PREJUDICE QUOTES

quotations about prejudice

I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.

W. C. FIELDS, The Saturday Review, January 28, 1967

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When any prevailing prejudice is attacked, the wise will consider, and leave the narrow-minded to rail with thoughtless vehemence at innovation.

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY, A Vindication of the Rights of Women

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Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.

CHARLOTTE BRONTË, Jane Eyre

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Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason.

JOHN WESLEY, letter to Joseph Benson, October 5, 1770

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The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon, or Many Things in Few Words

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The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.

KATE CHOPIN, The Awakening

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Prejudice is the glass through which most things are seen and judged.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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I happen to think that the singular evil of our time is prejudice. It is from this evil that all other evils grow and multiply. In almost everything I've written there is a thread of this: a man's seemingly palpable need to dislike someone other than himself.

ROD SERLING, Los Angeles Times, 1967

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Men often prove the violence of their own prejudices, even by the violence with which they attack the prejudices of other people.

FULKE GREVILLE, Maxims, Characters and Reflections

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At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice.

GORE VIDAL, "Sex and the Law", Homage to Daniel Shays

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If we would indicate an idea which, throughout the whole course of history, has ever more and more widely extended its empire, or which, more than any other, testifies to the much-contested and still more decidedly misunderstood perfectibility of the whole human race, it is that of establishing our common humanity -- of striving to remove the barriers which prejudice and limited views of every kind have erected among men, and to treat all mankind, without reference to religion, nation, or color, as one fraternity, one great community, fitted for the attainment of one object, the unrestrained development of the physical powers. This is the ultimate and highest aim of society.

WILHELM VON HUMBOLDT, Kosmos

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The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice.

MARK TWAIN, Following the Equator

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The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.

ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER, Parerga and Paralipomena

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A fish will sometimes with pleasure rise out of his element, and spring into ours: so a man will sometimes with pleasure rise from prejudice and falsehood, into the sphere of reason and truth. But the fish will most naturally and joyfully dive again into his element of water; and the man as joyfully and naturally into his element of prejudice and falsehood.

FULKE GREVILLE, Maxims, Characters, and Reflections

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

MARK TWAIN, Innocents Abroad

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The law understands the implacable nature of prejudice. It acknowledges that prejudiced judges ought not sit on a given case, although most prejudiced judges are too prejudiced to recognize or admit their prejudice and to remove themselves. To get a prejudiced judge off a case is like prying a tooth out of a rabid gorilla.

GERRY L. SPENCE, How to Argue and Win Every Time

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Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., letter from a Birmingham Jail, 1963

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Even if prejudice magically ceased today, the burden of the past would remain.

EVELYN B. PLUHAR, Beyond Prejudice

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Arguments do not erase prejudice any more than arguments erase scars, whether psychological or physical.

GERRY L. SPENCE, How to Argue and Win Every Time

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Prejudice comes from being in the dark; sunlight disinfects it.

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, 1000 Pocket Positives

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