Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.
Letter to John Adams (1 August 1816).
All seems infected that th' infected spy, as all looks yellow to the jaundic'd eye.Alexander Pope
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
A man must be excessively stupid, as well as uncharitable, who believes there is no virtue but on his own side.joseph addison
All men feel something of an honorable bigotry for the objects which have long continued to please them.william wordsworth
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
Show me the man who would go to heaven alone if he could, and in that man I will show you one who will never be admitted into heaven.
I made a comparison at table some time since, which has often been quoted, and received many compliments. It was that of the mind of a bigot to the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour on it, the more it contracts.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.mark twain
The church has stood, a rock colossus of bigotry, in the path of ten thousand proposed reforms. Sane efforts to legalize birth control information, the manufacture of proper birth control appliances, appliances for the inhibition of the spread of venereal disease, public instruction in sex hygiene, free clinics for the treatment of venereal disease, the inspection and treatment of prostitutes, controlled prostitution itself, the publication of psychological and physical sex information, aid for unwed mothers myriad attempts by sane men acting sanely on real problems have been fought down by church-frightened legislatures and church-dominated courts.
Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood. This sets the stage for further repression and violence that spread all too easily to victimize the next minority group.