Quotes about Intolerance

The study of history suggests that the sum total of intolerance in society does not vary much. What changes is the object against which it is directed. Those who shape the conventional wisdom at the top are always anxious to censor unorthodoxy, thus demonstrating their power and consolidating their grip. Paul Johnson

No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism. Winston Churchill.

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

Intolerance is the ‘Do Not Touch’ sign on something that cannot bear touching. We do not mind having our hair ruffled, but we will not tolerate any familiarity with the toupee which covers our baldness. Eric Hoffer

Intolerance is evidence of impotence. Aleister Crowley

America today is capable of terrific intolerance about smoking, or toxic waste that threatens trout. But only a deeply confused society is more concerned about protecting lungs than minds, trout than black women. Garry Wills

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

Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit. Mahatma Gandhi

Intolerance has been the curse of every age and state. Samuel Davies

I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of tolerance. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Intolerance itself is a form of egoism, and to condemn egoism intolerantly is to share it. George Santayana

Intolerance betrays want of faith in one’s cause. Mahatma Gandhi

No human trait deserves less tolerance in everyday life, and gets less, than intolerance. Giacomo Leopardi

Nothing dies so hard, or rallies so often, as intolerance. Henry Ward Beecher