Correspondence II :: Baruch Spinoza & James Baldwin on Hatred

“Hatred is an inclination to ward off from us that which has caused us some harm.” —Spinoza, The Book of God

“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.” —Baldwin, ‘Me and My House’, Notes of a Native Son