An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.


Muhammad Ali (1942-, American boxer)


Bigot, one who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


Bigotry dwarfs the soul by shutting out the truth.


Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880, American author, clergyman)


The people who are most bigoted are the people who have no convictions at all.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


We call a man a bigot or a slave of dogma because he is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a definite end.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Those who believe in their truth -- the only ones whose imprint is retained by the memory of men -- leave the earth behind them strewn with corpses. Religions number in their ledgers more murders than the bloodiest tyrannies account for, and those whom humanity has called divine far surpass the most conscientious murderers in their thirst for slaughter.


E. M. Cioran (1911-1995, Rumanian-born French philosopher)


Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Religion is as effectually destroyed by bigotry as by indifference.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


There is no bigotry like that of "free thought" run to seed.


Horace Greeley (1811-1872, American newspaper editor)


Defoe says that there were a hundred thousand country fellows in his time ready to fight to the death against popery, without knowing whether popery was a man or a horse.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Bigotry is the sacred disease.


Heraclitus (BC 535-475, Greek philosopher)


We are least open to precise knowledge concerning the things we are most vehement about.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


When we believe ourselves in possession of the only truth, we are likely to be indifferent to common everyday truths.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


How it infuriates a bigot, when he is forced to drag out his dark convictions!


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


You are all fundamentalists with a top dressing of science. That is why you are the stupidest of conservatives and reactionists in politics and the most bigoted of obstructionists in science itself. When it comes to getting a move on you are all of the same opinion: stop it, flog it, hang it, dynamite it, stamp it out.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


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