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Hate Quotes on the Dark Side of Human Nature

Our latest collection of hate quotes to help you alleviate this darkness.

Hatred is a feeling that everyone has experienced at some point in their lives.

It’s easy to feel hateful especially if you’ve been betrayed or hurt by someone you trusted.

Hate is a profound emotion that can pollute your spirit and poison your soul.

If you have hate in your life, you probably know how damaging and mind-consuming it can become.

It weakens you emotionally and can affect your body’s organs and natural processes.

Although it’s human nature to feel hate, you shouldn’t let your emotions get the best of you.

When you begin to feel hateful thoughts, consciously challenge them and replace them with calmer rational thoughts. 

Understand why you’re feeling hate and find a solution to the problem.

Besides, you can talk to someone you trust to help alleviate the negative feelings.

Below you’ll find our collection of inspirational, profound, and helpful hate quotes, hate sayings, and hate proverbs, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

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Hate quotes on the dark side of human nature

1. “I feel like we’ll forever live in a country that’s divided… Divided by race… Divided by love and hate.” – Raheem DeVaughn

2. ”In time we hate that which we often fear.”- William Shakespeare

3. ”Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

4. ”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

5. “From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.” – Socrates

Hate quotes on the dark side of human nature

6. ”Our lack of forgiveness makes us hate, and our lack of compassion makes us hard-hearted. Pride in our hearts makes us resentful and keeps our memory in a constant whirlwind of passion and self-pity.” – Mother Angelica

7. ”Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” –  Coretta Scott King

8. “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

9. ”Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater.”- George Washington Carver

10. “Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind – listen to the birds. And don’t hate nobody.” – Eubie Blake

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Hate quotes to help you find a solution to the problem

11. ”I feel sorry for anybody that could let hate wrap them up. Ain’t no such thing as I can hate anybody and hope to see God’s face.” – Fannie Lou Hamer

12. ”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.

13. ”You reclaim your power by loving what you were once taught to hate.” – Bryant H. McGill

Hate quotes to help you find a solution to the problem

14. “This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.”- Dwight D. Eisenhower

15. “Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.” – Richard M. Nixon

16. ”When we create hope and opportunity in the lives of others, we allow love, decency and promise to triumph over cowardice and hate.” – Kirsten Gillibrand

17. ”We may not know what each day has in store for us. We could be gone tomorrow. Any minute could truly be our goodbye. But we do have this moment. This time. Today. Right now. It takes way more effort to shell out hate then it does to allow love to flow freely in our lives. After all, it’s what we were born to do.” – Grace Gealey

18. ”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

19. “I don’t think you can ever be bitter about anything, because if you don’t allow your heart to stay open, then all you have is a filled heart of hate and bitterness, and you’re never able to love or like anybody.”- Debbie Reynolds

20. ”Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Hate quotes to help you control your feelings

21. ”Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!” –  Bob Marley

22. “The more people love you, the more there’s going to be people that hate you.” – Kylie Jenner

Hate quotes to help you control your feelings

23. “Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.”- Sydney J. Harris

24. ”The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.”- Charlie Chaplin

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25. ”A desire arises in the mind. It is satisfied immediately another comes. In the interval which separates two desires a perfect calm reigns in the mind. It is at this moment freed from all thought, love or hate. Complete peace equally reigns between two mental waves.”- Swami Sivananda

26. ”A person is born with feelings of envy and hate. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to violence and crime, and any sense of loyalty and good faith will be abandoned.”- Xun Kuang

27. “If you’re an advocate of gentleness, you’re simplistic and naive. If you’re an advocate of despair and hate, you’re sophisticated.”- Leo Buscaglia

28. “The voice of the intelligence is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance.” – Karl A. Menninger

29. ”The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.” – Victor Hugo

30. ”We do not hate as long as we still attach a lesser value, but only when we attach an equal or a greater value.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Hate quotes to help alleviate the negative feelings

31. “People can hate on you for doing what it is that makes you happy, but ultimately, it has to belong to you. It shouldn’t matter what anyone else thinks. Life is not easy. The road to happiness is not a path well trotted. You have to find your own path to enlightenment.”- Jamie Campbell Bower

32. ”The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia.” – Elbert Hubbard

33. ”Anger is like flowing water; there’s nothing wrong with it as long as you let it flow. Hate is like stagnant water; anger that you denied yourself the freedom to feel, the freedom to flow; water that you gathered in one place and left to forget. Stagnant water becomes dirty, stinky, disease-ridden, poisonous, deadly; that is your hate. On flowing water travels little paper boats; paper boats of forgiveness. Allow yourself to feel anger, allow your waters to flow, along with all the paper boats of forgiveness. Be human.” – C. JoyBell C.

34. “When you really know somebody you can’t hate them. Or maybe it’s just that you can’t really know them until you stop hating them.” – Orson Scott Card

35. ”I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.” – Booker T. Washington

Hate quotes to help alleviate the negative feelings

36. ”Sensitive people usually love deeply and hate deeply. They don’t know any other way to live than by extremes because their emotional thermostat is broken.” – Shannon L. Alder

37. ”The worst enemy is one whose doctrines are founded in hate and are thus beyond debate.” – Tobsha Learner

38. “Race hate isn’t human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.” – Orson Welles

39. ”A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man.” – Archibald MacLeish

40. “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

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Hate quotes to help you address this darkness

41. “Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it; a child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise.” – Cyril Connolly

42. ”Impotent hatred is the most horrible of all emotions; one should hate nobody whom one cannot destroy.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

43. “The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.” – Eldridge Cleaver

44. ”Love makes everything lovely; hate concentrates itself on the one thing hated.”  – George MacDonald

hate quotes to help you address this darkness

45. “Chances are that when someone is hating on you, it’s not about you at all. It’s about them. It’s their fear, their jealously, their boredom, and their insecurity.”  – Unknown

46. ”Sometimes people hate you not because you did something wrong but because you’re better than them and they cannot beat you.” – Unknown

47. ”Beware of enemies who come disguised as friends, if a person hates you they won’t want to see you succeeding at anything and they will try to discourage you whenever they get the chance.” – Rashida Rowe

48. ”There is no beauty in sadness. No honor in suffering. No growth in fear. No relief in hate. It’s just a waste of perfectly good happiness.”  – Katerina Stoykova Klemer

49. ”Hate is a lack of imagination.” – Graham Greene

50. ”To truly hate is an art one learns with time.”  – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Thought-provoking hate quotes

51. “Animals don’t hate and we’re supposed to be better than them.” – Elvis Presley
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52. “Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.” –
Harry Emerson Fosdick

53. “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in this world, but has not solved one yet.” – Maya Angelou

54. “I shall never permit myself to stoop so low as to hate any man.” –
Booker T. Washington

55. “Hate wins when you choose not to make things.” – Dan Norris

56. “Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.” – George Bernard Shaw

57. “Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy.” – Og Mandino

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58. “When we don’t know who to hate, we hate ourselves.” – Chuck Palahniuk

59. “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

60. “I know that you cannot hate other people without hating yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey

Other hate quotes and sayings

61. “Those people, who hate you, envy your freedom.” – Santosh Kalwar

62. “Hate isn’t healthy, it damages the hater more than the one who’s hated!” – Eric Jerome Dickey

63. “Loving someone is different from being in love with someone. You can hate someone you’re in love with.” – Fyodor M. Dostoevsky

64. “Never let haters ‘still’ your flow. They can only do so with your permission.” – T.F. Hodge

65. “Live a good life. More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” – Roy Bennett

66. “Loving others requires a commitment. It’s no wonder people find hating others is easier than loving them.” – Ibn Jeem

67. “Hatred is the stuff that we turn on others because we turned it on ourselves first.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

68. “Everywhere people are wasting their lives with worry and hate so they have no time to lean back and love.” – Marty Rubin

69. “It’s better to anger a bit and compensate with destroying something than evolving hate.” – Ankit Samrat

70. “It’s okay to disagree with each other, what’s not okay is to hate each other because we disagree.” – Abhijit Naskar

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71. “Hate cages all the good things about you.” — Terri Guillemets

72. “Hatred is a cold fire, and it gives no warmth.” — Laurell K. Hamilton

73. “Hate is a bottomless cup; I will pour and pour.” — Euripedes

74. “Hatred is like fire–it makes even light rubbish deadly.” — George Elliot

75. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”Martin Luther King, Jr.

76. “Hate must make a man productive. Otherwise one might as well love.” — Karl Kraus

77. “Hate is like water in a dry gulch. The longer it runs, the deeper it digs.” — Ken Alstad

78. “You never really hate anyone as much as someone you cared about once.” — Cassandra Clare

79. “I think that hate is a thing, a feeling, that can only exist where there is no understanding.” — Tennessee Williams

80. “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.

More insightful hate quotes

81. “I hate rarely, though when I hate, I hate murderously.” ― Anaïs Nin

82. “When you were in love, you knew no fear or hatred. When you were fearful, there was no possibility of love or hate. And when there was hate, there was only hate.” ― Christopher Pike

83. “I don’t understand my feelings. I really don’t. I don’t understand how I could hate you so much after so much time. How, no matter how much I’d like to not hate you, I hate you even more. It grows.” ― Sam Shepard

84. “I have so much hate that it has turned into love.” ― Margaret Cho

85. “I have loved him too much not to hate.” ― Jean Racine

86. “People who are filled with hate don’t know how to handle love.” ― P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

87. “Hatred is self-punishment. Do you think they’re feeling bad because you hate them?” ― Michelle Cohen Corasanti

88. “My God, if I had a heart, I would write my hate on ice, and wait for the sun to show.” ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

89. “Love turns, with little indulgence, to indifference or disgust: hatred alone is immortal.” ― William Hazlitt

90. “But I want to be better than the lessons they taught me. I want my love to be greater that my hate, my mercy to be stronger than my vengeance.” ― Amy Engel

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91. “You should never hate anyone, even your worst enemies. ‘Everyone has something good about them.’ She said. ‘You have to find the redeeming quality and love the person for that.‘” – Jeannette Walls

92. “Your defect is a propensity to hate everybody.” “And yours,” he replied with a smile, “is willfully to misunderstand them.” – Jane Austen

93. “But emotions of xenophobia – hatred of foreigners – and of nativism – the policy of keeping America ‘pure’ … continue to thrive.” – John F. Kennedy

94. “Fierce Juno’s hate, Added to hostile force, shall urge thy fate.” – Virgil

95. “I know that my plainness of speech makes them hate me, and what is their hatred but a proof that I am speaking the truth?” – Plato

96. “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

97. “My only love sprung from my only hate.” – William Shakespeare

98. “All of these months of taking it for granted that Peeta thought I was wonderful are over. Finally, he can see me for who I really am. Violent. Distrustful. Manipulative. Deadly. And I hate him for it.” – Suzanne Collins

99. “Chinese parenting is one of the most difficult things I can think of. You have to be hated sometimes by someone you love and who hopefully loves you, and there’s just no letting up, no point at which it suddenly becomes easy.” – Amy Chua

100. “The hatred and the killing continues because they want it to. Or because they don’t want peace enough to stop it.” – Mark Bowden

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Hate quotes that show love is better

101. “I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.” –Pietro Aretino

102. “Those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love.” –William Butler Yeats

103. “War is not the answer, because only love can conquer hate.” –Marvin Gaye

104. “The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven’t made up their minds.” –Casey Stengel

105. “Everybody loves success, but they hate successful people.” –John McEnroe

106. “You can love me, you can hate me, but just don’t be indifferent.” –Daniel Cormier

107. “Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.” –Rollo May

108. “Evil is always devising more corrosive misery through man’s restless need to exact revenge out of his hate.” –Ralph Steadman

109. “It’s important that we meet any sort of hate and negativity with joy and celebration.” –Simu Liu

110. “When you start to think of revenge, you start to think of hate. I don’t believe in hating people. It’s a retrogressive thing.” –Fela Kuti

Hate Quotes That Hate Drains Your Energy

111. “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 

112. “Hate no one; hate their vices, not themselves.” — Lloyd Albert Johnson

113. “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 

114. “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. 

115. “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 

116. “Always remember, others may hate you. Those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.” — Richard Nixon 

117. “Realize how careful one must be with hate – For you become what you hate too much.” — Lawrence Durrell 

118. “Our hate is not hurting them at all, but our hate is turning our days and night into a hellish turmoil.” — Dale Carnegie 

119. “Hatred bounces.” — E. E. Cummings 

120. “Hatred unlocks no doors in heaven.” — William F. Devault 

Short Hate Quotes

121. “We violently hate those whom we have greatly offended. ” — Daniel Weis 

122. “Hate me for what I am and not for what you want me to be.” — Jamie Spaniolo 

123. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” — Lloyd Albert Johnson 

124. “Don`t hate the player, hate the game.” — Teren Jones 

125. “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 

126. “I have seen how the finger of hate / Can mar and mould / Faces burned passionate / And frozen cold.” — Elinor Morton Wylie 

127. “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 

128. “Hate`s goin` round / Breaking many hearts / Breaking many hearts / Before it’s gone too far.” — Wynn 

129. “Hate is a prolonged form of suicide.” — Douglas V. Steere 

130. “Love those that hate you, but to love those one hates is impossible.” — Leo Tolstoy 

Hate Quotes That Remind Us How Powerful Hate Is

131. “I’d rather have people hate me with the knowledge that I tried to save them.” ― Keith Green

132. “We can always hate that which we loved, and with a fire as great as our love once was.” ― Claudia Gray

133. “Hate is a strong and powerful motivator. Indifference is a strong and powerful demotivator.” ― Mordehay Darwish

134. “Don’t doubt yourself, that’s what haters are for.” ― Turcois Ominek

135. “Who loves me teaches me tenderness. Who hates me teaches me caution.” ― Dinger

136. “The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.” ― George Bernard Shaw

137. “How can two people hate so much without knowing each other?” ― Alan Moore

138. “You lose a lot of time, hating people.” ― Marian Anderson

139. “Each life is a journey that takes us to places we either love, hate, or wish for something totally different.” ― Byron Pulsifer

140. “We hate some persons because we do not know them; and will not know them because we hate them.” ― Charles Caleb Colton

Did you find these hate quotes helpful?

Hate is something we all feel and experience and some point in our lives.

However, you can address this negative feeling before it drains your spirit and tarnishes your soul.

When you’re confronted by irrational hateful thoughts, you can either let them consume you, or you can challenge them with positive feelings.

Hopefully, the above quotes will help you address this darkness and let the sunshine shine again.

Did you find these hate quotes and sayings helpful?

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  1. Alan

    March 27, 2021 at 3:41 PM

    Looking for a quote “ Hate is a battle I fight day and night . But don’t know the last line. Can you all help?

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