A compilation of some of UnityWorks’ favorite multiculturally-themed quotes

We, who are clay blended by the Master Potter, come from the kiln of Creation in many hues.  How can people say one skin is colored, when each has its own coloration?  What should it matter that one bowl is dark and the other is pale, if each is of good design and serves its purpose well?

– Polingaysi Qoyawayma, Hopi

We will have to repent in this generation, not for the actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Behold a beautiful garden full of flowers….Each flower has a different charm, a peculiar beauty, its own delicious perfume and beautiful colour…. It is just the diversity and variety that constitutes its charm; each flower, each tree, each fruit, beside being beautiful in itself, brings out by contrast the qualities of the others,  and shows to advantage the special loveliness of each and all.

Thus should it be among the children of men! 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… think of them as different coloured roses growing in the beautiful garden of humanity,and rejoice to be among them.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

– Robert F. Kennedy

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

– Margaret Mead

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

– Mahatma Gandhi

I would go so far as to say that the lack of a common frame of reference, the absence of any unifying set of concepts and principles, is now, if not the world’s major disease, at least its most serious symptom.

– Julian Huxley, former Director-General of UNESCO

No leader surveying the world scene today can doubt that the achievement of wholeness incorporating diversity is one of the transcendent goals of our time…

– John W. Gardener, On Leadership

History has thus far recorded principally the experience of tribes, cultures, classes, and nations. With the physical unification of the planet in this century and acknowledgment of the interdependence of all who live on it, the history of humanity as one people is now beginning…

Endowed with the wealth of all the genetic and cultural diversity that has evolved through past ages, the earth’s inhabitants are now challenged to draw on their collective inheritance to take up, consciously and systematically, the responsibility for the design of their future.

– The Prosperity of Humankind, Bahá’í International Community

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out because I was not a communist. Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the labor leaders, and I did not speak out because I was not a labor leader. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me.

– Reverend Martin Niemoller, who spent 7 years in a Nazi prison

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate… Returning violence for violence multiples violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When someone with authority . . . say a teacher, describes the world and you are not in it, there is a moment of psychic disequilibrium, as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing.

– Adrienne Rich, Invisible in Academe

The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that deep, down inside we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.”

– Dave Barry