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Diversity can refer to the fact of having a variety of views, traits, identities, cultures, races, colors, etc. represented, and it can also refer to the inclusion and valuing of that variety, especially related to social and cultural identities.

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We are of course a nation of differences. Those differences don’t make us weak. They’re the source of our strength.

— Jimmy Carter

The intermingling in the school of youth of different races, differing religions, and unlike customs creates for all a new and broader environment. Common subject matter accustoms all to a unity of outlook upon a broader horizon than is visible to the members of any group while it is isolated. The assimilative force of the American public school is eloquent testimony to the efficacy of the common and balanced appeal.

— John Dewey

Except in dealing with commonplaces and catch phrases one has to assimilate, imaginatively, something of another’s experience in order to tell him intelligently of one’s own experience.

— John Dewey, Democracy and Education

If we cannot now end 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.

— John F. Kennedy

It’s not easy being green.

— Kermit the Frog

Tolerance, inter-cultural dialogue and respect for diversity are more essential than ever in a world where peoples are becoming more and more closely interconnected.

— Kofi Annan

No person from Asia shows up in the U.S. and automatically feels linked to people from other Asian countries. What binds us together? American racism. Racism is about dehumanizing us, but racial identity isn’t bad. Racism strips me of my humanity, and racial identity hands it right back. Racial identity is beautiful. Racial identity is powerful. God made us different and lovely and through the ugliness of white supremacy, some of us have found belonging.

— Laura Mariko Cheifetz, Race Gives Me Poetry

We are one of many appearances of the thing called Life; we are not its perfect image, for it has no perfect image except Life, and life is multitudinous and emergent in the stream of time.

— Loren Eiseley, The Immense Journey

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

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

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

The phenomenon of play is local: that is, while the phenomenon of play is universal, the experience of play is intrinsically tied to location and culture.

— Mary Flanagan, Critical Play

The problem with melting pots is that the scum usually rises to the top while those on the bottom get burned.

— Miguel De La Torre

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

— Mohandas K. Gandhi

Civilization is the encouragement of differences.

— Mohandas K. Gandhi

Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks — we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.

— Parker J. Palmer

Community is that place where the person you least want to live with always lives. And when that person moves away, someone else arises to take his or her place.

— Parker J. Palmer

The civility we need will not come from watching our tongues. It will come from valuing our differences.

— Parker J. Palmer, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit

We find common bonds in the shared details of the human journey, not in the divergent conclusions we draw from those details.

— Parker J. Palmer

The “civil discourse” we need will not come from watching our tongues. It will come from valuing our differences and the creative possibilities inherent in them.

— Parker J. Palmer

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

To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

God enters by a private door into every individual.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

— Rene Dubos

The joy of life is variety; the tenderest love requires to be rekindled by intervals of absence.

— Samuel Johnson

Unfortunately, nature seems unaware of our intellectual need for convenience and unity, and very often takes delight in complication and diversity.

— Santiago Ramon y Cajal

The war we have to wage today has only one goal, and that is to make the world safe for diversity.

— U Thant

Traditions and dogmas rub one another down to a minimum in such centers of varied intercourse; where there are a thousand faiths we are apt to become sceptical of them all.

— Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy
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