20 Famous Quotes Which Praise Cultural Diversity

Mahnaz Afkhami - Iranian/American Human rights activist

Mahnaz Afkhami - Iranian/American Human rights activist

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".

 

Robert Alan -American writer, artist and social activist

Robert Alan -American writer, artist and social activist

“Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity.”

Kofi Annan - Ghanian Diplomat, 7th UN Secretary General, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Kofi Annan - Ghanian Diplomat, 7th UN Secretary General, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

“We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.”

Jackie Chan - Chinese Actor, Philanthropist, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Jackie Chan - Chinese Actor, Philanthropist, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

“We live now in a global village and we are in one single family. It’s our responsibility to bring friendship and love from all different places around the world and to live together in peace."

Mikhail Gorbachev - Russian Politician, Environmentalist, Social Activist, 1990 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Mikhail Gorbachev - Russian Politician, Environmentalist, Social Activist, 1990 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

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

Yo-Yo Ma - French-Born American Cellist, United Nations Messenger of Peace

Yo-Yo Ma - French-Born American Cellist, United Nations Messenger of Peace

“Our cultural strength has always been derived from our diversity of understanding and experience.”

John Hume - Irish Politician, 1998 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 1999 Defender of Democracy Award, 2001 Gandhi Peace Prize

John Hume - Irish Politician, 1998 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 1999 Defender of Democracy Award, 2001 Gandhi Peace Prize

“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.”

Pablo Casals - Spanish Cellist, Wrote music for UN Anthem for world peace, 1963 Presidential Medal of Freedom

Pablo Casals - Spanish Cellist, Wrote music for UN Anthem for world peace, 1963 Presidential Medal of Freedom

“The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?”

Rigoberta Menchú Tum - Guatemalan Indigenous Rights Activist, 1990 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Rigoberta Menchú Tum - Guatemalan Indigenous Rights Activist, 1990 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

"Peace cannot exist without justice, justice cannot exist without fairness, fairness cannot exist without development, development cannot exist without democracy, democracy cannot exist without respect for the identity and worth of cultures and peoples.”

Evo Morales - 1st Indigenous President of Bolivia

Evo Morales - 1st Indigenous President of Bolivia

“We are going forward with the idea of a multicultural, a multinational state, trying to live in unity, at the same time respecting our diversity...But we need to all come together so we can live united."

Maya Angelou - African - Amer ican Poet, Civil Rights Leader, National Women's Hall of Fame

Maya Angelou - African - Amer ican Poet, Civil Rights Leader, National Women's Hall of Fame

"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."

Octavio Paz - Mexican poet, writer and diplomat

Octavio Paz - Mexican poet, writer and diplomat

“What sets worlds in motion is the interplay of differences, their attractions and repulsions. Life is plurality, death is uniformity. By suppressing differences and peculiarities, by eliminating different civilizations and cultures, progress weakens life and favors death.”

Barbara Jordan - American Politician, National Women's Hall of Fame, 1989 Hubert Humphrey Civil Rights Award, 1992 National Freedom Award, 1994 Presidential Medal of Freedom

Barbara Jordan - American Politician, National Women's Hall of Fame, 1989 Hubert Humphrey Civil Rights Award, 1992 National Freedom Award, 1994 Presidential Medal of Freedom

"How do we create a harmonious society out of so many kinds of people? The key is tolerance; the one value that is indispensable in creating community."

Cesar Chavez - American Activist and Labor Organizer, Founder of the National Farm Workers' Association

Cesar Chavez - American Activist and Labor Organizer, Founder of the National Farm Workers' Association

“Preservation of one's own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.”

Russell Simmons - American Entrepreneur

Russell Simmons - American Entrepreneur

"...if we are open and we prepare for promoting dialogue and love, and a better understanding of each other, and tolerance and so forth, that's what the world will become, a more tolerant, loving place."

Mahatma Gandhi - Non-violent leader of Indian independence

Mahatma Gandhi - Non-violent leader of Indian independence

“No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt - 32nd President of the United States

Franklin D. Roosevelt - 32nd President of the United States

“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships -the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.”

Benito Juarez - Mexican past President and national hero

Benito Juarez - Mexican past President and national hero

“Respect for the rights of others means peace.”

René Dubos - French-born American Microbiologist, Environmentalist, Humanist

René Dubos - French-born American Microbiologist, Environmentalist, Humanist

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

Ulrich Beck - German Sociologist

Ulrich Beck - German Sociologist

“Accordingly, globalization is not only something that will concern and threaten us in the future, but something that is taking place in the present and to which we must first open our eyes.”