70 Inspiring Tolerance Quotes To Help Us Love And Accept One Another

Moumita Dutta
Dec 12, 2023 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Jan 15, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
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Do you feel like the world is rife with intolerance?

Tolerance quotes can help reinforce the practice of tolerance one has. These handpicked and inspiring quotes about tolerance will encourage you to be tolerant in life situations.

Being tolerant can be described as being patient, having fortitude, and strength in unforeseen situations.

We are sure our handpicked tolerance quotes, quotes on open-mindedness, religious tolerance quotes, and so on will inspire you to start building a stronger and united world.

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Words Of Wisdom On Tolerance

Here are some toleration quotes to inspire your behavior toward another human being. These tolerance quotes are wise.

1. "In order to have faith in his own path, he does not need to prove that someone else's path is wrong."

― Paulo Coelho, 'Warriors of the Light'.

2. "Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity."

― Robert Alan.

3. "In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."

― Dalai Lama XIV.

4. "Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others."

― John F. Kennedy.

5. "The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with."

― Eleanor Holmes Norton.

6. “I disapprove of what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

― Beatrice Evelyn Hall, 'The Friends of Voltaire', 1906.

7. "People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

― Nelson Mandela, 'The Long Walk to Freedom'.

8. "If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships."

― Franklin D. Roosevelt, Roosevelt's Last Message to the American People, 1945.

9. "Tolerance is the mindful capacity to love, respect, accept the differences that make people unique."

― Byron R. Pulsifer.

10. "Toleration is a distinctively modern response to disagreement and difference, and its ills are variations on modernity’s own. "

― John R. Bowlin, 'Tolerance Among the Virtues'.

11. "Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand another's beliefs, practices, and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting them."  

― Joshua Loth Liebman.

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

― Tom Hannah.

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

― Wilbert E. Scheer.

14. "It is not for me to judge another man's life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone."

― Herman Hesse, Siddhartha.

15. "Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions."

– Gilbert K. Chesterton.

16. "If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity."

― John F. Kennedy, Commencement Address at American University, 1963.

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

― George Eliot.

18. "Discord is the great ill of mankind; and tolerance is the only remedy for it."

― Voltaire, 'Philosophical Dictionary'.

19. "Tolerance is a basic pillar of democracy and the bulwark against totalitarian patterns of action and regimes."

― Willi Mernyi.

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

― Robert Green Ingersoll.

21. "Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil."

― Thomas Mann, 'The Magic Mountain'.

22. "The highest result of education is tolerance"

― Helen Keller.

23. "The test of courage comes when we are in a minority; the test of tolerance comes when we are in a majority."

― Ralph W. Sockman.

24. "Don't be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn't do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn't know what you know today."

― Malcolm X.

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

– Dalai Lama XIV.

26. "Everyone on Earth, they'd tell us, was carrying around an unseen history, and that alone deserved some tolerance."

― Michelle Obama, 'Becoming'.

27. "Tolerance is nothing more than patience with boundaries."

– Shannon L. Alder.

28. "Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population."

― Albert Einstein.

29. "You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance."

– W. Somerset Maugham.

30. "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."

― Voltaire, 'Philosophical Dictionary'.

31. "He who would practice the art of tolerance must guard well against an attitude of superiority, smugness, indifference and coldness."

― Wilfred Peterson.

32. "If we could look into each other's hearts and understand the unique challenges that each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance and care."

― Marvin Ashton.

33. "I have learnt silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind."

― Kahlil Gibran, 'The Prophet and Other Writings'.

34. "Never judge someone

By the way he looks

Or a book by the way it's covered;

For inside those tattered pages,

There's a lot to be discovered"

― Stephen Cosgrove.

35. "Love is wise; hatred is foolish."

― Bertrand Russell.

36. "Tolerance isn't about not having beliefs. It's about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you."

― Timothy Keller, Twitter, 2018.

37. "Tolerance is a virtue, but tolerance coupled with passivity is a vice."

― Chris Hedges.

38. "All men are made one for another: either then teach them better or bear with them."

Marcus Aurelius, 'Meditations'.

39. "Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society."

― Aristotle.

40. "Always hear others out and remain open-minded; the day you think you know everything is the day you have the most yet to learn."

― A.J. Darkholme, 'Rise of the Morningstar'.

41. "Discord is the great ill of mankind; and tolerance is the only remedy for it."

― Voltaire, 'Philosophical Dictionary'.

42. "One race,

Many cultures,

One place."

― Geoffrey M. Gluckman, 'Deadly Exchange'.

43. "As fallible humans, we usually slip too far over one edge or the other - all wrath and judgment or all grace and love."

― Eric Wilson, 'A Shred of Truth'.

44. "Understanding languages and other cultures builds bridges."

― Suzy Kassem, 'Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem'.

45. "Tolerance is another word for indifference."

– W. Somerset Maugham.

46. "What’s most important in a friendship? Tolerance and loyalty."

– J.K. Rowling.

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

– Tenzin Gyatso.

48. "Righteous, I like that. Kinda fitting when you think about it. If we danced and shared music, we'd be too busy en-joy-in' life to start a war."

― E.A. Bucchianeri, 'Brushstrokes of a Gadfly'.

49. "Common man's patience will bring him more happiness than common man's power."

― Amit Kalantri, 'Wealth of Words'.

50. "As if reading his mind, Jamal-al-Din said, 'To get what you love, you must first be patient with what you hate."

― Leila Aboulela, 'The Kindness of Enemies'.

Religious Tolerance Quotes

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These tolerance quotes are the right mix for you to give new life to your community as a whole. Quotes on tolerance build relationships. It is the highest result of education.

51. "The new environment of nearly instant communication sharpens the practical dimension of the enduring and important question of religious tolerance, the capacity of a religion to forbear another religion with which it disagrees."

― William Scott Green, 'Religious Tolerance in World Religions'.

52. "Religion is like a pair of shoes.....Find one that fits for you, but don't make me wear your shoes.”

― George Carlin.

53. "Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance..."

― Oren Arnold.

54. "Love thy enemies, it says in the scriptures. My foster mother always added, 'At the very least, you will be polite to them.'"

― Patricia Briggs, 'Moon Called'.

55. "We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant."

― Karl Popper.

56. "Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged"

― Jalal ad-Din Rumi.

57. "Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble."

― Joseph Campbell.

58. "For the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world."

― Siddhārtha Gautama.

59. "All I require of a religion is that it be tolerant of those who do not agree with it."

― Roger Ebert, 'Life Itself'.

60. "God has given us many faiths but only one world in which to co-exist. May your work help all of us to cherish our commonalities and feel enlarged by our differences."

― Jonathan Sacks.

61. "Respect everyone who crosses your path, even if you feel they don't deserve it."

― Alaric Hutchinson.

62. "It is no longer a question of a Christian going about to convert others to the faith, but of each one being ready to listen to the other and so to grow together in mutual understanding."

― Bede Griffiths.

63. "If people but knew their own religion, how tolerant they would become, and how free from any grudge against the religion of others."

― Hazrat Inayat Khan, 'The Bowl of Saki: Thoughts for Daily Contemplation from the Sayings and Teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan'.

64. "All of the world's religions have important things to teach us, and they are not as different from each other as some would have you believe."

― Kent Allan Rees, 'Molly Withers and the Golden Tree'.

Quotations On Intolerance

These quotes are about fighting intolerance and the lack of tolerance.

65. "Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding."

― Mahatma Gandhi.

66. "It's a universal law-- intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility."

― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn.

67. "Don’t get so tolerant that you tolerate intolerance."

– Bill Maher.

68. "I have good idea, for if you meet some person from different religion and he want to make argument about God. My idea is, you listen to everything this man say about God. Never argue about God with him.

Best thing to say is, 'I agree with you.' Then you go home, pray what you want. This is my idea for people to have peace about religion."

― Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

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

– Princess Diana.

70. "Toleration brings peace, hence intolerance leads to war."

– Sipho P Nkosi.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for most inspirational tolerance quotes, then why not take a look at 'The Alchemist' quotes, or Tree of Life quotes.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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