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Definitions on Diversity


Most definitions and quotations taken from:

Anais Nin:
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.

Anne Frank:
We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.

Anne Wilson Schaef:
Differences challenge assumptions.

Bernice Johnson Reagon:
There is nowhere you can go and only be with people who are like you. Give it up.

David Ferenc:
We need not think alike to love alike.

Donald Williams:
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.

Eugene McCarthy:
As long as the differences and diversities of mankind exist, democracy must allow for compromise, for accommodation, and for the recognition of differences.

Felix Adler:
[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.

Franklin Thomas:
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.

James Baldwin:
It is a great shock at the age of five or six to find that in a world of Gary Coopers you are the Indian.

Jerome Nathanson:
We believe that an ethical faith need not, and indeed cannot, be grounded in any one way. It is not that we are indifferent to questions about the ultimate nature and meaning of things. Far from it. It is that we believe the universe far too vast to be comprehended in its inner-most core or in its totality by any one person or by all people together. It is that we believe there is room for a great many differing interpretations of everything that is, and still may be. It is that we believe the justification of any religious faith, including an ethical faith, is not to be found in its grounding (important as this is for each of us individually), but in its consequences.

Jerome Nathanson:
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.

Jimmy Carter:
We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.

John F. Kennedy:
If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

John F. Kennedy:
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.

Madame de Stael:
Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.

Malcolm Stevenson Forbes:
Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.

Margaret Mead:
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.

Martin Luther King, Jr.:
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

Maya Angelou:
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.

Mohandas K. Gandhi:
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:
Non-cooperation is a measure of discipline and sacrifice, and it demands respect for the opposite views.

Mohandas K. Gandhi:
I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stiffled. 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.

Ola Joseph:
Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another's uniqueness.

Pearl S. Buck:
We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we won't let them into our country.

Ralph Waldo Emerson:
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.

Rene Dubos:
Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.

Robert F. Kennedy:
Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.

Robert Heinlein:
One man's religion is another man's belly laugh.

Thomas Jefferson:
Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.

Tony Robbins:
To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.

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

W.H. Auden:
Civilizations should be measured by the degree of diversity attained and the degree of unity retained.

Walt Whitman:
I am large. I contain multitudes.


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