Quotations to Cultivate an Open Mind
Diversity is difficult. When you put people together from different nations, religions, races and social classes, you can expect frequent misunderstandings and conflicts. When you put people together who hold different moral and political beliefs, you can expect those conflicts to be more intense.
Difficult discussions may therefore go better if everyone takes a step back and gets into the right mindset first. This page contains links to quotations from many eras and cultures. Sages from around the world have long warned us that we are too arrogant, hypocritical, and judgmental. They have offered us advice for how to prepare for conflict, turn aside wrath, and resolve disputes amicably.
Explore various quotes via the circles below.
“Look to your own faults,
What you have done or left undone.
Overlook the faults of others.”
–Buddha, The Dhammapada
“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr., Sermon: Loving Your Enemies, 1957
“When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. “
–Indra Nooyi, Fortune interview, 2008