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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

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

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

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

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

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
       - Friedrich Nietzsche

You must tolerate that which you cannot change.
       - Spanish Proverb

four hands linkedTolerance can lead to learning something.
       - Jakob Dylan

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
       - Dalai Lama

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.
       - Helen Keller

If a profound gulf separates my neighbor's belief from mine, there is always the golden bridge of tolerance.
        - Anonymous

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.  Men are not superior by reason of the accidents of race or color.  They are superior who have the best heart – the best brain.
Robert Ingersoll 

Nobody ever helps me into carriages or over mud puddles, or gives me any best place. And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! I have ploughed and planted and gathered into barns and no man could head me. And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and hear the lash as well. And ain’t I a woman> I have borne thirteen children and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mothers’ grief, none but Jesus heard me. And ain’t I a woman?
Sojourner Truth 

busy street in chinatownI have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

“All men are created equal.” “Government by consent of the governed.” “Give me liberty or give me death.” And those are not just clever words, and those are not just empty theories.
President Lyndon Johnson

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.

Jean Jacques Rousseau  

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Quotes in this site first compiled by Gary Hyink and Bill Blackman. Additional quotes thanks to Felicia Daniels, Alyssa Boyett, Katie Lusk and others. And thanks to the authors of these quotes!
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