100 Powerful Diversity And Inclusion Quotes Relevant To 2021

To effectively alleviate prejudices and promote unity at the workplace, diversity must be celebrated. Thus, we’ve compiled the top 100 diversity and inclusion quotes to help you create a bias-free workplace.

Fostering equality and cultural diversity is a top challenge that the entire society is facing at the moment. Businesses and specifically people management can play a significant role in this regard by focusing on the diversity and inclusion policies and strategies in the workplace.

The existence of differences within a particular frame is referred to as diversity. Differences in ethnicity, culture, religion and a variety of other factors can all play a role in the workplace. The practice of ensuring that people with these differences experience a sense of connection and encouragement from the company is referred to as inclusion.

In the workplace, equality is making sure people are given equal opportunities, equal pay, and are well accepted for their differences. It fosters a safe, secure, and inclusive workplace where people with diverse backgrounds can thrive.

Related Article: 15 Activities Of Diversity And Inclusion In The Workplace

Check out 10 Benefits of having workplace diversity:


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  1. Higher Innovation
  2. Variety of Different Perspectives
  3. Increased Creativity
  4. Faster Problem Solving
  5. Better Decision Making
  6. Increased Profits
  7. Higher Employee Engagement
  8. Reduced Employee Turnover
  9. Better Company Reputation
  10. Improved Hiring Results


Here are 100 Diversity and Inclusion Quotes to inspire a more robust company culture:

1. Edward Kennedy

What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us. ~ Edward Kennedy

2. Jacqueline Woodson

Diversity is about all of us and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together. ~ Jacqueline Woodson

3. Marco Bizzarri

Diversity and inclusion, which are the real grounds for creativity, must remain at the center of what we do. ~ Marco Bizzarri

4. Arlan Hamilton

If you haven’t hired a team of people who are of color, female, and/or LGBT to actively turn over every stone, to scope out every nook and cranny, to pop out of every bush, to find every qualified underrepresented founder in this country, you’re going to miss out on a lot of money when the rest of the investment world gets it. ~ Arlan Hamilton

5. Martin Luther King, Jr

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

6. Catherine Pulsifer

We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity, life would be very boring. ~ Catherine Pulsifer

7. Islamic Proverb

A lot of different flowers make a bouquet. ~ Islamic Proverb

8. Alan Joyce

We have a very diverse environment and a very inclusive culture, and those characteristics got us through the tough times. Diversity generated a better strategy, better risk management, better debates, and better outcomes. ~ Alan Joyce

9. Claudia Brind-Woody

Inclusivity means not ‘just we’re allowed to be there,’ but we are valued. I’ve always said: smart teams will do amazing things, but truly diverse teams will do impossible things. ~ Claudia Brind-Woody

10. Max Lerner

In the end, as any successful teacher will tell you, you can only teach the things that you are. If we practice racism then it is racism we teach. ~ Max Lerner

11. Bo Young Lee

D&I needs to be something that every single employee at the company has a stake in. ~ Bo Young Lee

12. Sundar Pichai

A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone. ~ Sundar Pichai

13. Maya Angelou

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity, there is beauty, and there is strength. ~ Maya Angelou

14. Thomas Berry

The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection. ~ Thomas Berry

15. Mahatma Gandhi

Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Diversity and Inclusion quotes by Mahatma Gandhi

16. Denise Morrison

The path to diversity begins with supporting, mentoring, and sponsoring diverse women and men to become leaders and entrepreneurs. ~ Denise Morrison

17. Mary Parker Follett

Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim. We attain unity only through variety. Differences must be integrated, not annihilated, not absorbed. ~ Mary Parker Follett

18. Audre Lorde

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. ~ Audre Lorde

19. Ola Joseph

Diversity is not how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness. ~ Ola Joseph


20. Doris Kearns Goodwin

Good leadership requires you to surround yourself with people of diverse perspectives who can disagree with you without fear of retaliation. ~ Doris Kearns Goodwin

21. Alexis Herman

Inclusion and fairness in the workplace… is not simply the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do. ~ Alexis Herman

22. Melinda Gates

We all want something to offer. This is how we belong. It’s how we feel included. So if we want to include everyone, we have to help everyone develop their talents and use their gifts for the good of the community. That’s what inclusion means – everyone is a contributes. ~ Melinda Gates

23. Josh Bersin

Companies that embrace diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their business statistically outperform their peers. ~ Josh Bersin

24. Malcolm Forbes

Diversity: the art of thinking independently together. ~ Malcolm Forbes

25. Sheryl Sandberg

We need to resist the tyranny of low expectations. We need to open our eyes to the inequality that remains. We won’t unlock the full potential of the workplace until we see how far from equality we really are. ~ Sheryl Sandberg

26. Stephen R. Covey

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities. ~ Stephen R. Covey

27. Jesse Jackson

Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It is the key to growth. ~ Jesse Jackson

28. William Sloane Coffin Jr.

Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without. ~ William Sloane Coffin Jr.

29. Inga Beale

Many conversations about diversity and inclusion do not happen in the boardroom because people are embarrassed at using unfamiliar words or afraid of saying the wrong thing — yet this is the very place we need to be talking about it. The business case speaks for itself — diverse teams are more innovative and successful in going after new markets.” ~ Inga Beale

30. Pat Wadors

When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become a wiser, more inclusive, and better organization. ~ Pat Wadors

Diversity and Inclusion quotes by Pat Wadors

31. Inga Beale

We all have the ability to promote a culture of acceptance and inclusion — and that is something I believe every leader has a responsibility to do. It starts with having a dialogue until we are all comfortable and no longer have the fear of saying the wrong thing. ~ Inga Beale

32. Megan Smith

We know that diversity can sometimes be more uncomfortable because things are less familiar – but it gets the best results. ~ Megan Smith

33. Arlan Hamilton

I do think that treating everyone equally no matter where they come from, no matter who they are and what role they have is a big key because you never know who you’re talking to, really. You never know where they’ve been. You never know where they’re going. So, it just makes a lot of good sense to treat everyone the same and treat them well. ~ Arlan Hamilton

34. Stephanie Lampkin

Gender and racially diverse teams perform better, innovate more, and improve economic quality. ~ Stephanie Lampkin

35. Nellie Borrero

Diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice we make every day. As leaders, we have to put out the message that we embrace and not just tolerate diversity. ~ Nellie Borrero

36. Andrea Barrica

What’s often ignored is that diversity is not only a pipeline or recruiting issue. It’s an issue of making the people who do make it through the pipeline want to stay at your company. ~ Andrea Barrica

37. Verna Myers

Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance. ~ Verna Myers

38. Bill Crawford

Diversity, or the state of being different, isn’t the same as inclusion. One is a description of what is, while the other describes a style of interaction essential to effective teams and organizations. ~ Bill Crawford

39. Soichiro Honda

If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don’t particularly like. ~ Soichiro Honda

40. Alex Wilmot-Sitwell

If you haven’t got the best talent, you’re not going to be the best; if you’re not representing properly the available pool of talent, then you’re missing an opportunity. ~ Alex Wilmot-Sitwell

41. Bo Young Lee

Our company needs to be something that every single employee at the company has a stake in. ~ Bo Young Lee

42. Ken Robinson

Human communities depend upon a diversity of talent, not a singular conception of ability. And at the heart of the challenge is to reconstitute our sense of ability and intelligence. ~ Ken Robinson

43. Jordan Peele

We can convince ourselves to do things in conjunction with one another that we wouldn’t have been able to do as an individual. ~ Jordan Peele

44. Martin Luther King Jr.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

45. Jesse Jackson

When everyone is included, everyone wins. ~ Jesse Jackson

Diversity and Inclusion quotes by Jesse Jackson

46. Maya Angelou

We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders. ~ Maya Angelou

47. Winston Churchill

Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day. ~ Winston Churchill

48. Hillary Clinton

What we have to do… is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities. ~ Hillary Clinton

49. Robert Kennedy

Ultimately, America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired. ~ Robert Kennedy

50. Julie Sweet

We believe our diversity makes us stronger, smarter, and more innovative, helping us better serve the needs of our clients, our people, and our communities. ~ Julie Sweet

51. Tim Berners-Lee

We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges. ~ Tim Berners-Lee

52. Angelina Jolie

Our diversity is our strength. What a dull and pointless life it would be if everyone was the same. ~ Angelina Jolie

53. Jean-Philippe Courtois

While globalization will make the world smaller and more accessible, we must continue to appreciate its vibrant diversity. ~ Jean-Philippe Courtois

54. Antonio Guterres

The fact that societies are becoming increasingly multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multi-religious is good. Diversity is a strength, not a weakness. ~ Antonio Guterres

55. Sam Brownback

A democracy thrives on diversity. Tyranny oppresses it. ~ Sam Brownback

56. David Boies

Embrace a diversity of ideas. Embrace the fact that you can disagree with people and not be disagreeable. Embrace the fact that you can find common ground – if you disagree on nine out of 10 things, but can find common ground on that 10th, maybe you can make progress. If you can find common ground, you can accomplish great things. ~ David Boies

57. Edward Enninful

I can tell you, without diversity, creativity remains stagnant. ~ Edward Enninful

58. Aileen Lee

I think there are many things that we can do today to make it a better work environment that is more supportive and encouraging of diversity. ~ Aileen Lee

59. Juan Felipe Herrera

Diversity really means becoming complete as human beings – all of us. We learn from each other. If you’re missing on that stage, we learn less. We all need to be on that stage. ~ Juan Felipe Herrera

60. Andres Tapia

Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work. ~ Andres Tapia

Diversity and Inclusion quotes by Andres Tapia

61. Klaus Schwab

Corporate social responsibility is measured in terms of businesses improving conditions for their employees, shareholders, communities, and environment. But moral responsibility goes further, reflecting the need for corporations to address fundamental ethical issues such as inclusion, dignity, and equality. ~ Klaus Schwab

62. Alain Dehaze

Diversity requires commitment. Achieving the superior performance diversity can produce needs further action – most notably, a commitment to develop a culture of inclusion. People do not just need to be different, they need to be fully involved and feel their voices are heard. ~ Alain Dehaze

63. Theodore Melfi

You have a responsibility to make inclusion a daily thought, so we can get rid of the word ‘inclusion.’ ~ Theodore Melfi

64. Williams Crenshaw

Intersectionality has given many advocates a way to frame their circumstances and to fight for their visibility and inclusion. Kimberle ~ Williams Crenshaw

65. Prabal Gurung

I believe in a passion for inclusion. Lady Gaga 66. To me, beauty is inclusion – every size, every color – that’s the world I live in. ~ Prabal Gurung

67. Alain Dehaze

Nurturing an inclusive culture begins in the family. Home is the first place to foster openness and a culture of inclusion. ~ Alain Dehaze

68. Dennis Muilenburg

Our commitment to integrity, our commitment to diversity and inclusion, to respecting our teammates – that’s what makes this business work. ~ Dennis Muilenburg

69. Julie Sweet

I have an unwavering commitment to inclusion and diversity. ~ Julie Sweet

70. Brian Eno

You either believe that people respond to authority, or that they respond to kindness and inclusion. I’m obviously in the latter camp. I think that people respond better to reward than punishment. ~ Brian Eno

71. Dolly Chugh

Inclusion is what happens before and after the official decision sin which people are formally brought into a group. ~ Dolly Chugh

72. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

We will all profit from a more diverse, inclusive society, understanding, accommodating, even celebrating our differences, while pulling together for the common good. ~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg

73. Richie Norton

You deserve a circle of inclusion and influence, but it’s up to you to create it. ~ Richie Norton

74. Gloria D. Gonsalves

Tolerance is not creating characters to suit a particular audience. It’s about inclusion of characters representing our societies. ~ Gloria D. Gonsalves

75. Con Miguel Ruiz

Let’s stop believing that our differences make us superior or inferior to one another. ~ Con Miguel Ruiz

Diversity and Inclusion quotes by Con Miguel Ruiz

76. Karen Draper

Diversity doesn’t look like anyone. it looks like everyone. ~ Karen Draper

77. Oscar Auliq-Ice

A more diverse future begins with more opportunities. ~ Oscar Auliq-Ice

78. Laurie Buchanan

One of the hallmarks of social wellness is being inclusive, not exclusive, with our friendship. ~ Laurie Buchanan

79. DaShanne Stokes

Urging people to be inclusive is not an attack. It is progress. ~ DaShanne Stokes

80. Laurie Buchanan

INCLUSION—It’s amazing what happens when we allow the flower that is us, the flower that is them, to become part of the bouquet. ~ Laurie Buchanan

81. Leo Tolstoy

I think… if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts. ~ Leo Tolstoy

82. George R.R. Martin

Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle. ~ George R.R. Martin

83. John F. Kennedy

If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. ~ John F. Kennedy

84. Nathaniel Hawthorne

It contributes greatly towards a man’s moral and intellectual health, to be brought into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

85. Carlos Fuentes

Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me. ~ Carlos Fuentes

86. Donzella Michele Malone

I have a self-made quote: Celebrate diversity, practice acceptance and may we all choose peaceful options to conflict. ~ Donzella Michele Malone

87. Octavia E. Butler

Embrace diversity. Unite— Or be divided, robbed, ruled, killed By those who see you as prey. Embrace diversity Or be destroyed. ~ Octavia E. Butler

88. James Surowiecki

Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise. ~ James Surowiecki

89. Shannon L. Alder

Diversity of character is due to the unequal time given to values. Only through each other will we see the importance of the qualities we lack and our unfinished soul’s potential. ~ Shannon L. Alder

90. Jimmy Carter

We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams. ~ Jimmy Carter

Diversity and Inclusion quotes by Jimmy Carter

91. Leo Tolstoy

All the diversity, all the charm, and all the beauty of life are made up of light and shade. ~ Leo Tolstoy

92. Abdu’l-Bahá

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. ~ Abdu’l-Bahá

93. Theresa J. Whitmarsh

If you exclude 50% of the talent pool, it’s no wonder you find yourself in a war for talent. ~ Theresa J. Whitmarsh

94. Jonas Prising

We fundamentally believe that we will make better business decisions if we have diversity in thinking … and that requires equal gender participation. ~ Jonas Prising

95. Janina Kugel

Diversity strengthens our innovative capacity, unleashes the potential of Siemens’ employees and thereby directly contributes to our business success. ~ Janina Kugel

96. Theresa McHenry

The point isn’t to get people to accept that they have biases, but to get them to see [for themselves] that those biases have negative consequences for others. ~ Theresa McHenry

97. Howard Ross

Unconscious perceptions govern many of the most important decisions we make and have a profound effect on the lives of many people in many ways… Unconscious patterns can play out in ways that are so subtle they are hard to spot. ~ Howard Ross

98. Max de Pree

We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion. ~ Max de Pree

99. Jintao Hu

Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today. ~ Jintao Hu

100. Mark Twain

It were not best that we should all think alike; it is the difference of opinion that makes horse races ~ Mark Twain


Even the most liberal companies are still figuring out how to eliminate discrimination in recruiting, promote diversity, and cultivate a sense of inclusion among employees of various backgrounds.

The first step that you can take to make your workplace a better place is to start making people aware of the importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Share these important diversity quotes with your team to initiate meaningful discussions and mark your business on the right side of history.

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