Intolerance Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old intolerance quotes, intolerance sayings, and intolerance proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Intolerance of your present creates your future.     

Mike Murdock

Intolerance is the besetting sin of moral fervour.     

Alfred North Whitehead

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Intolerance is a form of egotism, and to condemn egotism intolerantly is to share it.     

George Santayana

Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.     

Mahatma Gandhi

It may be possible to fight intolerance, stupidity, and fanaticism seperately, but when they come together there is no hope.     

Albert Einstein

Intolerance, discourtesy and harshness..... are taboo in all good society and are surely contrary to the spirit of democracy.     

Mahatma Gandhi

We can cure the disease of intolerance. We must do it if the world is to survive. No us. No them. Just we.     

Steve Goodier

Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Intolerance is evidence of impotence.     

Aleister Crowley

Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice.     

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Intolerance has been the curse of every age and state.     

Samuel Davies

Absolute morality leads logically to absolute intolerance.     

Michael Shermer

If the bell of intolerance tolls for one, it tolls for all.     

Henry Seidel Canby

If there's anything intolerance can't tolerate, it's ridicule!     

Arlene Francis

When you tolerate intolerance, you're not really being a liberal.     

Bill Maher

Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.     

Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno

Intolerance is a species of violence and therefore against our creed.     

Mahatma Gandhi

The last refuge of intolerance is in not tolerating the intolerant ...     

George Eliot

Intolerance is evidence of fear, and fear is the consequence of feeling powerless.     

Dean Frazer

Intolerance of dissent is a well-noted feature of the American national character.     

J. William Fulbright

The intolerance of the few, or the risk of it, carries the day against the wider humanity of the many.     

Paul Robeson

Intolerance is natural and logical, for in every dissenting opinion lies an assumption of superior wisdom.     

Ambrose Bierce

Intolerance has always been one of the cornerstones of Christianity - the glorious heritage of the Inquisition.     

Madalyn Murray O'Hair

The final battle against intolerance is to be fought—not in the chambers of any legislature—but in the hearts of men.     

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Intolerance is the most socially acceptable form of egotism, for it permits us to assume superiority without personal boasting.     

Sydney J. Harris

Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art.     

Wallace Stevens

Intolerance of groups is often, strangely enough, exhibited more strongly against small differences than against fundamental ones.     

Sigmund Freud

Where a reputation for intolerance is more feared than a reputation for vice itself, all manner of evil may be expected to flourish.     

Theodore Dalrymple

... 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

Indeed, intolerance is essential only to monotheism; an only God is by nature a jealous God who will not allow another to live. On the other hand, polytheistic gods are naturally tolerant, they live and let live.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

There is no intolerance in the world so great as the intolerance of tolerance, and no bigotry so excessive as the bigotry of the image breaker. To praise the devil is second nature. To praise God is an education.     

Elisabeth Marbury

Intolerance is the 'Do Not Touch' sign on something that cannot bear touching. We do not mind having our hair ruffled, but we will not tolerate any familiarity with the toupee which covers our baldness.     

Eric Hoffer

Toleration is not the opposite of intolerance, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, the other of granting it     

James Madison

Intolerance of mediocrity has been the main prop of my independence.      

Elsa Maxwell

Intemperance and intolerance serve no one, and hatred guarantees failure.     

Edward Brooke

It is thus tolerance that is the source of peace, and intolerance that is the source of disorder and squabbling.      

Pierre Bayle

Ideological and political intolerance, even with the best and most sincere intentions, produces results that are the direct opposite of those intended.     

Mikhail Gorbachev

The most damaging forms of intolerance are connected with religious, racial and political differences of opinion.     

Napoleon Hill

The greatest problem in the world today is intolerance. Everyone is so intolerant of each other.     

Princess Diana

Intolerance has been the curse of our country.     

James Larkin

I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.     

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Tolerance of intolerance enables oppression.     

DaShanne Stokes