may be said to resemble not the bricks of which a house is
but the pieces of a picture puzzle, each differing in shape,
the rest, and thus bringing out the picture.
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
The diversity of the family should be a cause of
and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes
blend together in the making of a perfect chord.
from the Baha'i Scriptures
As long as the differences and diversities
of humankind exist, democracy must
compromise, for accommodation, and for the recognition of
is not about how we differ.
Diversity is about embracing one another's uniqueness.
is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity,
in the comparison and conciliation of differences.
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we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting
recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities,
weave a less
arbitrary social fabric, one in which each
gift will find a fitting place.
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
of supreme loyalty in life, one's ideal of life. Let each
philosophy, each world-view
bring forth its truth and beauty to a
perspective, that people may
grow in vision, stature and dedication.
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.
feel my heart break to see a nation ripped apart by
its own greatest strength--its diversity.
never were in the world two opinions alike,
no more than two hairs or two grains; the most
universal quality is diversity.
have become not a melting pot but a
beautiful mosaic. Different people, different
beliefs, different yearnings,
different hopes, different dreams.
differences should not separate us from each other, but
cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can
benefit all of humanity.
The splendor of the
rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob
the little violet of its simple charm. If every tiny
to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.
Therese of Lisieux
Diversity is the
mother of balance. . . . The diversity in our lives and around
us offers us many of our best options for balancing and rebalancing.
beings, we push and push and push for sameness, not really seeing that
contributes to our feelings of imbalance. We want to be around
people who are
similar to us. We want our culture to cover the globe. When we
travel, we want
to stay in accommodations that are "familiar" to us. We
want our children to
marry someone like us. We may like the idea of diversity,
yet we want the practicality of sameness!
Anne Wilson Schaef
Meditations for Living in Balance
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are no nations! There is only humanity. And if
we don't come to
understand that right soon, there will be no nations,
because there will be no humanity.
you're finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth,
differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going
to blend and you're
going to get a concept that maybe this is really one world
and why the
hell can't we learn to live together like decent people?
Human diversity makes tolerance more than
it makes it a requirement for survival.
|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 people.
John F. Kennedy
I am in harmony with God's beautiful world.
A summer bouquet may include an
assortment of flowers in a
rainbow of colors. The variety makes the whole bouquet
more beautiful. I realize I am one flower in the
wondrous bouquet of humanity.
Without judging or comparing
myself to others, I enjoy the unique beauty in all of us.
am a divine expression of God and so is everyone else. As I
value our commonalities
and our differences, I experience
harmony. I relax into knowing that I am loved and
I have a unique contribution to make. As I learn to love
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with myself and others. Living in
peace, I am in harmony with God's beautiful world.
unattributed (Daily Word)
is the most basic principle of creation.
No two snowflakes, blades of grass, or people are alike.
Lynn Maria Laitala
people do things completely differently from the way you
do them. It does not mean that they are right
or that you are wrong.
It means that people are
different. There are things that people say
you would probably say in a different way, at a different
It does not mean that people are wrong to
speak up, to speak out, or
to speak their minds. Nor
does it mean that you are wrong for choosing
not to do
so. It means that people are different. Different
is not right
or wrong. It is a reality.
Differences become problems only when we
choose to measure
ourselves by our difference in an effort
to determine who
is right and who is wrong.
need to see that far from being an obstacle, the world's
languages, religions, and traditions is a great treasure,
affording us precious
opportunities to recognize ourselves in others.
plague of humankind is the fear and rejection of
monarchy, monogamy and, in our age, monomedicine. The
belief that there is
only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate
sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the greatest
threat to people: members
of our own species, bent on ensuring our salvation,
security, and sanity.
Thomas Stephen Szasz
not uniformity, must be our aim. We attain unity only
variety. Differences must be integrated, not
annihilated, not absorbed.
Mary Parker Follett
What people mean by getting rid of conflict is getting rid
and it is of the utmost importance that these
should not be considered the same.
are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are
different precisely in order to realize our need of one
Instead of separation and division, all distinctions
make for a rich
diversity to be celebrated for the sake of unity that
We are different so that we can know our need of one
day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so
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
of us as complex human beings.
When a nation encourages the individual
pursuit of happiness, there is
no guarantee that everyone is going to like what everyone
else is doing.
That is part of freedom—tolerance of diversity.
have a choice. By taking the time to understand the
nature, I can assist it in becoming the best carrot its
little DNA will
allow it to be. If I plant it well before the last
frost, in a partially
shaded area so that it is protected from the heat of the
and if I feed it less manure and more wood ash since it's a
chances are that I am making a major contribution to helping
that carrot realize its full potential.
I think people are very much like plants in
this way. Just as plants
need the basics of soil, water, and sun to survive, we need
of food, shelter, and love to even make a go of it.
But once these
needs are dealt with, I think we owe it to ourselves to
diversity within us. What special nutrient and care do
we need to grow
into what we are destined to become? And, moreover,
how can we
nurture our relationships in such a way that we allow those
close to us to mature into their highest forms?
Vivian Elisabeth Glyck
12 Lessons on Life I Learned from My Garden
person's map of the world is as unique as their
thumbprint. There are
no two people alike. No two people who understand the
same sentence the
same way. So in dealing with people you try not to fit
to your concept of what they should be.
lie if we say we do not see color and culture and
difference. We fool
ourselves and cheat ourselves when we say that all of us are
the same. We
should not want to be the same as others and we should not
want others to
be the same as us. Rather, we ought to glory and shine
in all of our differences,
flaunting them fabulously for all to see! It is never
a conformity that we need!
We need not to conform! What we need is to burst out
into all these beautiful colors!
C. JoyBell C.