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Prejudice squints when it looks, and lies when it talks.
- Duchess de Abrantes
Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world and ignorance of mankind.
- Joseph Addison
He hears but half who hears one party only.
He bears but half who hears one party only.
- Aeschylus, Eum (428)
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, Marquis d'Argens
The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.
- George Bancroft
None are too wise to be mistaken, but few are so wisely just as to acknowledge and correct their mistakes, and especially the mistakes of prejudice.
- Isaac Barrow
The confirmed prejudices of a thoughtful life are as hard to change as the confirmed habits of an indolent life; and as some must trifle away age because they trifled away youth, others must labor on in a maze of error because they have wandered there too long to find their way out.
- 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, Henry St. John
Even when we fancy we have grown wiser, it is only, it may be, that new prejudices have displaced old ones.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
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 (used pseudonym Currer Bell)
Instead of casting away all our old prejudices, we cherish them to a very considerable degree, and, to take more shame to ourselves, we cherish them because they are prejudices; and the longer they have lasted and the more generally they have prevailed, the more we cherish them. We are afraid to put men to live and trade each on his own private stock of reason; because we suspect that this stock in each man is small, and that the individuals would do better to avail themselves of the general bank and capital of nations and of ages.
- Edmund Burke
Prejudice renders a man's virtue his habit, and a series of unconnected arts. Though just prejudice, his duty becomes a part of his nature.
- Edmund Burke,
Reflections on the Revolution in France
Prejudice may be considered as a continual false medium of viewing things, for prejudiced persons not only never speak well, but also never think well, of those whom they dislike, and the whole character and conduct is considered with an eye to that particular thing which offends them.
- Samuel Butler (1)
Much of our ignorance is of ourselves. Our eyes are full of dust. Prejudice blinds us.
- Abraham Coles
There are truths which some men despise because they have not examined, and which they will not examine because they despise. There is one signal instance on record where this kind of prejudice was overcome by a miracle; but the age of miracles is past, while that of prejudice remains.
- Charles Caleb Colton
Ignorance is less remote from the truth than prejudice.
- Denis Diderot
As those who believe in the visibility of ghosts can easily see them, so it is always easy to see repulsive qualities in those we despise and hate.
- Frederick Douglass
I'm interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.
- Clint Eastwood
He that is possessed with a prejudice is possessed with a devil, and one of the worst kinds of devils, for it shuts out the truth, and often leads to ruinous error.
- Tryon Edwards
Prejudices are rarely overcome by argument; not being founded in reason they cannot be destroyed by logic.
- Tryon Edwards
When prejudices are caught up from bad passions, the worst of men feel intervals of remorse to soften and disperse them; but when they arise from a generous though mistaken source, they are hugged closer to the bosom, and the kindest and most compassionate natures feel a pleasure in fostering a blind and unjust resentment.
- Ralph Erskine
He flattered himself on being a man without any prejudices; and this pretension itself is a very great prejudice.
- Jacques Anatole I. France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)
Prejudices are the props of civilization.
- Andre Gide
They that never peeped beyond the common belief in which their easy understandings were at first indoctrinated are strongly assured of the truth of their receptions.
- Joseph Glanvill
He who never leaves his country is full of prejudices.
[Lat., Chi non esce dal suo paese, vive pieno di pregiudizi.]
- Carlo Goldoni, Pamela (I, 14)
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