45 Quotes About Tolerance and Compassion


Having compassion for others can do a great deal to your emotional health and happiness. There is nothing more fulfilling than giving and helping another. These quotes about tolerance and compassion offer a great testament to the type of qualities and characteristics needed to help another.

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

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

“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.”

“Don’t get so tolerant that you tolerate intolerance.”

“I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.”

“I think more tolerance, more people having more access to a chance to be literate, and a chance to stay healthy makes for a more peaceful planet.”

“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.”

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.”

“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.”

“Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.”

“Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all.”

“One of the greatest disasters of our time is our universal acceptance of the word “tolerance” as a great virtue.”

“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.”

“Sometimes true tolerance requires an extraordinary strength, which we are often too weak to exercise.”

“The highest result of education is tolerance.”

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

“The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.”

“Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.”

“Tolerance always has limits – it cannot tolerate what is itself actively intolerant.”

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

“Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.”

“Tolerance can lead to learning something.”

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

“Tolerance implies a gratuitous assumption of the inferiority of other faiths to one’s own.”

“Tolerance implies a respect for another person, not because he is wrong or even because he is right, but because he is human.”

“Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.”

“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.”

“Tolerance is another word for indifference.”

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

“Tolerance is held to be a condition of mind which is encouraged by, and is necessary for, civilization.”

“Tolerance is nothing more than patience with boundaries.”

“Tolerance is often championed by people who nothing to stand for.”

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

“Tolerance is the eager and glad acceptance of the way along which others seek the truth.”

“Tolerance is the first principle of community; it is the spirit which conserves the best that all men think.”

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

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

“Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.”

“Tolerance isn’t about not having beliefs. It’s about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you.”

“Tolerance it a tremendous virtue, but the immediate neighbors of tolerance are apathy and weakness.”

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

“Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.”

“Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.”

“We are in favor of tolerance, but it is a very difficult thing to tolerate the intolerant and impossible to tolerate the intolerable.”

“We tend to idealize tolerance, then wonder why we find ourselves infested with losers and nut cases.”

Unlocking your compassion takes some time to embrace the type of qualities needed to serve others.