Difference is of the essence of humanity

Published on January 22, 2021

“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 (1937-2020)

Acceptance speech of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998.

The prize was shared with David Trimble, Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party.