No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive.
—Mohandas K. Gandhi
Ultimately, America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity.
I want to appreciate you without judging. Join you without invading. Invite you without demanding. Leave you without guilt.
It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and strength.
We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community—and this nation.
We have learned to say that the good must be extended to all of society before it can be held secure by any one person or any one class. But we have not yet learned to add to that statement, that unless all [people] and all classes contribute to a good, we cannot even be sure that it is worth having.
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
Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.
—Pearl S. Buck
Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.
Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
A lot of different flowers make a bouquet.
Isn’t it amazing that we are all made in God’s image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?
He drew a circle that shut me out—heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win: we drew a circle that took him in.
I can see myself in all things and all people around me.
Diversity is like being invited to sit at a table that’s already set; inclusion is being asked to partner with the host and help set up the table.
Civilization is the process in which one gradually increases the number of people included in the term “we” or “us” and at the same time decreases those labeled “you” or “them” until that category has no one left in it.
Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.