Success Essay by Napoleon Hill: Tolerance


“When the dawn of intelligence shall have spread its wings over the eastern horizon of human progress, and Ignorance and Superstition shall have left their last footprints on the sands of time, it will be recorded in the last chapter of the book of man’s crimes that his most grievous sin was that of intolerance!

“The bitterest intolerance grows out of religious, racial and economic prejudices and  differences of opinion, as the result of early childhood training. How long, O God, Master of Human Destinies, until we poor mortals will understand the folly of trying to destroy one another, because we are of different religious beliefs, dogmas and creeds, racial tendencies and other superficial matters over which we do not agree?

Our allotted time on this earth is but a fleeting moment . Like a candle, we are lighted, shine for a moment and flicker out Why can we not live during this brief earthly visit, this short earthly sojourn, that when the Great Caravan called Death draws up and announces this visit completed,  we will be ready to fold our tents, and silently out into the great unknown without fear and trembling?

I am hoping that I will find no Jews or Gentiles, Catholics or Protestants, Germans or Englishmen, Frenchmen or Russians, Blacks or Whites, Reds or Yellows, when I shall have crossed the bar to the other side.

I am hoping I will find there only human Souls, Brothers and Sisters all, unmarked by race, creed or colour, for I shall want to be done with intolerance, so I rest in peace throughout eternity. “

Napoleon Hill (author of Think and Grow Rich)

Napoleon Hill Foundation

“There is neither Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Pedi. Afrikaner, “boer”, “rooinek”, Coloured or Indian, male or female. There is only a God-filled humanity.


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“There is neither east nor west, tribe nor ethnicity, male or female, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist. Christian nor Jew. There is only a God-filled humanity.”

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“Whilst we can (and should) celebrate our differences (unique), let not our varying beliefs divide us, but let the Spirit of our shared humanity be what defines and unites us all as common citizens of our planet.”


I hope, I pray that our leaders will find the courage, hope and inspiration to lay aside intolerance and prejudices, and cooperate in the interest of all  peoples to build a more united, better and prosperous world.


“Instead of the limits of borders (of countries and of our minds) let us and our leaders expand our sense of possibility… and together let’s look at building bridges to distant horizons, far and great. Lord, help us all lift our eyes a little higher.”


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Together, one mind, one heart, one life, one small step at a time, let’s link hands and march into a new tomorrow, a better and brighter future. TOGETHER we can do it”


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“In so doing we are choosing hope over fear, unity over division, a new vision for the world. And so it is the triumph of life over death, of love over hate, of light over darkness …”
TOGETHER, one mind, one heart, one soul, one small step at a time, we can make some difference towards a better world, a brighter tomorrow



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