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  • If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is a part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
  • Hatred is a vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their meanness, and make it a pretext for sordid tyranny.
  • The passion of hatred is so durable and so inveterate that the surest prognostic of death in a sick man is a wish for reconciliation.
    • Les haines sont si longues et si opiniâtres que le plus grand signe de mort dans un homme malade, c'est la réconciliation
    • Jean de La Bruyère Les Caractères (1688) De l'Homme 108
  • Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure;
    men love in haste but they detest at leisure.
  • We hate some persons because we do not know them; and we will not know them because we hate them.
  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction ... The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
  • Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it
  • Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.
  • Why only hate? Where does love remain? Or at least a little decency toward other people? Exactly the same as we behaved against the Jews, we now wish to do against all other people who are in our way, to smash, crush - yes, even exterminate.
  • When our hatred is too keen it places us beneath those we hate.
    • La Rochefoucauld Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678) maxim 348
  • There's nothing in this world so sweet as love,
    And next to love the sweetest thing is hate!
  • If you hate your enemies, you will contract such a vicious habit of mind, as by degrees will break out upon those who are your friends, or those who are indifferent to you.
    • Joseph Addison The Spectator Tuesday 24 July, 1711, No. 125 said to be a quote from Plutarch probably a summary of the views in On the Advantage to Be Derived from One's Enemies
  • Hatred, as well as love, renders its votaries credulous.
  • The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
    • G.B. Shaw The Devil's Disciple, Act II (1901)
  • It is the nature of the human disposition to hate him whom you have injured.
    • Proprium humani ingenii est odisse quem laeseris
    • Tacitus Agricola Book I Chapter 42
  • I would permit no man, no matter what his colour might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.


  • Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.
  • Learn to think in positive affirmations. Affirmations are any statements you make. Too often we think in negative affirmations. Negative affirmations only create more of what you say you don't want. Saying, I hate my job, will get you nowhere. Declaring, I now accept a wonderful new job, will open the channels in your consciousness to create that.
  • Hate heals, you should try it sometime.
  • Hate is like fire; it burns those who hold it.
  • Hate is a cancer that spreads one cell at a time.
  • The hatred we bear our enemies injures their happiness less than our own.
  • People that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life.
  • The hatred of persons related to each other is the most violent.
  • The native american grandfather tells his grandson that there are two wolves inside of him, fighting for control. One wolf, is the wolf of love, peace, and kindness. The other wolf is a wolf of greed, hatred, and corruption. The grandson asks "Which wolf will win?" The grandfather replies "Whichever wolf I feed."
  • When you hate someone, the only person you are hurting is yourself
  • Love is a word
    That is constantly heard
    Hate is a word
    that is not
    Love, I am told
    Is more precious than gold
    Love, I have heard
    Is hot
    But hate is the verb
    That to me is superb
    And love, just a drug
    On the mart
    For any kiddie from school
    Can love like a fool
    But hating, my boy
    Is an art

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