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  • 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 is a vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their meanness, and make it a pretext for sordid tyranny.
  • There's no hatred that can be satisfied either in this world or the next, and the hatred that one has for oneself is probably the one for which there is no forgiveness.
    • Georges Bernanos, Monsieur Ouine (1943), translated by William S. Bush. Lincoln NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2000, p. 208.
  • Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure;
    Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.
  • These two hated with a hate
    Found only on the stage.
  • Love the others and you will be loved!” is a saying that might sound as a terrible and unjust accusation against all the innocents that have been hated and perhaps even tortured and killed.
    • Fausto Cercignani in: Brian Morris, Simply Transcribed. Quotations from Writings by Fausto Cercignani, 2014, quote 58.
  • We hate some persons because we do not know them; and we will not know them because we hate them.
  • La haine, c'est la colère des faibles!
    • Hatred is the anger of the weak.
    • Alphonse Daudet, Lettres de mon Moulin (1869; repr. Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1882) p. 19; John P. Macgregor (trans.) Letters from My Mill (New York: Taplinger, 1967) p. 18.
  • I make it a practice to avoid hating anyone. If someone's been guilty of despicable actions, especially toward me, I try to forget him. I used to follow a practice—somewhat contrived, I admit—to write the man's name on a piece of scrap paper, drop it into the lowest drawer of my desk, and say to myself: "That finishes the incident, and so far as I'm concerned, that fellow." The drawer became over the years a sort of private wastebasket for crumbled-up spite and discarded personalities.
  • When you visualized a man or woman carefully, you could always begin to feel pity — that was a quality God's image carried with it. When you saw the lines at the corners of the eyes, the shape of the mouth, how the hair grew, it was impossible to hate. Hate was just a failure of imagination.
  • 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.
  • I call on you not to hate, because hate does not leave space for a person to be fair and it makes you blind and closes all doors of thinking.
  • 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.
  • 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 illuminates 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.
  • 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.
  • When our hatred is too keen it places us beneath those we hate.
  • I could never hate anyone I knew.
    • Attributed to Charles Lamb; reported in Alfred Ainger, Charles Lamb (1882), chapter 6, p. 124. Other biographers have also attributed this sentence to him, although the circumstances under which he said it are given variously.
  • Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer. And you know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in himself.
    • 1 John 3 (Douay-Rheims translation of The Bible
  • Hate your enemy with a whole heart, and if a man smite you on one cheek, SMASH him on the other!
  • There's nothing in this world so sweet as love,
    And next to love the sweetest thing is hate!
  • Others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.
    • Richard Nixon, farewell remarks to cabinet and staff (9 August 1974).
  • Hatred does not exist as a basic psychological structure. It is, however, the result of psychological manipulation of fear; and fear is not a basic psychological structure.
    • Jane Roberts, The Early Sessions: Book 2, Session 75, Page 271.
  • I will tell you what to hate. Hate hypocrisy, hate cant, hate indolence, oppression, injustice; hate Pharisaism; hate them as Christ hated them — with a deep, living, godlike hatred.
  • Hatred, as well as love, renders its votaries credulous.
  • Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.
    • Bertrand Russell, as quoted in Evan Esar The Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (1949), p. 174.
  • How like a fawning publican he looks!
    I hate him for he is a Christian,
    But more for that in low simplicity
    He lends out money gratis and brings down
    The rate of usance here with us in Venice.
  • The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
  • Proprium humani ingenii, est odisse quem læseris.
    • It is human nature to hate those whom we have injured.
    • Tacitus, Agricola, Book I, Chapter 42, 4.
  • The hatred of relatives is the most violent.
    • Tacitus, Annales (AD 117), IV. 70.
  • Sometimes hate is the only real thing in the world. You can stop loving someone, but hate seems to go on forever. People respect hate. It speaks, it vibrates.
  • Procul O procul este profani.
    • Hence, far hence, ye vulgar herd!
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), VI. 258.
  • There are plenty of good reasons for fighting … but no good reason ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too. Where's evil? It's that large part of every man that wants to hate without limit, that wants to hate with God on its side. It’s that part of every man that finds all kinds of ugliness so attractive.
  • I would permit no man, no matter what his colour might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
  • Fear leads to Anger, Anger leads to Hate, Hate leads to Suffering.
    • Yoda in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 354-55.
  • Hatred is self-punishment.
  • I pray that every passing hour
    Your hearts may bruise and beat,
    I pray that every step you take
    May bruise and burn your feet.
    • Emile Cammaerts, Vœux du Nouvel An, 1915, A L'Armée Allemand. Translation by Lord Curzon. England's Response in The Observer (Jan. 10, 17, 1915).
  • Odi et amo. Quare id faciam, fortasse requiris. Nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.
    • I hate and I love. Perchance you ask why I do that. I know not, but I feel that I do and I am tortured.
    • Catullus, Carmina, LXXXV. 1.
  • Qui vit haï de tous ne saurait longtemps vivre.
    • He who is hated by all can not expect to live long.
    • Pierre Corneille, Cinna, I. 2.
  • There are glances of hatred that stab and raise no cry of murder.
  • Quem metuont oderunt, quem quisque odit periisse expetit.
    • Whom men fear they hate, and whom they hate, they wish dead.
    • Quintus Enniusm Thyestes (Atreus log).
  • Wir haben lang genug geliebt,
    Und wollen endlich hassen.
    • We've practiced loving long enough,
      Let's come at last to hate.
    • Georg Herwegh, Lied vom Hasse; translation by Thackeray in Foreign Quarterly Review (April, 1843).
  • Then let him know that hatred without end
    Or intermission is between us two.
    • Homer, The Iliad, Book XV, line 270. Bryant's translation.
  • "He was a very good hater."
  • I like a good hater.
  • But I do hate him as I hate the devil.
    • Ben Jonson, Every Man Out of his Humour, Act I, scene 1.
  • Wir haben nur einen einzigen Hass,
    Wir lieben vereint, wir hassen vereint,
    Wir haben nur einen einzigen Feind.
    • We have but one, and only hate,
      We love as one, we hate as one,
      We have one foe and one alone.
    • Ernst Lissauer, Hassgesang gegen England. Translation by Barbara Henderson. In the Nation (March 11, 1915).
  • There's no hate lost between us.
  • For never can true reconcilement grow,
    Where wounds of deadly hate have pierced so deep.
  • Hatreds are the cinders of affection.
  • Der grösste Hass ist, wie die grösste Tugend und die schlimmsten Hunde, still.
    • The greatest hatred, like the greatest virtue and the worst dogs, is silent.
    • Jean Paul Richter, Hesperus, XII.
  • Quos læserunt et oderunt.
  • Id agas tuo te merito ne quis oderit.
    • Take care that no one hates you justly.
    • Syrus, Maxims.

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