Prejudice Quotes


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.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice.

State of Fear

Michael Crichton

State of Fear

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.

It's an universal law-- intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.

When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.

Logic    People    Prejudice    Pride    Relationships    Vanity

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

Do you really believe ... that everything historians tell us about men – or about women – is actually true? You ought to consider the fact that these histories have been written by men, who never tell the truth except by accident.

Clichés    Double standards    Feminism    Gender    History    Hypocrisy    Men    Misogyny    Prejudice    Slander    Social norms    Stereotypes    Truth    Women

Never judge others. You both know good and well how unexpected events can change who a person is. Always keep that in mind. You never know what someone else is experiencing within their own life.

Love is too precious to be ashamed of.

A Stroke of Midnight

Laurell K. Hamilton

A Stroke of Midnight

A man once asked me ... how I managed in my books to write such natural conversation between men when they were by themselves. Was I, by any chance, a member of a large, mixed family with a lot of male friends? I replied that, on the contrary, I was an only child and had practically never seen or spoken to any men of my own age till I was about twenty-five. "Well," said the man, "I shouldn't have expected a woman (meaning me) to have been able to make it so convincing." I replied that I had coped with this difficult problem by making my men talk, as far as possible, like ordinary human beings. This aspect of the matter seemed to surprise the other speaker; he said no more, but took it away to chew it over. One of these days it may quite likely occur to him that women, as well as men, when left to themselves, talk very much like human beings also.

If you are an alien, how come you sound like you're from the north?'
'Lots of planets have a north!

I know you despise me; allow me to say, it is because you do not understand me.

North and South

Elizabeth Gaskell

North and South

For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. Racism and homophobia are real conditions of all our lives in this place and time. I urge each one of us here to reach down into that deep place of knowledge inside herself and touch that terror and loathing of any difference that lives here. See whose face it wears. Then the personal as the political can begin to illuminate all our choices.

Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.

Do not let your assumptions about a culture block your ability to perceive the individual, or you will fail.

Words of Radiance

Brandon Sanderson

Words of Radiance

Even god doesn't propose to judge a man till his last days, why should you and I?

That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it.

I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices.

Emile or On Education

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Emile or On Education

People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.

Don't walk in my head with your dirty feet.

You can't dwell on what might have been...and it's not fair to condemn him for something he hasn't done.

Flipped

Wendelin Van Draanen Flipped

Flipped

I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.

Someone has said that it requires less mental effort to condemn than to think.

It's not at all hard to understand a person; it's only hard to listen without bias.

Racism is not merely a simplistic hatred. It is, more often, broad sympathy toward some and broader skepticism toward others.

Adieu to disappointment and spleen. What are men to rocks and mountains?

Men    Mountains    Prejudice    Pride    Rocks

People who label erotica writers as sluts/men-whores remind me of the mob that once condemned smart women as witches. Mankind has not evolved much.

Erotica    Prejudice    Stupidity    Women    Writer

She was heartily ashamed of her ignorance - a misplaced shame. Where people wish to attach, they should always be ignorant. To come with a well−informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid. A woman especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.

Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey

People are almost always better than their neighbors think they are.

Character    Libel    Neighbor    People    Prejudice    Reputation    Rumor    Slander    Truth

As hatred is defined as intense dislike, what is wrong with inciting intense dislike of a religion, if the activities or teachings of that religion are so outrageous, irrational or abusive of human rights that they deserve to be intensely disliked?

Atheism    Cults    Hatred    Human rights    Liberty    Logic    Morality    Prejudice    Superstition

There was only one guy in the whole Bible Jesus ever personally promised a place with him in Paradise. Not Peter, not Paul, not any of those guys. He was a convicted thief, being executed. So don't knock the guys on death row. Maybe they know something you don't.

American Gods

Neil Gaiman

American Gods

We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.

I'm interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.

Discussion is impossible with someone who claims not to seek the truth, but already to possess it.

Prejudice is a disease. And when they come for you, or refuse your worth, I will be ready for their stones. I belong to you.

Alejandro    Disease    Hatred    Music    Persecution    Prejudice    Stoning

There is no deception on the part of the woman, where a man bewilders himself: if he deludes his own wits, I can certainly acquit the women. Whatever man allows his mind to dwell upon the imprint his imagination has foolishly taken of women, is fanning the flames within himself -- and, since the woman knows nothing about it, she is not to blame. For if a man incites himself to drown, and will not restrain himself, it is not the water's fault.

Yet if women are so flighty, fickle, changeable, susceptible, and inconstant (as some clerks would have us believe), why is it that their suitors have to resort to such trickery to have their way with them? And why don't women quickly succumb to them, without the need for all this skill and ingenuity in conquering them? For there is no need to go to war for a castle that is already captured. (...)
Therefore, since it
is
necessary to call on such skill, ingenuity, and effort in order to seduce a woman, whether of high or humble birth, the logical conclusion to draw is that women are by no means as fickle as some men claim, or as easily influenced in their behaviour. And if anyone tells me that books are full of women like these, it is this very reply, frequently given, which causes me to complain. My response is that women did not write these books nor include the material which attacks them and their morals. Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart's content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defence. But if women had written these books, I know full well the subject would have been handled differently. They know that they stand wrongfully accused, and that the cake has not been divided up equally, for the strongest take the lion's share, and the one who does the sharing out keeps the biggest portion for himself.

I will only add, God bless you.

Austen    Blessings    Darcy    Jane austen    Mr darcy    Prejudice    Pride


Paine
suffered then, as now he suffers not so much because of what he wrote as from the misinterpretations of others...
He disbelieved the ancient myths and miracles taught by established creeds. But the attacks on those creeds - or on persons devoted to them - have served to darken his memory, casting a shadow across the closing years of his life.
When
Theodore Roosevelt
termed
Tom Paine
a 'dirty little atheist' he surely spoke from lack of understanding. It was a stricture, an inaccurate charge of the sort that has dimmed the greatness of this eminent American. But the true measure of his stature will yet be appreciated. The torch which he handed on will not be extinguished. If
Paine
had ceased his writings with 'The Rights of Man' he would have been hailed today as one of the two or three outstanding figures of the Revolution. But 'The Age of Reason' cost him glory at the hands of his countrymen - a greater loss to them than to
Tom Paine
.
I was always interested in
Paine
the inventor. He conceived and designed the iron bridge and the hollow candle; the principle of the modern central draught burner. The man had a sort of universal genius. He was interested in a diversity of things; but his special creed, his first thought, was liberty.
Traducers have said that he spent his last days drinking in pothouses. They have pictured him as a wicked old man coming to a sorry end. But I am persuaded that
Paine
must have looked with magnanimity and sorrow on the attacks of his countrymen. That those attacks have continued down to our day, with scarcely any abatement, is an indication of how strong prejudice, when once aroused, may become. It has been a custom in some quarters to hold up
Paine
as an example of everything bad.
The memory of
Tom Paine
will outlive all this. No man who helped to lay the foundations of our liberty - who stepped forth as the champion of so difficult a cause - can be permanently obscured by such attacks.
Tom Paine
should be read by his countrymen. I commend his fame to their hands.
{
The Philosophy of
Paine
, June 7, 1925
}

Prejudice is a product of ignorance that hides behind barriers of tradition.

Inexperience can be overcome, ignorance can be enlightened, but prejudice will destroy you.

The Black Gryphon

Mercedes Lackey

The Black Gryphon

There will always be haters. And the more you grow the more they hate; the more they hate the more you grow.

Envy    Failure    Grow    Haters    Ignorance    Jealousy    People    Prejudice    Pride    Prosper    Stay behind    Succeed

Science replaces private prejudice with public, verifiable evidence.

Calling it lunacy makes it easier to explain away the things we don't understand.

The Monster Ball is by nature a protest: A youth church experience to speak out and celebrate against all forms of discrimination + prejudice.

Ball    Discrimination    Gaga    Lady    Monster    Music    Prejudice    Protest

Prejudice of any kind implies that you are identified with the thinking mind. It means you don’t see the other human being anymore, but only your own concept of that human being.
To reduce the aliveness of another human being to a concept is already a form of violence.

[O]ne person's 'barbarian' is another person's 'just doing what everybody else is doing.

My dad always says, some people will treat you badly and you can't help that. But how you handle it and how it makes you feel, that's up to you.

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