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The manifestations of life, its expressions, its forms, are so diverse that they must contain a large element of the accidental. And yet the nature of life is so uniform that it must be constrained by many necessities. Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 9/13: Evolution: The Ladder of Creation, BBC 1973
Diversity is the propeller of evolution. Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 12/13: Generation Upon Generation
Mammals: but how have they become so varied? David Attenborough, Life on Earth X: Theme and Variations, BBC 1979
Therefore did Heaven divide
The state of man in diverse functions. William Shakespeare, Henry V I ii 183-184, Canterbury to King Henry et al
Figure out if for you’re me or Trump. And you ain’t black. Joe Biden to black man
Unlike the African-American with notable exception, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things. Joe Biden, TV interview
We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community – and this nation. Cesar Chavez
This is America: the Knights of Columbus, the Grange, Hadassah, the Disabled American Veterans, the Order of Ahepa, the Business and Professional Women of America, the union hall, the Bible study group, LULAC, Holy Name – a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky. George H W Bush
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
If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. John F Kennedy
One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings. Franklin Thomas
It is a great shock at the age of five or six to find that in a world of Gary Coopers you are the Indian. Gary Cooper
We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams. Jimmy Carter
One man’s religion is another man’s belly laugh. Robert A Heinlein
Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival. René Dubos, Celebrations of Life, 1981
The real death of America will come when everyone is alike. James T Ellison
Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences. Mikhail Gorbachev
We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. Anne Frank
For all things are holy, the poet once said,
And all that is different is part of the dance.
And the web of life’s colours needs each single thread
For the dance to continue unbroken. Leon Rosselson, Intruders
Diversity means awareness and understanding of how other people do things differently from you. Professor Michael Davis
You are a lucky child if your parents taught you to accept diversity. Roger Ebert
Our workforce and our entire economy are strongest when we embrace diversity to its fullest, and that means opening doors of opportunity to everyone and recognizing that the American Dream excludes no-one. Thomas Perez
For children, diversity needs to be real and not merely relegated to learning the names of the usual suspects during Black History Month or enjoying south-of-the-border cuisine on Cinco de Mayo. It means talking to and spending time with kids not like them so that they may discover those kids are in fact just like them. John Ridley
Isn’t it amazing that we are all made in God’s image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people? Desmond Tutu
We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges. Tim Berners-Lee
The Church of England’s broken promises on race and racism. We speak to clergy claiming discrimination. Panorama: Is the Church Racist? Clive Myrie reporting, BBC 2021
Only one in ten accepted for training into the Church of England are from ethnic minority backgrounds. ibid.
Of the clergy who lead them [services], only one in twenty-five is from an ethnic minority background. ibid.
The English are suffering an identity crisis. Just look at the national flag ... But there are others with their own idea about English who also use it. Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, How God Made the English III: A White and Christian People? BBC 2012
What’s it mean to be English? ibid.
Just like ancient Israel, only better. ibid.
Did He also make them White and Christian? ibid.
One of the most persistent ideas about the English is that they descend from northern Europeans ... the Anglo-Saxons. It’s a potent idea ... But how true is it? ibid.
According to genetic science the roots of the English are not Anglo-Saxon but Spanish. ibid.
There’s more to identity than genetics alone. ibid.
Isn’t the English way of life and cultural thinking indebted to the people from Germany? ibid.
There never was a mass [Anglo-Saxon] invasion. ibid.
The beginnings of Englishness are in a blending of cultures. ibid.
Hot on the heels of the Anglo-Saxons came a new band of warriors in the ninth century. ibid.
The Normans came next. ibid.
Each wave of immigrants offered something different. ibid.
And a particular kind of Christianity at that. ibid.
An all-embracing Anglicanism ... I knew that the Church of England didn’t mean the same for everyone. ibid.
The English Church was born in the sixteenth century out of that revolution in Christianity we call the Protestant Reformation. ibid.
From Ranters and Diggers to Baptists and Unitarians ... The English were already a pretty mixed bunch. ibid.
A continuous reinvention of something much older. You can see it in the nation’s plethora of chapels and meeting houses. ibid.
English heritage is much more diverse ... They’ve made this country and especially England where most of them have settled more various than ever. ibid.
There’s no shared identity. If you don’t have one system of values for everyone to buy into then you create a void and into that void rush all sorts of passionate opinions. ibid.
You might call it secular liberalism. ibid.
I see the Church of England as an icon of English plurality. ibid.