Dictionary definition of the word Hate.

Hatred or hate is a passionate dislike, or the act of feeling that passionate dislike. Hate is often directed against members of a particular group, with the hate rooted in prejudice because of that group membership, rather than feelings about or experience with the specific individual. Hate based on presumed identity is often expressed via threats and attacks. Underneath hate is often fear, anger, or blame. Many wise people have commented about the power of hate.

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The historian should be fearless and incorruptible; a man of independence, loving frankness and truth; one who, as the poet says, calls a fig a fig and a spade a spade. He should yield to neither hatred nor affection, but should be unsparing and unpitying. He should be neither shy nor deprecating, but an impartial judge, giving each side all it deserves but no more. He should know in his writings no country and no city; he should bow to no authority and acknowledge no king. He should never consider what this or that man will think, but should state the facts as they really occurred.

— Lucian, How History Should Be Written

I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother.

— Martha Gellhorn, Selected Letters

Returning violence for violence only multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence, but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Love is creative and redemptive. Love builds up and unites; hate tears down and destroys. The aftermath of the ‘fight with fire’ method … is bitterness and chaos, the aftermath of the love method is reconciliation and creation of the beloved community…. Yes , love — which means understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill, even for one’s enemies — is the solution.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

You can have no influence over those for whom you have underlying contempt.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

— Martin Luther King Jr., Gift of Love

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

You may kill me with your hatefulness. But still, like air, I’ll rise.

— Maya Angelou

Love looks forward, hate looks back, anxiety has eyes all over its head.

— Mignon McLaughlin

It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates. Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility.

— Nathaniel Hawthorne

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

— Nelson Mandela

In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them.

— Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

People that hold onto hate for so long do so because they want to avoid dealing with their pain. They falsely believe if they forgive they are letting their enemy believe they are a doormat. What they don’t understand is hatred can’t be isolated or turned off. It manifests in their health, choices and belief systems. Their values and religious beliefs make adjustments to justify their negative emotions. Not unlike malware infesting a hard drive, their spirit slowly becomes corrupted and they make choices that don’t make logical sense to others. Hatred left unaddressed will crash a person’s spirit. The only thing he or she can do is to reboot, by fixing him or herself, not others. This might require installing a firewall of boundaries or parental controls on their emotions. Regardless of the approach, we are all connected on this “network of life” and each of us is responsible for cleaning up our spiritual registry.

— Shannon L. Alder

The politics of hatred are built on the psychology of dissociation. In order to hate ‘them,’ whether ‘they’ are a scapegoated group or an oppressor class, we have to believe that ‘they’ are fundamentally not like ‘us.’ This requires us to deny, disown and split off anything within ourselves that we in fact have in common with these other human beings &mdash and thus to dissociate important parts of our own humanity.

— Stephen Wineman

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

— Ta-Nehisi Coates, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

We live in a world of guns, bombs and terror. To conquer hate seems a nigh-impossible task.

— Theodore Bikel

In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Aware that words can create suffering or happiness, we are committed to learning to speak truthfully and constructively, using only words that inspire hope and confidence. We are determined not to say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest or to impress people, nor to utter words that might cause division or hatred. We will not spread news that we do not know to be certain nor criticize or condemn things of which we are not sure. We will do our best to speak out about situations of injustice, even when doing so may threaten our safety.

— Thich Nhat Hanh, Interbeing: Fourteen Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism

Those who have experienced the most, have suffered so much that they have ceased to hate. Hate is more for those with a slightly guilty conscience, and who by chewing on old hate in times of peace wish to demonstrate how great they were during the war.

— Thor Heyerdahl

I’m a controversial figure. My friends either dislike me or hate me.

— Toni Morrison

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu walked by a construction site on a temporary sidewalk the width of one person. A white man appeared at the other end, recognized Tutu, and said, ‘I don’t make way for gorillas.’ At which Tutu stepped aside, made a deep sweeping gesture, and said, ‘Ah, yes, but I do.’

— Walter Wink
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