33 Quotes About The Intolerable Acts


Intolerable Acts was originally intended to punish the colonists for the Boston Tea Party. This ended up inflaming the colonists and inadvertently led us down the path of the Revolutionary War. Having intolerance can have huge impact and consequence. Here is a look at some of the best quotes about the intolerable acts to know.

“But I am a blasted tree; the bolt has entered my soul; and I felt then that I should survive to exhibit what I shall soon cease to be – a miserable spectacle of wrecked humanity, pitiable to others and intolerable to myself.”

“Cynical realism is the intelligent man’s best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.”

“Do not measure your loss by itself; if you do, it will seem intolerable; but if you will take all human affairs into account you will find that some comfort is to be derived from them.”

“Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.”

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”

“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”

“I came to poetry through the urgent need to denounce injustice, exploitation, humiliation. I know that’s not enough to change the world. But to remain silent would have been a kind of intolerable complicity.”

“I would advise you to write, my dear friend, because with your active nature, solitude is simply intolerable to you, and after some time your solitude would become perhaps attractive if you were to people it with creatures of your own fancy.”

“If there existed no external means for dimming their consciences, one-half of the men would at once shoot themselves, because to live contrary to one’s reason is a most intolerable state, and all men of our time are in such a state.”

“If there were no poetry on any day in the world, poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an intolerable hunger.”

“In every age ‘the good old days’ were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them.”

“In practice the standard for what constitutes rape is set not at the level of women’s experience of violation but just above the level of coercion acceptable to men.”

“It is regarded as axiomatic that parents have more power then children. This is an inescapable biological fact; young children are completely dependent on their parents or other caring adults for survival.”

“It was only as I wrote about it that I began to find paths of access to feelings that were intolerable to me then.”

“It’s an intolerable abuse of power to have employees who are supposed to be advancing the public interest actually working on political campaigns.”

“Just as there is nothing between the admirable omelet and the intolerable, so with autobiography.”

“Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.”

“Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.”

“Once you explore life outside of work, it becomes addictive. The less you work, the less you want to work. At first, the odd afternoon off seems like a fantastic luxury. Before long, you are opting for a four-day week.”

“People ask me if I ever thought of writing a children’s book. I say, ‘If I had a serious brain injury I might well write a children’s book’, but otherwise the idea of being conscious of who you’re directing the story to is anathema to me, because, in my view, fiction is freedom and any restraints on that are intolerable.”

“Purgatory fire will be more intolerable than all the torments that can be felt or conceived in this life.”

“Sentimentality is intolerable because it is false feeling.”

“Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.”

“The best way to win against the intolerable is to tolerate them, for this they have seldom dealt with. Your indulgence may soften their malice and open their eyes to more honorable ways.”

“The film director, in many instances, has to swallow somebody else’s decision about the final form of something. It’s so hard as to be intolerable.”

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.”

“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.”

“Those wearing tolerance for a label call other views intolerable.”

“Unprecedented financial pressures, and an ever-increasingly aggressive public culture, along with social, moral and spiritual fragmentation, are leading to lives being overwhelmed by stress, intolerable interior isolation and even quiet despair.”

“We see book-burning as a crime against humanity: it’s intolerable because books represent a kind of freedom to us.”

“Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.”

“Working is bad enough in the winter, but in the summer it can become completely intolerable. Stuck in airless offices, every fibre of our being seems to cry out for freedom. We’re reminded of being stuck in double maths while the birds sing outside.”

“You know, different people are going to react different ways. And I don’t think we should be intolerable because people do things a little differently.”

Having the proper knowledge to the history of the Intolerable Acts will help you to better understand the circumstances colonists were put into.