It does me no injury for my
neighbor to say there are
twenty Gods, or no God.

Thomas Jefferson


Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every person present his or her views without penalty there must be a spirit of tolerance in the entire population.

Albert Einstein

If humans are to survive, we will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between people and between cultures.  We will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear.

Gene Roddenberry

Tolerance only for those who agree with you is no tolerance at all.

Ray Davis

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

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


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


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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.



The only hope of preserving what is best, lies in the practice of an
immense charity, a wide tolerance, a sincere respect for opinions
that are not ours.

Philip Gilbert Hamerton


Tolerance is giving to every other human being
every right that you claim for yourself.

Robert G. Ingersoll

Tolerance and celebration of individual differences
are the fire that fuels lasting love.

Tom Hannah

Tolerance comes of age.  I see no fault committed that I myself
could not have committed at some time or other.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to
one's own beliefs.  Rather it condemns the
oppression or persecution of others.

John F. Kennedy


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

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

Bertrand Russell


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. . . 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 R. Popper


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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.

Dominique Pire

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

Robert F. Kennedy


The human family is very diverse, with many different beliefs and
cultures and ways of life.  Many conflicts in our world are caused
when people are intolerant of the ways that others see the world.
Learning tolerance is an important cornerstone to creating a better world.

Robert Alan Silverstein

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

Pierre Bayle

Tolerance, a term which we sometimes use in place of the words
respect, mercy, generosity, or forbearance, is the most
essential element of moral systems; it is a very important source
of spiritual discipline and a celestial virtue of perfected people.

M. Fethullah Gülen

I think we can aim a little higher than mere tolerance.  Think about it:  Saying "I tolerate you" actually means something like, "Okay, I grudgingly admit that you have a right to exist, just don't get in my face about it, and oh, don't date my sister."  There's not a religion in the world that asks you to "tolerate thy neighbor."  So let's try for something a little more like acceptance, respect, friendship, and yes, even love.  And why does this matter?  Because, in our aspiration to relevance, in our love for our families, in our desire to contribute, to make this world a better place, despite all our differences, we are all the same.

Justin Trudeau


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Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.

Thomas Mann


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

George Eliot


Love is wise; hatred is foolish.  In this world, which is getting more and
more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other,
we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things
that we don't like.  We can only live together in that way.  But if we are
to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity
and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the
continuation of human life on this planet.

Bertrand Russell