Sunday, January 17, 2010 – Bigotry

It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong. ~ G. K. Chesterton

Bigotry and judgment are the height of insecurity. ~ Jasmine Guy

Bigotry dwarfs the soul by shutting out the truth. ~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Bigotry is the sacred disease. ~ Heraclitus

Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand with a grip that kills it. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Look back, to slavery, to suffrage, to integration and one thing is clear. Fashions in bigotry come and go. The right thing lasts. ~ Anna Quindlen

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. ~ Maya Angelou

There is no bigotry like that of “free thought” run to seed. ~ Horace Greeley

Your political system is actually too democratic. The fact that Americans vote on every bill and proposition can prolong bigotry indefinitely, especially where it is aimed at minority groups. ~ George Michael

Bigotry may be roughly defined as the anger of men who have no opinions. ~ G. K. Chesterton quotes

Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. education and free discussion are the antidotes of both. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Superstition, bigotry and prejudice, ghosts though they are, cling tenaciously to life; they are shades armed with tooth and claw. They must be grappled with unceasingly, for it is a fateful part of human destiny that it is condemned to wage perpetual war against ghosts. A shade is not easily taken by the throat and destroyed. ~ Victor Hugo

I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny – Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear. ~ Margaret Chase Smith (1897-1995)

In fact, they recapitulate the story of Christianity word for word, like the inevitable course of some unsightly disease: criminal ignorance, brutish stupidity, self-righteous bigotry, paranoid fear of outsiders. For the cultist, psychiatrists, the media, Government agencies have become Satan incarnate. Like the fundamental Christians, they have to be right. ~ William S. Burroughs

Never attribute to Devil-worshipping conspiracies what opportunism, emotional instability, and religious bigotry are sufficient to explain. ~ Shawn Carlson

Religion is as effectually destroyed by bigotry as by indifference. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has. ~ Josh Billings

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side. ~ Joseph Addison

BIGOT, n. One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

He was so narrow minded that if he fell on a pin it would blind him in both eyes. ~ Fred Allen

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

People are very open-minded about new things – as long as they’re exactly like the old ones. ~ Charles Kettering

A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person. ~ Zig Ziglar

Man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through the narrow chinks of his cavern. ~ William Blake