Love Conquers Hate

“We are what we think. / All that we are arises with our thoughts. / With our thoughts we make the world. / Speak or act with an impure mind and trouble will follow you, as the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart. / … ‘Look how he abused me and hurt me, / How he threw me down and robbed me.’ / Live with such thoughts and you will live in hate. / … Abandon such thoughts and live in love. / In this world, / hate never yet dispelled hate. / Only love dispels hate. / This is the law, / Ancient and inexhaustible. / You too shall pass away. / Knowing this, how can you quarrel?”

–Buddha, The DhammapadaThomas Byrom translation

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

–Bible, Proverbs 15:1

“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”

–Bible, Proverbs 16:32

“Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.”

–Horace, EpistlesBook 1, Epistle ii, Line 62

“Do not be people without minds of your own, saying that if others treat you well you will treat them well and that if they do wrong you will do wrong. But [instead] accustom yourselves to do good if people do good and not to do wrong if they do evil.”

–Prophet Muhammad, Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1325

“The early Sages said, ‘Whoever angers is as if he has performed idolatry.’ They further said that one who angers, if he is a scholar his wisdom will depart from him, and if he is a prophet his prophetic spirit will depart from him. [The Sages further stated,] ‘People who have tempers — their lives are not lives.’”

–Maimonides, Laws of De’os, Chapter 2

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

–Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength To Love1963

“I have decided to stick with love … Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

–Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go From Here, 1967

“[P]eople respond in accordance to how you relate to them. If you approach them on the basis of violence, that’s how they’ll react. But if you say we want peace, we want stability, we can then do a lot of things that will contribute towards the progress of our society.”

–Nelson Mandela, Reader’s Digest interview, 2005