Intolerance is the absence of tolerance for difference of opinion or practice, especially in religious matters, denial of the right to differ, narrow-minded or bigoted opposition to dissent.Oxford English Dictionary

“Intolerance is a soul taint indicative of a closed mind.”—Edna Lister

To be intolerant of somebody or something is to be preemptively disapproving, unwilling to accept ideas or ways of behaving that are different from your own. Intolerance is spiritual repudiation externalized as opinion, and personalized as prejudice. Intolerance is a soul taint indicative of a closed mind.

Edna Lister on Intolerance

The Supreme Trinity is composed of Love, Wisdom and Selflessness. It is the opposite of the world trinity of hate, intolerance/ignorance and selfishness.—Edna Lister, Love, the Conqueror, April 12, 1934.

Tolerance can be your detriment and delusion. Anything you are conscious of being is your delusion.—Edna Lister, February 6, 1937.

Always strive to be more tolerant in your statements and thoughts, but never tolerate evil.—Edna Lister, August 25, 1938.

Seek ever a deeper understanding that wipes out all corrosive intolerance.—Edna Lister, January 22, 1942.

Intolerance is a hallmark of a frozen intellectuality.—Edna Lister, July 29, 1942.

Especially lift all who have blamed you as the cause of their grief, resentment, intolerance and criticism.—Edna Lister, June 30, 1944.

When the test comes, do not think of the size of the thing for which you are criticized, think of the indication of what is under the surface. When your conscious mind can so forget the test, temptation and trial and seize upon the fact of the indication, it is counted as self-pity, self-pride, resentment, rebellion, intolerance or grief.—Edna Lister, June 30, 1944.

You can’t fall into any grief, self-pity, intolerance or resentment, or just backward looking, without sending everyone you’ve ever contacted downward.—Edna Lister, December 4, 1944.

Always sacrifice your subtle intolerance.—Edna Lister, July 2, 1947.

Lift always the roots of intolerance. Go into the past each day for the day’s substance.—Edna Lister, July 2, 1947.

Get rid of pride, arrogance and intolerance.—Edna Lister, August 20, 1947.

To blame or criticize, to be prideful or intolerant is to give away soul substance.—Edna Lister, January 8, 1948.

Intolerance is showing when you say, "I do not like. …"—Edna Lister, January 1, 1949.

It is a tragedy when you become overly critical, intolerant of those who do not become law.—Edna Lister, February 26, 1949.

You can’t get into heaven dragging arrogance, pride or intolerance.—Edna Lister, October 5, 1950.

Be not intolerant; it separates. Bigotry, intolerance, etc., returns on the law of action and reaction. If you don’t like the reaction, change your action.—Edna Lister, Be-Attitudes, June 19, 1951.

One who has become the law of tolerance comprehends the love of God and has no idea of such a thing as intolerance.—Edna Lister, December 16, 1954.

Pride, resentment and intolerance cause deathly travail.—Edna Lister, December 20, 1956.

If you talk about being tolerant, it’s a sure sign that you have buried intolerance in your subconscious mind. You do not boast about being tolerant. Boasting includes a claim on a virtue and means one is chuck full of opinions and prejudices.—Edna Lister, August 11, 1955.

When you allow doubts and fears, opinions, prejudices, pride and arrogance, resentment and intolerance to possess you, even in a very small way, you are bound to be unhappy.—Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1956.

Any habit finally creates an intolerance for anything except itself.—Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1956.

A "perfectionist" carries intolerance into the present life, along with a subconscious desire to cover the trait up from soul.—Edna Lister, December 15, 1958.

If you live up to your vision, Power uses you and Light melts and dissolves all intolerance in the other fellow’s heart.—Edna Lister, I AM the Way, October 4, 1959.

Love is incapable of intolerance.—Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, November 3, 1959.

Avoid getting bogged down in the swamp of despair created by others’ intolerance and criticism.—Edna Lister, Know That God Takes Charge, June 11, 1961.

You couldn’t touch the Path of Ascension with a pin point’s worth of intolerance or blame.—Edna Lister, January 4, 1962.

The prayers of earth are heard from the lowest to the highest, and the highest prayers prevail, absorbing even the bigotry of prayers intolerant and the prayers of self, declaring all prayers are good, from lesser to greater.—Edna Lister, June 17, 1962.

Watch for self-righteousness and intolerance. Look for intolerance of evil and obsession with the idea of having personally to destroy it, all under the guise of righteousness.—Edna Lister, June 7, 1963.

If you wiped out repudiation, all intolerance and outer negativity would disappear.—Edna Lister, Prediction and Prophecy, December 10, 1963.

We need tolerance. Intolerance closes off the Power for sublimation and the body sinks, for it cannot do without the rarified substance from above.—Edna Lister, March 18, 1965.

Detriments, opinions about, prejudices against, and blame for are the breeding ground for intolerance, pride, and arrogance. Every prejudice and rejection is born of intolerance.—Edna Lister, Truth as Practical Common Sense, November 28, 1965.

If you can talk about it, you have not yet become the law of tolerance. When you are it, you never use the word.—Edna Lister, Faculties: Unfolding Full Seership and Prophecy, December 14, 1965.

Intolerance, being evil, only brings more power to evil.—Edna Lister, The Holy Ghost on this Day of Pentecost, June 2, 1968.

The "good" people can keep the world evil through their intolerance.—Edna Lister, To Know, To Be, To Do, June 16, 1968.

Intolerance, impatience and idle words could melt and dissolve all the work you’ve done and you’d have to redo it! Edna Lister, April 15, 1971.

Your intolerance trips others and makes you responsible for lifting them.—Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

The subconscious mind does not want to practice tolerance.—Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

Intolerance locks heaven’s doors.—Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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Etymology of intolerance : Latin in- "not" + tolerans, present participle of tolerare, "to bear."

Intolerance is a soul taint.


Lastly, those are not at all to be tolerated who deny the being of a God. Promises, covenants, and oaths, which are the bonds of human society, can have no hold upon an atheist. The taking away of God, though but even in thought, dissolves all; besides also, those that by their atheism undermine and destroy all religion, can have no pretence of religion whereupon to challenge the privilege of a toleration. As for other practical opinions, though not absolutely free from all error, if they do not tend to establish domination over others, or civil impunity to the Church in which they are taught, there can be no reason why they should not be tolerated.—John Locke

America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance—it is not. It is suffering from tolerance. Tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded.—Bishop Fulton J. Sheen


Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

Locke, John. A Letter Concerning Toleration. London: A. Millar, 1765, 60.

The Oxford English Dictionary: Compact Ed., 2 vols. E.S.C. Weiner, ed. Oxford University Press, 1971.

Sheen, Fulton J. "A Plea For Intolerance," Old Errors and New Labels. New York: The Century Co., 1931, 95.

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