This is how a 19th century slave helped me give up hatred. I remember when I was reading Booker T. Washington’s book ‘Up From Slavery’, there was one line that really stood out for me.

He said, “I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.”

I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him ~ Booker T. Washington Click To Tweet


Booker T. Washington was part of the last generation of black American slaves. With his powerful mindset, he later became an educator, author, and an adviser to 2 presidents of the United States (Roosevelt and Taft).

He had a different way of looking at things, right? If he can choose to release and give up hatred so as not to injure himself, I think the rest of us can do it, too.

I think Mark Twain said it best when he declared…

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured” ~ Mark Twain

Move on. Refuse to give hateful people any of your mental focus. You only rob yourself of happiness by thinking about them. As I state on my own quotes page

“Hatred, resentment, bearing grudges, are all forms of self-abuse” ~ Mark McManus

Hatred, resentment, bearing grudges, are all forms of self-abuse ~ Mark McManus Click To Tweet


Remember that only hurt people hurt people. They themselves are clearly not happy, which is why they behave as they do. Focus on your own life and being the best version of yourself that you can be.


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Mark McManus

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