Misanthropic Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old misanthropic quotes, misanthropic sayings, and misanthropic proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

If you ever meet someone who cannot understand why solitary confinement is considered punishment, you have met a misanthrope.     

Florence King

You always feel like you are the only one in the world, like everyone else is crazy for each other, but it's not true. Generally, people don't like each other very much. And that goes for friends, too.     

Miranda July

People with antisocial personality disorders aren't automatically bad, they simply approach the world with a more ruthless set of lenses. The lack of empathy or very weak empathy and the ability to read other people's weak spots can be a flammable combination when you get in the way of something they want. But they aren't a different species. They're a part of our spectrum.     

Eden Robinson

The more you learn about the dignity of the gorilla, the more you want to avoid people.     

Dian Fossey

Let the misanthrope shun men and abjure; the most are rather lovable than hateful.     


Misanthropy is the outcome of a misunderstood and tormented genius.     

Kevin Schaller

The misanthrope, as an essentially solitary man, is not a man at all he must be a beast or a god.     


Ineradicable misanthropy we stick to nothing instinct of self preservation spreading venereal disease.     


Avoiding humanity and humans, just work on yourself be a recluse for a while and see your mind getting much divine.     

Mayur Tandon

Sometimes those who don't socialize much aren't actually anti-social, they just have no tolerance for drama and fake people.     


A man may make a misanthrope of himself, but he is never one by nature.     

Lucy Larcom

Misanthropy is a suit of armor lined with thorns.     

Marie Ebner-Eschenbach

Nobody adopts antisocial behaviour unless they fear that they will fail if they remain on the social side of life.     

Alfred Adler

Sensuality reconciles us with the human race. The misanthropy of the old is due in large part to the fading of the magic glow of desire.     

Eric Hoffer

Being anti-social can also mean that you're aware of how annoying it is to be social.     

Dov Davidoff

In affability there is no hatred of men, but for that very reason there is all too much contempt for men.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Humans are naturally social; civilization causes us to be antisocial.     

Kirk D. Sinclair

If we define a misanthrope as someone who does not suffer fools and likes to see fools suffer, we have described a person with something to look forward to.     

Florence King

Let the misanthrope shun men and abjure; the most are rather lovable than     

Martin Farquhar Tupper

Unsociable humors are contracted in solitude, which will, in the end, not fail of corrupting the understanding as well as the manners, and of utterly disqualifying a man for the satisfactions and duties of life. Men must be taken as they are, and we neither make them or ourselves better by flying from or quarreling with them.     

Edmond Burke

Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.     

Giacomo Leopardi

Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists.     

Nikola Tesla

Anti-social behaviour still blights lives, wrecks communities and provides a pathway to criminality.     

Theresa May

Nobody enjoys the company of others as intensely as someone who usually avoids the company of others.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Sometimes with the most intense pain a paralysis of sensibility occurs. The soul disintegrates hence the deadly frost the free power of the mind the shattering, ceaseless wit of this kind of despair. There is no inclination for anything any more the person is alone, like a baleful power as he has no connection with the rest of the world he consumes himself gradually and in accordance with his own principle he is misanthropic and misotheos.     


A fine line separates the weary recluse from the fearful hermit. Finer still is the line between hermit and bitter misanthrope.     

Dean Koontz

Misanthropes have some admirable if paradoxical virtues. It is no exaggeration to say that we are among the nicest people you are likely to meet. Because good manners build sturdy walls, our distaste for intimacy makes us exceedingly cordial. Ships that pass in the night. As long as you remain a stranger we will be your friend forever.     

Florence King