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Biography - André Comte-Sponville:

French philosopher.
Born: 1952
Period:
21st century
20th century
Place of birth: France
France

To tolerate is to take upon oneself; a tolerance that comes into being on the backs of others is no longer tolerance. To tolerate the suffering of others, to tolerate an injustice of which we are not a victim or an atrocity that we are spared is not tolerance but selfishness, indifference, or worse.




Translation

Translation

(French)



French
Tolérer, c'est prendre sur soi : la tolérance qui prend sur autrui n'en est plus une. Tolérer la souffrance des autres, tolérer l'injustice dont on n'est pas soi-même victime, tolérer l'horreur qui nous épargne, ce n'est plus de la tolérance : c'est de l'égoïsme.




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What is tolerance? It is the endowment of humanity. We are all steeped in weakness and error; let us forgive each other our stupidities, that is the first law of nature.
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Tolerance should really only be a passing attitude: it should lead to appreciation. To tolerate is to offend.
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Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.
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The golden rule of conduct is mutual toleration, seeing that we will never all think alike and we shall always see Truth in fragment and from different points of vision.
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Tolerance is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
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To be happy, we must consider the happiness of another.
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Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
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Article IV – Liberty consists of doing anything which does not harm others: thus, the exercise of the natural rights of each man has only those borders which assure other members of the society the enjoyment of these same rights. These borders can be determined only by the law.
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If we had no pride we should not complain of that of others.
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Let the other side be heard as well.
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Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
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Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.
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Often he who omits an act does injustice, not only he who commits an act.
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The right of the strongest is the strongest wrong.
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The danger of success is that it makes us forget the world's dreadful injustice.
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If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
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Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure.
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I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance.
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Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
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Who fears to suffer, already suffers what he fears.
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I have only one passion, that for light, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and which has the right to happiness.
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No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love.
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Quotes for: Egoism


Let's not be English, French or German any more. Let's be European. No, not European, let's be men. Let's be humanity. All we have to do is get rid of one last piece of egocentricity - patriotism.
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We have need of morality only for want of love.
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Be confident: Truth is not the end of the way, it is the way itself.
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One is not born, but rather becomes, free.
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Philosophize, to think your life and to live your thoughts: for that is what philosophy is.
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Good is not something to contemplate; it is something to be done.
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All fear is imaginary, reality is its antidote.
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