Diversity and Dialogue Quotes

"We should all 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

"One thing is clear to me: We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves."
- Barbara Jordan

"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

"Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face."

- Carol Moseley-Braun, former United States Senator  

"Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another's uniqueness."
- Ola Joseph

"Give no decision till both sides thou'st heard."
- Phocylides

"Dialogue is the fundamental unfolding of a gift of oneself to another."
- Pope Benedict XVI

"To be religious today is to be interreligious in the sense that a positive relationship with believers of other faiths is a requirement of a world of religious pluralism. Believers of other religions ... have helped us to respect the plurality of religions as the human response to God's salvific work in peoples and cultures. Dialogue is a new way of being Church, for 'we are all pilgrims set out to find God in human hearts.'
- Society of Jesus, General Congregation 34

"From the days of Francis Xavier and Matteo Ricci to the time of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and the present, Jesuits have recognized the necessity of engaging cultures in their service of faith."
- Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.

"It's so clear that you have to cherish everyone. I think that's what I get from these older black women, that every soul is to be cherished, that every flower is to bloom."
- Alice Walker

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

"Non-cooperation is a measure of discipline and sacrifice, and it demands respect for the opposite views."
- Mahatma Gandhi

Now and then when I get an idea for a picture, I think, how ordinary. Why paint that old rock? Why not go for a walk instead? But then I realize that to someone else it may not seem so ordinary.
- Georgia O'Keefe

We don't accomplish anything in this world alone... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads form one to another that creates something.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now and not defer it.
- Stephen Grellet

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members, a heart of grace and a soul generated by love.
- Coretta Scott King

Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anybody else in the world.
- Elanor Roosevelt