People who are aware of, and ashamed of, their prejudices are well on the road to eliminating them.

— Gordon Allport

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Prejudgments become prejudices only if they are not reversible when exposed to new knowledge.


If there is a purpose in life at all, there must be a purpose in suffering and in dying. But no man can tell another what this purpose is. Each must find out for himself, and must accept the responsibility that his answer prescribes. If he succeeds he will continue to grow in spite of all indignities.


Love received and love given comprise the best form of therapy.


The outlines of the needed psychology of becoming can be discovered by looking within ourselves; for it is knowledge of our own uniqueness that supplies the first, and probably the best, hints for acquiring orderly knowledge of others.


The mature religious sentiment is ordinarily fashioned in the workshop of doubt.


Each person is an idiom unto himself, an apparent violation of the syntax of the species.


Open-mindedness is considered to be a virtue.

But, strictly speaking, it cannot occur. A new experience must be redacted into old categories. We cannot handle each event freshly in its own right. If we did so, of what use would past experience be?


We cannot know the young child's personality by studying his systems of interest, for his attention is as yet too labile, his reactions impulsive, and interests unformed. From adolescence onward, however, the surest clue to personality is the hierarchy of interests, including the loves and loyalties of adult life.


There is a story of an Oxford student who once remarked, "I despise all Americans, but have never met one I didn't like."


Given a thimbleful of [dramatic] facts we rush to make generalizations as large as a tub.


It takes a major unhappiness, a prolonged and bitter experience, to drive us away from loyalties once formed. And sometimes no amount of punishment can make us repudiate our loyalty.


The specific goals we set for ourselves are almost always subsidiary to our long range intentions. A good parent, a good neighbour, a good citizen, is not good because his specific goals are acceptable, but because his successive goals are ordered to a dependable and socially desirable set of values. (1947)


About Gordon Allport

Quotes 24 sayings
Profession Psychologist
Birthday November 11, 1897

The theist is persuaded that while nothing that contradicts science is likely to be true, still nothing that stops with science can be the whole truth.


As partisans of our own way of life, we cannot help thinking in a partisan manner.


Thwarted lives have the most character-conditioned hate


Personality is and does something...It is what lies behind specific acts and within the individual


Reason adapts impulses and beliefs into the real world;

rationalization, on the other hand, adapts the concept of reality to the impulses and beliefs of the individual. Reasoning discovers the true cause of our acts, rationalization finds good reasons for justifying our acts.


Many studies have discovered a close link between prejudice and "patriotism" .

. . Extreme bigots are almost always super-patriots.


Love-incomparably the greatest psychotherapeutic agent-is something that professional psychiatry cannot of itself create, focus, nor release.


The scientist, by the very nature of his commitment, creates more and more questions, never fewer. Indeed the measure of our intellectual maturity, one philosopher suggests, is our capacity to feel less and less satisfied with our answers to better problems.


Since we think about ourselves so much of the time, it is comforting to assume .

.. that we really know the score.... [But] this is not an easy assignment. [As] Santayana wrote, 'Nothing requires a rarer intellectual heroism than willingness to see one's equation written out.'


Life is too short so we must generalize.


It is not that we have class prejudice, but only that we find comfort and ease in our own class. And normally there are plenty of people of our own class, or race, or religion to play, live, and eat with, and to marry.