Prejudices Quotes

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Albert Einstein
“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social enviroment. Most people are incapable of forming such opinions."

(Essay to Leo Baeck, 1953)”
Albert Einstein

Brandon Sanderson
“Do not let your assumptions about a culture block your ability to perceive the individual, or you will fail.”
Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

Robert A. Heinlein
“You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Revolt in 2100/Methuselah's Children

Neil Gaiman
“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.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Bruce Lee
“Bring the mind into sharp focus and make it alert so that it can immediately intuit truth, which is everywhere. The mind must be emancipated from old habits, prejudices, restrictive thought processes and even ordinary thought itself.”
Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

Immanuel Kant
“ prejudices will serve as well as old ones to harness the great unthinking masses.

For this enlightenment, however, nothing is required but freedom, and indeed the most harmless among all the things to which this term can properly be applied. It is the freedom to make public use of one's reason at every point. But I hear on all sides, 'Do not argue!' The Officer says: 'Do not argue but drill!' The tax collector: 'Do not argue but pay!' The cleric: 'Do not argue but believe!' Only one prince in the world says, 'Argue as much as you will, and about what you will, but obey!' Everywhere there is restriction on freedom.”
Immanuel Kant, An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?

Ben Monopoli
“It's not about who you sleep with, or whether you know about sports or tools or have a pearl-wearing wife or whether commercials make you cry. [...] it's about whether you step up. When something hard comes along. A man steps up. He doesn't dodge it or run away from it or try to push it onto someone else. He steps up. Even if it isn't his responsibility. And that's why there are so many guys and so few men. Because stepping up is hard.”
Ben Monopoli, The Painting of Porcupine City

“Since prejudices are shallow or false judgments, infiltrating our mind in the absence of dynamic reflection, we have got to coach ourselves to prevent intense emotional discomfort or irreparable harm. ("The day the mirror was talking back")”
Erik Pevernagie

Walpola Rahula
“The question has often been asked; Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy? It does not matter what you call it. Buddhism remains what it is whatever label you may put on it. The label is immaterial. Even the label 'Buddhism' which we give to the teachings of the Buddha is of little importance. The name one gives is inessential.... In the same way Truth needs no label: it is neither Buddhist, Christian, Hindu nor Moslem. It is not the monopoly of anybody. Sectarian labels are a hindrance to the independent understanding of Truth, and they produce harmful prejudices in men's minds.”
Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught

Frederick the Great
“The greatest and noblest pleasure which men can have in this world is to discover new truths; and the next is to shake off old prejudices.”
Frederick the Great

André Gide
“Most often people seek in life occasions for persisting in their opinions rather than for educating themselves.”
André Gide, Pretexts;: Reflections on literature and morality

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“He in whom the love of repose predominates will accept the first creed, the first philosophy, the first political party he meets — most likely his father's. He gets rest, commodity, and reputation; but he shuts the door of truth.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Abhijit Naskar
“No other being is lesser human than the one who thinks of others as such.”
Abhijit Naskar, Human Making is Our Mission: A Treatise on Parenting

Bill Willingham
“ Confession time: I doubt I would ever have picked up one of Marjorie’s books, had I not met her in person. The reason is they’re categorized as Romances, which is where they are shelved in bookstores. Though I have no justification for avoiding it, the romance section is an area in bookstores I seldom wander into. Her novels also have traditional-looking romance book covers, which are occasionally a bit off-putting to us mighty manly men.

Then again, who knows? I don’t carry many biases where good storytelling is concerned. I’m willing to find it anywhere, as too many of my friends will attest, when I try to drag them to wonderful movies that they aren’t eager to go to, simply because they fall under the chick-flick rubric. So, in any case, I’m glad I did meet Marjorie Liu in person, because it would have been a shame to miss out on the work of an author this talented due to whatever degree of cultural prejudices I might still possess. I trust you who read this won’t make the same mistake. ”
Bill Willingham

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
“Prejudices are so to speak the mechanical instincts of men: through their prejudices they do without any effort many things they would find too difficult to think through to the point of resolving to do them.”
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Ron DeLegge II
“A stereotype is not a stereotype if it's true.”
Ron DeLegge II, Gents with No Cents

Bryant McGill
“Every person's true identity is beautiful, and much of the ugliness we observe in others was put inside of them by external influences.”
Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

“A mysterious stair was discovered in a village. Some curious people went up the stairs but never returned. Villagers concluded that monsters are sitting up there devouring anybody who climbs up.

In fact, it was a stair to heaven. Nobody wanted to return from there. When one or two people returned and told the truth, villagers called them agents of monsters who were trying to lure the villagers in the name of heaven.

Your mind is a powerful machine. It can serve your doubts as well as your faith. It’s up to you how you use it.”

“A farmer used to leave breadcrumbs for a white mouse which lived in a hole under a tree. After the farmer died, the mouse was also dying of starvation. Then a bird enlightened him, “O fool!The wheat crop is flourishing all around you. There is so much to eat.”

“Human mind also has teeth and digestive system. Most people use just teeth. They react immediately to everything. They don't digest. Teeth can only chew things. To extract nutrients, you need to swallow and digest.”

Abhijit Naskar
“Life is one big prejudice unless you question everything.”
Abhijit Naskar, Neden Türk: The Gospel of Secularism

“Even a child recognizes the hypocrisy exhibited by Americans who profess to love their neighbors and worship the concept of do unto others only as we wish other people to do unto us. One of the American norms that I rejected from an early age was the proposition that an inherent trait of human nature is kindness and charity for all. I questioned the ruthlessness of the society that birthed me, a society prone to warfare and exploitation of this country’s natural resources for the benefit of the super capitalists. Incipient queries regarding morality and inconsistent criticisms of the American government and society reflected my own personal prejudices and troubling paradoxes regarding how to live and what values to endorse.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“These days seekers are like, "Tell me the truth but don't contradict what I already believe in."

They choose their Guru. If they believe that Earth is flat, they choose someone who says that Earth is flat.”

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“A person can not recognise his error unless he is forced to by reality”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“When a man is stopped in his tracks from committing a crime he blames fate and call evil those who try to neutralise him”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Abhijit Naskar
“A human mind that has a hold over its prejudices is like the fabled philosopher's stone, everything it touches turns to gold, whereas a savage mind which is run by its prejudices is like an infectious disease, wherever it goes it causes death and destruction.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Shape of A Human: Our America Their America

Ashley Dukes
“You know, madam, that men reason to strengthen their own prejudices, and not to disturb their adversary's convictions.”
Ashley Dukes, The Man With a Load of Mischief

“Yes, you're blessed to be on the spiritual path. But to cut through last layers of your ego and clean all your prejudices, a Guru may hammer you with a statement such as this: "A person is reading vogue magazine and another person is reading religious texts. Both are caught up in their own little world. Both think they are superior than the other.”

“Being Prejudiced is like accusing someone already of a crime without any evidence.”
Rain Ty

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