Tolerance is a willingness or ability to tolerate something.
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- I could say analogously that tolerance is the affable appreciation of qualities, views, and actions of other individuals which are foreign to one`s own habits, beliefs, and tastes. Thus being tolerant does not mean being indifferent towards the actions and feelings of others. Understanding and empathy must also be present....
- Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, as quoted in Words Of Wisdom: Selected Quotes by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (2001) edited by Margaret Gee, p. 71
- “Suppose there should be a law made that all black men should be imprisoned, it would be unreasonable. We have as little reason to quarrel with other men for being of different opinions than as for being of different complexions.”
- People who are intolerant, categorize and over-react... should all be dragged against a wall and shot.
- Arthur M. Jolly, in The Questionnaire (2010)
- The doctrine of toleration requires a positive as well as a negative statement. It is not only wrong to burn a man on account of his creed, but it is right to encourage the open avowal and defence of every opinion sincerely maintained. Every man who says frankly and fully what he thinks is so far doing a public service. We should be grateful to him for attacking most unsparingly our most cherished opinions.
- Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. [...] We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.
- Tolerance without dialogue is a euphemism for indifference.
- Count Miklós Cseszneky de Milvány et Csesznek, in Párbeszéd, Partium, 2009 Spring edition, 16 p.
- We live in a world of intolerance masked as tolerance.
- "...neither tolerance nor intolerance is grounded in science and reason, but they are themselves acts of faith grounded in social custom and the politics of expediency and power." ~ John Money
- "We must respect other religions even as we respect our own. Mere tolerance thereof is not enough." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
- "The highest result of education is tolerance." ~ Helen Keller
- "Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence." ~ Sholem Asch
- "Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." ~ John F Kennedy
- "One cannot live life in the past loathing over their adversaries, but must tolerate them and treat them as they would treat an ally." ~ Zach Parker
- "Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions." G.K. Chesterton
- "When you speak in His presence about your past sins, He does not even understand your language. Only the present and the future have any interest for Him. . .I have committed crimes and have blood on my conscience. I told Jesus about it again and again. But because He had long ago washed all this away, there was no possibility of communication between us. He did not understand what I was talking about." ~ Richard Wurmbrand