Discussion Starters: Some Thought-Provoking Aphorisms

The highest result of education is tolerance.
Helen Keller

A mind stretched by a new idea can never regain its original dimension
Oliver Wendell Holmes

You can never solve a problem at the same level of consciousness that created it.
Albert Einstein

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The smaller the heart, the bigger the hate it shelters.
Victor Hugo

Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.
Confucius

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

One byproduct of individualism is benevolence -- a general attitude of good will towards one's neighbors and fellow human beings. Benevolence is impossible in a society where people violate each others' rights.
Glenn Woiceshyn

Tolerance is the backbone of democracy while courage is the soul of civilization.
anonymous

Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong.
Lao Tze

The most remarkable change in the moral history of mankind has been the rise -- and occasionally the application -- of the view that all people, and not just one's own kind, are entitled to fair treatment.
James Q. Wilson

I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.
François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire

Tolerance means to understand other people’s visions, actions and habits without necessarily agreeing with them.
anonymous

If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.
Mother Teresa

Who is at peace with himself is at peace with others too.
Marcus Aurelius

Each man calls barbarism whatever is not his own practice; for indeed it seems we have o other test of truth and reason that the example and pattern of the opinions and customs of the country we live in.
Michel de Montaigne

Minds are like parachutes, they only function when open.
Thomas Dewar

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
Albert Pike

Never judge a person until you have walked a mile in their shoes.
anonymous

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I know of no disease of the soul but ignorance.
Ben Johnson