Tolerance Quotes

Tolerance Quotes
These 24 tolerance quotes are very thought-provoking. They should help you determine if you have enough of this virtue or not: (I like #9)

1. 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

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

3. It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. -Aristotle

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

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

6. In a multi-racial society, trust, understanding and tolerance are the cornerstones of peace and order. -Kamisese Mara

7. I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

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

9. People are very open-minded about new things. As long as they are exactly like the old ones. -Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958)

10. No human trait deserves less tolerance in everyday life, and gets less, than intolerance. -Giacomo Leopardi

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

12. Tolerance is a tremendous virtue, but the immediate neighbors of tolerance are apathy and weakness. -Sir James Goldsmith

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13. If it was necessary to tolerate in other people everything that one permits oneself, life would be unbearable. -Georges Courteline

14. 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

15. There is a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue. -Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

16. 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

17. 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. -Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

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

19. Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding. -Mahatma Gandhi

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

21. Since others have to tolerate my weaknesses, it is only fair that I should tolerate theirs. -William Allen White (1868-1944)

22. Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself. -Robert G Ingersoll

23. 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

24. It is easy to be tolerant of the principles of other people if you have none of your own. -Herbert Samuel (1870-1963)

What did you think?  Which ones did you like the most?  Any comments you can share below? And if you can share any other tolerance quotes, that would be great too.

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  1. I appreciate your morning thoughts of the day. I refer to these often and share tidbits in my wiki, blog, and newsletter. Thanks for organizing these under topics. Love it! Keep up the good work.

  2. It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. -Aristotle

    Shaun, this one goes on my list of collectable quotes.

    In truth, we really do not know how intolerant we are until we have had the opportunity to move out of the country and mix it up with people of other cultures, religions, and political persuasions. As long as we stay isolated in our own comfort zones we never have to test our tolerance levels. But once tested the trick to being able to survive in this new environment is either, “Go Native” (learn to be so flexible that you even begin to think and act just like your new neighbors), “Go Rambo” (stay ridged and try to change everyone to be like you), or “Go Real” (learn to be resilient by accepting others for who they are while maintaining your own unique identity). The ability to tolerate is the first step toward resilience.

  3. 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

    but basically all of them have a depth in them…..thanks DAvid !

  4. God richly bless you for your wonderful messages. I am highly inspired. Can you help me finish a motivational book I am writing?