What do you despise? By this are you truly known.
The fiercest fire is hatred.
GAUTAMA BUDDHA, The Gospel of Buddha
Others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win, unless you hate them. And then, you destroy yourself.
RICHARD NIXON, speech, Aug. 9, 1974
Most hatred is based on fear, one way or another.
LAURELL K. HAMILTON, Guilty Pleasures
Hate is crystallized fear, fear's dividend, fear objectivized. We hate what we fear and so where hate is, fear will be lurking.
CYRIL CONNOLLY, The Unquiet Grave
Dislike what deserves it, but never hate: for that is of the nature of malice; which is almost ever to persons, not things, and is one of the blackest qualities sin begets in the soul.
WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude
You never really hate anyone as much as someone you cared about once.
CASSANDRA CLARE, City of Glass
Hate always sells well, but for repeat trade and the long pull happiness is sounder merchandise.
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, Stranger in a Strange Land
Hatred comes with a persistency worthy of a better cause, and clamors for possession of the citadel of the soul.
NICIAS BALLARD COOKSEY, Helps to Happiness
- So we're different colours
- And we're different creeds
- And different people have different needs
- It's obvious you hate me
- Though I've done nothing wrong
- I've never even met you so what could I have done
- I can't understand
- What makes a man
- Hate another man
- Help me understand
- Help me understand
- Now you're punching
- And you're kicking
- And you're shouting at me
- I'm relying on your common decency
- So far it hasn't surfaced
- But I'm sure it exists
- It just takes a while to travel
- From your head to your fists
DEPECHE MODE, "People are People"
Nothing turns to hate so bitter as what once was love.
LAURELL K. HAMILTON, Cerulean Sins
- Now I am silent, hate
- Up to my neck,
- Thick, thick.
- I do not speak.
Hate destroys the very structure of the personality of the hater.... when you start hating anybody, it destroys the very center of your creative response to life and the universe; so love everybody.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., sermon delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, Nov. 17, 1957
I didn't know what hate felt like, not the hate that comes after love. It's huge and desperate and it longs to be proved wrong. And every day it's proved right it grows a little more monstrous. If the love was passion, the hate will be obsession. A need to see the once-loved weak and cowed beneath pity. Disgust is close and dignity is far away. The hate is not only for the once loved, it's for yourself too; how could you ever have loved this?
JEANETTE WINTERSON, The Passion
A strong hatred [is] the best lamp to bear in our hands as we go over the dark places of life, cutting away the dead things men tell us to revere.
REBECCA WEST, The Freewoman, Mar. 7, 1912
- Hatred is the ballast of
- the rock
- which lies upon our necks
- and underfoot.
MAYA ANGELOU, "Glory Falls"
Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., Stride Toward Freedom
Folks never understand the folks they hate.
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, The Biglow Papers
Hate is a lack of imagination.
GRAHAM GREENE, The Power and the Glory
Hatred is self-punishment.
HOSEA BALLOU, Edge-Tools of Speech
Hatreds are the chimneys of the mind, serving to carry off the smoke of its pestilent humors.
CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought
Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., attributed, A Knock at Midnight
Hate is a bottomless cup; I will pour and pour.
In any society, fanatics who hate don't hate only methey hate you too. They hate everybody. Someone who hates one group will end up hating everyoneand, ultimately, hating himself or herself.... They need hate in order to feel superior.
ELIE WIESEL, O: The Oprah Magazine, Nov. 2000
Hatred, as well as love, renders its votaries credulous.
JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU, Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Anger is a weed; hate is the tree.
Hate is like water in a dry gulch. The longer it runs, the deeper it digs.
KEN ALSTAD, Savvy Sayin's
Flat or round, there has always been hate in the world.
TANITH LEE, Night's Master
Hatred is the greatest cancer that we must squash.
TRACI LORDS, Twitter post, September 3, 2014
Hate engenders hate. Hate spreads to nations, and from this cause we have devastating wars. In the contemplation of these wars and their origins there is something humiliating to our human race. No Hymn of Hate can ever be a paean of humanity.
ARTHUR ALFRED LYNCH, Moods of Life
Hate is ravening vulture beaks descending on a place of skulls.
AMY LOWELL, "The Revenge", The New Republic, July 12, 1922
As man's love or hatred, so he. Love and hatred exist only personified.
JOHANN KASPAR LAVATER, Aphorisms on Man
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Read T. Augustus Forbes Leith's very short essay: On Hatred