Prejudices Quotes

A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.

William James

Prejudices are what rule the vulgar crowd.

Voltaire

Van Gogh was right in saying that the method he had chosen could be compared to that of caricature. Caricature had always been "expressionist," for the caricaturist plays with the likeness of his victim, and distorts it to express just what he feels about his fellow man. As long as these distortions of nature sailed under the flag of humour nobody seemed to find them difficult to understand. Humourous art was a field in which everything was permitted, because people did not approach it with the prejudices they reserved for Art with a capital A. But the idea of a serious caricature, of an art which deliberately changed the appearance of things not to express a sense of superiority, but maybe love, or admiration, or fear, proved indeed a stumbling block as Van Gogh had predicted.

E.H. Gombrich

Many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

William James

Geneticists believe that anthropologists have decided what a race is. Ethnologists assume that their classifications embody principles which genetic science has proved correct. Politicians believe that their prejudices have the sanction of genetic laws and the findings of physical anthropology to sustain them.

Lancelot Hogben

The fondness we have for self furnishes another long rank of prejudices.

Isaac Watts

The greatest and noblest pleasure which we have in this world is to discover new truths, and the next is to shake off old prejudices.

Frederick The Great

Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.

Countess of Blessington

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.

Albert Einstein

Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.

Laurence J. Peter

The prejudices of men emanate from the mind, and may be overcome; the prejudices of women emanate from the heart and are impregnable.

Jean Baptiste de Boyer

Prejudices are the props of civilization.

Andre Gide

People have prejudices against a nation in which they have no acquaintances.

Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Every period of life has its peculiar prejudices; whoever saw old age, that did not applaud the past, and condemn the present times?

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The multitude are ruled by prejudices.

Voltaire

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

I am free of all prejudices. I hate every one equally.

W. C. Fields

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.

Charlotte Bronte

Prejudices are rarely overcome by argument; not being founded in reason they cannot be destroyed by logic.

Tryon Edwards

Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throats.

Martin H. Fischer

Words are not deeds. In published poems we think first of Eliot's "Jew", words edge closer to deeds. In Cline's anti-Semitic textbooks, words get as close to deeds as words can well get. Blood libels scrawled on front doors are deed. In a correspondence, words are hardly even words. They are soundless cries and whispers, "gouts of bile," as Larkin characterized his political opinions, ways of saying, "Gloomy old sod, aren't I?" Or more simply, "Grrr." Correspondences are self-dramatizations. Above all, a word in a letter is never your last word on any subject. There was no public side to Larkin's prejudices, and nothing that could be construed as a racist the word suggest a system of thought, rather than an absence of thought, which would be closer to the reality, closer to the jolts and twitches of self response.

Martin Amis

History teaches us these lessons for the interveners: leave your prejudices at home, keep your ambitions low, have enough resources to do the job, do not lose the golden hour, make security your first priority, involve the neighbours.

Jeremy John Durham Ashdown, Baron Ashdown of Norto

There can be no place in a 21st-century parliament for people with 15th-century titles upholding 19th-century prejudices.

Jeremy John Durham Ashdown, Baron Ashdown of Norto

The spirit of our age is one in which the prejudices of the past are put behind us, where our diversity is our strength. It is this which is under attack. Moderates are not moderate through weakness but through strength. Now is the time to show it in defence of our common values.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

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