Hate Quotes

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Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated and this was an immutable law.
The hatred we bear our enemies injures their happiness less than our own.
Hate has no medicine.
— African proverb

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All hate is self-hate.
Hatred is love frustrated.

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He who hates, hates himself.
— African proverb

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Hate is more lasting than dislike.
Hatred can be overcome only by love.


People hate as they love, unreasonably.
Hatred is a prolific vice; envy, a barren vice.


But hate is all a lie, there is no truth in hate.
What we need is hatred. From it our ideas are born.


To wrong those we hate is to add fuel to our hatred.
Hatred is like fire—it makes even light rubbish deadly.
And the intensest form of hatred is that rooted in fear.
Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary.
Hatred is a feeling which leads to the extinction of values.
We hate what we fear, and so where hate is, fear is lurking.


The dangerous thing about hate is that it seems so reasonable.
Hatred plays the same part in government as acid in chemistry.
The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.
When our hatred is too keen, it puts us beneath those we hate.
I shall never permit myself to stoop so low as to hate any man.
Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.

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There are glances of hatred that stab, and raise no cry of murder.
When our hatred is too keen it puts us beneath those whom we hate.
I permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
Hatred is a deathwish for the hated, not a lifewish for anything else.
Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.
Hate is always a clash between our own spirit and someone else's body.
A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man.
I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.


Everyone hates a martyr; it's no wonder martyrs were burned at the stake.
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.
He who says he is in the light and hates his brother is in the darkness still.
— The Bible—1 John 2:9


Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them back; then you destroy yourself.
Those who despise people are the most desperate to be favorably recognized by them.

human nature

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity.
Never let yourself hate any person.  It is the most devastating weapon of one's enemies.


Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure; men love in haste but they detest at leisure.
Hatred is too great a burden to bear.  It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.
Saints choose to think of everyone as their friend, so that hate does not get in their way.


The most deadly fruit is borne by the hatred which one grafts on an extinguished friendship.


The voice of the intelligence is soft and weak, said Freud.  It is drowned out by the roar of fear.

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I seem to hang on to my hates because they help take my mind off the cracked reflection in the mirror.
In hatred as in love, we grow like the thing we brood upon.  What we loathe, we graft into our very soul.

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One drop of hatred in your soul will spread and discolor everything like a drop of black ink in white milk.
I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

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Hatred, for the man who is not engaged in it, is a little like the odor of garlic for one who hasn't eaten any.
Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?


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.

human nature

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.
Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it; a child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise.


Hatred is like an acid. It can do more damage to the container in which it is stored than to the object on which it is poured.
Hate is like acid. It can not only destroy the vessel in which it is stored, but also destroy the object on which it is poured.
Hate is the complement of fear and narcissists like being feared.  It imbues them with an intoxicating sensation of omnipotence.

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For hate is old as eagle peaks,
And hate is new as sunrise gulls,
And hate is ravening vulture beaks
Descending on a place of skulls.
We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.
We are told to walk noiselessly through the world, that we may waken neither hatred nor envy; but, alas! What can we do when they never sleep!


Perhaps no phenomenon contains so much destructive feeling as "moral indignation," which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.

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I imagine that one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with pain.
For the poison of hatred seated near the heart doubles the burden for the one who suffers the disease; he is burdened with his own sorrow, and groans on seeing another's happiness.
The pleasure of hating, like a poisonous mineral, eats into the heart of religion, and turns it to rankling spleen and bigotry; It makes patriotism an excuse for carrying fire, pestilence, and famine into other lands.
Hatred rarely does any harm to its object.  It is the hater who suffers.  His soul is warped and his life poisoned by dwelling on past injuries or projecting schemes of revenge.  Rancor in the bosom is the foe of personal happiness.
Any man who tries to excite class hatred, sectional hate, hate of creeds, any kind of hatred in our community, though he may affect to do it in the interest of the class he is addressing, is in the long run with absolute certainty that class's own worst enemy.
To meet hate with retaliatory hate would do nothing but intensify the existence of evil in the universe. Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love; we must meet physical force with soul force. Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding.

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