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Samuel Taylor Coleridge: “Tolerance is a species of pretentiousness”

1 August 2012

 

“Tolerance [is] a species of pretentiousness …. [A]s far as opinions, and not motives; principals and not men, are concerned; I am neither tolerant nor wish to be regarded as such. According to my judgment, it is a mere ostentation, or a poor trick that hypocrisy plays with the cards of nonsense, when a man makes protestation of being perfectly tolerant in respect of all principals, opinions and persuasions, those alone excepted which render the holders intolerant.”

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

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