Iowa World
Language Association


These quotes were collected and shared by Helena Curtain:

No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive.
--Mahatma Gandhi

Culture is widening of the mind and spirit.
--Jawaharlal Nehru

People and their cultures perish in isolation, but they are born or reborn in contact with other man and woman, with men and women from another culture, another creed, another race.  If we do not recognize humanity in others, we shall not recognize it in ourselves.
--Carlos Fuentes

Internationalism does not mean the end of individual nations.  Orchestras don’t mean the end of violins.
--Golda Meir

You can no longer save your family, tribe, or nation.  You can only save the whole world.
--Margaret Mead

For it isn’t enough to talk about peace.  One must believe in it.  And it isn’t enough to believe in it.  One must work for it.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

No longer will man be able to see himself unrelated to mankind, neither will he be able to see mankind unrelated to life, nor life unrelated to the universe.
--Teihard de Chardin

We are all citizens of one world, we are all of one blood.  To hate a man because he was born in another country, because he speaks a different language, or because he takes a different view on this subject or that, is great folly.  Desist, I implore you, for we are all equally human…Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity.
--John Amos Comenius (1592-1670)

Men and women are not only themselves; they are also the region in which they were born, the city apartment or farm in which they learned to walk, the games they played as children, the old wives’ tales they overheard, the food they ate, the schools they attended, the sports they followed, the poems they read, and the God they believed in.
--W. Somerset Maugham

A Rose, maybe, is a rose, but it is not une rose, is not eine Rose, but multiple ways of viewing and talking about roses.
--Claire Kramsche

Through learning language we learn about culture.
Through learning about culture we learn tolerance for others.
Through learning tolerance for others we can hope for peace.


The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new lands but in seeing with new eyes.
--Marcel Proust

A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension.
--Oliver Wendell Holmes

For the world is not to be narrowed ‘til it will go into the understanding but the understanding is to be expanded and opened ‘til it can take in the image of the world.
--Francis Bacon

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