Quotation by E.M. Forster

Tolerance is a very dull virtue. It is boring. Unlike love, it has always had a bad press. It is negative. It merely means putting up with people, being able to stand things.
E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879–1970), British novelist, essayist. Two Cheers for Democracy, "Tolerance," (1951).

The essay, written in 1941, looked ahead to the post-war world, and the necessity to accept former enemies. "I don't ... regard tolerance as a great eternally established divine principle ..." Forster wrote. "It is just a makeshift, suitable for an overcrowded and overheated planet.... It's dull. And yet it entails imagination."
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