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“There is a deep need to educate Americans on the importance of understanding other cultures and of the important role culture plays on the national agenda. To ensure their potential for success, we must prepare all people to live and work harmoniously and productively alongside others who represent many racial and cultural groups, backgrounds and abilities in our society.”

– White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy, 2000

“We must embrace our differences, even celebrate our diversity. We must glory in the fact that God created each of us as unique human beings. God created us different, but God did not create us for separation. God created us different that we might recognize our need for one another. We must reverence our uniqueness, reverence everything that makes us what we are: our language, our culture, our religious tradition.”

– Desmond Tutu

"Imagine that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you learn patience, perfect wisdom, perfect compassion."

– Buddha

“If we do not learn to live together as sisters and brothers, we shall die together like fools.”

– Martin Luther King

“If we are to attain real peace in this world, we will have to begin with the children.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

"How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity."

– Psalm 133:1

“It is important to remember that not all hostages are chained within rooms. A lot of us are chained within our mythologies, within our history, within our fears, within our feelings of insecurity. And those chains, too, must be loosened.”

– Edward Daly

"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."


“Man did not weave the web of life, He is merely a strand in it; What he does to the web, He does to himself.”

– Chief Seattle

"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive."

– Dalai Lama

“Our efforts to counter hatred, intolerance, and indifference must continue simultaneously at individual and structural levels. We must try to influence for good the minds and hearts of individual people through dialogue and confidence building. These efforts must be reinforced by our efforts to create just structures in society to support the ongoing work of negotiations in the human community. Only then will we have a chance to negate the terrible consequences of the tremendous conflicts facing humankind today.”

– Nelson Mandela

“ I have seen hate born of fear, hate speaking in the name of God and truth, hate holding up a distorting mirror to fellow human beings.”

– Bill Moyers

“To a Navajo, time is ever flowing; can’t be broken. Exactness of time is of little importance.”

– Teachers/Aide Guide for Navajo Area

“If a dialogue … can produce a sincere acknowledgement-contrition-forgiveness transaction, then a healing process in the political and human relationship of two people will have been launched.”

– Joseph Montville

“Hate has a twin brother – indifference. Distractiveness is produced by hate, but also by indifference.”

– Juan Gutierrez

“It is up to us to determine whether the years ahead will be for humankind a curse or a blessing. We always must remember that it is given to men and women to choose life and living, not death and destruction."

– Elie Weisel

"There is a law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish." 

– Alfred Adler

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”

– Rudyard Kipling

“And we created you in nations and tribes so that you may know one another.”

– Translation from the Quran 49;13

“Asking for forgiveness is difficult and forgiving seems impossible but is essential for the reconstruction of a country.”

– Assaad Chaftari

“No canned advice can immunize you to the shock that commonly accompanies discovery of and adaptation to other humanscapes, lifestyles and mindsets.”

– Germaine Shames

“The frog flew into a rage, but the lake wasn’t aware of it.”

– A Greek Proverb

“Engage in a dialogue that can produce a sincere acknowledgement-contrition-forgiveness transaction, then a healing process in the political and human relationship of two peoples will have been launched and will be reflected in concrete ways.”

– Michael Henderson

"Forgiveness and reconciliation are key elements in peacemaking."

– Carol Rank and Andrew Rigby

“Language is the source of misunderstandings”

– The Fox in the Little Prince

"We all may have come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“And diff’ring judgments, Serve but to declare, That truth lies somewhere, If we knew but where.”

– Sir Anthony Hope

"Although people have developed different languages and shades of skin color, yet the basic unity remains the same. They feel the same way and are all equally under Allah's care.

– Translation from the Quran, chapter 21, verse 22

"Forgiveness and reconciliation are key elements in peacemaking. Ending violence and building peaceful relationships, whether at the personal or societal level, require people to learn to live with the hurts of the past, and to agree to coexist, whether or not forgiveness is possible."

– Carol Rank and Andrew Rigby

"The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord. If you meet those of a different race and colour from yourself, do not mistrust them and withdraw yourself into your shell of conventionality, but rather be glad and show them kindness."

From the Bahá’í Writings
Abdu’l-Baha – Center of the Covenant of the Bahá’í Faith

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