Tolerance Quotes

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Tolerance or toleration indicates a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own, especially evident in deliberate opposition to bigotry.

See also: Quotes About Tolerance And Liberality, What Is Tolerance?, and Application Of Tolerance

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Be so tolerant that your heart becomes wide like the ocean. Become inspired with faith and love for others. Offer a hand to those in trouble, and be concerned about everyone. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Applaud the good for their goodness, appreciate those who have believing hearts, and be kind to believers. Approach unbelievers so gently that their envy and hatred melt away. Like a Messiah, revive people with your breath. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Remember that you travel the best road and follow an Exalted Guide, upon him be peace. Be mindful that you have his guidance through the most perfect and expressive revelation. Be fair-minded and balanced in your judgment, for many people do not enjoy these blessings. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Return good for evil, and disregard discourteous treatment. An individual’s character is reflected in his or her behavior. Choose tolerance, and be magnanimous toward the ill-mannered. – M. Fethullah Gulen

The most distinctive feature of a soul overflowing with faith is to love all types of love that are expressed in deeds, and to feel enmity for all deeds in which enmity is expressed. To hate everything is a sign of insanity or of infatuation with Satan. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Accept how God treats you. Make it the measure by which you treat others, so that you may represent the truth among them and be free from the fear of loneliness in either world. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Only those who do not use their reason, or who have succumbed to plain stupidity and desires of the flesh, are convinced that believing men and women might harm them. Apply to a spiritual master to stir up your heart, and fill your eyes with tears. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Judge your worth in the Creator’s sight by how much space He occupies in your heart, and your worth in people’s eyes by how you treat them. Do not neglect the Truth even for a moment. And yet, “be a man or woman among other men or women.” – M. Fethullah Gulen

Take note of and be attentive to any behavior that causes you to love others. Then remind yourself that behaving in the same way will cause them to love you. Always behave decently, and be alert. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Do not allow your carnal self to be a referee in any contention, for it will always rule that everyone but you is sinful and unfortunate. Such a judgment, according to the word of the Most Truthful, upon him be peace, signifies your destruction. Be strict and implacable with your carnal self, and be relenting and lenient toward others. – M. Fethullah Gulen

In order to preserve your credit, honor, and love, love for the sake of the Truth, hate for the sake of the Truth, and be open-hearted toward the Truth. – M. Fethullah Gulen


Fethullah Gulen Quotes

Never judge someone
By the way he looks
Or a book by the way it’s covered;
For inside those tattered pages,
There’s a lot to be discovered

 – Stephen Cosgrove

‘tolerance’ Is the Wrong Word. It Means You Are Putting Up With Something, and That’s Wrong. Living With Others — That’s What It Is. – Ted Bender

Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society. – Aristotle

Tolerance and celebration of individual differences is the fire that fuels lasting love. – Tom Hannah

Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil. – Thomas Mann

Tolerance can lead to learning something. – Jakob Dylan

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others. – John F Kennedy

Tolerance is a basic pillar of democracy and the bulwark against totalitarian patterns of action and regimes. – Willi Mernyi

Tolerance is a fundamental character trait of great people and a part of the attitudes and practices of those we admire and respect. People without tolerance are diminished and poor. – John K. Carmack

Tolerance is a virtue, but tolerance coupled with passivity is a vice. – Chris Hedges

Tolerance is accepting differences in other people. It is thinking ‘It is OK that you are different from me.’ – Cynthia Amoroso

Tolerance Is an Attitude, a Way of Dealing With Other People — It Is Not a Dictum That People Have to Adopt Without Knowing What It Really Means or Feeling It Is Right. – Yasemin Karakasoglu

Tolerance is another word for indifference. – W. Somerset Maugham

Tolerance Is for Cowards. Being Tolerant Requires Nothing From You but to Be Quiet and to Not Make Waves, Holding Tightly to Your Views and Judgments Without Being Challenged. Do Not Tolerate Each Other. Work Hard, Move Into Uncomfortable Territory and Understand Each Other. – Randall Stephenson

Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself – Robert Green Ingersoll

Tolerance Is Key in Unlocking All Closed Doors. – Marina Finci

Tolerance Is Nothing More Than Patience With Boundaries. – H. Thompson Barnhart Iii

Tolerance is nothing more than patience with boundaries. – Shannon L. Alder

Tolerance is possessing a heart or a spirit that gives room at all times for people’s weakness and imperfection with a view to fostering peace and promoting friendship. – Bishop Dr John Ibenu

Tolerance Is Seen as a Virtue Because of Its Concern for the Common Good. Once Tolerance Is Cut Loose From This Larger Moral Vision, However, and Becomes Shackled to Notions of Individual Freedom to Do What One Pleases Absent Much Consideration of the Common Good, It Becomes Quite a Different Sort of Beast. – D. A. Carson

Tolerance Is Such a Beautiful Word. We Love It Because It Connotes Wisdom and Magnanimity in Us. Usually, People Who Are Tolerant Will Face Less Stress and Problems in Life. But Not Everyone Is the Same. When Faced With a Situation, Some Are More Tolerant Than Others. However, Some Snap Easily. Hindsight Is Always Perfect. After the Fact, We Usually Realise Our Follies or Regret Our Actions. By Then, It Is Too Late. – T.k. Chua

Tolerance is the ability to forgive those who tend to speak before thinking. – Catherine Pulsifer

Tolerance Is the Ability to Smile When Someone Else’s Child Behaves as Badly as Your Own. – Evan Esar

Tolerance is the mindful capacity to love, respect, accept the differences that make people unique. – Byron R. Pulsifer

Tolerance is the mindful capacity to love, respect, accept the differences that make people unique. This tolerance exists so that all people can live in harmony without the exclusion of one over the other or the will of the few disaffecting the lives of the many. – Byron R. Pulsifer

Tolerance is the oil which takes the friction out of life. – Wilbert E. Scheer

Tolerance Is the Only Real Test of Civilization. – Arthur Helps

Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand another’s beliefs, practices, and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting them. – Joshua Loth Liebman

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions. – G. K. Chesterton

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

Tolerance is you saying something crazy and me smiling and saying, That’s nice. – Penn Jillette

Tolerance isn’t about not having beliefs. It’s about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you. – Timothy Keller

Tolerance means that we are breathing through God’s breath, and we renew our faith when we relate to others in a pleasant manner. – Estella Eliot

Tolerance Should, Strictly Speaking, Be Only a Passing Mood; It Ought to Lead to Acknowledgment and Appreciation. To Tolerate a Person Is to Affront Him. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Tolerance Too Is Learned in Discussion, and, as History Shows, Is Only So Learned. In All Customary Societies Bigotry Is the Ruling Principle. In Rude Places to This Day Any One Who Says Anything New Is Looked on With Suspicion, and Is Persecuted by Opinion if Not Injured by Penalty. One of the Greatest Pains to Human Nature Is the Pain of a New Idea. It Is, as Common People Say, So ‘upsetting;’ It Makes You Think That, After All, Your Favorite Notions May Be Wrong, Your Firmest Beliefs Ill-founded; It Is Certain That Till Now There Was No Place Allotted in Your Mind to the New and Startling Inhabitant, and Now That It Has Conquered an Entrance You Do Not at Once See Which of Your Old Ideas It Will or Will Not Turn Out, With Which of Them It Can Be Reconciled, and With Which It Is at Essential Enmity. Naturally, Therefore, Common Men Hate a New Idea, and Are Disposed More or Less to Ill-treat the Original Man Who Brings It. Even Nations With Long Habits of Discussion Are Intolerant Enough. In England, Where There Is on the Whole Probably a Freer Discussion of a Greater Number of Subjects Than Ever Was Before in the World, We Know How Much Power Bigotry Retains. But Discussion, to Be Successful, Requires Tolerance. It Fails Wherever, as in a French Political Assembly, Any One Who Hears Anything Which He Dislikes Tries to Howl It Down. If We Know That a Nation Is Capable of Enduring Continuous Discussion, We Know That It Is Capable of Practicing With Equanimity Continuous Tolerance. – Walter Bagehot

Tolerance Without Dialogue Is a Euphemism for Indifference. – Count Miklos Cseszneky De Milvany Et Csesznek

Tolerant People Are the Happiest, So Why Not Get Rid of Prejudices That Hold You Back? – William Moulton Marston

Toleration Befits Fallible Beings. – Arthur O’leary

Toleration brings peace, hence intolerance leads to war. – Sipho P Nkosi

Toleration is a distinctively modern response to disagreement and difference, and its ills are variations on modernity’s own. – John R. Bowlin

Toleration is a distinctively modern response to disagreement and difference, and its ills are variations on modernity’s own. When it is endorsed nevertheless, the act must be unmasked as a swindle, as a cover for either domination or moral collapse. It must be replaced with some other response. A just political society will leave it behind. A community of hospitality and welcome will proceed without it. – John R. Bowlin

Toleration Is Being Wise Enough to Have No Difference With Those Who Differ From Us. – Paul Chatfield

Toleration Is in Itself the Essence of Christianity, and the Very Point Which the Founder of It Most Peculiarly Enjoined. – Walter Savage Landor

Toleration Is Odious to the Intolerant. – Edmund Burke

Toleration is the best religion. – Victor Hugo

Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle. – Helen Keller

Toleration Is the Prerogative of Humanity; We Are All Full of Weaknesses and Mistakes; Let Us Reciprocally Forgive Ourselves. It Is the First Law of Nature. – Voltaire

Toleration of Religious Opinion Is an Absurdity, and Dangerous to Salvation. – Pope Leo Xii

‘Tolerance,’ of course, is often used in an entirely neutral sense: simply the ability to endure. – Lee C. Bollinger

A man who cannot tolerate small misfortunes can never accomplish great things. – Chinese Proverb

All I require of a religion is that it be tolerant of those who do not agree with it. – Roger Ebert

All men are made one for another: either then teach them better or bear with them. – Marcus Aurelius

All of the world’s religions have important things to teach us, and they are not as different from each other as some would have you believe. – Kent Allan Rees‍

Always hear others out and remain open-minded; the day you think you know everything is the day you have the most yet to learn. – A.J. Darkholme

Always respect the differences we all have, do not pass judgement but try to understand. – Catherine Pulsifer

An adult’s unsuccessful attempt to teach a child something that appears exceptionally simple is extremely frustrating. If mom begins to feel her tolerance level has reached the breaking point, she should stop the session – immediately. She might simply say that she is tired (no life), and suggest they work on it another time. – Jacquie McTaggart

An Intolerant Sect Has No Right to Complain When It Is Denied an Equal Liberty…. A Person’s Right to Complain Is Limited to Principles He Acknowledges Himself. – John Rawls

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. – Mahatma Gandhi

As fallible humans, we usually slip too far over one edge or the other – all wrath and judgment or all grace and love. – Eric Wilson

As if reading his mind, Jamal-al-Din said, ‘To get what you love, you must first be patient with what you hate. – Leila Aboulela‍

Both the tolerant and the forbearing respond with patient endurance to at least some of the differences, disagreements, and moral imperfections that afflict their relationships and communities. For the tolerant, this act comes as right and due, for the forbearing as love’s endurance. – John R. Bowlin

By staying on top of your reactions you will be able to develop patience and tolerance; two distinct traits required for achieving long-term success. – Annabelle Higgins

Changing People Entirely Isn’t Tolerating Them, Any More Than Cutting Down a Tree and Fashioning a Chair Out of It Is Tolerating Nature. – Noah Guillen

Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance… – Oren Arnold

Common man’s patience will bring him more happiness than common man’s power. – Amit Kalantri

Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. – Dalai Lama XIV

Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity. – Robert Alan

Discord is the great ill of mankind; and tolerance is the only remedy for it. – Voltaire

Don’t be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn’t do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today. – Malcolm X

Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. – Dalai Lama

Don’t get so tolerant that you tolerate intolerance. – Bill Maher

Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble. – Joseph Campbell

Everyone on Earth, they’d tell us, was carrying around an unseen history, and that alone deserved some tolerance. – Michelle Obama

For the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world. – Siddhārtha Gautama

For Years, It’s Conservatives Who Have Been Branded as Intolerant, Often for Good Reason. But Conservatives Will Tell You That Liberals Demonstrate Their Own Intolerance, Using the Strictures of Political Correctness as a Weapon of Oppression. – Matthew Hutson

God has given us many faiths but only one world in which to co-exist. May your work help all of us to cherish our commonalities and feel enlarged by our differences. – Jonathan Sacks.

Good-humor makes all things tolerable. – Henry Ward Beecher

Having patience and tolerance is the ability to see the innocence in others. – Miguel A. Ornelas S.

He who would practice the art of tolerance must guard well against an attitude of superiority, smugness, indifference and coldness. – Wilfred Peterson

Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival. – Rene Dubos

Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding. – Agnes Repplier

I Am a Lover of Truth, a Worshipper of Freedom, a Celebrant at the Altar of Language and Purity and Tolerance. That Is My Religion, and Every Day I Am Sorely, Grossly, Heinously and Deeply Offended, Wounded, Mortified and Injured by a Thousand Different Blasphemies Against It. When the Fundamental Canons of Truth, Honesty, Compassion and Decency Are Hourly Assaulted by Fatuous Bishops, Pompous, Illiberal and Ignorant Priests, Politicians and Prelates, Sanctimonious Censors, Self-appointed Moralists and Busy-bodies, What Recourse of Ancient Laws Have I? None Whatever. Nor Would I Ask for Any. For Unlike These Blistering Imbeciles My Belief in My Religion Is Strong and I Know That Lies Will Always Fail and Indecency and Intolerance Will Always Perish. – Stephen Fry

I Could Say Analogously That Tolerance Is the Affable Appreciation of Qualities, Views, and Actions of Other Individuals Which Are Foreign to One’s Own Habits, Beliefs, and Tastes. Thus Being Tolerant Does Not Mean Being Indifferent Towards the Actions and Feelings of Others. Understanding and Empathy Must Also Be Present. – Albert Einstein

I disapprove of what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it. – Beatrice Evelyn Hall

I have good idea, for if you meet some person from different religion and he want to make argument about God. My idea is, you listen to everything this man say about God. Never argue about God with him. Best thing to say is, ‘I agree with you.’ Then you go home, pray what you want. This is my idea for people to have peace about religion. – Elizabeth Gilbert, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’

I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers. – Kahlil Gibran

I have learnt silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind. – Kahlil Gibran

I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers. – Khalil Gibran

I identify tolerance as a personal and world issue, one that is fundamentally important for the welfare of people. … I define tolerance as an action-oriented doctrine requiring more than passive acceptance of other people. Involved, active, caring tolerance is part of the way to meet challenges we face in neighborhoods and among the nations of the world. – John K. Carmack

I learned that many people develop skills such as tolerance, diplomacy, compassion, and patience from a difficult relationship with their mother. – Terri Apter

I suspect that even today, with all the progress we have made in liberal thought, the quality of true tolerance is as rare as the quality of mercy. – Frank Knox

If a profound gulf separates my neighbor’s belief from mine, there is always the golden bridge of tolerance. vUnknown

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace. – Franklin D.Roosevelt

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

If people but knew their own religion, how tolerant they would become, and how free from any grudge against the religion of others. – Hazrat Inayat Khan

If Tolerance Is Not Universally Celebrated as a Virtue or Attitude, Neither Is Toleration Universally Recommended as an Act or Practice. If We Truly Believe That Our Own Way of Life Is Best, Why Should We Tolerate–that Is, Put Up With–inferior, Maybe Corrupt, Ways? Champions of Toleration Themselves Do Not Show Forbearance to Absolutely Everything. They, Too, Draw Lines. They Just Draw Them at Different Places. The Language of Tolerance and Toleration, Critics Conclude, Simply Masks Different Judgments About Where Those Lines Should Be Drawn. – Hans Oberdiek

If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better. – Lyndon Baines Johnson

If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. – John F. Kennedy

If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges that each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance and care. – Marvin Ashton

If You Accept Others as Equals, You Embrace Them Unconditionally, Now and Forever. But if You Let Them Know That You Tolerate Them, You Suggest in the Same Breath That They Are Actually an Inconvenience, Like a Nagging Pain or an Unpleasant Odour You Are Willing to Disregard. – Arthur Japin

In a Republic, to Be Successful We Must Learn to Combine Intensity of Conviction With a Broad Tolerance of Difference of Conviction. Wide Differences of Opinion in Matters of Religious, Political, and Social Belief Must Exist if Conscience and Intellect Alike Are Not to Be Stunted, if There Is to Be Room for Healthy Growth. Bitter Internecine Hatreds, Based on Such Differences, Are Signs, Not of Earnestness of Belief, but of That Fanaticism Which, Whether Religious or Anti-religious, Democratic or Anti-democratic, Is Itself but a Manifestation of the Gloomy Bigotry Which Has Been the Chief Factor in the Downfall of So Many, Many Nations. – Theodore Roosevelt

In order to achieve great things, you must stretch your beliefs, your efforts, and your tolerance. You will have to face new situations with an open mind, eager to reach your destiny. – Brian Cagneey

In order to have faith in his own path, he does not need to prove that someone else’s path is wrong. – Paulo Coelho

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher. – Dalai Lama XIV

In the World It Calls Itself Tolerance; but in Hell It Is Called Despair … The Sin That Believes in Nothing, Cares for Nothing, Seeks to Know Nothing, Interferes With Nothing, Enjoys Nothing, Loves Nothing, Hates Nothing, Finds Purpose in Nothing, Lives for Nothing, and Remains Alive Only Because There Is Nothing It Would Die for. – Dorothy L. Sayers

In This World, Unity Is Achievable Only by Learning to Unite in Spite of Differences, Rather Than Insisting on Unity Without Differences. For Their Total Eradication Is an Impossibility. The Secret of Attaining Peace in Life Is Tolerance of Disturbance of the Peace. – Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Intolerance Is the First Sign of an Inadequate Education. – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Intolerance is toxic. – Unknown

It Is Easy to Be Tolerant of the Principles of Other People if You Have None of Your Own. – Herbert Samuel

It Is Necessary to Be Tolerant, in Order to Be Tolerated. – Norman Macdonald

It is no longer a question of a Christian going about to convert others to the faith, but of each one being ready to listen to the other and so to grow together in mutual understanding. – Bede Griffiths

It is not for me to judge another man’s life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone. – Herman Hesse

It Is Now No More That Toleration Is Spoken of, as if It Was by the Indulgence of One Class of People, That Another Enjoyed the Exercise of Their Inherent Natural Rights. For Happily the Government of the United States, Which Gives to Bigotry No Sanction, to Persecution No Assistance, Requires Only That They Who Live Under Its Protection Should Demean Themselves as Good Citizens. – George Washington

It Is of Paramount Importance That We Teach Younger Generations the Intrinsic Values of Tolerance — a Much Maligned Yet Ultimately Universal Necessity. We Live in a World Where Intolerance and Its Associated Verbal and Physical Violence Are Increasing Daily. – George Suchett-kaye

It is thus tolerance that is the source of peace, and intolerance that is the source of disorder and squabbling. – Pierre Bayle

It’s a universal law– intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility. – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

It’s as though the adult world is intolerant of hopes and dreams that seem too fanciful, or too hopeful. – Simeon Lindstrom

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population. – Albert Einstein

Let Me Be Up Front: Tolerance Has Become Intolerable. We Have Seen Where Invented “Isms” Come Gushing Out Like a Slot Machine That Has Lost Its Restraining Bolt: Homophobism, Transgenderism, Even Specieism. These Newly Coined Words Are So Recent That We Are Not Even Certain as to the Agreed Upon Spelling or Definition. – Bob Bird

Let us not speak of tolerance. This negative word implies grudging concessions by smug consciences. Rather, let us speak of mutual understanding and mutual respect. – Father Dominique Pire

Let Us Now Consider Whether Justice Requires the Toleration of the Intolerant, and if So Under What Conditions. There Are a Variety of Situations in Which This Question Arises. Some Political Parties in Democratic States Hold Doctrines That Commit Them to Suppress the Constitutional Liberties Whenever They Have the Power. Again, There Are Those Who Reject Intellectual Freedom but Who Nevertheless Hold Positions in the University. It May Appear That Toleration in These Cases Is Inconsistent With the Principles of Justice, or at Any Rate Not Required by Them. – John Rawls

Love is wise; hatred is foolish. – Bertrand Russell

Love thy enemies, it says in the scriptures. My foster mother always added, ‘At the very least, you will be polite to them.’ – Patricia Briggs, ‘Moon Called’

Love, Not Tolerance, Is the Supreme Virtue, the True Yardstick and Ultimate Determiner of How We Are to Treat One Another. Tolerance Can Be Exactly What’s Needed in a Situation … Or It Can Be a Huge Copout, the Easy Path That Does Neither Party Any Good. – Curtiss P. Dwyer

Many people preach tolerance, saying that as long as we are all trying to be good people, we are all working toward Heaven. The thing is, we are told over and over again in the Bible that that’s not the case. – A Kilbourn

Marriage is another name for compromise, tolerance, and understanding. Enjoy each other’s company, spend time together, laugh, and share your emotions and feelings. – Jacques Harland

Men Will Tolerate What They Are Used to, Even if It’s Intolerance. That’s Why I Still Drink Milk, Even Though I’m Lactose Intolerant. Mamma Didn’t Raise No Bigot. – Jarod Kintz

Most of Us Are in Favor of Tolerance, but It Is Difficult to Tolerate the Intolerant, and Impossible to Tolerate the Intolerable. – Evan Esar

Mothers are known for their unconditional love and utmost tolerance, diligence, and perseverance. Any other positive descriptive could be used to sing their praises. – Sarah Goldberg

My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barrack, or bless, believing that in a tolerant America your name is not barrier to success. – President Obama

One of the Most Consistent Ways to Increase Tolerance Is Contact With the Other Side and Sharing the Experience of Working Toward a Goal. – Mark Brandt

One race, Many cultures, One place. – Geoffrey M. Gluckman

One Way to Teach Others Tolerance Is to Be Tolerant Yourself. Lf You Treat People With Respect and Kindness, and Take the Time to Understand and Communicate With Them, Those Around You May Do the Same. – John Lamachia

Opening Our Hearts, Our Eyes and Our Artistic Visions to People of All Abilities Is More Than Tolerance, Is More Than Even Acceptance; It Enriches Our Own Humanity, and Allows All of Us to Be Our Best. – Karen Peterson

Our ability to tolerate frustration can be especially low when we are under time pressure or have too many things to do, a significant feature of many modern workplaces. – Russell Kolts

People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. – Nelson Mandela

Religion is like a pair of shoes…..Find one that fits for you, but don’t make me wear your shoes. – George Carlin

Respect everyone who crosses your path, even if you feel they don’t deserve it. – Alaric Hutchinson

Righteous, I like that. Kinda fitting when you think about it. If we danced and shared music, we’d be too busy en-joy-in’ life to start a war. – E.A. Bucchianeri

Since Others Have to Tolerate My Weaknesses, It Is Only Fair That I Should Tolerate Theirs. – William Allen White

Small Town Doesn’t Have to Be Synonymous With Small-minded. Investing in Public Infrastructure That Not Only Adds Colour to a Community’s Landscape but Also Promotes Tolerance and Love Is Hardly a Waste of Resources. It’s an Investment in the Education and Security of Its Citizens. – Heather Magee

The difficulty of tolerance is concerned with the costs of having certain rights generally recognized, and with the problems posed by their open-ended ended character. Its particular concern is with the risks involved in having one’s society be always open to being altered by the activities of individuals and groups whose values one does not share. … one must bear this risk as the price of recognizing one’s fellow citizens as equal members of society – and thus equally entitled to play a role in determining how that society evolves. – T. M. Scanlon

The Doctrine of Toleration Requires a Positive as Well as a Negative Statement. It Is Not Only Wrong to Burn a Man on Account of His Creed, but It Is Right to Encourage the Open Avowal and Defence of Every Opinion Sincerely Maintained. Every Man Who Says Frankly and Fully What He Thinks Is So Far Doing a Public Service. We Should Be Grateful to Him for Attacking Most Unsparingly Our Most Cherished Opinions. – Leslie Stephen

The greatest problem in the world today is intolerance. Everyone is so intolerant of each other. – Princess Diana

The highest result of education is tolerance – Helen Keller

The new environment of nearly instant communication sharpens the practical dimension of the enduring and important question of religious tolerance, the capacity of a religion to forbear another religion with which it disagrees. – William Scott Green

The new environment of nearly instant communication sharpens the practical dimension of the enduring and important question of religious tolerance, the capacity of a religion to forbear another religion with which it disagrees. Since religious pluralism is now a practical reality of everyday life, the capacity of religions to tolerate one another in theory and in practice is a consequential issue of contemporary society. – William Scott Green

The only way to be tolerant of others is to be able to see the world through their eyes. – Tohon

The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don’t agree with. – Eleanor Holmes Norton

The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves. – Eric Hoffer

The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision. – George Eliot

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority; the test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority. – Ralph W. Sockman

Then, There’s the Idea That Tolerance Can Be Abused. This Idea Is Complicated. Obviously There Is a Difference Between Tolerating a Person and Tolerating a Violent Person. But to Be a Gatekeeper or Enforcer of the Rules of Tolerance Is Dangerous. To Say a Certain Belief or Lifestyle Shouldn’t Be Tolerated Because People of That Belief or Lifestyle Tend to Be Intolerant Is Assuming a Lot. – Noah Guillen

They Who Boast of Their Tolerance Merely Give Others Leave to Be as Careless About Religion as They Are Themselves; a Walrus Might as Well Pride Itself on Its Endurance of Cold. – Julius Charles Hare

This Is Tolerance: the Accepting of Things That You Don’t Understand, or Even Agree With. If Individuals Who Disagree Are Not Accepted, This Is Intolerance. – Noah Guillen

This Mindless Tolerance, Which Places Observable Scientific Facts, Subject to Proof, on the Same Level as Unprovable Supernatural Fantasy, Has Played a Major Role in the Resurgence of Both Anti-intellectualism and Anti-rationalism. – Susan Jacoby

To Tolerate Is to Insult. – Bruce Lee

True love means infinite tolerance for each others differences. – M. K. Soni

Understanding languages and other cultures builds bridges. – Suzy Kassem

Unlimited Tolerance Must Lead to the Disappearance of Tolerance. If We Extend Unlimited Tolerance Even to Those Who Are Intolerant, if We Are Not Prepared to Defend a Tolerant Society Against the Onslaught of the Intolerant, Then the Tolerant Will Be Destroyed, and Tolerance With Them. – Karl R. Popper

We Live in a World of Intolerance Masked as Tolerance. – Rush Limbaugh

We Need to Move Beyond Tolerance to Acceptance. And Realise That We Are Many, but We Are Also One. – Zurairi Ar

We need to promote greater tolerance and understanding among the peoples of the world. Nothing can be more dangerous to our efforts to build peace and development than a world divided along religious, ethnic or cultural lines. In each nation, and among all nations, we must work to promote unity based on our shared humanity. – Kofi Annan

We should acknowledge differences, we should greet differences, until difference makes no difference anymore. – Dr. Adela A Allen

We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. – Karl Popper

We Should Therefore Claim, in the Name of Tolerance, the Right Not to Tolerate the Intolerant. We Should Claim That Any Movement Preaching Intolerance Places Itself Outside the Law, and We Should Consider Incitement to Intolerance and Persecution as Criminal, in the Same Way as We Should Consider Incitement to Murder, or to Kidnapping, or to the Revival of the Slave Trade, as Criminal. – Karl R. Popper

We Tolerate Everybody, Because We Doubt Everything; or Else We Tolerate Nobody, Because We Believe Something. – Theodore Tilton

What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature. – Voltaire

What’s most important in a friendship? Tolerance and loyalty. – J.K. Rowling.

When you are tolerant, you are allowing every individual whom you meet to follow the dictates of their own reason and conscience. – Marilyn J. Awtry

When you avoid a distressing situation, you choose not to deal with it. But when you distract yourself from a distressing situation, you still intend to deal with it in the future, when your emotions have calmed down to a tolerable level. – Matthew McKay

When you feel peaceful and successful, you want to extend and export that peace and love. The violence, hatred, prejudice, and judgment in our world suggest that we have miles to go to reach a world of inner and outer peace. – Wayne Dyer

You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance. – W. Somerset Maugham

You will never change what you tolerate. – Joel Osteen

Quotes From Wikiquote

  • Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence.
    • Sholem Asch, The Nazarene, 1939, p. 3.
  • Sometimes true tolerance requires an extraordinary strength, which we are often too weak to exercise.
    • Fausto Cercignani in: Brian Morris, Quotes we cherish. Quotations from Fausto Cercignani, 2014, p. 29.
  • Tolerance without dialogue is a euphemism for indifference.
    • Count Miklós Cseszneky de Milvány et Csesznek, Párbeszéd, Partium, 2009 Spring edition, 16 p.
  • Yet in time of stress and public agitation we have too great a tendency to disregard this policy and indulge in race hatred, religious intolerance, and disregard of equal rights. Such sentiments are bound to react upon those who harbor them. Instead of being a benefit they are a positive injury. We do not have to examine history very far before we see whole countries that have been blighted, whole civilizations that have been shattered by a spirit of intolerance. They are destructive of order and progress at home and a danger to peace and good will abroad. No better example exists of toleration than that which is exhibited by those who wore the blue toward those who wore the gray. Our condition today is not merely that of one people under one flag, but of a thoroughly united people who have seen bitterness and enmity which once threatened to sever them pass away, and a spirit of kindness and good will reign over them all.
    • Calvin Coolidge, “Ways to Peace”, speech at Arlington (31 May 1926).
  • The tolerant man has decided opinions, but recognises the process by which he reaches them, and keeps before himself the truth that they can only be profitably spread by repeating in the case of others a similar process to that through which he passed himself. He always keeps in view the hope of spreading his own opinions, but he endeavours to do so by producing conviction. He is virtuous, not because he puts his own opinions out of sight, nor because he thinks that other opinions are as good as his own, but because his opinions are so real to him that he would not anyone else hold them with less reality
    • Mandell Creighton, Persecution and Tolerance, Hulsean Lectures, University of Cambridge (Winter 1893–94)
  • I could say analogously that tolerance is the affable appreciation of qualities, views, and actions of other individuals which are foreign to one`s own habits, beliefs, and tastes. Thus being tolerant does not mean being indifferent towards the actions and feelings of others. Understanding and empathy must also be present….
    • Albert Einstein, quoted in Banesh Hoffmann and Helen Dukas (eds.), Albert Einstein: The Human Side, Princeton university press 1979, p. 89.
  • The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision
    • George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (1860).
  • I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance. That is my religion, and every day I am sorely, grossly, heinously and deeply offended, wounded, mortified and injured by a thousand different blasphemies against it. When the fundamental canons of truth, honesty, compassion and decency are hourly assaulted by fatuous bishops, pompous, illiberal and ignorant priests, politicians and prelates, sanctimonious censors, self-appointed moralists and busy-bodies, what recourse of ancient laws have I? None whatever. Nor would I ask for any. For unlike these blistering imbeciles my belief in my religion is strong and I know that lies will always fail and indecency and intolerance will always perish.
    • Stephen Fry, in his “Trefusis Blasphemes” radio broadcast, as published in Paperweight (1993).
  • Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
    • Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, as quoted in Words Of Wisdom: Selected Quotes by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (2001) edited by Margaret Gee, p. 71.
  • There is a huge difference between being tolerant and tolerating intolerance
    • Ayaan Hirsi Ali [1]
  • Suppose there should be a law made that all black men should be imprisoned, it would be unreasonable. We have as little reason to quarrel with other men for being of different opinions than as for being of different complexions.
    • James II of England, 1688 public speech, as recorded by an anonymous diarist. Source.
  • People who are intolerant, categorize and over-react… should all be dragged against a wall and shot.
    • Arthur M. Jolly, The Questionnaire (2010).
  • Theological condemnation of others, which breaks off fellowship in either judgment or contempt, is impermissible.
    • Ernst Käsemann, describing the view of Paul of Tarsus, Commentary on the Romans (1980), p. 369.
  • We have no wish to indoctrinate; we want to teach our students to resist indoctrination and not accept as authoritative the beliefs of other men or even the ideas that come to us as in a flash of illumination. Even if one has experiences that some men would call mystical—and I have no doubt that I have had many—it is a matter of integrity to question such experiences and any thoughts that were associated with them as closely and as honestly as we should question the “revelations” of others. To be sure, it is easier to grant others their “revelations” as “true for them” while insisting on one’s own as “true for oneself.” Such intellectual sluggishness parades as sophistication. But true tolerance does not consist in saying, “You may be right, but let us not make hard demands on ourselves: if you will put your critical intelligence to sleep, I’ll put mine to bed, too.” True tolerance remains mindful of the humanity of those who make things easy for themselves and welcomes and even loves honest and thoughtful opposition above less thoughtful agreement.
    • Walter Kaufmann, “The faith of a heretic,” Harper’s Magazine, February 1959
  • We live in a world of intolerance masked as tolerance.
    • Rush Limbaugh, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 7 March 2012
  • Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.
    • Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain (1924), as translated by Woods (1996), p. 506
  • Tolerant people are the happiest, so why not get rid of prejudices that hold you back?
    • William Moulton Marston 1939 Your Life What are your prejudices?
  • Neither tolerance nor intolerance is grounded in science and reason, but they are themselves acts of faith grounded in social custom and the politics of expediency and power
    • John Money, Homosexuality: Bipotenitality, Terminology, and History.
  • Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. […] We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.
    • Karl Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies (1945), Vol. 1, Notes to the Chapters: Ch. 7, Note 4.
  • Let us now consider whether justice requires the toleration of the intolerant, and if so under what conditions. There are a variety of situations in which this question arises. Some political parties in democratic states hold doctrines that commit them to suppress the constitutional liberties whenever they have the power. Again, there are those who reject intellectual freedom but who nevertheless hold positions in the university. It may appear that toleration in these cases is inconsistent with the principles of justice, or at any rate not required by them.
    • John Rawls, “Toleration of the intolerant,” A Theory of Justice (1971), p. 216.
  • An intolerant sect has no right to complain when it is denied an equal liberty. … A person’s right to complain is limited to principles he acknowledges himself.
    • John Rawls, “Toleration of the intolerant,” A Theory of Justice (1971), p. 217.
  • The doctrine of toleration requires a positive as well as a negative statement. It is not only wrong to burn a man on account of his creed, but it is right to encourage the open avowal and defence of every opinion sincerely maintained. Every man who says frankly and fully what he thinks is so far doing a public service. We should be grateful to him for attacking most unsparingly our most cherished opinions.
    • Leslie Stephen, The Nineteenth Century, vol. 13 (1883) p. 665.
  • Tolerating someone means accepting their right to exist on the condition that they don’t disturb us too, too much.
    • Justin Trudeau, as quoted by The Guardian, Justin Trudeau rules out burkini ban in Canada (23 August 2016)
  • When you speak in His presence about your past sins, He does not even understand your language. Only the present and the future have any interest for Him. … .I have committed crimes and have blood on my conscience. I told Jesus about it again and again. But because He had long ago washed all this away, there was no possibility of communication between us. He did not understand what I was talking about.
    • Richard Wurmbrand, If Prison Walls Could Speak (1972).

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