Sample Quotes

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity.”

— Robert Kennedy


“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

— Maya Angelou


“We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community - and this nation.”

— Cesar Chavez


“We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring.”

— Catherine Pulsifer


 “We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”

— Max de Pree


“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.”

— Malcolm Forbes


“Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today.”

— Jintao Hu


“A lot of different flowers make a bouquet.”

— Unknown


“Isn't it amazing that we are all made in God's image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?”

— Desmond Tutu


“I can see myself in all things and all people around me.”

— Sanskrit Phrase


“Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.”

Author Unknown


We all live with the objective of being happy;

our lives are all different and yet the same.

-Anne Frank 


Differences challenge assumptions.

-Anne Wilson Schaef 

The real death of America will come when everyone is alike.

-James T. Ellison 

For those who have seen the Earth from space,

and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will,

the experience most certainly changes your perspective.

The things that we share in our world

are far more valuable than those which divide us.

-Donald Williams 

Infinite diversity in infinite combinations...

symbolizing the elements that create truth and beauty.

-Commander Spock, Star Trek 

The wave of the future is not the conquest

of the world by a single dogmatic creed

but the liberation of the diverse energies

of free nations and free men.

-John F. Kennedy 

One man's religion is another man's belly laugh.

-Robert A. Heinlein 

Ecidujrep is prejudice spelled backwards?

Either way, it makes no sense.?


Religions are many and diverse,

but reason and goodness are one.

-Elbert Hubbard 

People may be said to resemble

not the bricks of which a house is built,

but the pieces of a picture puzzle,

each differing in shape, but matching the rest,

and thus bringing out the picture.

-Felix Adler 

One day our descendants will think

it incredible that we paid so much attention to things

like the amount of melanin in our skin

or the shape of our eyes or our gender

instead of the unique identities of each of us

as complex human beings.

-Franklin Thomas 

The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide

is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought,

religion not least of all.

No existent theology can be a final formulation of spiritual truth.

-Harry Emerson Fosdick 

The price of the democratic way of life

is a growing appreciation of people's differences,

not merely as tolerable,

but as the essence of a rich and rewarding human experience.

-Jerome Nathanson 

We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.

Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings,

different hopes, different dreams.

-Jimmy Carter 

The wave of the future

is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed

but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men.

-John F. Kennedy 

Since when do you have to agree with people

to defend them from injustice?

-Lillian Hellman 

Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ

and the difference between things which are alike.

-Madame de Stael 

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values,

we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities,

and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric,

one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.

-Margaret Mead

Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.

-Malcolm Stevenson Forbes 

It is difference of opinion that makes horse races.

-Mark Twain 


Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

Insight, I believe,

refers to the depth of understanding that comes by setting experiences,

yours and mine, familiar and exotic, new and old,

side by side, learning by letting them speak to one another.

-Mary Catherine Bateson


I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides

and my windows to be stifled.

I want all the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house

as freely as possible.

But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.

-Mohandas K. Gandhi 

We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven,

but we won't let them into our country.

-Pearl S. Buck 


In the matter of religion,

people eagerly fasten their eyes

on the difference between their own creed and yours;

whilst the charm of the study is in finding the agreements

and identities in all the religions of humanity.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we cannot end now our differences,

at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

-John F. Kennedy 


Why not let people differ about their answers

to the great mysteries of the Universe?

Let each seek one's own way to the highest,

to one's own sense of supreme loyalty in life,

one's ideal of life.

Let each philosophy, each world-view

bring forth its truth and beauty to a larger perspective,

that people may grow in vision, stature and dedication.

-Algernon Black 


We do not grow absolutely, chronologically.

We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly.

We grow partially. We are relative.

We are mature in one realm, childish in another.

The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward,

forward, or fix us in the present.

We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.

-Anais Nin 


Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity,

the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.

-Robert F. Kennedy 


Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.

-Thomas Jefferson

Variety is the spice of life.



It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically

the scriptures of the world.

If we are to respect others' religions

as we would have them respect our own,

a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty.

-Mohandas K. Gandhi 


Life lies in diversity, not in monotony.

-M.K. Soni 


If we cannot end now our differences,

at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

-John F. Kennedy 


Diversity is not about how we differ.

Diversity is about embracing one another's uniqueness.

-Ola Joseph 

At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being,

only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance

will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is,

ever be put together a second time.

-Friedrich Nietzsche 

America is not like a blanket- one piece of unbroken cloth.

America is more like a quilt-

many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes,

all woven together by a common thread.

-Rev. Jesse Jackson 

There never were in the world two opinions alike,

no more than two hairs or two grains;

the most universal quality is diversity.

-Michel de Montaigne 

Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity.

They are the vital process of policy among free men.

-Herbert Hoover 

Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common.

Celebrate it every day.


We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry,

and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry

are equal in value no matter what their color.

-Maya Angelou 

A society that does not recognize

that each individual has values of his own

which he is entitled to follow

can have no respect for the dignity of the individual

and cannot really know freedom.

-Fredrich August von Hayek 


As long as the differences and diversities of mankind exist,

democracy must allow for compromise, for accommodation, and for the recognition of differences.

-Eugene McCarthy 


We may have different religions, different languages,

different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.

-Kofi Annan 


Civilizations should be measured by 

"the degree of diversity attained and the degree of unity retained.

-W.H. Auden 


We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us

and make us think we can survive alone,

alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races,

even alone in genders.

-Maya Angelou 


You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer.

You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.

You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

You cannot establish security on borrowed money.

You cannot build character and courage

by taking away men's initiative and independence.

You cannot help men permanently

by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

-William Boetcker


We have the ability to achieve,

if we master the necessary goodwill,

a common global society

blessed with a shared culture of peace

that is nourished by the ethnic,

national and local diversities that enrich our lives.

-Mahnaz Afkhami 



A human being is a part of the whole that we call the universe,

a part limited in time and space.

He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings,

as something separated from the rest-

a kind of optical illusion of his consciousness.

This illusion is a prison for us,

restricting us to our personal desires 

and to affection for only the few people nearest us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison

by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living beings

and all of nature.

-Albert Einstein


I feel my heart break to see a nation ripped apart

by its own greatest strength- its diversity.

-Melissa Etheridge 


Diversity is not about how we differ.

Diversity is about embracing one another's uniqueness.

share this Diversity saying -Ola Joseph 


No single tradition monopolizes the truth.

We must glean the best values of all traditions

and work together to remove the tensions between traditions

in order to give peace a chance.

-Thich Nhat Hanh 

Men hate each other because they fear each other,

and they fear each other because they don't know each other,

and they don't know each other

because they are often separated from each other.

-Martin Luther King, Jr. 


Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.

-Mark Twain 


For everything there is a season,

And a time for every matter under heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;

A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;

A time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

A time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to seek, and a time to lose;

A time to keep, and a time to throw away;

A time to tear, and a time to sew;

A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate,

A time for war, and a time for peace.

-Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Deep inside us we're not that different at all.

-Phil Collins

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