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Quotations: Tolerance, diversity


You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, novelist, playwright, scientist and philosopher (1749-1832)

Politeness is the art of choosing among one’s real thoughts.
Adlai Stevenson II, politician, U.S. presidential candidate (1900-1965)

The precepts of the law are these: to live honestly, to injure no one, and to give every man his due.
Justinian I, Byzantine emperor (483-565)

I believe a man is born first unto himself — for the happy developing of himself, while the world is a nursery, and the pretty things are to be snatched for, and pleasant things tasted; some people seem to exist thus right to the end. But most are born again on entering manhood; then they are born to humanity, to a consciousness of all the laughing, and the never-ceasing murmur of pain and sorrow that comes from the terrible multitudes of brothers.
D.H. Lawrence, British author (1885-1930)

There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.
William Hazlitt, English essayist and literary critic (1778-1830)

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Jesus (from the Bible, Matthew 22:39)

I do not serve what you worship; nor do you serve what I worship. You have your own religion and I have mine.
The Koran

The words you speak today should be soft and tender ... for tomorrow you may have to eat them.
Unknown

Every man is to be respected as an absolute end in himself; and it is a crime against the dignity that belongs to him as a human being, to use him as a mere means for some external purpose.
Immanuel Kant, Prussian geographer and philosopher (1724-1804)

In his private heart no man much respects himself.
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American humorist, author and journalist (1835-1910)

The highest result of education is tolerance.
Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author (1880-1968)

Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is make it easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves.
Bonaro Overstreet, American poet and psychologist (1902-1985)

Civilizations should be measured by the degree of diversity attained and the degree of unity retained.
W.H. Auden, English poet (1907-1973)

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.
Jesse Jackson, American political activist and preacher (b. 1941)

Animals don't hate, and we're supposed to be better than them.
Elvis Presley, American rock 'n' roll icon (1935-1977)

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
Jonathan Swift, English satirist (1667-1745)

The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
Ann Landers (Esther Pauline Friedman), American newspaper advice columnist (1918-2002)

Prejudice is the child of ignorance.
William Hazlitt, English essayist and literary critic (1778-1830)

Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.
Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author (1880-1968)

Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.
Italian proverb

A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
Adlai Stevenson II, American politician, presidential candidate (1900-1965)

When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American humorist, author and journalist (1835-1910)

I value solid popularity—the esteem of good men for good action. I despise the bubble popularity that is won without merit and lost without crime.
Thomas Hart Benton, American writer and U.S. senator from Missouri (1782-1858)

He who hates vice, hates mankind.
Pliny the Younger, Roman author (61-113 A.D.)

Nature has given us two ears and two eyes but only one tongue, so we should hear and see more than we speak.
Greek proverb

Fairness is man’s ability rise above his prejudices.
Wes Fessler, American writer

We're all in this together.
English proverb

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968)

Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German playwright, poet, novelist (1749-1832)

If you are an anvil, be patient; if you are a hammer, be strong.
Kurdish proverb