John F. Kennedy Page

“Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.”

- John F. Kennedy

Source/Notes: Freedom of Communications: The joint appearances of Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon and other 1960 campaign presentations (1961 edition)
William Butler Yeats Page

“Once you attempt legislation upon religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution.”

- William Butler Yeats

Source/Notes: 11 June, 1925, Debate on Divorce Legislation. As quoted in: "W.B. Yeats Seanad Eireann Speeches 1922-28" by Michael Manning, p. 49
Emma Goldman Page

“I want freedom, the right to self expression, everybody's right to beautiful radiant things. Anarchism meant that to me, and I would live it in spite of the whole world —€“ prisons, persecution, everything. Yes, even in spite of the condemnation of my own comrades I would live my beautiful ideal.”

- Emma Goldman

Ayn Rand Page

“Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.”

- Ayn Rand

George Washington Page

“Happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.”

- George Washington

Source/Notes: Letter to Hebrew congregation of Newport, R.I., 17 August 1790


Paul Robeson Page

“And at home in the United States we found continued and increased persecution, first of leaders of the Communist Party, and then of all honest anti-fascists.”

- Paul Robeson

Bertrand Russell Page

“The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic, because in arithmetic there is knowledge, but in theology there is only opinion.”

- Bertrand Russell

Source/Notes: Unpopular Essays (1950), p. 136
Roger Williams (theologian) Page

“A Plea for Religious Liberty an excerpt from The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution, for Cause of Conscience”

- Roger Williams (theologian)

George Bernard Shaw Page

“When you prevent me from doing anything I want to do, that is persecution; but when I prevent you from doing anything you want to do, that is law, order and morals.”

- George Bernard Shaw

Paul Valery Page

“History is the most dangerous product which the chemistry of the mind has concocted. Its properties are well known. It produces dreams and drunkenness. It fills people with false memories, exaggerates their reactions, exacerbates old grievances, torments them in their repose, and encourages either a delirium of grandeur or a delusion of persecution. It makes whole nations bitter, arrogant, insufferable and vainglorious.”

- Paul Valery


Thomas B. Macaulay Page

“Persecution produced its natural effect on them. It found them a sect; it made them a faction.”

- Thomas B. Macaulay

Source/Notes: The Works of Lord Macaulay: History of England (1875 edition)
Thomas B. Macaulay Page

“To punish a man because we infer from the nature of some doctrine which he holds, or from the conduct of other persons who hold the same doctrines with him, that he will commit a crime, is persecution, and is, in every case, foolish and wicked.”

- Thomas B. Macaulay

Hosea Ballou Page

“Religion which requires persecution to sustain, it is of the devil's propagation.”

- Hosea Ballou

Arthur Bryant Page

“Even in November 1938, after five years of anti-Semitic legislation and persecution, they still owned, according to the Times correspondent in Berlin, something like a third of the real property in the Reich.”

- Arthur Bryant

Edmund Burke Page

“Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.”

- Edmund Burke

Source/Notes: 1788-02-15. - On the Impeachment of Warren Hastings (1788-1794)


Frank Moore Colby Page

“Persecution was at least a sign of personal interest. Tolerance is composed of nine parts of apathy to one of brotherly love.”

- Frank Moore Colby

Source/Notes: The Colby essays ... (1926 edition)
Edwin Louis Cole Page

“Knowledge of God's Word is a bulwark against deception, temptation, accusation, even persecution.”

- Edwin Louis Cole