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Published Friday, July 18, 2014 @ 7:39 PM EDT
Jul 18 2014

A man who is convinced of the truth of his religion is indeed never tolerant.
-Albert Einstein

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.
-Jawaharlal Nehru

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.
-Erich Fromm

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind, yet strangely, I am ungrateful to those teachers.
-Kahlil Gibran

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.
-Georges Courteline

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.
-Lewis Mumford

It's a stupid word... tolerance.
-Phyllis Schlafly

Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.
-Bergen Evans

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.'
-H.L. Mencken

New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.
-James Agate

No man has a right in America to treat any other man 'tolerantly,' for tolerance is the assumption of superiority.
-Wendell Willkie

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.
-Rex Stout

Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor's noisy party than being there.
-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.
-Will Durant

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.
-Florence King

Stop tolerating in your leaders what you would not tolerate in your friends.
-Michael Ventura

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 oppressor.
-Jim Goad

The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.
-Frank Kent

The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.
-Anthony Kennedy

The highest result of education is tolerance.
-Helen Keller

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.
-George Santayana

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.
-Nathan Rosenberg

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
-Oscar Wilde

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.
-John Gardner

The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.
-Albert Einstein

The world tolerates conceit from those who are successful, but not from anybody else.
-John Blake

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 to oppression.
-H.L. Mencken

There are three intolerable things in life- cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women.
-Orson Welles

There's no one more intolerant than a liberal in San Francisco.
-Tim Goodman

To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.
-Eric Hoffer

Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.
-Thomas Mann

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.
-Walter Farrell

Tolerance grows only when faith loses certainty; certainty is murderous.
-Will Durant

Tolerance is an admirable intellectual gift, but it is worth little in politics.
-Woodrow Wilson

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.
-E.M. Forster

Tolerance is only another name for indifference.
-W. Somerset Maugham

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
-G.K. Chesterton

Tolerance, good temper and sympathy are no longer enough in a world where ignorance rules, and Science, which ought to have ruled, plays the pimp.
-E.M. Forster

Tolerance: (n) Openness to all ideas from the Left.
-Kenneth Lloyd Billingsley

Tolerating those who will not tolerate you is more correctly known as cowardice.
-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.
-J.A. Froude

Too much of what passes as tolerance in America is not the result of principled judgment but is simple moral indifference.
-Daniel Taylor

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.
-David Brin

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.
-Gerard Baker

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 bigotry.
-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 a person.
-L. Ron Hubbard

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