Global Council for Tolerance and Peace


“The UAE is a unique model that unites hearts and minds through its approach based on openness, tolerance and coexistence.”
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.”
Dalai Lama

“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.”

“Tolerance comes of age. I see no fault committed that I myself could not have committed at some time or other.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The highest result of education is tolerance.”
Helen Keller

“Tolerance implies a gratuitous assumption of the inferiority of other faiths to one’s own.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“We may not always agree with every one of our neighbors. That’s life. And it’s part of living in such a diverse and dense city. But we also recognize that part of being a New Yorker is living with your neighbors in mutual respect and tolerance. It was exactly that spirit of openness and acceptance that was attacked on 9/11, 2001.”
Michael Bloomberg

“The principle of tolerance and respect for freedom promoted by the reforms of the Second Vatican Council are today being manipulated and erroneously taken too far.”
Pope Benedict XVI

“Let me say this loud and clear. There is a world of difference between terrorist acts and the Islamic Shari’a. Islam is not only a religion, but a way of life. And at its heart lie the sacred principles of tolerance and dialogue.”
Hussein of Jordan

“We need to fight violence and ignorance. It is true: when one strolls out, one sees women with scarves and men with beards. This has always been the case in Morocco.
Morocco is built on tolerance.”
Mohammed VI of Morocco

“Laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.”
Albert Einstein

“Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
Joseph Fort Newton

“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.”
Kofi Annan

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“Discord is the great ill of mankind; and tolerance is the only remedy for it.”

“God does not forbid you from being good to those who have not fought you in the religion or driven you from your homes, or from being just towards them. God loves those who are just.”
(Surat al-Mumtahana, 8)

“Diversity ‘is richness, not a threat.
Together, let us stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Together, let us build bridges.
Together, let us transform fear into hope.”
UN Secretary-General António Guterres

“Respect and tolerance are liberating acts, whereby the differences of others are recognized as the same as our own and whereby the riches of another culture are taken as the wealth of all”
Irina Bokova, 21 March 2014

“May all people remember, that they are brothers.”
Voltaire, Traité sur la tolerance

“The shortest way to God is your other human being”
Pope John Paul II

“Peace is not the natural state, it must be established.”
Immanuel Kant

“Leaders will have to give clear and decisive leadership towards a world of tolerance and respect for difference, and an uncompromising commitment to peaceful solutions of conflicts and disputes”
Nelson Mandela

“There is nothing more important in life than giving. Tolerance is forged when people look beyond their own desires.”
Nelson Mandela

“Once one assumes an attitude of intolerance, there is no knowing where it will take one. Intolerance, someone has said, is violence to the intellect and hatred is violence to the heart.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Tolerance is the only thing that will enable persons belonging to different religions to live as good neighbors and friends. ”
 Mahatma Gandhi

“Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being”
Mahatma Gandhi

“The courage and morality of a society is always on trial, and in crisis it is tested to the limits”
 Liebe Geft
The director of the Museum of Tolerance

“Imagine all the people Living life in peace…You may say I’m a dreamer…But I’m not the only one…I hope someday you’ll join us….And the world will be as one”
John Lennon

“The only valid criterion for judging man’s merit, regardless of his faith, is his good actions”
Sheikh Zayed
The Founding Father of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Mutual tolerance is a necessity for all time and for all races.
Mahatma Gandhi

Tolerance is the only thing that will enable persons belonging to different religions to live as good neighbors and friends.
Mahatma Gandhi

It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others’ religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world’s religions is a sacred duty.
Mahatma Gandhi

Tolerance obviously does not disturb the distinction between right and wrong, or good and evil.
Mahatma Gandhi

The very first step in nonviolence is that we cultivate in our daily life, as between ourselves, truthfulness, humility, tolerance, loving kindness.
Mahatma Gandhi

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
Nelson Mandela

Fools multiply when wise men are silent.
Nelson Mandela

A winner is a dreamer who never gives up
Nelson Mandela

If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important – and you do that by being genuine and humble.
Nelson Mandela

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Nelson Mandelare it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it.
Mother Teresa

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
Mother Teresa

Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.
Mother Teresa

At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.
Mother Teresa

If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.
Mother Teresa

I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.
Mother Teresa

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.
Mother Teresa

If each of us would only sweep our own doorstep, the whole World would be clean.
Mother Teresa

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
Mother Teresa

I don’t do great things. I do small things with great love.
Mother Teresa

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
Mother Teresa

The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being.
Pope John Paul II

If you want peace, work for justice.
If you want justice, defend life.
If you want life, embrace truth.
Pope John Paul II

Do not forget that true love sets no conditions; it does not calculate or complain, but simply loves.
Pope John Paul II

Darkness can only be scattered by light, hatred can only be conquered by love.
Pope John Paul II

Forgiveness is above all a personal choice, a decision of the heart to go against the natural instinct to pay back evil with evil.
Pope John Paul II

Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.
Pope John Paul II

In times of insecurity, when people feel uncertain about their future, when anxieties and fears are promoted and exploited by political populists, old-fashioned nationalists or religious fundamentalists, the success of the UN and the international community lies in our common commitment to our common values.
António Guterres

We need a surge in diplomacy for peace. The international community spends much more time and resources managing crises than preventing them. But TV cameras are seldom there when a conflict is avoided, so it is difficult for governments and international organizations to make prevention a priority. I believe prevention must be not only a priority, but the priority of everything we do. That means we need a huge cultural change to affirm the centrality of prevention
António Guterres