Prejudice squints when it looks, and lies when it talks.
Prejudice and self-sufficiency, naturally proceed from inexperience of the world, and ignorance of mankind.
The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.
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.
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.
Even when we fancy we have grown wiser, it is only, it may be, that new prejudices have displaced old ones.
The great obstacle to progress is prejudice.
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 rocks.
Instead of casting away our old prejudices, we cherish them to a very considerable degree, and, more shame to ourselves, we cherish them because they are prejudices; and the longer they have lasted 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 in this stock each man is small, and that the individuals would do better to avail themseive of the general bank and capital of nations and of ages.
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.
Ignorance is less remote from the truth than prejudice.
He that is possessed with a prejudice is possessed with a devil, and one of the worst kind of devils, for it shuts out the truth, and often leads to ruinous error.
The prejudiced and obstinate man does not so much hold opinions, as his opinions hold him.
When prejudices 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.
He that never leaves his own country is full of prejudices.
Some prejudices are to the mind what the atmosphere is to the body; we cannot feel without the one, nor breathe without the other.
To divest one's self of some prejudices, would be like taking off the skin to feel the better.
Moral prejudices are the stop-gaps of virtue; and as is the case with other stop-gaps, it is often more difficult to get either out or in through them, than through any other part of the fence.
Prejudice is the child of ignorance.
No wise man can have a contempt for the prejudices of others; and he should even stand in a certain awe of his own, as if they were aged parents and monitors. They may in the end prove wiser than he.
Prejudice is never easy unless it can pass itself off for reason.
To lay aside all prejudices, is to lay aside all principles.—He who is destitute of principles is governed by whims.
There is nothing respecting which a man may be so long unconscious, as of the extent and strength of his prejudices.
Opinions grounded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest violence.
Every one is forward to complain of the prejudices that mislead other men and parties, as if he were free, and had none of his own. What now is the cure? No other but this, that every man should let alone others' prejudices and examine his own.
Prejudice is the conjuror of imaginary wrongs, strangling truth, overpowering reason, making strong men weak and weak men weaker. God give us the large-hearted charity which "beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things," which "thinketh no evil!"
Reasoning against a prejudice is like fighting against a shadow; it exhausts the reasoner, without visibly affecting the prejudice. Argument cannot do the work of instruction any more than blows can take the place of sunlight.
He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.
Every period of life has its peculiar prejudice; whoever saw old age that did not applaud the past, and condemn the present times?
When the judgment is weak the prejudice is strong.
There is nothing stronger than human prejudice. A crazy sentimentalism, like that of Peter the Hermit, hurled half of Europe upon Asia, and changed the destinies of kingdoms.
All looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.
National antipathy is the basest, because the most illiberal and illiterate of all prejudices.
A man who thinks he is guarding himself against prejudices by resisting the authority of others, leaves open every avenue to singularity, vanity, self-conceit, obstinacy, and many other vices, all tending to warp the judgment, and prevent the natural- operation of his faculties. We are not satisfied with our own opinions, whatever we may pretend, till they are ratified and confirmed by suffrage of the rest of mankind. We dispute and wrangle forever; we endeavor to get men to come to us when we do not go to them.
Because a total eclipse of the sun is above my own head, I will not therefore insist that there must be an eclipse in America also; and because snowflakes fall before my own nose, I need not believe that the Gold Coast is also snowed up.
Prejudice is a mist, which in our journey through the world often dims the brightest and obscures the best of all the good and glorious objects that meet us on our way.
In forming a judgment, lay your hearts void of foretaken opinions; else whatsoever is done or said, will be measured by a wrong rule: like them who have the jaundice, to whom everything appeareth yellow.
Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man.—It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out.
When we destroy an old prejudice we have need of a new virtue.
Prejudice is a mist, which, in our journey through the world, often dims the brightest, and obscures the best of all the good and glorious objects that meet us on our way.
Human nature is so constituted, that all see, and judge better, in the affairs of other men, than in their own.
In whatever mind prejudice dwells, it acts, in relation to truth, as alkali does in relation to acids, neutralizing its power.—Arguments the most cogent, discourse the most powerful, can be neutralized at once by some prejudice in the mind.
Prejudice, which sees what it pleases, cannot see what is plain.
Prejudice is the reason of fools.
Prejudices are what rule the vulgar crowd.
Never suffer the prejudice of the eye to determine the heart.