A Quote by Terry Goodkind on friendship and diversity

Being a friend is to like a person for who they are, even the parts you don't understand.  The reasons you like them makes the things you don't understand unimportant.  You don't have to understand, or do the same, or live their lives for them.  If you truly care for them, then you want them to be who they are; that was why you liked them in the first place.

Terry Goodkind

Source: Blood of the Fold (Sword of Truth, Book 3)

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A Quote by Sue Monk Kidd on prejudice and diversity

"Why is it sports is the only thing white people see us being successful at? I don't want to play football," he said. "I wanna be a lawyer."
"That's fine with me," I said, a little annoyed. "I've just never heard of a Negro lawyer, that's all. You've got to hear of these things before you can imagine them."
"Bullshit. You gotta imagine what's never been."

Sue Monk Kidd

Source: The Secret Life of Bees

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A Quote by Sue Monk Kidd on diversity

"I wish you could've seen the Daughters of Mary the first time they laid eyes on this label. You know why? Because when they looked at her, it occurred to them for the first time in their lives that what's divine can come in dark skin. You see, everybody needs a God who looks like them, Lily."

Sue Monk Kidd

Source: The Secret Life of Bees

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A Quote by Sue Monk Kidd on prejudice and diversity

I said, "If I was a Negro girl—"
He placed his fingers across my lips so I tasted his saltiness. "We can't think of changing our skin," he said. "Change the world—that's how we gotta think."

Sue Monk Kidd

Source: The Secret Life of Bees

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A Quote by Bernie on business and diversity

I honor businesses for what they do, I honor nonprofits for what they do, I honor government for what it does, and then I invite everyone to the table so that together we can come up with innovative and broad-based solutions that can serve as many people as possible. The fewer or less diverse voices you invite to the table, the smaller and narrower your solution will be and the fewer people it will serve.

Bernie Glassman

Source: Social Venture Network: Spirit in Business

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, human nature, education, teaching, diversity, individualism, self-mastery, and self-criticism

What we actually learn from trying to carry out the program of philosophical education or teaching in the humanities or liberal arts (no matter how it may be done or via what materials), is demonstrably a lesson in diversification:  if there is anything "universalist" or "uniformitarian" about human nature, it defies being evidenced.  Students as individuals and as groups are very differentially susceptible to learning the arts of self-mastery and self-criticism:  if every human being were equitably competent to penetrate and discompose his own illusions and delusions, not just philosophy classes but education at large would be mostly superfluous.  People in general could just sit and think for themselves. 

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Zoomair on practice, difference, and diversity

The coffee mixes with the cream only if you STIR it up!


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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on diversity

What Diversity "Problem"?

"Dealing with Diversity Problem." "Clearing the Diversity Hurdle." Assimilating the Rainbow within the Workplace."

You've read dozens of business-journal headlines like that, right? And do you agree with me that they're silly?

Diversity problem? Hurdle?

Diversity creates one and only one thing: opportunity.

Business, in the mad global marketplace, needs a rush of serious creativity. Creativity is invariably, a byproduct of sparks, new views, juxtaposed interests, etc. How does a company acquire those assents? Diversity!

All other things being equal, which company (car maker, textile producer, bank) is going to create the more interesting product or services?

This one?

The 17 members of the executive group of Company A file in the boardroom. All U.S. born (whoops, sorry, one Canadian). Fifteen are white males, best guess at average age: 47. One female: One Japanese-American. Dress: suites, suites, suites as far as the eye can see.

Or this one?

Company B's 16-person top team noisily straggles into the boardroom attired in everything from Brooks Brothers to Calvin Klein to Banana Republic to Venice Beach leftovers. Six of the 16 are white males, four are women (two white, one African-American, one Hispanic), plus two Indian-born males, two British-born male. Average age: about 42, with two or three who are clearly on the low side of 32.

It's a no-brainer: Company B by 20 furlongs.

Sure, I'm oversimplifying. Or am I? It seems obvious to me that Cacophony, Inc, a wild mixture of colors, sexes, styles, and ages will almost automatically generate and pursue more interesting ideas than Homogeneity, Inc. My argument is a simple statistical one: The variety of experiences, from birth onward captured in a Company B executive meeting is immensely greater than in a similar meeting at Company A. An unusually high level of curiosity among Company A's OWMs (old white males) makes virtually no difference; Company B's folks bring hundreds of years of um, diverse perspectives to bear on everything from soup to software.

Is Company B a sea of tranquility? Of course not. Diversity implies clashed, subtle and overt. People (men and women, London born and L.A. born, 20-somethings and 50-somethings) will bridle at what they feel are bizarre -- and dumb -- views held by others from time to time. The Company B top team (and the rest of the company, too, assuming its makeup mimics the top) could probably benefit from a hefty does of sensitivity training. But the point of such training is not to "clear a hurdle" or "solve a problem." On the contrary, it's to help the company reap maximum possible strategic leverage from its diversity advantage.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: The Pursuit of Wow!, Pages: 19-21

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Daisaku Ikeda on culture, humanity, and diversity

People can only live fully by helping others to live. Cultures can only realize their further richness by honoring other traditions. And only by respecting natural life can humanity continue to exist.

Daisaku Ikeda

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on humanity, diversity, compassion, and culture

Compassion can be put into practice if one recognizes the fact that every human being is a member of humanity and the human family regardless of differences in religion, culture, color and creed.Deep down there is no difference.

Dalai Lama

Contributed by: Angelina

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