Diversity Quotes

Wise sayings on the importance of diversity in country, business and education

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When the news reports cover ethnic wars and cultural domination on a regular basis, it is easy to miss out on one important lesson: diversity is a positive thing—in the world, in business, and in education. In the U.S., diverse cultures will soon be in the majority. Public conversations on the challenges of a diverse nation make the nation stronger.

In business, diversity in an organization increases its responsiveness to its diverse clients and customers. As businesses become ever more globalized, diversity becomes more important. In education, diversity provides a range of experiences in a class that would otherwise not exist and prepares students for life in a diverse world. Read what leaders, activists, and writers have said about the importance of diversity.

Maya Angelou

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

Cesar Chavez

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

James T. Ellison

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

Catherine Pulsifer

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

Mikhail Gorbachev

"Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences."

Mahatma Gandhi

"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."

Hillary Clinton

"What we have to do... is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities."

Anne Frank

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

John F. Kennedy

"If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity."

Mark Twain

"It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races."

William Sloane Coffin Jr.

"Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without."

John Hume

"Difference is of the essence of humanity. Difference is an accident of birth, and it should therefore never be the source of hatred or conflict. The answer to difference is to respect it. Therein lies a most fundamental principle of peace: respect for diversity."

Rene Dubos

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

Jimmy Carter

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

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."