Selected Quotes about Tolerance

A thick skin is a gift from God. -- Konrad Adenauer

Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality. -- Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno

I tell them I have worked 40 years to make the W.S. platform broad enough for Atheists and Agnostics to stand upon, and now if need be I will fight the next 40 to keep it Catholic enough to permit the straightest Orthodox religionist to speak or pray and count her beads upon. -- Susan B. Anthony

Persecution was at least a sign of personal interest. Tolerance is composed of nine parts of apathy to one of brotherly love. -- Frank Moore Colby

The responsibility of tolerance lies in those who have the wider vision. -- George Eliot (­Marion Evans Cross)

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

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

Tolerance is a very dull virtue. It is boring. Unlike love, it has always had a bad press. It is negative. It merely means putting up with people, being able to stand things. -- E. M. Forster

It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi

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

Be entirely tolerant or not at all; follow the good path or the evil one. To stand at the crossroads requires more strength than you possess. -- Heinrich Heine

The problem to be faced is: how to combine loyalty to one's own tradition with reverence for different traditions. -- Abraham Joshua Heschel

All ... religions show the same disparity between belief and practice, and each is safe till it tries to exclude the rest. Test each sect by its best or its worst as you will, by its high-water mark of virtue or its low-water mark of vice. But falsehood begins when you measure the ebb of any other religion against the flood-tide of your own. There is a noble and a base side to every history. -- Thomas Wentworth Higginson

The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor's shortcomings as he is of his own. -- Eric Hoffer

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

Difference of opinion is helpful in religion. -- Thomas Jefferson

The highest result of education is tolerance. -- Helen Keller

Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired. -- Robert F. Kennedy

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

Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict [slavery] might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. -- Abraham Lincoln

To say the least, a town life makes one more tolerant and liberal in one's judgement of others. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird. -- Paul McCartney

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

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd. -- Bertrand Russell

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

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

There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it behooves all of us not to talk about the rest of us. -- Robert Louis Stevenson

Your neighbor's vision is as true for him as your own vision is true for you. -- Miguel de Unamuno

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

Once lead this people into war and they will forget there ever was such a thing as tolerance. -- Woodrow Wilson

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