Quotes About Prejudice

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Jane Austen
“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Charlotte Brontë
“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.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Michael Crichton
“Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice.”
Michael Crichton, State of Fear

Martin Luther King Jr.
“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.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Collected Works

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“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.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Marcus Aurelius
“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.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Albert Einstein
“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”
Albert Einstein

Colleen Hoover
“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.”
Colleen Hoover, Slammed

Dale Carnegie
“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.”
Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

Laurell K. Hamilton
“Love is too precious to be ashamed of.”
Laurell K. Hamilton, A Stroke of Midnight

Moderata Fonte
“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.”
Moderata Fonte, The Worth of Women: Wherein Is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Their Superiority to Men

Audre Lorde
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
Audre Lorde, Our Dead Behind Us: Poems

Dorothy L. Sayers
“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.”
Dorothy L. Sayers, Are Women Human? Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society

Harper Lee
“Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.”
Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman

Kofi Annan
“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.”
Kofi Annan

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

Leo Buscaglia
“Don't walk in my head with your dirty feet.”
Leo Buscaglia, Living Loving and Learning

Audre Lorde
“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.”
Audre Lorde

Mark Twain
“That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it.”
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Wendelin Van Draanen
“You can't dwell on what might have been...and it's not fair to condemn him for something he hasn't done.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile or On Education

Emma Goldman
“Someone has said that it requires less mental effort to condemn than to think.”
Emma Goldman

Blaise Pascal
“People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.”
Blaise Pascal, De l'art de persuader

Chris Crutcher
“...racist thought and action says far more about the person they come from than the person they are directed at.”
Chris Crutcher, Whale Talk

Thurgood Marshall
“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.”
Thurgood Marshall

Criss Jami
“It's not at all hard to understand a person; it's only hard to listen without bias.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Rowan Atkinson
“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?”
Rowan Atkinson

Jane Austen
“Adieu to disappointment and spleen. What are men to rocks and mountains?”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Ta-Nehisi Coates
“Racism is not merely a simplistic hatred. It is, more often, broad sympathy toward some and broader skepticism toward others...”
Ta-Nehisi Coates

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