Tolerance Sayings and Quotes

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

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 and celebration of individual differences is the fire that fuels lasting love.     

Tom Hannah

Tolerance is the oil which takes the friction out of life.     

Wilbert E. Scheer

Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.     

Robert Green Ingersoll

Tolerance only for those who agree with you is no tolerance at all.     

Ray Davis

What is tolerance?--it is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly--that is the first law of nature.     


Tolerance comes of age. I see no fault committed that I myself could not have committed at some time or other.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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.     

Karl Popper

Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.     

Tenzin Gyatso

The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.     

George Eliot

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 the eager and glad acceptance of the way along which others seek the truth.     

Sir Walter Besant

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

Tolerance always has limits - it cannot tolerate what is itself actively intolerant.     

Sidney Hook

Tolerance is the ability to forgive those who tend to speak before thinking.     

Catherine Pulsifer