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Hate

  • ... hate seemed to crackle out of him in little flashes, like electricity in a cat's fur.

  • Once, I discovered the skulls of two impala rams, their horns locked into an irreversible figure-of-eight; the two animals had been trapped in combat, latched to each other during the battle of the rut. The harder they had pulled to escape from each other, the more intractably stuck they were, until they had fallen exhausted, to their knees, in an embrace of hatred that had killed them both.

  • Hatred is like fire — it makes even light rubbish deadly.

    • George Eliot,
    • "Janet's Repentance," Scenes of Clerical Life ()
  • The intensest form of hatred is that rooted in fear.

  • ... hate is all a lie, there is no truth in hate ...

  • Only love has clear vision. Hatred has cloudy vision. When we hate we know not what we do.

  • Love is a great glue, but there is no cement like mutual hate.

  • Them white people made hate. They made hate just like they had a formula for it and followed that formula down to the last exact gallon of misery put in. Well ... that's what they made and that's what they got.

  • I know that you cannot hate other people without hating yourself.

  • Hatred is the fury of those who do not share our goals, and its object is death and destruction. Anger is a grief of distortions between peers, and its object is change.

    • Audre Lorde,
    • "The Uses of Anger," speech (1981), Sister Outsider ()
  • Anger, used, does not destroy. Hatred does.

  • ... hatred is a deathwish for the hated, not a lifewish for anything else.

  • ... I am sure / that when we love / we are better than ourselves / & when we hate, / worse.

  • ... hatred, however apparently justifiable, excusable or inevitable, always damages the hater.

  • ... hate smolders and eventually destroys, not the hated but the hater.

  • I tell you, there is such a thing as creative hate!

  • Love lights more fires than hate extinguishes ...

  • Hatred is a prolific vice; envy, a barren vice.

  • One cannot overestimate the power of a good rancorous hatred on the part of the stupid. The stupid have so much more industry and energy to expend on hating. They build it up like coral insects.

  • ... you must not, under any circumstances, allow yourself to hate. Not because your tormentors have not earned it. But if you allow hatred to take root, it would flourish and spread during your years in the camps, driving out everything else, and ultimately corrode and warp your soul. You will no longer be yourself, your identity will be destroyed, all that will remain will be a hysterical, maddened and bedevilled husk of the human being that once was.

  • His hatred of his wife horrified him. It was the first hatred of his life, it was growing in bitterness and intensity day by day, and he had no idea what to do about it.

  • ... if we say I love you, it may be received with doubt, for there are times when it is hard to believe. Say I hate you, and the one spoken to believes it instantly, once for all. ... Love must be learned, and learned again and again; there is no end to it. Hate needs no instruction, but waits only to be provoked ...

  • Misery generates hate ...

  • What the common man cannot understand he hates.

  • ... 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.

  • There was too much hatred in the world; it was manifestly as dangerous as gunpowder, yet people let it lie about, in the way of ignition.

  • ... the enslaver is / enslaved; the hater, harmed.

  • ... when a spirit of private animosity is permitted to influence the mind, it always produces an illiberal conduct.

    • Abigail Adams,
    • 1799, New Letters of Abigail Adams: 1788-1801 ()
  • Hatred is one of the poisons; like jaundice, it alters the true colors of things.

  • Hatred is an expensive toy that is tolerated only by an immature mind.

  • One should hate very little, because it's extremely fatiguing. One should despise much, forgive often and never forget. Pardon does not bring with it forgetfulness; at least not for me.

  • It was hate at first sight, clean, pure and strong as grain alcohol.

  • There is no one who cannot be hated, against whatever odds. Nor anyone who cannot be loved, against all reason.

  • To demand that another love what one loves is tyranny enough, but to demand that another hate what one hates, is even worse.

    • Margaret Mead,
    • letter to Gregory Bateson (1948), in Margaret M. Caffrey and Patricia A. Francis, eds., To Cherish the Life of the World: Selected Letters of Margaret Mead ()
  • Hate is perhaps the most dynamic of all emotions — fear may immobilize, love may stay the hand, but hate urges to action ...

  • I do not believe that hating any man solves the problem of race or any other problem. ... I firmly believe that hatred, like anger, works on the physical glandular system as well as on the moral fiber of our nation, and in doing so, can bring no positive good.

    • Margaret Walker,
    • "Willing to Pay the Price" (1969), How I Wrote Jubilee ()
  • Now when you hates you shrinks up inside and gets littler and you squeezes your heart tight and you stays so mad with peoples you feels sick all the time like you needs the doctor.

  • Only ways you can keep folks hating is to keep them apart and separated from each other.

  • Nothing is more common than for persons to hate those whom they have injured.

  • Hate is a grand, a strong quality! It makes nations, it builds up creeds! If men loved one another what should they need of a Church?

  • I don't see what people get from hating other people unless it's a special thing I just ain't hip to.

  • Hate does not present many choices; if hate is your solution, you are fairly certain to hate all phemonena with equal joy and intensity, without troubling to drag into prominence any one feature from the loathsome whole.

    • Louise Bogan,
    • 1933, in Ruth Limmer, ed., Journey Around My Room ()
  • ... prejudice is a seeping, dark stain, I think, more difficult to fight than hatred — which is powerful and violent and somehow more honest, too.

  • ... love commingled with hate is more powerful than love. Or hate.

  • The experiences of the heartless are so limited. It is hate that is blind. Love may miss a flaw here and there, but hate misses beauty everywhere.

  • In every mind where there is a strong tendency to fear, there is a strong capacity to hate. Those who dwell in fear dwell next door to hate ...

  • ... envy and hatred fascinate the eyes and never make them see things as they are.

  • And everywhere I looked I convinced myself of evil. Hate, I was learning, has its own eyes.

  • The dangerous thing about hate is that it seems so reasonable.

  • Hatred is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die of it.

  • Don't try to win over the haters; you are not a jackass whisperer.

  • This — this thing of the spirit you call God — and I thoroughly understand your differentiation between the exterior entity some people worship and the interior presence — cannot occupy the human soul at the same time that it is occupied by hatred. A simple matter of what might be called spiritual physics.

  • ... hate does not do good deeds.

  • Didn't you ever notice how it's always people who wish they had somethin' or had done somethin' that hate the hardest?

  • Be careful with hatred. Handle hatred with respect. Hatred is too noble an emotion to be frittered away in little personal animosities. Whereas love is of itself a reward and an object worth striving for, personal hatred has no triumphs that are not trivial, secondary and human. Therefore love as foolishly as you may. But hate only after long and ardent deliberation. Hatred is a passion requiring one hundred times the energy of love. Keep it for a cause, not an individual. Keep it for intolerance, injustice, stupidity. For hatred is the strength of the sensitive. Its power and its greatness depend on the selflessness of its use.

  • Hate generalizes; love specifies. Or: The movements of hatred are toward generalization; love's movements are toward specification.

  • ... when all that hate energy was focused on me, it was transformed into a fantastic energy. It was supporting me. If you are centered and you can transform all this energy that comes in, it will help you. If you believe it is going to kill you, it will kill you.

    • Yoko Ono,
    • in Jerry Hopkins, Yoko Ono ()
  • One drop of hatred in your soul will spread and discolor everything like a drop of black ink in white milk.

  • You can't be beautiful and hate because hate is a corroding disease and affects the way you look. ... You can't hide it — ever. It shows in your eyes. It warps your expression. It affects your character, your personality.

    • Bess Myerson,
    • 1945, in Shana Alexander, When She Was Bad ()
  • Hatred was a plant of slow growth ...

  • Where sexism and homophobia meet, you get a viciousness the likes of which you have never seen.

    • Sandra Lowe,
    • speech (1989), in Rosemary Silva, ed., Lesbian Quotations ()
  • High above hate I dwell: / O storms! farewell.

  • Hatred, like straw, makes for a lumpy mattress.

  • Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.

  • Love and hate, Miss Kendra, are not two opposite things. They're like the front of your hand and the back of it, Two sides of the same thing. They both mean, this person matters to me.

  • Hatred can eat at you until there's nothing left, until you become the thing you hate.

  • Hatred had made his tongue taste dirty, had fouled his teeth.

  • People fear what they don't know or understand, and what they fear long enough, they also begin to hate.

  • People hate what they don't understand and try to destroy it.

  • In hatred as in love, we grow like the thing we brood upon. What we loathe, we graft into our very soul.

  • Hate is not a good counselor.

  • Hate is funny. Love isn't. Love can kill you. Hate can keep you alive.

  • The polemics of right-wing radio are putting nothing less than hate onto the airwaves, into the marketplace, electing it to office, teaching it in schools, and exalting it as freedom.

  • You lose a lot of time hating people.

    • Marian Anderson,
    • in Howard Klein, "Marian Anderson Will Retire in 1965 After Tour of World," The New York Times ()
  • 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.

  • We easily hate those whom we have given cause to hate us.

    • Madame de Lussan,
    • in J. De Finod, ed., A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness ()
  • It's easy to respond to the hate cries, usually carefully wrapped up in a flag. Perhaps hate is the greatest simplifier of them all. It's the man with the throb in his voice, the man with the easy formula, the man who tries to shout to my emotions instead of speaking to my mind, the man who is sure he is right that I run from like hell.