This is from 1949, five years before I was born. Why is this still an issue?
Observations by and for the vaguely disenchanted.
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Published Monday-Thursday. Usually.
This is from 1949, five years before I was born. Why is this still an issue?
A man who is convinced of the truth of his religion is indeed never
Because we have sought to cover up past evil, though it still persists,
we have been powerless to check the new evil of today. Evil unchecked
grows, Evil tolerated poisons the whole system.
Clever men will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness; every
authority rouses their ridicule, every superstition amuses them, every
convention moves them to contradiction.
-Henri Frédéric Amiel
Endurance is not toleration.
History balances the frustration of 'how far we have to go' with the
satisfaction of 'how far we have come.' It teaches us tolerance for the
human shortcomings and imperfections which are not uniquely of our
generation, but of all time.
-Lewis F. Powell, Jr.
I believe that the fundamental alternative for man is the choice between
'life' and 'death;' between creativity and destructive violence; between
reality and illusions; between objectivity and intolerance; between
brotherhood-independence and dominance- submission.
I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the
intolerant, and kindness from the unkind, yet strangely, I am ungrateful
to those teachers.
I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge
I have zero tolerance for self-inflicted drama.
-Tina Roth Eisenberg
I respect those who resist me; but I cannot tolerate them.
-Charles de Gaulle
If it was necessary to tolerate in other people everything one permits
in oneself, life would be unbearable.
Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.
-Theodor W. Adorno
It is our utopias that make the world tolerable to us: the cities and
mansions that people dream of are those in which they finally live.
It's a stupid word... tolerance.
Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.
Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more
uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is
right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been
the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men
who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized
man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others.
His culture is based on 'I am not too sure.'
New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does
not encourage them to take up more of my time.
No man has a right in America to treat any other man 'tolerantly,' for
tolerance is the assumption of superiority.
Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires
tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.
Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor's noisy party than being
-Franklin P. Adams
Our universities are so determined to impose tolerance that they'll
expel you for saying what you think and never notice the irony.
-John Perry Barlow
Rooted in freedom, bonded in the fellowship of danger, sharing
everywhere a common human blood, we declare again that all men are
brothers, and that mutual tolerance is the price of liberty.
Southerners have a genius for psychological alchemy. If something
intolerable simply cannot be changed, driven away or shot they will not
only tolerate it but take pride in it as well.
Stop tolerating in your leaders what you would not tolerate in your
The bleak fact is that new tolerances often resemble the old
intolerances. In many instances, bitterness over having been 'the
oppressed' seems to be little more than jealousy over not having been
The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of
The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the
point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation
to tolerate speech.
The highest result of education is tolerance.
The idea that horrors are required to give zest to life and interest to
art is the idea of savages, men of no experience worth mentioning, and
of merely servile, limited sensibilities. Don't tolerate it.
The most intolerable pain is produced by prolonging the keenest pleasure.
-George Bernard Shaw
The perception of poverty as morally intolerable in a rich society had
to await the emergence of a rich society.
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a
humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an
exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy.
Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil
than from those who actually commit it.
The world tolerates conceit from those who are successful, but not from
The worst government is the most moral. One composed of cynics is often
very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit
There are three intolerable things in life- cold coffee, lukewarm
champagne, and overexcited women.
There's no one more intolerant than a liberal in San Francisco.
To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of
faith but must find his brand of intolerance.
Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.
Tolerance comes with age. I see no fault committed that I myself could
not have committed at some time or other.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Tolerance does not... do anything, embrace anyone, champion any issue.
It wipes the notes off the score of life and replaces them with one long
bar of rest. It does not attack error, it does not champion truth, it
does not hate evil, it does not love good.
Tolerance grows only when faith loses certainty; certainty is murderous.
Tolerance is an admirable intellectual gift, but it is worth little in
Tolerance is just a makeshift, suitable for an overcrowded and
overheated planet. It carries on when love gives out, and love generally
gives out as soon as we move away from our home and our friends.
Tolerance is only another name for indifference.
-W. Somerset Maugham
Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
Tolerance, good temper and sympathy are no longer enough in a world
where ignorance rules, and Science, which ought to have ruled, plays the
Tolerance: (n) Openness to all ideas from the Left.
-Kenneth Lloyd Billingsley
Tolerating those who will not tolerate you is more correctly known as
-Perry de Havilland
Toleration is a good thing in its place; but you cannot tolerate what
will not tolerate you, and is trying to cut your throat.
Too much of what passes as tolerance in America is not the result of
principled judgment but is simple moral indifference.
True Patriotism, it seems to me, is based on tolerance and a large
measure of humility.
-Adlai E. Stevenson II
We have to go forth and crush every world view that doesn't believe in
tolerance and free speech.
We should not permit tolerance to degenerate into indifference.
-Margaret Chase Smith
We tend to idealize tolerance, then wonder why we find ourselves
infested with losers and nut cases.
-Patrick Nielsen Hayden
While the American system may be forgivingly tolerant of people with
wild and dangerous ideas, it doesn't generally let them run the country.
Who teaches you tolerance? Maybe sometimes your children teach you
patience, but always your enemy will teach you tolerance. So your enemy
is really your teacher.
-Tenzin Gyatso (The Dalai Lama)
Whoever kindles the flames of intolerance in America is lighting a fire
underneath his own home.
-Harold E. Stassen
You would better educate ten women into the practice of liberal
principles than to organize a thousand on a platform of intolerance and
-Susan B. Anthony
You would not even tolerate for one moment the conduct in an individual
that is commonplace in the acts of some nations. You would lock up such
-L. Ron Hubbard