Quotes on Community

These quotes help me concentrate and focus on my goals. Find on The Freechild Project website here.

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole 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.” – George Bernard Shaw 

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come to because your liberation is bound up in mine, we can work together.” – Lilla Watson

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

“No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” – John Donne

“Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.” – Alexander the Great

“If we want a beloved community, we must stand for justice, have recognition for difference without attaching difference to privilege.” – bell hooks

“In union there is strength.” – Aesop

“The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.” – James Baldwin

“Unity, to be real, must stand the severest strain without breaking.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is vertical, so it’s humiliating. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other and learns from the other. I have a lot to learn from other people.” – Eduardo Galeano

“In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.” – Booker T. Washington

“Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.” – Virginia Burden

“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” – Kenyan Proverb

“One is a member of a country, a profession, a civilization, a religion. One is not just a man.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Independence? That’s middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Washing ones hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.” – Paulo Freire

“We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone… and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads form one to another that creates something.” – Sandra Day O’Connor

“Relationships are treated like Dixie cups. They are the same. They are disposable. If it does not work, drop it, throw it away, get another. Committed bonds cannot last when this is the prevailing logic. Most of us are unclear about what to do to protect and strengthen caring bonds when our self-centered needs are not being met.” – bell hooks

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” – Henry Ford

“We all participate in weaving the social fabric; we should therefore all participate in patching the fabric when it develops holes.” – Anne C. Weisberg  

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Mohammed Ali

“A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.” – Richard Whately

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” – Herman Melville

“Each of us is a being in himself and a being in society, each of us needs to understand himself and understand others, take care of others and be taken care of himself.” – Haniel Long

“Many hands make light work.” – John Heywood


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