Quotes About Cultural Differences

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“Let us dedicate this new era to mothers around the world, and also to the mother of all mothers -- Mother Earth. It is up to us to keep building bridges to bring the world closer together, and not destroy them to divide us further apart. We can pave new roads towards peace simply by understanding other cultures. This can be achieved through traveling, learning other languages, and interacting with others from outside our borders. Only then will one truly discover how we are more alike than different. Never allow language or cultural traditions to come between brothers and sisters. The same way one brother may not like his sister's choice of fashion or hairstyle, he will never hate her for her personal style or music preference. If you judge a man, judge only his heart. And if you should do so, make sure you use the truth in your conscience when weighing one's character. Do not measure anybody strictly based on the bad you see in them and ignore all the good.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Janaki Sooriyarachchi
“We need no language to laugh”
Janaki Sooriyarachchi, චන්දු තමී

Sergei Dovlatov
“Сильные чувства — безнациональны. Уже одно это говорит в пользу интернационализма. Радость, горе, страх, болезнь — лишены национальной окраски. Не абсурдно ли звучит:

“Он разрыдался, как типичный немец”.”
Sergei Dovlatov, Собрание сочинений в 3-х томах. Том 3

Jane Lindskold
“After a day of watching the two-legs interact from within their midst, she was certain that they could talk as well as any wolf. Unlike wolves, however, they mostly used their mouths, a thing she found limiting. How could you tell someone to keep away from your food when your own mouth was full?”
Jane Lindskold, Through Wolf's Eyes

Ted Chiang
“Hillalum wondered what sort of people were forged by living under such conditions; did they escape madness? Did they grow accustomed to this? Would the children born under a solid sky scream if they saw the ground beneath their feet?”
Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others

Jane Lindskold
“I thought," Shad said slowly, "that she was offended if you referred to Blind Seer or Elation as her pets."
"True," Derian assured him. "Absolutely the correct etiquette—to her face. However, well… When I first met Firekeeper, less than a year ago, her relationships with animals fell into pretty much two categories: those you ate and those you befriended. I remember that she thought we were pretty clever for bringing horses along so we wouldn't need to hunt our meat. It took me a while to show her they had other uses.”
Jane Lindskold, Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart

Anne Fadiman
“Timothy Dunnigan: The kinds of metaphorical language that we use to describe the Hmong say far more about us, and our attachment to our own frame of reference, than they do about the Hmong.”
Anne Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

Yōko Tawada
“I always feel myself being thrust back into loneliness when someone tells me it's cold on a hot day. It isn't good to talk so much about the weather — weather is a highly personal matter, and communication on the subject inevitably fails.”
Yōko Tawada, Memoirs of a Polar Bear

Fiona Wood
“Van Uoc felt the stab of a sad truth: she and her mother would never be as close as her mother and grandmother had been.
Her mother got up, stretched her tidy, graceful frame and headed for the kitchen. Van Uoc wanted to be able to offer her some comfort, but what could she say? Her mother was right. The two of them represented an irreconcilable cultural split. Distance between them was inevitable.”
Fiona Wood, Cloudwish

“Often we may even smile or laugh at adversity, but all people share the same passions. They are merely manifest differently according to one's culture and conditioning.”
Yasuo Kuwahara, Kamikaze: A Japanese Pilot's Own Spectacular Story of the Famous Suicide Squadrons

“You have no tail!" said Brightspot. her own whipped suddenly forward; she stared, first at it, then at Wilson."How do you manage?”
Janet Kagan, Uhura's Song

“Kagan's law of first contact,'You'll surprise you more than they will.”
Janet Kagan, Uhura's Song

Abhijit Naskar
“There is no religion better than love, no color better than the color of happiness and no language better than the language of compassion.”
Abhijit Naskar, Love, God & Neurons: Memoir of a scientist who found himself by getting lost

“Fantasy like thought that no man could rain
Just let her reign
Run wild with her unafraid
Of any rain storms
They only wash the mud away and make way
For double rainbows and sunny days”
Maquita Donyel Irvin, Stories of a Polished Pistil: Lace and Ruffles

Abhijit Naskar
“Harmony doesn’t come merely through tolerance. You don’t need to tolerate people from other cultural backgrounds. It is time you start loving them. Toleration may make you a decent person, but it is love that makes you a true human being.”
Abhijit Naskar, Love, God & Neurons: Memoir of a scientist who found himself by getting lost

David Eddings
“These outlanders are peculiar, aren’t they?"

Longbow smiled faintly. "They seem to think that we’re the peculiar ones. Their lives are very complicated, but we try our best to keep everything simple. I’m not sure exactly why, but that seems to offend them for some reason.”
David Eddings, The Treasured One

“there is very little 'of course' when it comes to custom”
Janet Kagan, Uhura's Song

“In my own eyes, I could only see how ridiculous I looked. How typical white-girl-goes-to-Africa. But in their eyes, the hair was a way to make me part of them, at least for a moment.”
Jessica Posner, Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum

J.G. Farrell
“And as he dug, he wept. He saw Hari's animated face, and numberless dead men, and the hatred on the faces of the sepoys . . . and it suddenly seemed to him that he could see clearly the basis of all conflict and misery, something mysterious which grows in men at the same time as hair and teeth and brains
and which reveals its presence by the utter and atrocious inflexibility of all human habits and beliefs, even including his own.”
J.G. Farrell, The Siege of Krishnapur

“...I fell asleep and had a dream that a king was liquidated by a group of kind faces....”
Maquita Donyel Irvin, Stories of a Polished Pistil: Lace and Ruffles

“The secrets of the kitchen were revealed to you in stages, on a need-to-know basis, just like the secrets of womanhood. You started wearing bras; you started handling the pressure cooker for lentils. You went from wearing skirts and half saris to wearing full saris, and at about the same time you got to make the rice-batter crepes called dosas for everyone’s tiffin. You did not get told the secret ratio of spices for the house-made sambar curry powder until you came of marriageable age. And to truly have a womanly figure, you had to eat, to be voluptuously full of food.

This, of course, was in stark contrast to what was considered womanly or desirable in the West, especially when I started modeling. To look good in Western clothes you had to be extremely thin. Prior to this, I never thought about my weight except to think it wasn’t ever enough. Then, with modeling, I started depending on my looks to feed myself (though my profession didn’t allow me to actually eat very much). When I started hosting food shows, my career went from fashion to food, from not eating to really eating a lot, to put it mildly. Only this time the opposing demands of having to eat all this food and still look good by Western standards of beauty were off the charts. This tug-of-war was something I would struggle with for most of a decade.”
Padma Lakshmi, Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir

“In addition, when they talked as if city people lived by different values, they were not emphasizing abortion, or gay marriage, or the things that are typically pointed to as the cultural issues that divide lower-income whites from the Democratic Party. Instead, the values they talked about were intertwined with economic concerns.”
Katherine J. Cramer, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker

Amor Towles
“For it is a fact that a man can be profoundly out of step with his times. A man may have been born in a city famous for its idiosyncratic culture and yet, the very habits, fashions, and ideas that exalt that city in the eyes of the world may make no sense to him at all. As he proceeds through life, he looks about in a state of confusion, understanding neither the inclinations nor the aspirations of his peers.”
Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow

Caitlín R. Kiernan
“A phenomenon that might seem only backwards or silly when expressed at a social level becomes madness at the individual level.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan

“By sabotaging logic, the common frame of reference, and the common language, we have removed a "safety valve" that allows cultural divides to be resolved.”
Mike Klepper

“Respeta el sitio al que llegas. [...] Una cultura nunca se adaptará a ti. Pretender que eso suceda, al margen de evidenciar una mente propia de colonialimos, afecta al que lo intenta y a nadie más.”
Alberto Lati, Latitudes.Crónica, viaje y balón

Sabrina Jeffries
“I don't want her to know the truth about us."
"I'm merely going to explain to explain that I'm not Nathaniel's mistress."
"You can't talk about mistresses to a well-bred Englishwoman. It violates every propriety."
"To speak in a forthright manner violates propriety?" She rose to stare at him with thinly veiled amusements. "No wonder you English lost the colonies. What with all the lying and the 'propriety' and the evasions, how do you ever get anything done?"
As she crossed the box to sit down beside Evelina, he stared after her in fascinated amazement. Americans were mad—that’s all there was to it.”
Sabrina Jeffries, Married to the Viscount

“And the reason we don't notice it is because that's the way we all cook - they cook like us, and, indeed, we cook like them'.”
Ready for First unit 12 Looking after yourself

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