Pluralism & diversity

"You have to choose where you look, and in making that choice you eliminate entire worlds."

Barbara BLOOM

"The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth."

Niels BOHR
Danish physicist (1885-1962)

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."

1992, On The Late Show
American educator and linguist (1928–)

"Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt."

Bergen EVANS

"No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive."

Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) GANDHI
Indian political and spiritual leader (1869-1948)

"Great authors are admirable in this respect: in every generation they make for disagreement. Through them we become aware of our differences."

André GIDE
French author (1869-1951)

"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."

Esther Pauline Friedman or Ann LANDERS
American columnist (1918-)

"In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others."

French biographer, novelist, and essayist (1885–1967)

"If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."

John Stuart MILL
On Liberty, 1859
British philosopher and economist (1806-1873)

"We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we are sure, stifling it would be an evil still."
  John Stuart MILL
British philosopher and economist (1806-1873)
"If you do not specify and confront real issues, what you will do will surely obscure them. If you do not alarm anyone morally, you will yourself remain morally asleep. If you do not embody controversy, what you say will be an acceptance of the drift to the coming human hell."
  Charles Wright MILLS
American sociologist (1916-62)
"Read every day something no one else is reading. Think every day something no one else is thinking. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity."

Christopher MORLEY
American editor and author (1890-1957)

"In Germany they came first for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time no one was left to speak up."

German Protestant churchman (1892-1984)

"He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself."

Thomas PAINE
Anglo-American political theorist and writer (1737-1809)

"All of us can think of a book... that we hope none of our children or any other children have taken off the shelf. But if I have the right to remove that book from the shelf - that work I abhor - then you also have exactly the same right and so does everyone else. And then we have no books left on the shelf for any of us."

Katherine PATERSON
American author of childrens books (1932-)

"What sets worlds in motion is the interplay of differences, their attractions and repulsions; life is plurality, death is uniformity. "

Octavio PAZ
Mexican poet and critic (1914–1998)

"Freedom rings where opinions clash."

Vice President of the United States (1835-1914)

Last update: 26 January 2007

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