Tao Te Ching

The Power of Goodness, the Wisdom Beyond Words
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Fritz Eichenberg


Hatred may be one of the most destructive emotions but not for the conventional reasons, that it provokes aggression and violence. The main harm it may cause could be how easily it lets us turn responsibility away from ourselves. When this happens, it prevents any realistic solution to the underlying problem. And when we take action on the basis of projecting all responsibility externally, the inevitable result become the creation of more harm, for ourselves and others.

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“As surely as bandits hate their chief so do the people of a country resent whatever is over them… (the wise) knowing that a kingdom cannot be mounted get under it; knowing that the people cannot be led he keeps behind them.”

Huangdi 國語 2698 – 2598 BCE
(The Yellow Emperor)
Taoist patron saint, founder of Chinese civilization
from Internal Book of Medicine

48. Unlearning

“Who dares think one thing, and another tell, my heart detests him as the gates of hell.”

Homer 1 via Alexander Pope
Primogenitor of Western culture
from Iliad

Themes: Hate

“Victory breeds hatred. The defeated live in pain. Happily the peaceful live giving up victory and defeat.”

Buddha गौतम बुद्ध 563 – 483 BCE
(Siddhartha Shakyamuni Gautama)
Awakened Truth

8. Like Water

“Hate never dispels hate. Only love can do that.”

Buddha गौतम बुद्ध 563 – 483 BCE via Shan Dao
(Siddhartha Shakyamuni Gautama)
Awakened Truth
from Dhammapada धम्मपद

Themes: Hate

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”

Confucius 孔丘 551 – 479 BCE
(Kongzi, Kǒng Zǐ)
History's most influential "failure"

Themes: Hate Crime

“To stand from Fear set free, to breathe and wait; to hold a hand uplifted over Hate; what else is Wisdom?”

Euripides 480 – 406 BCE via Philip Vellacott, Shan Dao
Ancient humanitarian influence continuing today
from Bacchae Βάκχαι

Themes: Fear Hate Wisdom

“If you kill such a one as I am, you will injure yourselves more than you will injure me... the evil of unjustly taking away the life of another is far greater.”

Socrates 469 – 399 BCE via Jowett
One of the most powerful influences on Western Civilization
from Apology

Themes: Hate Aggression

“From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate… The hottest love has the coldest end.”

Socrates 469 – 399 BCE
One of the most powerful influences on Western Civilization

Themes: Desire Hate

42. Children of the Way

“As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.”

Antisthenes 445 – 365 BCE
Creator of a religious tradition without religion

Themes: Hate Aggression

“The man of spirit hates to see people gather around him. He avoids the crowd… There is nothing to be gained from the support of a lot of half-wits who are doomed to end up in a fight with each other.”

Chuang Tzu 莊周 369 – 286 BCE

Themes: Fame Hate

51. Mysterious Goodness

“Hatred is settled anger.”

Cicero 106 – 43 BCE

Themes: Anger Hate

“Violence and injury enclose in their net all that do such things, and generally return upon him who began.”

Lucretius 99 – 55 BCE
(Titus Carus)
from De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things)

“Go no further down the road of hatred.”

Virgil 70 – 19 BCE
(Publius Vergilius Maro)
from Aeneid

Themes: Hate Aggression

“Whom they have injured, they also hate.”

Seneca ˈsɛnɪkə 4 BCE – 65 CE
(Lucius Annaeus)

Themes: Hate

“Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you”

Jesus 3 BCE – 30 CE via Saint Luke
from New Testament Διαθήκη

“We hate suffering, but love it’s causes.”

Shantideva ཞི་བ་ལྷ།།། 685 – 763 CE
(Bhusuku, Śāntideva)
from Bodhisattva Way of Life, Bodhicaryavatara

2. The Wordless Teachings

“If your mind wanders away, do not follow it. A mind disturbed by love and aversion is deluded; a mind free from delusion and reality alike is real, the Buddha-Mind.”

Hui Hai 大珠慧海 788 – 831 CE via John Blofeld, Shan Dao
from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

Themes: Love Hate

“When right and wrong, other and self exist in their midst, love and hate will arise and attach each other. When love and hate arise and attack each other, warfare will flourish.”

Wang Zhen 809 – 859 CE via Ralph D. Sawyer
from Daodejing Lunbing Yaoyishu, The Tao of War

2. The Wordless Teachings

“Among ten people, three seek life because they hate death, three seek death because they hate life, and three live as if they were dead.”

Wang Anshi 王安石 1021 – 1086 CE

50. Claws and Swords

“To get what you love, you must first be patient with what you hate.”

Al-Ghazali أبو حامد محمد بن محمد الطوسي الغزالي 1058 – 1111 CE
(Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali)
Philosopher of Sufism

“Ignorance leads to fear, fear leads to hatred, and hatred leads to violence. This is the equation.”

Averroes, Ibn Rushd ابن رشد‎‎ 1126 – 1198 CE

“We should put our trust in nothing at all. It is because foolish people are deeply trustful that they know hatred and anger... If you put trust in neither yourself or others, you will rejoice when good comes, and when evil comes you will not grieve.”

Yoshida Kenkō 兼好 1284 – 1350 CE via Sir George Bailey Sansom
Inspiration of self-reinvention
from Essays in Idleness

“In the affairs of this world, poverty alone is without envy.”

Giovanni Boccaccio dʒoˈvanni bokˈkattʃo 1313 – 1375 CE

Themes: Hate Poverty

“Make use of your enemies… The wise will turn ill will into a mirror more faithful than that of kindness”

Balthasar Gracian 1601 – 1658 CE via Joseph Jacobs, Shan Dao chapter #84
from Art of Worldly Wisdom

Themes: Hate Enemy

31. Victory Funeral

“You think that good means hating what is bad. What's bad is the hating mind itself”

Bankei Yōtaku 盤珪永琢 1622 – 1693 CE via Peter Haskel
Zen Master of the unborn

from Song of Original Mind

Themes: Hate Aggression
“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”

Jonathan Swift 1667 – 1745 CE
"Foremost prose satirist in the English language"

from Thoughts on Various Subjects (1703)

“The most worthless of mankind are not afraid to condemn in others the same disorders which they allow in themselves.”

Edward Gibbon 1737 – 1794 CE
from Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire

Themes: Hate Projection

“A true man hates no one.”

Napoleon Bonaparte 1769 – 1821 CE

Themes: Hate

“Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust; hatred alone is immortal.”

William Hazlitt 1778 – 1830 CE
One of the English languages best art and literature critics of all time

from The Plain Speaker (1826)

Themes: Hate Immortality

“Hatred comes from the heart; contempt from the head; and neither feeling is quite within our control.”

Arthur Schopenhauer 1788 – 1860 CE

Themes: Hate Complaint

“He who surpasses or subdues mankind,
Must look down on the hate of those below.”

Lord Byron 1788 – 1824 CE
(George Gordon Byron)
The first rock-star style celebrity
from Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1808-1817)

Themes: Victory Hate

“Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.”

Balzac 1799 – 1850 CE
(Honoré de Balzac)

Themes: Hate Aggression

“Years of love have been forgot in the hatred of a minute.”

Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allen Poe 1809 – 1849 CE

Themes: Love Hate Aggression

“He had begun... to sink into the hideous fettering of domestic hate... to have an alarmed foresight of her irrevocable loss of love for him and the consequent dreariness of their life.”

George Eliot 1819 – 1880 CE
(Mary Anne Evans)
Pioneering literary outsider

from Middlemarch

Themes: Hate

“what trances of torments does the man endure who is consumed with one unachieved revengeful desire. He sleeps with clenched hands; and wakes with his own bloody nails in his palms.”

Herman Melville 1819 – 1891 CE
from Moby Dick or The Whale

Themes: Hate Desire

“From Hell's heart, I stab… for hate's sake, I spit my last breath”

Herman Melville 1819 – 1891 CE
from Moby Dick or The Whale

Themes: Hate Aggression

“This is a busy world, and no one has time to sit right down and hate you. The only enemies we have are those we conjure up ourselves. The idea that we have enemies is only egotism gone to seed.”

Elbert Hubbard 1856 – 1915 CE via Shan Dao
from A Thosand and One Epigrams, 1911

Themes: Hate Conflict Enemy

“Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.”

George Bernard Shaw 1856 – 1950 CE
UK playwright second only to Shakespeare
from Major Barbara, 1907

Themes: Hate

“What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.”

Sigmund Freud 1856 – 1939 CE

“Hared is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.”

George Bernard Shaw 1856 – 1950 CE
UK playwright second only to Shakespeare

Themes: Hate Projection

“To understand everything is to hate nothing.”

Romain Rolland 1866 – 1944 CE
“The moral consciousness of Europe”

Themes: Hate

“The modern mind is never popular in its own day. People hate being made to think... All things are at odds when God sets a thinker loose on the planet.”

Edith Hamilton 1867 – 1963 CE

Themes: Crazy Wisdom Hate

“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate but it is fear.”

Mahatma Gandhi 1869 – 1948 CE

Themes: Fear Hate Enemy

“We do not like to be robbed of an enemy; we want someone to hate when we suffer. It is so depressing to think that we suffer because we are fools.”

Bertrand Russell 1872 – 1970 CE
“20th century Voltaire”

“It is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.”

Hermann Hesse 1877 – 1962 CE via Hilda Rosner
from Siddhartha

Themes: Sacred World Hate

“If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.”

Hermann Hesse 1877 – 1962 CE

“that worst outcrop of herd life, the military system, which I abhor… This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed… and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriots – how passionately I hate them!... this bogey would have disappeared long ago had the sound sense of the peoples not been systematically corrupted by commercial and political interests.”

Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955 CE

31. Victory Funeral

“It's a patent absurdity on the face of it to hate people because they live round the corner and speak a different vernacular, so to speak.”

James Joyce 1882 – 1941 CE

Themes: Hate

“I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed... I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.”

Franklin Roosevelt 1882 – 1945 CE
Champion and creator of a more just and equitable society

Themes: War Hate

“Never in my life had I felt so tangibly and with such astonishment that hate, by passing successively through comprehension, mercy, and sympathy, can be transformed into love. The same can happen when good wrestles with evil”

Nikos Kazantzakis 1883 – 1957 CE via P. A. Bien
from Report to Greco

Themes: Hate Evil

“The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex of order and freedom, culture and peace, can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within.”

Will Durant 1885 – 1981 CE
Philosophy apostle and popularizer of history's lessons
from Our Oriental Heritage

“Hate is more lasting than dislike”

Adolf Hitler 1
the most immoral and cruel conqueror in human history
from Mein Kampf (1935)

Themes: Hate

“They don’t ask much of you. They only want you to hate the things you love and to love the things you despise. (June 1960)”

Boris Pasternak Бори́с Леони́дович Пастерна́к 1890 – 1960 CE via On Soviet bureaucrats
Russia's greatest poet
from LIFE magazine

“Taoism and Buddhism pursue the same aims... The highest goal of Taoism as well as Buddhism is a state of enlightenment which the Buddha defines as the overcoming of greed, hatred, and ignorance—not stupidity but the ignoring of facts which appear uncomfortable or against our desires.”

Anagarika​ (Lama) Govinda 1898 – 1985 CE
(Ernst Hoffmann)
Pioneer of Tibetan Buddhism to the West

from Inner Structure of the I Ching

“The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretense was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current”

George Orwell 1903 – 1950 CE
English, poet, humanist, apostle of doubt, and powerful political influence
from 1984

Themes: Hate Aggression

“Nor from the Dalai Lama himself will you ever hear a word of resentment or condemnation. These men have been the victims of a terrific upheaval, of terrible violence, and yet they have no hatred. I have learned what religion is from these men. Here is true religion, alive—today.”

Joseph Campbell 1904 – 1987 CE
Great translator of ancient myth into modern symbols
from Power of Myth

Themes: Hate

“In love there should be hate, or non-attachment. And in hate there should be love, or acceptance. Love and hate are one thing. We should accept weeds, despite how we feel about them.”

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi 1904 – 1971 CE via Trudy Dixon
from Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Themes: Hate

“Patience means holding back your inclination to the seven emotions: hate, adoration, joy, anxiety, anger, grief, fear. If you don't give way to the seven, you're patient, then you'll soon understand all manner of things and be in harmony with Eternity.”

James Clavell 1921 – 1994 CE
Fictionalizing and fictional historian
from Shōgun, 1975

Themes: Patience Hate

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”

Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014 CE

Themes: Hate Aggression

“He never spoke with any bitterness at all, no matter how awful the things he said. Are there really people without resentment, without hate she wondered. People who never go cross-grained to the universe? Who recognize evil, and resist evil, and yet are utterly unaffected by it?”

Ursula Le Guin 1929 – 2018 CE
from The Lathe of Heaven

Themes: Hate Evil

49. No Set Mind

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King Jr. 1929 – 1968 CE
Leading world influence for equality, peace, non-violence, and poverty alleviation

Themes: Hate

“Anger and hatred are signs of weakness, while compassion is a sure sign of strength.”

Dalai Lama XIV Tenzin Gyatso 1935 CE –

Themes: Anger Hate

“Going beyond challenge is learning the art of war… when you do not produce another force of hatred, the opposing force collapses,”

Chögyam Trungpa 1939 – 1987 CE
from Martial Arts and the Art of War

Themes: War Hate

31. Victory Funeral

“Every foreign war now will traumatize children who will hate us 50 years from now”

Mary Catherine Bateson 1939 CE –

Themes: War Hate

“If you have a hate inside of you, you can't be righteous.”

Bob Marley 1945 – 1981 CE

Themes: Hate

“Hatred is like a long, dark shadow. Not even the person it falls upon knows where it comes from. It is like a two-edged sword. When you cut the other person, you cut yourself… Once it has taken root in your heart, hatred is the most difficult think in the world to shake off.”

Haruki Murakami 1949 CE – via Jay Rubin
from Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Themes: Hate Aggression

“In most times and places, homicides kill far more people than wars. But homicide rates have been falling as well and not just in the U.S. People in the rest of the world are now seven-tenths as likely to be murdered as they were two dozen years ago”

Steven Pinker 1954 CE –
Humanistic scientist, insightful cultural commentaror
from Enlightenment Now

Themes: Hate

“What causes all the hatred?… human beings operating under the influence of the reality-distortion fields convincing us that we and ours are in the right, that we are by nature good, and that, when we do the occasional bad thing, it’s not a reflection of the ‘real us’; whereas they and theirs aren’t in the right and aren’t by nature good, and when they do the occasional good thing, it’s not a reflection of the ‘real them.’”

Robert Wright 1957 CE –
from Why Buddhism is True

Themes: Hate Aggression

“Hell is merely the perception of your own aggression.”

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche རྫོང་གསར་ འཇམ་དབྱངས་ མཁྱེན་བརྩེ་ རིན་པོ་ཆེ། 1961 CE –
(Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche)
"Activity" incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Themes: Hate Aggression

69. No Enemy

“It’s a huge psychological achievement to accept other humans in their bewildering mixture of good and bad… no one we love will ever satisfy us completely—but that this is never a reason to hate them either. We should move away from the naivety and cruelty of splitting people into the camps of the awful and the wondrous, to the mature wisdom of integrating them into the large collective of the ‘good enough’.”

Alain de Botton 1969 CE –
Philosophic link between ancient wisdom and modern challenge

“‘proper work’ usually involves performing a task you hate on behalf of people you'd gleefully club to death with a bull's knee if only it were legal to do so.”

Charlie Brooker 1971 CE –
from Black Mirror

Themes: Livelihood Hate

“Indifference is worse than hate.”

N. K. Jemisin 1972 CE –
from Broken Earth

Themes: Ignorance Hate

“as anyone in the hell of hatred knows, nothing binds you to the object of hatred ore than your own aversion”

Mingyur Rinpoche 1975 CE –
Modern-day Mahasiddha

from In Love With the World

Themes: Hate

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