An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





You never realize how short a month is until you have to pay alimony.


John Barrymore (1882-1942, American actor)


We cannot feel strongly toward the totally unlike because it is unimaginable, unrealizable; nor yet toward the wholly like because it is stale -- identity must always be dull company. The power of other natures over us lies in a stimulating difference which causes excitement and opens communication, in ideas similar to our own but not identical, in states of mind attainable but not actual.


Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929, American sociologist)


The real death of America will come when everyone is alike.


James T. Ellison


Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


America is not a blanket woven from one thread, one color, one cloth.


Jesse Jackson (1941-, American clergyman, Civil Rights leader)


Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow -- red, yellow, brown, black and white -- and we're all precious in God's sight.


Jesse Jackson (1941-, American clergyman, Civil Rights leader)


Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity; the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.


Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968, American attorney general, senator)


The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government.


James Madison (1751-1836, American statesman, president)


The most universal quality is diversity.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


If everyone is going to dance, then who will watch?


Cameroon Proverb (Sayings of Cameroonian origin)


Some prefer carrots while others like cabbage.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Ten men, ten minds.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


Some people prefer liquor, others prefer tofu, and some even like rotten salmon.


Taiwanese Proverb


Since the 1960s, we have seen the failure of the melting pot ideology. This ideology suggested that different historical, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds could be subordinated to a larger ideology or social amalgam which is "America."


Edward Said


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