That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn. ~ Hillel the Elder

Hatred (or hate) is a deep and emotional aversion. It can be directed against individuals, groups, entities, objects, behaviors, or ideas. Hatred is often associated with feelings of anger, disgust and hostility.


  • 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.
  • It is as if he should feel that there is an enemy who could be more destructive to himself than that hatred which excites him against his fellow man; or that he could destroy him whom he hates more completely than he destroys his own soul by this same hatred.
    • Augustine, Confessions, A. Outler, trans. (Dover: 2002), Book 1, Chapter 18, p. 18.


  • 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.
  • HATRED, n. A sentiment appropriate to the occasion of another's superiority.
    • Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Dictionary (1906); republished as The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
  • 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.
  • It does not matter much what a man hates, provided he hates something.
    • Samuel Butler, Hating, The Note-Books of Samuel Butler, Part XIV - Higgledy-Piggledy (1912)
  • 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.


Hate has frayed the social fabric of our country. Knitting it back together will take the efforts of all segments of our society – our families, our schools, our houses of worship, our civic organizations and the business community. Most of all, it will take leadershippolitical leadership – that inspires our country to live up to its highest values. ~ Richard Cohen
  • Hatred grows into insolence when we desire to excel the rest of mankind and imagine we do not belong to the common lot; we even severely and haughtily despise others as our inferiors.
    • John Calvin Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life, p. 32.
  • 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.
  • Is it possible to understand what God's love means for the oppressed without making wrath an essential ingredient of that love? What could love possibly mean in a racist society except the righteous condemnation of everything racist? ... A God minus wrath seems to be a God who is basically not against anything.
    • James Cone, A Black Theology of Liberation (1970), p. 73.
  • I have seen it before. Little people have to hate, have to blame someone for their own inadequacies.


  • 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.
  • Quem metuunt oderunt; quem quisque odit, perisse expetit.
    • Whom they fear, they hate; and whom they hate they want dead.
      • Ennius as quoted by Cicero in De Officiis, Book II, Chapter 23.


  • 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.
  • Crime is naught but misdirected energy. So long as every institution of today, economic, political, social, and moral, conspires to misdirect human energy into wrong channels; so long as most people are out of place doing the things they hate to do, living a life they loathe to live, crime will be inevitable, and all the laws on the statutes can only in crease, but never do away with, crime.
    • Emma Goldman, "Anarchism, What it Really Stands For", Anarchism and Other Essays (1917).


  • Remove hatred and jealousy from the heart. The same thing has been repeatedly written in the Bible and spoken through Christ. Where there is jealousy and hatred, there is no religion.
  • 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.
  • That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.
    • Hillel the Elder Lea P. Bahr (12 December 2013). "Beyond Pirkei Avos". The Jewish Press. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  • For a lot of people, their first love is what they'll always remember. For me it's always been the first hate, and I think that hatred, though it provides often rather junky energy, is a terrific way of getting you out of bed in the morning and keeping you going. If you don't let it get out of hand, it can be canalized into writing.
  • 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.


  • The world ... hates me because I testify that its works are evil.
  • Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer. And you know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in himself.
    • 1 John 3 (DRB).
  • But I do hate him as I hate the devil.
    • Ben Jonson, Every Man Out of his Humour (1599), Act I, scene 1.


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • The human heart is like Pandora's box — only it is hatred, not hope, that lies curled up at the bottom. It is well we are little in the habit of analysing our common and passing sensations, — we should be horror-struck at our own quantity of hate.
  • Hate your enemy with a whole heart, and if a man smite you on one cheek, SMASH him on the other!
  • 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 nothing in this world so sweet as love,
    And next to love the sweetest thing is hate!
  • Fear leads to Anger, Anger leads to Hate, Hate leads to Suffering.
  • Oderint dum metuant.
    • Let them hate, so long as they fear.
    • Lucius Accius from Atreus, quoted in Seneca, Dialogues, Books III–V "De Ira", I, 20, 4.
  • Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!


  • 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.
  • You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
  • It was his love of hatred that kept him going.
  • There's no hate lost between us.
  • For never can true reconcilement grow,
    Where wounds of deadly hate have pierced so deep.
  • If we should classify one by one all those who hate others and injure others, should we find them to be universal in love or partial? Of course we should say they are partial. Now, since partiality against one another is the cause of the major calamities in the empire, then partiality is wrong.
    • Mozi, Book 4; Universal Love III.


  • 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).


  • There is a certain experience we must be careful to avoid. ... We must not become misologues, as people become misanthropes. There is no greater evil one can suffer than to hate reasonable discourse. Misology and misanthropy arise in the same way. Misanthropy comes when a man without knowledge or skill has placed great trust in someone and believes him to be altogether truthful, sound and trustworthy; then, a short time afterwards he finds him to be wicked and unreliable, and then this happens in another case; when one has frequently had that experience, especially with those whom one believed to be one's closest friends, then, in the end, after many blows, one comes to hate all men and to believe that no one is sound in any way at all. ... This is a shameful state of affairs ... and obviously due to an attempt to have human relations without any skill in human affairs.


  • Let there be no hostility
    Except to those
    Who practice oppression.


  • Hatreds are the cinders of affection.
  • 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.
  • Do we have all the hatred and all the aversion for the world which Our Lord requires, and which his example must inspire in us?
Have we regarded it as the greatest enemy of Christianity, an enemy that can not abide that Jesus Christ reigns over the faithful, crying ceaselessly through the mouth of its fans, “We do not want this man to reign over us” (Saint Anthony).
Have we raised ourselves up to that outlook opposed to the world, and have we tried to destroy the esteem and love for it in all hearts?
Have we referred to it with indignation, distance and contempt; and have we made it clear that it is filled only with corruption, vanity and falsehood?
Have we condemned the world's sentiments? Are we opposed to its maxims? And have we made all our efforts to abolish its laws and overturn its accursed customs?
Have we despised what the world esteems and esteemed what it despises? Have we fled what it wants and wanted what it flees? Have we loved what it hates and hated what it loves?
Have we had the colossal aversion to the world's public assemblies, to its spectacles and all its pomp? ...
Have we fled the company of worldly persons, whom the saints, especially the Ecclesiastics, advise us to avoid like the plague, whom one should see only by necessity, and from whom we should separate ourselves as vigilantly as we can?
Have we wanted, in order to render our separation from the world as perfect as the sanctity of our state demands, that the world have aversion to us, as we have aversion to the world, following the example the apostle has given us, “The world is crucified to me, and I to the world” (Gal. 6:14).
  • Louis Tronson, Examens particuliers sur divers sujets (1690), pp. 321-322.


  • 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.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

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.
  • 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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