quotations about prejudice
When any prevailing prejudice is attacked, the wise will consider, and leave the narrow-minded to rail with thoughtless vehemence at innovation.
MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY, A Vindication of the Rights of Women
I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.
W. C. FIELDS, The Saturday Review, January 28, 1967
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
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
Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason.
JOHN WESLEY, letter to Joseph Benson, October 5, 1770
If we would indicate an idea which, throughout the whole course of history, has ever more and more widely extended its empire, or which, more than any other, testifies to the much-contested and still more decidedly misunderstood perfectibility of the whole human race, it is that of establishing our common humanity -- of striving to remove the barriers which prejudice and limited views of every kind have erected among men, and to treat all mankind, without reference to religion, nation, or color, as one fraternity, one great community, fitted for the attainment of one object, the unrestrained development of the physical powers. This is the ultimate and highest aim of society.
WILHELM VON HUMBOLDT, Kosmos
The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon, or Many Things in Few Words
Remember, when the judgment's weak,
The prejudice is strong.
KANE O'HARA, Midas
The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
MARK TWAIN, Following the Equator
Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., letter from a Birmingham Jail, 1963
Reasoning against a prejudice is like fighting against a shadow; it exhausts the reasoner, without visibly affecting the prejudice; argument cannot do the work of instruction any more than blows can take the place of sunlight.
W. MILDMAY, attributed, Day's Collacon
The confirmed prejudices of a thoughtful life are as hard to change as the confirmed habits of an indolent life; and as some must trifle away age because they trifled away youth, others must labor on in a maze of error because they have wandered there too long to find their way out.
HENRY ST. JOHN BOLINGBROKE, Letters on the Study and Use of History
Prejudices may be somewhat rectified by age, and by converse with the world, but they flourish in full vigour in youthful minds, reared in seclusion and privacy, and undisciplined by intercourse with various classes of mankind.
C. B. BROWN, attributed, Day's Collacon
Prejudice is a product of ignorance that hides behind barriers of tradition.
JASPER FFORDE, The Fourth Bear
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
We are involved so early in the prejudices of so many whose interest is concerned to communicate them to us, that it becomes extremely difficult to distinguish through the rest of life what is natural to us and what is artificial.
ST. PIERRE, attributed, Day's Collacon
The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.
KATE CHOPIN, The Awakening
Prejudice is the glass through which most things are seen and judged.
EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims
I happen to think that the singular evil of our time is prejudice. It is from this evil that all other evils grow and multiply. In almost everything I've written there is a thread of this: a man's seemingly palpable need to dislike someone other than himself.
ROD SERLING, Los Angeles Times, 1967
Men often prove the violence of their own prejudices, even by the violence with which they attack the prejudices of other people.
FULKE GREVILLE, Maxims, Characters and Reflections