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Differences challenge assumptions.

Anne Wilson Schaef


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


When you're finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth, all these 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?       -Frank Borman


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


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


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

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.        -Peter Gilman

There 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.       -Issac Asimov
Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity.       -Robert Alan
Diversity is not about how we differ.  Diversity is about embracing one another's uniqueness.       -Ola Joseph

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.        -Maya Angelou


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


There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.        -Michel de Montaigne


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 even 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.  I 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 that I have a unique contribution to make. As I learn to love myself, I am at peace--with myself and others. Living in peace, I am in harmony with God's beautiful world.
-unattributed (Daily Word)
As long as the differences and diversities of mankind exist, democracy must allow for compromise, for accommodation, and for the recognition of differences.       -Eugene McCarthy

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.      -Franklin Thomas


I feel my heart break to see a nation ripped apart by its own greatest strength--its diversity.        -Melissa Etheridge

People need to see that far from being an obstacle, the world's diversity of languages, religions, and traditions is a great treasure, affording us precious opportunities to recognize ourselves in others.       -Youssou N'Dour


Why 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 own sense of supreme loyalty in life, one's ideal of life.  Let each philosophy, each world-view bring forth its truth and beauty to a larger perspective, that people may grow in vision, stature and dedication.
-Algernon Black


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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.     -Felix Adler

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 love 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 allow for compromise, for accommodation, and for the recognition of differences.     -Eugene McCarthy
We 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.
Every 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 them to your concept of what they should be.     -Milton Erickson
I have a choice.  By taking the time to understand the carrot's true 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 summer sun, and if I feed it less manure and more wood ash since it's a root crop, 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 the basics 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 explore the 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
Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate.  We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.

Desmond Tutu

Instead of separation and division, all distinctions make for a rich diversity to be celebrated for the sake of unity that underlies them.  We are different so that we can know our need of one another.
Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim.  We attain unity only through variety.  Differences must be integrated, not annihilated, not absorbed.

Mary Parker Follett

What people mean by getting rid of conflict is getting rid of diversity, and it is of the utmost importance that these should not be considered the same.
The plague of humankind is the fear and rejection of diversity:  monotheism, monarchy, monogamy and, in our age, monomedicine.  The belief that there is only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate religious, political, 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
Some people do things completely differently from the way you would 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 which you would probably say in a different way, at a different time.  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.     -Iyanla Vanzant


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