Hate Sayings and Quotes

Hate has a way of bringing out the worst in people. Whether used as a means to cover up feelings of fear or pain, hatred can quickly become all-consuming. If hate can be taught, so can love. Take a more constructive approach with the list of wise and insightful quotes on hate below.

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.     


From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.     


Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.     

Henry Emerson Fosdick

Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.     

Will Smith

Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn't that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.     

Marilyn Monroe

Hate must make a man productive. Otherwise one might as well love.     

Karl Kraus

All men kill the thing they hate, too, unless, of course, it kills them first.     

James Thurber

Hate cages all the good things about you.     

Terri Guillemets

The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.     

Eldridge Cleaver

Hate is like water in a dry gulch. The longer it runs, the deeper it digs.     

Ken Alstad

Hate destroys the very structure of the personality of the hater.... when you start hating anybody, it destroys the very center of your creative response to life and the universe; so love everybody.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

We hate some persons because we do not know them; and will not know them because we hate them.     

Charles Caleb Colton

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.     

Hermann Hesse

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.     

James Baldwin

I think that hate is a thing, a feeling, that can only exist where there is no understanding.     

Tennessee Williams

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

No one is born hating another person because of the colour 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

That feelings of love and hate make rational judgments impossible in public affairs, as in private affairs, we can clearly enough see in others, though not so clearly in ourselves.     

Herbert Spencer

Hate is like a swordfish, working through water invisibly and then you see it coming with blood along its blade, but transparency disarms it.     

Pablo Neruda

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.     

Charlotte Bronte

Hatred is a cold fire, and it gives no warmth.     

Laurell K. Hamilton

Blunted unto goodness is the heart which anger never stirreth, but that which hatred swelleth, is keen to carve out evil.     

Martin Farquhar Tupper

The worst enemy is one whose doctrines are founded in hate and are thus beyond debate.     

Tobsha Learner

Hatred is like fire--it makes even light rubbish deadly.     

George Elliot

It is easier to hate those we love, than love those whom we have hated.     

Norman MacDonald Maxims

Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate; a child who fears noises becomes the man who hates them.     

Cyril Connolly

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.     

Jonathan Swift

You never really hate anyone as much as someone you cared about once.     

Cassandra Clare

Hate is a bottomless cup; I will pour and pour.     


Others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win, unless you hate them. And then, you destroy yourself.     

Richard Nixon

Dislike what deserves it, but never hate: for that is of the nature of malice; which is almost ever to persons, not things, and is one of the blackest qualities sin begets in the soul.     

Willliam Penn

Hate always sells well, but for repeat trade and the long pull happiness is sounder merchandise.     

Robert A. Heinlein

Those who hate most fervently must have once loved deeply; those who want to deny the world must have once embraced what they now set on fire.     

Kurt Tucholsky

Hate is always a clash between our spirit and someone else's body.     

Cesar Pavese

Hate is a lack of imagination.     

Graham Greene

Hatreds are the cinders of affection.     

Sir Walter Ralegh

Hate is not a good counselor.     

Victoria Wolff

Hatred is the atmosphere of hell.     

Martin Farquhar Tupper

Hate misleads, fear distorts and love blinds.     

Tim Lebbon

Hatred unlocks no doors in heaven.     

William F. Devault

Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure; Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.     

Lord Byron

Hatred makes us all ugly.     

Laurell K. Hamilton

When we don't know who to hate, we hate ourselves.     

Chuck Palahniuk

You lose a lot of time, hating people.     

Marian Anderson

Hate brings to men wars and fear!     

Gertrude Buckingham

Hatred is one long wait.     

Ren Maran

Hatred is self-punishment.     

Hosea Ballou

Hate less, live longer.     

Terri Guillemets

Hatred bounces.     

E. E. Cummings

It is not violence that best overcomes hate — nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury.      

Charlotte Bronte

Love me or hate me, both are in my favour. If you love me, I’ll always be in your heart... If you hate me, I’ll always be in your mind.      

William Shakespeare

If you have been hated, you have also been loved.     

Henry James

Love those that hate you, but to love those one hates is impossible.      

Leo Tolstoy

If you want to forget something or someone, never hate it, or never hate him/her. Everything and everyone that you hate is engraved upon your heart; if you want to let go of something, if you want to forget, you cannot hate.     

C. JoyBell C.

Our hate is not hurting them at all, but our hate is turning our days and night into a hellish turmoil.     

Dale Carnegie

Hate is a prolonged form of suicide.     

Douglas V. Steere

There is no hate without fear. Hate is crystallized fear, fear's dividend, fear objectivized. We hate what we fear and so where hate is, fear is lurking.     

Cyril Connolly

Realise how careful one must be with hate - For you become what you hate too much.     

Lawrence Durrell

Always remember, others may hate you. Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.     

Richard Nixon

If you start to hate you can never stop. You can burn yourself from the inside. To retain one's personality, to survive, simply to keep common sense, one has to kill hatred, immediately.      

Irina Ratushinskaya

Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease of fear; only love can do that. Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you harbor hatred or ill feelings toward (a) person, the feeling does not hurt the enemy. It only harms your own peace of mind and eventually your own health.      

Dalai Lama

Hate burns its preserver.     

Swahili Proverb

Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.      

Coretta Scott King

Hate is a fear, and fear is rot / That cankers root and fruit alike / Fight cleanly then, hate not, fear not / Strike with no madness when you strike.     

Robert Graves

Hate will arise for you to despise / Hate is laughing at your fate / Love is beautiful and it is potent / Love inhibits the inhabitant of love / Love is the permanent state / Hate is for the late freight.     

Scott Summers

Hate's goin' round / Breaking many hearts / Breaking many hearts / Before it's gone too far.     


Hate in the world's hand / Can carve and set its seal / Like the strong blast of sand / Which cuts into steel.     

Elinor Morton Wylie

I have seen how the finger of hate / Can mar and mould / Faces burned passionate / And frozen cold.     

Elinor Morton Wylie

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.     

Susan Ratcliffe

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.     

Susan Ratcliffe

In time we hate that which we often fear.     

Susan Ratcliffe

Don't hate the player, hate the game.     

Teren Jones

Hate to say goodbye, goodbye / Hate to see the end, the end / 'Cause it's been so long since I've made a friend like you.     

Zooey Clare Deschanel

Hate no one; hate their vices, not themselves.     

Lloyd Albert Johnson

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.     

Lloyd Albert Johnson

One of the reasons why people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.     

Gary Guthrie

Hate me for what I am and not for what you want me to be.     

Jamie Spaniolo

I hate you when you're gone, I hate you turn me on / I hate the way I need you when I don't know where you are / I love it even more when I find you on the floor / I know you think you hate me but I will always hate you more.     

Martin H. Frederiksen

We violently hate those whom we have greatly offended.      

Daniel Weis