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50 Culture Quotes About Its Power in Society

Published on February 5, 2020 7:30 AM EST
Culture Quotes About Its Power in Society

The conversation around diversity continues to grow in society, and these culture quotes show why it’s so beneficial in the world. 

One of the amazing things about America is the diverse culture that the country has from being created as the melting pot. While the diversity in culture has caused some uncomfortable and challenging situations throughout the country’s past, it’s also one of the things that can make us strong. 

Culture Quotes About Its Power in Society

Why is it important to embrace our cultural differences?

By learning to embrace our cultural differences we make our society even stronger. The following culture quotes will help you learn to appreciate the benefits of cultural diversity in society.

Culture quotes about our ways of life

1. “Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.” – Thomas Wolfe

2. “Culture is the name for what people are interested in, their thoughts, their models, the books they read and the speeches they hear.” – Walter Lippman

3. “Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.” – Paulo Coelho

4. “Culture is a way of coping with the world by defining it in detail.” – Malcolm Bradbury

5. “Human cultural diversity is vast; the range of cultural practices, beliefs, and languages that we speak is vast.” – Mark Pagel

6. “Cultures grow on the vine of tradition.” – Jonah Goldberg

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7. “The role of culture is that it’s the form through which we as a society reflect on who we are, where we’ve been, where we hope to be.” – Wendell Pierce

8. “We seldom realize, for example, that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which we were given to us by our society.” – Alan Watts

9. “We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.” – Kofi Annan

10. “Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

11. “We are, at almost every point of our day, immersed in cultural diversity: faces, clothes, smells, attitudes, values, traditions, behaviors, beliefs, rituals.” – Randa Abdel-Fattah

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Culture quotes on the beauty of diversity

12. “The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.” – Unknown

13. “Given New York City’s cultural diversity, it has always attracted creative people.” – Fred Wilson

14. “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. 

15. “Every man’s ability may be strengthened or increased by culture.” – John Abbot

16. “Culture is a way of coping with the world by defining it in detail.” – Malcolm Bradbury

17. “Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity.” – Robert Alan

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18. “New Orleans is unlike any city in America. Its cultural diversity is woven into the food, the music, the architecture – even the local superstitions. It’s a sensory experience on all levels and there’s a story lurking around every corner.” – Ruta Sepetys

19. “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” – Stephen Covey

20. “Our cultural diversity has most certainly shaped our national character.” – Julie Bishop

Culture quotes on embracing ourselves

21. “One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” – Shannon Alder

22. “We are increasingly recognizing and accepting, respecting and celebrating, our cultural diversity.” – Julie Bishop

23. “We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community – and this nation.” – Cesar Chavez

24. “No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.” – Mahatma Gandhi

25. “Difference is of the essence of humanity. Difference is an accident of birth and it should therefore never be the source of hatred or conflict. The answer to difference is to respect it. Therein lies a most fundamental principle of peace: respect for diversity.” – John Hume

26. “Keep your language. Love its sounds, its modulations, its rhythm. But try to march together with men of different languages, remote from your own, who wish like you for a more just and human world.” – Hélder Câmara

27. “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” – John F. Kennedy

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28. “Never judge someone by the way he looks or a book by the way it’s covered; for inside those tattered pages, there’s a lot to be discovered.” – Stephen Cosgrove

29. “Living through the intersections of cultural diversity has given me an intimate understanding of the dynamics of living between the dimensions of East and West, traditional and modern, and political and spiritual. – Deeyah Khan

30. “Real cultural diversity results from the interchange of ideas, products, and influences, not from the insular development of a single national style.” – Tyler Cowen

31. “Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.”― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Culture quotes on the importance of protecting it

32. “Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.” – Albert Camus

33. “Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.” – Cesar Chavez

34. “Culture’s worth huge, huge risks. Without culture, we’re all totalitarian beasts.” – Norman Mailer

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

36. “Culture makes all men gentle.” – Menander

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

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38. “If we are to preserve culture we must continue to create it.” – Johan Huizinga

39. “When a tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don’t just turn it off one day.” – Chinua Achebe

40. “Our culture is more shaped by the arts and humanities than it often is by politics.” – Jim Leach  

41. “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” – Mahatma Gandhi

More culture quotes to enlighten you

42. “When you learn something from people, or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it.” – Yo-Yo Ma

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

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

45. “Every culture has something to be ashamed of, but every culture also has the right to change, to challenge negative traditions, and to create new ones.” – Ralph Nader

46. “Endless data show that diverse teams make better decisions. We are building products that people with very diverse backgrounds use, and I think we all want our company makeup to reflect the makeup of the people who use our products. That’s not true of any industry really, and we have a long way to go.” — Sheryl Sandberg

47. “Everybody blames the culture without taking responsibility.” – James Levine

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48. “To merely observe your culture without contributing to it seems very close to existing as a ghost.” – Chuck Palahniuk

49. “The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men.” – John F. Kennedy

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

Learn to embrace culture

After reading the culture quotes above, what can you do to embrace culture in your life and community? Look for ways to learn about and appreciate the diverse cultures that are around you. Instead of being fearful of things that are different than you begin to look for the things that you can learn from it. 

When we are able to take this approach to culture, it will change everything in our society. This is why it’s important to protect your own culture while also respecting that of others. In the end, if we can learn to appreciate each other and our differences, we will be better together.  

What’s your biggest takeaway from these culture quotes and sayings? Do you have any other insightful quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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