U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama

Those are the battles that we willingly join- the battles against ignorance and intolerance.

Speech in Opposition to the Iraqi War, Chicago October 2nd, 2002, in Newsweek special commemorative edition, Februray 9, 2008, page 59 

Barack Obama on Religious Tolerance - watch TV statement here 

And as you said, it’s not just Christians, and we’ve got to make sure, one thing I think is very important for us to do on all of these issues is to lead by example. That’s why I think it’s so important for us to have religious tolerance here in the United States.

That’s why it’s so important for us, when we are criticizing other countries about rule of law to make sure that we’re abiding by rule of law, and habeas corpus, and we’re not engaging in torture, because that gives us a moral standing to talk about these other issues.

Barack Obama in Saddleback Presidential Forum, August 16, 2008

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth.
America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.
To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West: Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.

Inaugural Address at the Capital in Washington DC, January 20, 2009 

U.S. President Obama: Partnership with the Muslim world to be restored with language of respect

President Obama's first TV interview with Al Arabiya (Dubai) - January 27, 2009 

Abdurrahman Wahid

Those who say that I am not Islamic enough should reread their Koran. Islam is about inclusion,tolerance,community.

Abdurrahman Wahid, President of Indonesia from 1999-2001, the world's most populous Muslim nation now numbering 235 million
Ralph W. Sockmann

The test of courage comes when you are in the minority.
The test of tolerance comes when you are in the majority.


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.

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so.

I detest what you write - but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.

O! Thou God of all beings, of all worlds, and of all times
We pray, that the little differences in our clothes,

in our inadequate languages,
in our ridiculous customs,
in our imperfect laws,
in our illogical opinions,
in our ranks and conditions which
are so disproportionately important to us
and so meaningless to you,

that these small variations
that distinguish those atoms that we call men
one from another

may not be signals of hatred and persecution.

Prayer for Tolerance by Voltaire, 18th century

The Holy Qur’an

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

“Do not contend with the people of the Book except in the
fairest way.”

The Holy Qur’an, al-Ankabut, 29:49


No man is a true believer unless he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself


Love your neighbour as yourself



Do not impose on others what yourself do not desire.

The Analects, XV:24, Konfuzius

Theodore W. Adorno

Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.

Bertrand Russell

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct; and tends to produce ferocity towards those who are not regarded as members of the herd.

Eric Hoffer

The capacity for getting along with our neighbour 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.

The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbour as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves.

We are tolerant towards others when we tolerate ourselves.

We forgive others when we forgive ourselves.

We prone others to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.

A war is not won if the defeated enemy has not been turned into a friend.

Albert Einstein

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.

Jerome Nathanson

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.

John F Kennedy

If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity.

Robert F. Kennedy

Ultimately, America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.

Each time a man stands for an ideal ... he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and ... those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and persistence.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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.

We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression – everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way – everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want….. The fourth is freedom from fear.

Helen Keller

Tolerance is the greatest gift of the mind. It requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.

The highest result of education is tolerance

Rene Dubos

Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue- it makes it a requirement for survival.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world.

If we are to respect other’s religions as we would have them respected our own, a friendly study of the world’s religions is a sacred duty.

If we are to reach real peace in this world we shall have to begin with the children.

Dalai Lama

In the practise of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.

John Locke

The mutual tolerance of Christians in their different professions of religion, I esteen that tolerance to be the chief characteristical mark of the true church.

If he be destitute of charity, meekness, and goodwill in general towards all mankind, even to those that are not Christians, he is certainly yet short of being a true Christian himself.

No man can be a Christian without charity, and without that faith which works, not by force, but by love.

John Locke in: "A Letter concerning tolerance", written in Amsterdam winter 1685/86


One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one´s own self. This, in brief, is the rule of dharma. Yielding to desire and acting differently, one become guilty of adharma


The Dhammapada

He who for the sake of happiness does not hurt others, who also want happiness, shall hereafter find happiness.



The nature only is good when it shall not do unto another whatever is not good for its own self.


Martin Luther King

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

We have guided missiles and unguided men.

Jalal ad-Din ar Rumi

I go into the Muslim mosque and the Jewish synagogue and the Christian church and I see one altar.

Thomas Paine

My country is the world and my religion is to do good.