62 Tolerance Quotes To Inspire Harmony

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

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Here are 62 of the top tolerance quotes.

One fatal mistake I made when I was younger:

not being tolerant.

Put another way, I was judgmental about other people’s behaviors.

In a sense, I thought I was superior and I was the one doing the right thing.

But then I learned a vital lesson:

Everybody’s doing their best.

But most of all, I’m NOT perfect either.

And judging people only leads to a false sense of superiority.

It also leads to division instead of unity.

So, why should you read these tolerance quotes?

  • You’ll have more understanding (of others and yourself)
  • You’ll be more patient and inclusive with others
  • You’ll make the world a better place

Please enjoy these deep quotes about tolerance!
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The highest result of education is tolerance. Helen Keller

Everybody is somewhat neurotic, …we must practice tolerance. Carl Jung

Tolerance and compassion are qualities of fearless people. Paulo Coelho

Live out your life in truth and justice, tolerant of those who are neither true nor just. Marcus Aurelius

Winter, summer, happiness, and pain; Giving, appearing, disappearing; Non-permanent, all of them; Just try to tolerate. Bhagavad Gita

Do not tolerate brilliant jerks. The cost to teamwork is too high. Reed Hastings (Netflix)

Be modest, be respectful of others, try to understand. Lakhdar Brahimi


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Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself. Marcus Aurelius

Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. 14th Dalai Lama

I think tolerance and acceptance and love is something that feeds every community. Lady Gaga

The first step to tolerance is self-tolerance. Maxime Lagacé

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace. Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is nothing more important in life than giving. Tolerance is forged when people look beyond their own desires. Nelson Mandela

Show intuitive sympathy for friends, tolerance to amateurs and sloppy thinkers. Marcus Aurelius

Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself. Robert Green Ingersoll

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Tolerance is the only real test of civilization. Arthur Helps

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

It’s an 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

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

Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these. George Washington Carver

We don’t need holy wars. What we need is tolerance and brotherhood and simple humanity. Arlen Specter

Be more humble than a blade of grass, more tolerant than a tree, always offering respect onto others and never expecting any in return. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. Joseph Fort Newton


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Since others have to tolerate my weaknesses, it is only fair that I should tolerate theirs. William Allen White

Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons. Jessica Lange

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

Tolerance is the mindful capacity to love, respect, accept the differences that make people unique. Byron R. Pulsifer

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd. Bertrand Russell

The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor’s shortcomings as he is of his own. Eric Hoffer

The price of the democratic way of life is a growing appreciation of people’s differences, not merely as tolerable, but as the essence of a rich and rewarding human experience. Jerome Nathanson

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


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Without tolerance, our world turns into hell. Friedrich Durrenmatt

Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand another’s beliefs, practices, and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting them. Joshua Loth Liebman

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. Mark Twain

I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird. Paul McCartney

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 is nothing more than patience with boundaries. Shannon L. Alder

Your neighbor’s vision is as true for him as your own vision is true for you. Miguel de Unamuno


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Men are respectable only as they respect. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Accepting all the good and bad about someone. It’s a great thing to aspire to. The hard part is actually doing it. Sarah Dessen

Monsieur l’abbe, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write. Voltaire

Let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature. Voltaire

Be nice. And if you can’t do that, just don’t be mean. Richelle E. Goodrich

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

A man who cannot tolerate small misfortunes can never accomplish great things. Chinese proverb

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Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment. Lao Tzu

Good-humor makes all things tolerable. Henry Ward Beecher

By staying on top of your reactions you will be able to develop patience and tolerance; two distinct traits required for achieving long-term success. Annabelle Higgins

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher. 14th Dalai Lama

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

More Deep Quotes About Tolerance

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Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil. Thomas Mann

The successful are not tolerated. Aeschylus

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

O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand. William Penn

We should not permit tolerance to degenerate into indifference. Margaret Chase Smith

Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival. René Dubos

Tolerance cannot seduce the young. Emil Cioran

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A sign of inner peace: you accept reality as it is. Maxime Lagacé

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. Mahatma Gandhi

The man who is most aggressive in teaching tolerance is the most intolerant of all: he wants a world full of people too timid and ashamed to really disagree with anything. Criss Jami

Tolerance is a virtue of people who don’t believe in anything anymore. Gilbert K. Chesterton

When you are tolerant, you are allowing every individual whom you meet to follow the dictates of their own reason and conscience. Marilyn J. Awtry

Tolerance is a virtue, but tolerance coupled with passivity is a vice. Chris Hedges


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


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Key Takeaways

  • One simple way to improve the world? Be more tolerant of others. Accept others as they are.
  • One simple way to improve your world? Be more strict with yourself (yet loving).
  • Tolerance leads to peace. Intolerance leads to friction.
  • Don’t build walls. Build bridges.
  • Final insight: Not speaking when you see injustice should not be tolerated.

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

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December 13, 2023

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