18 Metaphors for toleration

And mutual toleration is a necessity for all time and for all races.

The latter could not help lifting his voice against this monstrous traffic in the sinews and blood of man, the toleration of which had so long been the disgrace of the British legislature.

Toleration should, strictly speaking, be only a passing mood; it ought to lead to acknowledgment and appreciation.

Toleration, in a case of suspected heresy, was an act of the king's which itself required toleration; proceedings against heresy remained the law of the land, constantly hanging over every head.

But in spite of its limitations Locke’s Toleration is a work of the highest value, and its argument takes us further than its author went.

True liberty protects the labourer as well as his Lord; preserves the dignity of human nature, and seldom fails to render a province rich and populous; whereas, on the other hand, a toleration of slavery is the highest breach of social virtue, and not only tends to depopulation, but too often renders the minds of both masters and slaves utterly depraved and inhuman, by the hateful extremes of exaltation and depression.

The same protest was made in Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man which appeared two years later: Toleration is not the opposite of Intolerance, but is the counterfeit of it.

All that we would infer from it is, that where men are habituated to a system of severity, they become wantonly cruel, and that the mere toleration of such an instrument of torture, in any country, is a clear indication, that this wretched class of men do not there enjoy the protection of any laws, that may be pretended to have been enacted in their favour.

The censurable toleration of pederasty, for which one chiefly reproaches the morality of the ancients, is a trifle compared with the Christian horrors I have cited, and is not so rare among people of to-day as it appears to be.

Toleration is a great thing; but loving willingness to let God think out all sides of a question through all sorts of brains, is a glorious thing.

A toleration of slavery is, in effect, a toleration of inhumanity; for there are wretches in the world who make no scruple to gain, by wearing out their slaves with continual labour, and a scanty allowance, before they have lived out half their natural days.

Toleration is the principle which gives to the true faith the best chance of prevailing.

This, together with the philosophy of Locke, was taken up into Christian thought, and Political Toleration was the first fruit.

From this sketch it will be seen that toleration was the outcome of new political circumstances and necessities, brought about by the disunion of the Church through the Reformation.

Toleration became the basis on which he fought his battles, and at this time he was found to be useful by the government.

The general toleration of unnecessary noise, for instance, of the clashing of doors, which is so extremely ill-mannered and vulgar, is a direct proof of the dulness and poverty of thought that one meets with everywhere.

It is the great taint of his character, that he has given reason to doubt, whether this toleration is the effect of charity or indifference, whether he means to support good men of every religion, or considers all religions as equally good.

But the silent toleration of suspected guilt is a degree of depravity far below that which openly incites, and manifestly protects it.

18 Metaphors for  toleration