Today, the day after the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh Synagogue, I don’t know what to write about hate. Therefore, I will quote others.
Patriotism is when love for your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first. — Charles de Gaulle
This world of ours … must avoid being a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. — Dwight D. Eisenhower
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve, and bad things are very easy to get. — Confucius
If you hate someone, it’s like a boomerang that misses its target and comes back and hits you in the head. The one who hates is the one who hurts. — Louis Zamperini
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference — Elie Wiesel
You reclaim your power by loving what you were once taught to hate. — Bryant H. McGill
Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater. — George Washington Carver
I was taught that segregation was the will of God, and the Bible was quoted to prove it. I was taught that women were inferior to men, and the Bible was quoted to prove it. I was taught that it was okay to hate other religions, and especially the Jews, and the Bible was quoted to prove it. — John Shelby Spong
Hate has no place in the House of God. — Desmond Tutu
I never learned hate at home, or shame. I had to go to school for that. — Dick Gregory
It is not anthrax or terrorism or AIDS that is the worst ill in our world: The most horrible disease in the world is hate. — Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. — James A. Baldwin
I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them. — Baruch Spinoza
I don’t know what to write about hate, so I’ll share some photos from yesterday.
I don’t know what to write about hate, so here’s Cantor Azi Schwartz singing Jewish prayers to the fallen in 2015.
I don’t know what to write about hate, but I do know how to express gratitude to all who helped me write today’s post and — of course — to you.