quotations about tolerance
The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.
GEORGE ELIOT, The Mill on the Floss
Tolerance is the only real test of civilization.
ARTHUR HELPS, Thoughts in the Cloister and the Crowd
It is necessary to be tolerant, in order to be tolerated.
NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections
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, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe
Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.
THOMAS MANN, The Magic Mountain
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, address delivered at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
To tolerate is to insult.
BRUCE LEE, Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee's Commentaries on the Martial Way
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.
HERMANN HESSE, Siddhartha
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
Toleration is in itself the essence of Christianity, and the very point which the founder of it most peculiarly enjoined.
WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR, Dialogues of Sovereigns and Statesmen
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, "Trefusis Blasphemes", Paperweight
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
Toleration befits fallible beings.
ARTHUR O'LEARY, attributed, Day's Collacon
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, The Open Society and Its Enemies
Intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education.
ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN, August 1914
Toleration is being wise enough to have no difference with those who differ from us.
PAUL CHATFIELD, attributed, Day's Collacon
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
DALAI LAMA, attributed, Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing
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, Guesses at Truth
Tolerance without dialogue is a euphemism for indifference.
COUNT MIKLOS CSESZNEKY DE MILVANY ET CSESZNEK, Parbeszed Partium
Wishful thinking about the peaceful tolerance of Islam cannot interpret away this reality: hands are still cut off, women still stoned and enslaved, just as the prophet Muhammad decided centuries ago.
AYAAN HIRSI ALI, Infidel