The Negative Attitudes: Revenge, Resentment, Sustained Anger, Envy, Intolerance, Betrayal, Jealousy, Pride, Greed, Blame, Bigotry, Hatred, Indifference

A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.
 – Francis Bacon
essayist, philosopher, and statesman

Women love the lie that saves their pride, but never an unflattering truth.
 – Gertrude Atherton
The Conqueror

Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes, it obstructs your vision.
 – Hsi-Tang

Anger is one letter away from danger.
 – Eleanor Roosevelt

If you are bent on revenge, dig two graves.
 – old Chinese proverb

People hate as they love, unreasonably.
 – William Makepeace Thackeray

We have met the enemy and he is us.
 – Walt Kelly

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
 – Hanlon's Razor

Nearly all men can withstand adversity, if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
 – Abraham Lincoln

We despise all reverences and all objects of reverence which are outside the pale of our list of sacred things. And yet, with strange inconsistency, we are shocked when other people despise and defile the things which are holy to us.
 – Mark Twain
author and humorist

The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
 – Rene Descartes
philosopher and mathematician

All envy would be extinguished, if it were universally known that there are none to be envied.
 – Samuel Johnson
lexicographer, essayist, poet, critic

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
 – Edmund Burke

The fear of criticism robs man of his initiative, destroys his power of imagination, limits his individuality, takes away his self-reliance, and does him damage in a hundred other ways.
 – Napoleon Hill

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
 – Erica Jong
(1942- )

Bad habits are like chains that are too light to feel until they are too heavy to carry.
 – Warren Buffet

Hatred – the anger of the weak.
 – Alphonse Daudet

In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.
 – Ivan Illich

Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
 – Francis Bacon

Nature can provide for the needs of people; [she] can't provide for the greed of people.
 – Mohandas K. Gandhi


It is interesting, that termites don't build things, and the great builders of our nation almost to a man have been Christians, because Christians have the desire to build something. He is motivated by love of man and God, so he builds. The people who have come into [our] institutions [today] are primarily termites. They are into destroying institutions that have been built by Christians, whether it is universities, governments, our own traditions, that we have…. The termites are in charge now, and that is not the way it ought to be, and the time has arrived for a godly fumigation.
 – Pat Robertson
New York Magazine
August 18, 1986

First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them. This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians, and do not condone or knowingly tolerate such public lying, cursing, and blaspheming of his Son and of his Christians.
 – Martin Luther
On the Jews and Their Lies

I don't know that Atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.
 – President George H. W. Bush,
during an August 27, 1987 interview by Rob Sherman,
as reported in Brochure #8286 (circa 1991)
published by American Atheist Veterans

I don't think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except numbers. The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television, and Miss Black America. Try to have things like the United Caucasian College Fund, Cloud Magazine, White Entertainment Television, or Miss White America; and see what happens. Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door. I have the right "NOT" to be tolerant of others because they are different, weird, or tick me off.

I believe that if you are selling me a milk shake, a pack of cigarettes, a newspaper or a hotel room, you must do it in English! As a matter of fact, if you want to be an American citizen, you should have to speak English! My father and grandfather didn't die in vain so you can leave the countries you were born in to come over and disrespect ours.

I think the police should have every right to shoot your sorry self if you threaten them after they tell you to stop. If you can't understand the word "freeze" or "stop" in English, see the above lines.
 – Andy Rooney
US TV commentator

Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever.
 – Lord Chesterfield
statesman and writer

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
 – Thomas Carlyle

Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening.
 – Maya Angelou

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm but the harm does not interest them.
 – T.S. Eliot, poet

Evil is like a shadow – it has no real substance of its own, it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it, stamp on it, by railing against it, or any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it.
 – Shakti Gawain, teacher and author


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