Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance

Verna Myers

We love using quotes to inspire us in our work. There’s so much we can learn from the wonderful , inspiring and thought provoking things that people say. From politicians, to business leaders, to writers, there’s so many brilliant words and phrases we can all use.

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So here it is, our ultimate list of quotes to inspire you all. If you have other quotes that you use, email us and we will include them in this list.

Diversity and inclusion quotes

  • Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance – Verna Myers, Author
  • 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 (Managing Director, – Global Inclusion & Diversity at Accenture)
  • Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It is the key to growth – Jesse Jackson, Activist
  • We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges – Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the world wide web
  • A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone – Sundar Pichai, CEO at Google
  • We all want our company makeup to reflect the makeup of the people who use our products – Sheryl Sandberg
  • When everyone is included, everyone wins – Jesse Jackson, Activist
  • Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness – Ola Joseph, Author
  • It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences – Audre Lorde, Activist
  • Our diversity of faith and color and creeds—that is not a threat to who we are. It makes us who we are – Michelle Obama
  • To me, beauty is inclusion– every size, every color– that’s the world I live in – Prabal Gurang, designer
  • Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work – Andres Tapia
  • We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity, life would be very boring – Catherine Pulsifer

Gender equality quotes

  • I speak not for myself but for those without a voice… those who have fought for their rights… their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated – Malala Yousafzai, Activist
  • We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored – Sheryl Sandberg, Executive Leader
  • Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women – Maya Angelou, Writer
  • If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair – Shirley Chisholm, Politician
  • They’ll tell you you’re too loud, that you need to wait your turn and ask the right people for permission. Do it anyway – Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Politician
  • I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own – Audre Lorde, Activist
  • Feminism is for everybody – Bell Hooks, Activist
  • There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish – Michelle Obama, Writer and Activist
  • Men often ask me, ‘Why are your female characters so paranoid?’ It’s not paranoia. It’s recognition of their situation – Margaret Atwood, Writer

Anti-Racism quotes

  • The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work – Toni Morrison, Writer
  • A riot is the language of the unheard – Dr Martin Luther King
  • If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor – Desmond Tutu, Bishop
  • Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed – Will Smith, Actor
  • In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist – Angela Davis
  • If I take your race away, and there you are, all strung out. And all you got is your little self, and what is that? What are you without racism? Are you any good? Are you still strong? Are you still smart? Do you still like yourself? I mean, these are the questions. – Toni Morrison, Writer
  • Until the philosophy which hold one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned —everywhere is war – Bob Marley, Musician
  • The concept of whiteness goes hand in hand with the concept of white supremacy – hence why the progress against white supremacy that has been made so far feels, to some white people, like an attack on their identity – Akala, Writer and Activist
  • White privilege is an absence of the consequences of racism. An absence of structural discrimination, an absence of your race being viewed as a problem first and foremost – Rennie Eddo-Lodge, Writer
  • Even at five years old, we already know on some level that, in this society at least, we are indeed lesser citizens with all the baggage of racialised history following us ghost-like about our days – Akala, Writer and Activist
  • It is puerile to reduce imperial history to a matter of ‘good’ and ‘bad’; trying to weigh up the positive and negative in this way is like defending the morality of kicking a random old man in the shins one afternoon because you helped an old lady across the road in the morning – Sathnam Sanghera, Writer

Neurodiversity quotes

  • For kids with undiagnosed dyslexia, everyday schooling is like being taught in a foreign language. – Roberto Olivardia, Author
  • No, autism is not a ‘gift’. For most, it is an endless fight against schools, workplaces, and bullies. But, under the right circumstances, given the right adjustments, it CAN be a superpower – Greta Thunberg, Activist
  • Neurodiversity is not about changing people. It’s about changing society’s perception of people – Nick Walker, Activist
  • It’s not always possible (or helpful) to try to untangle which of a person’s traits are Autistic and which are caused by the trauma of being neurodiverse in a neurotypical world – Devon Price, Social Psychologist

LGBTQ+ quotes

  • We deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise – Elliot Page, Actor
  • Love is never wrong – Melissa Etheridge, Singer
  • The love expressed between women is particular and powerful because we have had to love in order to live; love has been our survival – Audre Lorde, Activist
  • I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept – Angela Davis, Activist
  • We will not win our rights by staying quietly in our closets – Harvey Milk, Politician
  • I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that’s ever happened to me has taught me compassion – Ellen DeGeneres, TV Host
  • Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start – Jason Collins, Basketball Player
  • Marriage is a magic word. And it is magic throughout the world. It has to do with our dignity as human beings, to be who we are openly – Edie Windsor, Activist
  • You don’t have to live a lie. Living a lie will mess you up. It will send you into depression. It will warp your values – Gilbert Baker, Artist
  • I’ve never been interested in being invisible and erased – Laverne Cox, Activist and Actress

Fitting in and belonging are not the same thing. In fact, fitting in is one of the greatest barriers to belonging

Brene Brown

Disability quotes

  • Sometimes I wonder if I’m as famous for my wheelchair and disabilities as I am for my discoveries – Stephen Hawking, Scientist
  • Attacking people with disabilities is the lowest display of power I can think of – Morgan Freeman, Actor
  • When you have a disability, knowing that you are not defined by it is the sweetest feeling – Anne Wafula Strike, Racer
  • Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision -Stevie Wonder, Singer

Belonging quotes

  • Fitting in and belonging are not the same thing. In fact, fitting in is one of the greatest barriers to belonging – Brene Brown, Writer
  • Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition – James Baldwin, Writer and Activist
  • I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself – Maya Angelou, Writer
  • Talk with no action is an act of ego, not an act of allyship – Louis Wedlock, TedX Speaker
  • Belongingness entails an unwavering commitment to not simply tolerating and respecting difference, but to ensuring that all people are welcome and feel that they belong – John A Powell, Professor
  • What matters is that should difference enter the world of beloved community, it can find a place of welcome, a place to belong – Bell Hooks, Activist

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