Tolerance Quotes

Teresa De La Parra

The most unpresentable persons are generally the most interesting.

A.J. Darkholme

No army is comprised of all the same kinds of units or types of troops. There is power in diversity. If you always see only one choice, or use only one option, you will surely lose more than you win.

Morrie Schwartz

If you've found meaning in your life, you don't want to go back. You want to go forward. You want to see more, do more. You can't wait until you're sixty-five.

Zack Love

Still not sure about how easily he could be integrated into their posse, Trevor smiled in delighted relief at how tolerantly two of his close friends had received his new identity.

Agnostic Zetetic

We’re all just people making decisions and accepting consequences as we march toward an impending and inevitable death.

Michael Bassey Johnson

We do not have to see the beginning and the end of our lives, but we must close our eyes and live as if we didn't start or would never end.

A.J. Darkholme

Our unity will always be a greater force with mixed ideals than if we demand that others change for us, to what we believe.

A.J. Darkholme

Every man walks his own path, and every path has its fair share of locked doors. You never know who holds the key to a door you’ll need to open one day, so you best treat people as if they are all keyholders.


Just as the earth that bears the man who tills and digs it, to bear those who speak ill of them, is a quality of the highest respect.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice.

Imre Kertész

You just sit there and tolerate it, the same way everything in this country is tolerated. Every deception, every lie, every bullet in the brains. Just as you are already tolerating bullets in the brains that will be implemented only after the bullet is put in your brains.

Allan Bloom

Error is indeed our enemy, but it alone points to the truth and therefore deserves our respectful treatment.

Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi

Any person who, with all the sincerity of heart, is in search for God, on land or in the sea, is worthy of respect.

Milan Kundera

When Don Quixote went out into the world, that world turned into a mystery before his eyes. That is the legacy of the first European novel to the entire subsequent history of the novel. The novel teaches us to comprehend the world as a question. There is wisdom and tolerance in that attitude.

Unknown Author

Wisdom is justified by all her children.
Luke 7:35

Elizabeth Gilbert

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.

Eric Wilson

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

Jonathan Sacks

The test of faith is whether I can make space for difference. Can I recognize God's image in someone who is not in my image, who language, faith, ideal, are different from mine? If I cannot, then I have made God in my image instead of allowing him to remake me in his.

Kahlil Gibran

You are my brother and I love you. I love you worshipping in your church, kneeling in your temple, and praying in your mosque. You and I and all are children of one religion, for the varied paths of religion are but the fingers of the loving hand of the Supreme Being, extended to all, offering completeness of spirit to all, anxious to receive all.

Malcolm X

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.

A.J. Darkholme

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.

Auliq Ice

We have the right and the responsibility to be intolerant of those things which should not be tolerated.

George Carlin

Religion is like a pair of shoes.....Find one that fits for you, but don't make me wear your shoes.

Prophet Muhammad Pbuh

Love for others what you love for yourself

Joseph Campbell

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.

Silas Sparkhammer

For me, religion is like a rhinoceros: I don't have one, and I'd really prefer not to be trampled by yours.

Hazrat Inayat Khan

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

Bede Griffiths

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.

Odin Zeus McGaffer

Should we tolerate the blatant incorrectness of religion? Tolerating ignorance, superstition and stupidity will not provide for a healthy advancement of our society. Religion is cancer for modern thought, rationality, and even common sense.

Ellis Peters

I have always known that the best of the Saracens could out-Christian many of us Christians.

Kent Allan Rees

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.

Albert Camus

Je puis nier une chose sans me croire obligé de la salir ou de retirer aux autres le droit d'y croire.

A.J. Darkholme

Trust is always a risk, but when placed in the right people after a trial period where they prove themselves worthy of it, it is a reward transcendent of all the emotional mire that bogs down a person’s potential.

Shahla Khan

Friendship is the underlying element, the common denominator of every relationship.

Susan Jacoby

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.

Paulo Coelho

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

Kahlil Gibran

A sense of humour is a sense of proportion.

Muhammad Imran Hasan

Patience Always Gives You The Best Reward When The Time Is Right....

Bill Maher

Don't get so tolerant that you tolerate intolerance.

Henry A. Wallace

A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends.

Donna Lynn Hope

Tolerance. In all my years of debating politics and religion no mind was changed with derision and no thought convicted by way of harshness. You have no right to demand tolerance while deriding others and their beliefs in the process. Want tolerance? Extend it. You’ll be surprised because given it, people will actually listen.

Greg Koukl

There is no neutral ground when it comes to the tolerance question. Everybody has a point of view she thinks is right, and everybody passes judgment at some point or another. The Christian gets pigeonholed as the judgmental one, but everyone else is judging, too, even people who consider themselves relativists.

Idries Shah

The important place held by Jesus among the world's six hundred million Moslems... and the agreement of both religions about the necessity for surrender to God as the means of salvation, thus makes it comparatively easy for a Moslem to address himself to Christians: the sympathy and the history are already there.

Idries Shah

From imperial, economic and ideological causes, many cultures are the inheritors, and hence the prisoners, of attitudes of scorn and disdain for other faiths – outlooks which are not ennobling to anyone.

Idries Shah

… when we are talking about 'Christians' and 'Moslems' we must first make sure that we are talking about people who have an idea, which should be more or less correct, as to what the other is supposed to believe and what he is expected to do as a consequence of that belief.

Idries Shah

These lecture provide material for the consideration of common factors, in theory and in development, from the viewpoint of the idea of surrender to the Divine Will, reviewing some aspects of the interplay between Christians and Moslems, and introducing material from and about Sufis.

Charles J. Chaput

Tolerance is not a Christian value. Charity, justice, mercy, prudence, honesty-these are Christian values.

Swami Bhaskarananda

Any religion can be compared to the attic of an old home. Unless the attic is regularly cleaned, it gathers dust and cobwebs and eventually becomes unusable. Similarly, if a religion cannot be updated or cleaned from time to time, it loses its usefulness and cannot relate anymore to changed times and people.

Tista Ray

Lightning strikes the earth and thunder heralds the doom but the earth bears it all in silence, teaching us that life may be harsh to us but we shouldn't be so to life.

Raheel Farooq

Everyone is born with a different mind and the same heart.

E.A. Bucchianeri

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.

Bryant McGill

Be the tolerance you seek.

Michael Ben Zehabe

Today's marriages become toxic, with resentments, after only a few years. It's one thing to say, 'I forgive,' but most lack the enterprise to do the necessary work that follows. It was the day after that proved who had the wisdom of God and who didn't.
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John F. Kennedy

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

[Commencement Address at American University, June 10 1963]

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

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. (p. 99)

Lailah Gifty Akita

Be kind to all the people you meet on your journey.

A.J. Darkholme

Perhaps we don’t progress, because there are so many views – so many paths to peace and happiness – that we get hung up on each path’s differences. Trying to sort out right from wrong when the rights mean so much to us that we can’t look at them objectively.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Mankind must learn to coexist with each other to create a peaceful world.

Ludwig Von Mises

More dangerous than bayonets and cannon are the weapons of the mind.

John Hume

Difference is the essence of humanity. Difference is an accident of birth, and it should therefore never be the source of hatred or conflict. Therein lies a most fundamental principle of peace: respect for diversity.

Rabbi Shaul David Judelman

I no longer want to see others as humans. I want to learn to see others as brothers, sisters, mothers, & fathers.

Malcolm X

I remember one night at Muzdalifa with nothing but the sky overhead I lay awake amid sleeping Muslim brothers and I learned that pilgrims from every land-every color, and class, and rank; high officials and the beggar alike-all snored in the same language.

Geoffrey M. Gluckman

One race,
Many cultures,
One place.


An outrageous instinct to love and be loved blinded your arms to lines of propriety––Women and Men, Christians and Jews, Muslims and Buddhists, white, black, red, brown. An outrageous instinct to love and be loved executed your brain every hour on the hour.

Albert Einstein

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.

Martin Luther King Jr.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools

Janet R. Jakobsen And Ann Pellegrini

Tolerance is certainly an improvement over hate, but it is not the same thing as freedom.

A.J. Darkholme

If we are to be truly free, that freedom will come through cooperation and tolerance with one another.

Ron Paul

Intellectually and compassionately explaining the reason freedom works is required for credibility.

Pope Benedict XVI

A tolerance that no longer distinguishes between good and evil would become chaotic and self-destructive, just as a freedom that did not respect the freedom of others or find the common measure of our respective liberties would become anarchy and destroy authority.

Darrius Garrett

Life isn't a promise; it's a present

Juan Ramón Jiménez

...Sólo que Judas, Platero, es el diputado, o la maestra, o el forense, o el recaudador, o el alcalde, o la comadrona; y cada hombre descarga su escopeta cobarde, hecho niño esta mañana de Sábado Santo, contra el que tiene su odio, en una superposición de vagos y absurdos simulacros primaverales.

Stephen Cosgrove

As you walk through forests
or the meadows of your mind,
Stop and talk to those you fear
Good friendships you may find

Yasmina Reza

Yvan's a very tolerant bloke, which of course, when it comes to relationships, is the worst thing you can be.
Yvan's very tolerant because he couldn't care less.

Richard Puz

As I’ve been telling your, son, you get nowhere looking at clothes and the color of the skin to judge a man. It won’t tell you nothing about what’s inside. That’s where a fellow’s mettle is, and that’s what counts.


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

Joachim Gauck

Ich wünsche mir, dass sich unsere Gesellschaft tolerant, wertbewusst und vor allen Dingen in Liebe zur Freiheit entwickelt und nicht vergisst, dass die Freiheit der Erwachsenen Verantwortung heißt.

Robert Casey

Tolerance is the price we pay for living in a free, pluralistic society.

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