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You don't live in a world all alone.
Your brothers and sisters are here, too.

Albert Schweitzer


Not until the creation and maintenance of decent conditions of life for all people are recognized and accepted as a common obligation of all of us. . .  shall we be able to speak of humankind as civilized.

Albert Einstein


People were formed for society and are neither capable of living alone, nor have the courage to do it.

William Blackstone


Life does not have meaning through mere existence or acquisition or fun.  The meaning of life is inherent in the connections we make to others through honor and obligation.

Laura Schlessinger


This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.  I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.  I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.  Life is no "brief candle" to me.  It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

George Bernard Shaw


Many people do not know that they can strengthen or diminish
the life around them.  The way we live day to day simply may not
reflect back to us our power to influence life or the web of relationships
that connects us.  Life responds to us anyway.  We all have the power
to affect others.  We may affect those we know and those we do not even
know at all. . . . Without our knowing, we may influence
the lives of others in very simple ways.

Rachel Naomi Remen


Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Helen Keller


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Quotes on unity and oneness.

Each person takes care that their neighbor shall not cheat
them.  But a day comes when we begin to care that we do
not cheat our neighbors.  Then all goes well.  We have changed
our market-cart into a chariot of the sun.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Since you are an integral part of a social system,
let every act of yours contribute to the harmonization
of social life.  Any action that is not related directly
or remotely to this social aim disturbs your life, and
destroys your unity.

Marcus Aurelius


The salvation of humankind lies only in making everything the concern of all.



For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed;
the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea
does not cease to grind down rock.  Generations do not cease to be born,
and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have.
The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us.
The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith
with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.

James Baldwin


Always follow these two rules:  first, act only on what your reasoning mind proposes
for the good of humanity, and second, change your opinion if someone shows
you it’s wrong.  This change of mind must proceed only from the conviction that it’s
both correct and for the common good, but not because it will give you
pleasure and make you popular.

Marcus Aurelius

The central purpose of each life should be to dilute the misery in the world.

Karl Menninger
An old rabbi once asked his pupils how they could tell when the night had ended and the day had begun.

"Could it be," asked one of the students, "when you can see an animal in the distance and tell whether it's a sheep or a dog?"

"No," answered the rabbi.

Another asked, "Is it when you can look at a tree in the distance and tell whether it's a fig tree or a peach tree?"

"No," answered the rabbi.

"Then when is it?" the pupils demanded.

"It is when you can look on the face of any man or woman and see that it is your sister or brother.  Because if you cannot see this, it is still night."

Hasidic tale

Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things,
but just look at what they can do when they stick together.

Vesta M. Kelly

Treat people and live amongst them in such a way so that when you die they will
cry over you, and while you are alive they long for your company.

traditional Muslim saying


The poor have a role to play in building a society truly worthy of the
human person--a society in which none ore so poor that they have
nothing to give and none are so rich that they have nothing to receive.

John Paul II



A traveler came to the gates of a new city and asked the gatekeeper, "What kind of people live here?"

The gatekeeper answered with a question of his own, "What kind of people lived in the city you just came from?"

The traveler replied, "They were mostly a cantankerous lot, greedy and self-centered."

The gatekeeper answered, "I expect you will find the people here just the same."

Soon after, another traveler met the gatekeeper and asked the same question.  Again the gatekeeper asked, "How did you find the residents of the city you visited last?"

The traveler answered enthusiastically, "They were warm and hospitable; truly a fine group of people."

The gatekeeper responded, "I expect you will find these folk just the same."

Christina Feldman
One exemplary act may affect one life, or even millions of lives.  All those
who set standards for themselves, who strengthen the bonds of community, who
do their work creditably and accept individual responsibility, are building
the common future.

John W. Gardner

One aspect of true community is that we respond to the needs of another
within our own capabilities.  Living in a community consciously, responsibly,
and actively provides opportunities for growing naturally in compassion.
Living compassionately in a community means that we care not only about our
own advancement, materially as well as spiritually, but also about the well-being
of all members, including those at the bottom.  Those at the so-called bottom
may be far more spiritually rich than those with whom we aspire to consort. . . .
there is no limit to how we conceive the expanse of community, only our own thinking.

Michael Goddart

None of us come into the world fully formed.  We would not know how to
think, or walk, or speak, or behave as human beings unless we learned it
from other human beings.  We need other human beings in order to be human.
I am because other people are.

Desmond Tutu

When there was a disaster, it used to be that people went to church and
all held hands.  Now the minute anything happens they run to CNN.

Don Hewitt


community - community 2 - community 3

One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to
welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals. When
we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can
welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps
help them find self-confidence and inner healing.

Jean Vanier
Community And Growth

The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual.
The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.

William James

People are beginning to realize that self-knowledge is not an end
in itself.  It's for the purpose of better relationships, so that we
can give to our community.  You can give from overflow.  It's very
hard to give from emptiness. . . . People who avoid self-knowledge
cause a great deal of pain to themselves as well as to their families
and friends.

Jennifer James
Success Is the Quality of Your Journey

Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my
mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth.  I said
then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there
is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.

Eugene V. Debs

Quotes on unity and oneness.

We seldom stop to think how many people's lives are entwined
with our own.  It is a form of selfishness to imagine that every
individual can operate on his or her own or can pull out
of the general stream and not be missed.

Ivy Baker Priest



There's a thread that binds all of us together; pull one end
of the thread, the strain is felt all down the line.

Rosamond Marshall


Our equal and opposite needs for solitude and community constitute a great
paradox.  When it is torn apart, both of these life-giving states of being
degenerate into deathly specters of themselves.  Solitude split off from
community is no longer a rich and fulfilling experience of inwardness;
now it becomes loneliness, a terrible isolation.  Community split off from
solitude is no longer a nurturing network of relationships; now it becomes
a crowd, an alienating buzz of too many people and too much noise.

Parker J. Palmer
The Courage to Teach


There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own.  Nobody.
You built a factory out there--good for you.  But I want to be clear.
You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for.
You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate.  You were safe
in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the
rest of us paid for.  You didn't have to worry that marauding bands
would come and seize everything at your factory. . . Now look.  You
built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea--
God bless!  Keep a hunk of it.  But part of the underlying
social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay
forward for the next kid who comes along.

Elizabeth Warren


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My whole life has largely been one of surprises.  I believe that any person's life will be filled with constant, unexpected encouragements of this kind if one makes up one's mind to do one's level best each day of his or her life--that is, tries to make each day reach as nearly as possible the high-water mark of pure, unselfish, useful living.  I pity the person, black or white, who has never experienced the joy and satisfaction that come to one by reason of an effort to assist in making someone else more useful and more happy.  It seems to me that one of the most vital questions that touch our American life is how to bring the strong, wealthy, and learned into helpful touch with the poorest, most ignorant, and humblest, and at the same time make one appreciate the vitalizing, strengthening influence of the other.  How shall we make the mansions on yon Beacon Street feel and see the need of the spirits in the lowliest cabins in Alabama cottonfields or Louisiana sugar-bottoms?

Booker T. Washington
Up from Slavery
When the Stranger says:  “What is the meaning of this city?
Do you huddle close together because you love each other?”
What will you answer?  “We all dwell together
To make money from each other”? or “This is a community”?
Oh my soul, be prepared for the coming of the Stranger.
Be prepared for him who knows how to ask questions.

T.S. Eliot
The Rock

People are living books.  The real library of life is community.

Bryant McGill
Simple Reminders


The key to this form of community involves holding a paradox--the
paradox of having relationships in which we protect each other's
aloneness.  We must come together in ways that respect the
solitude of the soul, that avoid the unconscious violence we do
when we try to save each other, that evoke our capacity to hold
another life without dishonoring its mystery, never trying
to coerce the other into meeting our own needs.

Parker J. Palmer
Let Your Life Speak

Individuals can change things.  If everyone will just do their little part,
then we can make a tremendous difference in the lives of other people.

Sarah Purcell

I am dubious as to how far we can move toward global community--which
is the only way to achieve international peace--until we learn the basic
principles of community in our own individual lives and personal
spheres of influence.

M. Scott Peck
The Different Drum


I am a creature of God and my neighbor is also a creature of God.
I work in the city and my neighbor lives in the country.
I rise early for my work and my neighbor rises early for work.
Just as my neighbor cannot excel in my work,
I cannot excel in my neighbor's work.
Will you say that I do great things and my neighbor does small things?
We have learned that it does not matter whether a person does
much or little as long as one directs one's heart to Heaven.

from the Babylonian Talmud



Alone in his car heading west, it's easy for Jason
to feel sorry for himself and mad at the world.  But
then he gives a ride to Hector and learns that life
isn't nearly as negative as we sometimes see it,
and that the prejudice and discrimination that
he's experiencing aren't unique to him--and aren't
impossible to overcome.  The friendship between
this young man and his 70-year-old passenger is
an inspiring story of love and dealing with
obstacles in our lives.    
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