyed by their experience. ~Ernest Dimnet

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

If you judge people you have no time to love them. ~Mother Teresa

I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark. ~Dick Gregory, c.1961

No man has ever been born a Negro hater, a Jew hater, or any other kind of hater. Nature refuses to be involved in such suicidal practices. ~Harry Bridges

O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand. ~William Penn

Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity; and let us put aside all selfishness in consideration of language, nationality, or religion. ~John Amos Comenius (1592–1670)

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