At Ongig, we like to celebrate all people. So I created this list of 40+ quotes about diversity and inclusion to celebrate our differences.

They are from CEOs, world leaders, writers, actors, activists, and more. Enjoy!

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Quotes

Let’s start the list with some quotes about inclusion and diversity at work:

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“D&I needs to be something that every single employee at the company has a stake in.”

— Bo Young Lee, Uber Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

“We’re at a moment in time when companies aren’t going to tolerate not having a diverse slate; it truly puts them at risk”

— Ayana Parsons, Korn Ferry Board Leader

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

— Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States and Assistant to President President Barack Obama

“Companies that embrace diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their business statistically outperform their peers.”

— Josh Bersin, Talent Management Author

“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, CEO of Qantas

“Diversity and Inclusion is a competitive advantage that a smart leader would not overlook.”

— Brian Ka Chan, Human Rights Activist

“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, British Businesswoman (former CEO of Lloyd’s London)

“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, CEO/co-founder of O.school

“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, Japanese Engineer

“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, Psychologist

“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, Poet

General Diversity Quotes

Here are some general quotes about diversity:

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“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”

— Stephen R. Covey, American Educator & Author

“Infinite diversity in infinite combinations…
symbolizing the elements that create truth and beauty.”

— Commander Spock, Star Trek

“When we’re talking about diversity, it’s not a box to check. It is a reality that should be deeply felt and held and valued by all of us.”

— Ava Duvernay, American Filmmaker

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.”

— Malcolm Forbes, Entrepreneur

“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.”

— Mahatma Gandhi, Indian lawyer

“The minute we become an integrated whole, we look through the same eyes and we see a whole different world together.”

— Azizah Al-Hibri, American Philosopher

“A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.”

— Sundar Pichai, CEO at Alphabet

“Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.”

— Jacqueline Woodson, American Writer

“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, American Writer

“Ultimately, America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity.”

— Robert Kennedy, Politician

“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., Peace Activist

“Diversity is not how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.”

— Ola Joseph, Author & Speaker

“A lot of different flowers make a bouquet.”

— Muslim origin

“We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring.”

— Catherine Pulsifer, Author

“Diversity is the magic. It is the first manifestation, the first beginning of the differentiation of a thing and of simple identity. The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection.”

— Thomas Berry , Cultural Historian

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

— Hillary Clinton, Politician

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

— Maya Angelou, Poet & Civil Rights Activist

“We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.”

— Jimmy Carter, 39th U.S. President

“The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection.”

— Thomas Berry, Cultural Historian

Quotes About Inclusion (and Diversity)

Here’s a list of quotes focused on inclusion:

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“We have to stop thinking about diversity and start thinking about inclusion.”

— Viola Davis, Actress & Producer

“Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It is the key to growth.”

— Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights Activist

“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.”

— Vernā Myers, American Activist

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

— Marco Bizzarri, CEO of Gucci

“When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become a wiser, more inclusive, and better organization.”

— Pat Wadors, Chief People Officer at Procore

” Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work.”

— Andres Tapia, Global Diversity & Inclusion Solutions Leader

“Inclusion and fairness in the workplace . . . is not simply the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do.”

— Alexis Herman, American Politician

“Diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice we make everyday. As leaders, we have to put out the message that we embrace, and not just tolerate, diversity.” 

— Nellie Borrero, Senior Global Inclusion & Diversity Lead at Accenture

“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, British Businesswoman (former CEO of Lloyd’s London)

” 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, IBM Executive

“When everyone is included, everyone wins.”

— Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights Activist

Note: You can find more D&I quotes about equality in our post 50+ Awesome Quotes about Equality [Women, Race, LGBTQ, and More].

Do you have any favorite quotes about Diversity & Inclusion?

This is a dynamic list, and we want to keep adding to it. If we missed any of your favorite quotes on diversity, email Heather@ongig.com to get them added to this post.

Why I Wrote This?

Ongig’s mission is to transform your job descriptions to attract diverse talent. Our Text Analyzer software analyzes every word of your job descriptions to help support D&I in hiring.

Shout-Outs:

  1. Best Diversity & Inclusion Quotes (by Susanne Ricee)
  2. 40 Powerful Diversity And Inclusion Quotes for a Stronger Company Culture (by Vantage Circle)
  3. Inspirational Quotes from Bright Minds In Business and Inclusion (by Ellevate Network)
  4. 12 Empowering and Uplifting Quotes on Diversity & Inclusion (by Preston Ni M.S.B.A.)
  5. 30 Insightful Quotes on Racism and the Power of Diversity in Society (by Monique Valeris)
  6. How Covid Changed Executive Recruitment—Perhaps for a Long Time (by Emily Glazer)

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