The Practice of Tolerance

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.”
~ Dalai Lama

“Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.”
~ John F. Kennedy

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

“Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.”
~ Robert Green Ingersoll

“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

“Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.”
~ Thomas Mann

“Sometimes true tolerance requires an extraordinary strength, which we are often too weak to exercise.”
~ Fausto Cercignani

“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.”
~ Tenzin Gyatso

“Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.”
~ Edmund Burke

“Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.”
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

“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

“Tolerance implies a respect for another person, not because he is wrong or even because he is right, but because he is human.”
~ John Cogley Commonweal

“Tolerance is another word for indifference.”
~ W. Somerset Maugham

“The highest result of education is tolerance.”
~ Helen Keller

“Tolerance implies a gratuitous assumption of the inferiority of other faiths to one’s own.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“We tend to idealize tolerance, then wonder why we find ourselves infested with losers and nut cases.”
~ Patrick Nielsen Hayden

“Tolerance can lead to learning something.”
~ Jakob Dylan

“Tolerance is the first principle of community; it is the spirit which conserves the best that all men think.”
~ Helen Keller

“Tolerance it a tremendous virtue, but the immediate neighbors of tolerance are apathy and weakness.”
~ James Goldsmith

“Tolerance is held to be a condition of mind which is encouraged by, and is necessary for, civilization.”
~ Arthur Keith

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