List Of Diversity Quotes For A Stronger Company Culture

By Sean Stevenson – Latest Revision January 3rd, 2021

Diversity is integral for effective business.  A diversity quote from inspired leadership can develop a lifetime of better understanding.  Not just in terms of business, but for humanity as well.

At no point in history has our workforce been so diverse.  We come from all walks of life, from all creeds and ethnicities, to work together.

Establishing positive attitudes towards diversity is a challenge that continues even today.  Our society, our businesses, are all working towards effectively managing individuals who differ greatly in background and opinion. 

Ensuring equality is about making sure that everyone is given equal opportunity, equal pay, and equal respect.  Everyone has the right to be accepted for their differences in a secure and inclusive workplace.

There are many benefits to many different backgrounds working in tandem towards a common goal:

Diversity Quotes

Below is a list of diversity quotes to inspire you on your path to promoting a powerful company culture within your organization:

1.

“When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become a wiser, more inclusive, and better organization.” -Pat Wadors

2.

“Inclusivity means not ‘just we’re allowed to be there,’ but we are valued.  I’ve always said: smart teams will do amazing things, but truly diverse teams will do impossible things.” -Claudia Brind-Woody

3.

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

4.

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou

5.

“Inclusion and fairness in the workplace is not simply the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do.” -Alexis Herman

6.

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

7.

“When everyone is included, everyone wins.” -Jesse Jackson

8.

“Diversity and inclusion, which are the real grounds for creativity, must remain at the center of what we do.” -Marco Bizzarri

9.

“Diversity is not how we differ.  Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.” -Ola Joseph

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Diversity Quotes (10.) : “It is never too late to give up your prejudices.”

-Henry David Thoreau

11.

“Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim.  We attain unity only through variety.  Differences must be integrated, not annihilated, not absorbed.” -Mary Parker Follett

12.

“Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without.” -William Sloane Coffin Jr.

13.

“How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” –Charles de Gaulle

14.

“A lot of different flowers make a bouquet.” -Islamic Proverb

15.

“All the diversity, all the charm, and all the beauty of life are made up of light and shade.” -Leo Tolstoy

16.

“Diversity is the mix.  Inclusion is making the mix work.” -Andres Tapia

17.

“Oh god, the terrible tyranny of the majority.  We all have our harps to play.  And it’s up to you to know with which ear you’ll listen.”  -Ray Bradbury

18.

“Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times since he never gets to see or hear anything else.”  -Albert Einstein

19.

“If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don’t particularly like.” -Soichiro Honda

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Diversity Quotes (20.) : “We have a very diverse environment and a very inclusive culture, and those characteristics got us through tough times.  Diversity generated a better strategy, better risk management, better debates, and better outcomes.”

-Alan Joyce

21.

“Let’s stop believing that our differences make us superior or inferior to one another.” –Con Miguel Ruiz

22.

“At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

23.

“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”  Stephen R. Covey

24.

Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” -Malcolm Forbes

25.

What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us.” -Edward Kennedy

26.

“Diversity, or the state of being different, isn’t the same as inclusion. One is a description of what is, while the other describes a style of interaction essential to effective teams and organizations.” -Bill Crawford

27.

“I can imagine nothing more terrifying than an Eternity filled with men who were all the same. The only thing which has made life bearable…has been the diversity of creatures on the surface of the globe.” T.H. White

28.

“A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.” -Sundar Pichai

29.

“The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection.”  -Thomas Berry

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Diversity Quotes (30.) : “He who is different from me does not impoverish me - he enriches me. Our unity is constituted in something higher than ourselves - in Man... For no man seeks to hear his own echo, or to find his reflection in the glass.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

31.

“Many conversations about diversity and inclusion do not happen in the boardroom because people are embarrassed at using unfamiliar words or afraid of saying the wrong thing — yet this is the very place we need to be talking about it. The business case speaks for itself — diverse teams are more innovative and successful in going after new markets.” -Inga Beale

32.

“Companies that embrace diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their business statistically outperform their peers.” -Josh Bersin

33.

“Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war. And until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the colour of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained… now everywhere is war.” Haile Selassie I

34.

“What’s often ignored is that diversity is not only a pipeline or recruiting issue. It’s an issue of making the people who do make it through the pipeline want to stay at your company.” -Andrea Barrica

35.

“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.” Mahatma Gandhi

36.

“If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.” Gene Roddenberry

37.

“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” John F. Kennedy

38.

“The plague of mankind 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 man: members of his own species, bent on ensuring his salvation, security, and sanity.”  Thomas Szasz

39.

“Controversial’ as we all know, is often a euphemism for ‘interesting and intelligent.” Kevin Smith

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Diversity Quotes (40.) : “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.”

-Verna Myers

41.

“There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.
There are not more than five primary colors, yet in combination
they produce more hues than can ever been seen.
There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of
them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted.”  Sun Tzu

42.

“Diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice we make everyday. As leaders, we have to put out the message that we embrace, and not just tolerate, diversity.” -Nellie Borrero

43.

“If you haven’t hired a team of people who are of color, female, and/or LGBT to actively turn over every stone, to scope out every nook and cranny, to pop out of every bush, to find every qualified underrepresented founder in this country, you’re going to miss out on a lot of money when the rest of the investment world gets it.” -Arlan Hamilton

44.

“Never judge someone
By the way he looks
Or a book by the way it’s covered;
For inside those tattered pages,
There’s a lot to be discovered.”  Stephen Cosgrove

45.

“It contributes greatly towards a man’s moral and intellectual health, to be brought into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate.” Nathaniel Hawthorne

46.

“Teach her about difference. Make difference ordinary. Make difference normal. Teach her not to attach value to difference. And the reason for this is not to be fair or to be nice but merely to be human and practical. Because difference is the reality of our world. And by teaching her about difference, you are equipping her to survive in a diverse world.
She must know and understand that people walk different paths in the world and that as long as those paths do no harm to others, they are valid paths that she must respect. Teach her that we do not know – we cannot know – everything about life. Both religion and science have spaces for the things we do not know, and it is enough to make peace with that.
Teach her never to universalise her own standards or experiences. Teach her that her standards are for her alone, and not for other people.
This is the only necessary form of humility: the realisation that difference is normal.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

47.

“Gender and racially diverse teams perform better, innovate more, and improve economic quality.” -Stephanie Lampkin

48.

“Good morning, Eeyore,” said Pooh.
“Good morning, Pooh Bear,” said Eeyore gloomily. “If it is a good morning, which I doubt,” said he.
“Why, what’s the matter?”
“Nothing, Pooh Bear, nothing. We can’t all, and some of us don’t. That’s all there is to it.”
“Can’t all what?” said Pooh, rubbing his nose.
“Gaiety. Song-and-dance. Here we go round the mulberry bush.”  A. A. Milne

49.

“Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

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Diversity Quotes (50.) : “In this country we have no place for hyphenated Americans.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

51.

“I never knew anybody . . . who found life simple. I think a life or a time looks simple when you leave out the details.”  Ursula K. Le Guin

52.

“Gender and racially diverse teams perform better, innovate more, and improve economic quality.” -Stephanie Lampkin

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