Unity in diversity is a slogan which seeks to celebrate how a nation can be stronger be welcoming different cultural, social and ethnic elements.
Unity in diversity seeks to transcend the notion that an ideal nation should be composed of a certain ideology or ethnic group. It suggests that far from being weakened by different cultural strands, a nation/group is made stronger by acceptance of the many different contributions made by its constituent parts.
Unity in diversity seeks to move beyond mere tolerance of other ethnic, cultural and religious divisions but seeks to promote the idea that each distinct constituent part plays a valid contribution which strengthens the whole.
Quotes about Unity in diversity
“Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged”
“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 colours, 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 flavours than can ever be tasted.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War
“Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.”
“We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.”
– Kofi Annan.
“We are men and women from many lands, representing a rich variety of cultures. And we have been brought together to work in a great common cause: the survival and progress of mankind. The concept of unity in diversity … underlies our various pursuits at the United Nations.”‘
– Kurt Waldheim
“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.”
– John Hume 1998 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
“I felt knowledge and the unity of the world circulate in me like my own blood.”
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
“This is my country, that is your country; these are the conceptions of narrow souls – to the liberal minded the whole world is a family.”
“Harmony exists no less in difference than in likeness, if only the same key-note govern both parts.”
“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.”
– Evo Morales – President of Bolivia
“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.”
“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can’t Wait
“I am not an Athenian, nor am I a Greek. I am a citizen of the world.”
“A mystic takes unity and diversity as one. Further, he sees unity in diversity. He tells the world that the One and the Many are one. The One is Many in its universal form. The Many are One in their transcendental form.”
“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 marvellously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
“The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”
Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
“The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindreds.”
Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.”
John Donne (1572 – 1631)
“We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.”
“The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.”
“I believe in the essential unity of all that lives. Therefore, I believe that if one person gains spiritually, the whole world gains, and that if one person falls, the whole world falls to that extent.”
“The great lesson is, that unity is behind all. Call it God, Love, Spirit. Allah, Jehovah — it is the same unity that animates all life from the lowest animal to the noblest man.”
– Swami Vivekananda (India’s Mission, 1896)
“The unity of religions is based on direct perception of ultimate reality. The paths are different but the goal remains the same. Even if the whole world becomes convened to one religion or another, it will not enhance the cause of unity. Unity in diversity is the plan of the universe.”
– Swami Adiswaranda.
‘United in Diversity’ (Latin: In varietate concordia)
Motto of the European Union adopted 2000
The motto means that, via the EU, Europeans are united in working together for peace and prosperity, and that the many different cultures, traditions and languages in Europe are a positive asset for the continent.
– European Union.
“Unity in diversity is the highest possible attainment of a civilization, a testimony to the most noble possibilities of the human race. This attainment is made possible through passionate concern for choice, in an atmosphere of social trust.
– Michael Novak
Citation: Pettinger, Tejvan. “Unity in diversity quotes”, Oxford, UK – www.biographyonline.net. Published 3rd August 2014. Last updated 23 September 2013
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