it takes all sorts

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it takes all sorts

Many different kinds of people make up the world. For example, I would never go swimming in April, but it takes all sorts, or Gordon insists on wearing sunglasses indoors and outI guess it takes all sorts. This expression, originating in the 1600s as It takes all sorts to make a world, is often used in remarking one's own difference from others or tolerating someone else's peculiarity. Also see no accounting for tastes.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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