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Quotes for
the Journey:

Community



A mystic bond of brotherhood
makes all people one.

Thomas Carlyle

   

To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and
virtue of humankind--this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.       -Henry Van Dyke

   

We cannot live only for ourselves.  A thousand fibers connect us with
our fellow men and women; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.      -Herman Melville

   
What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?      -George Eliot
   

Whenever education and refinement carry us away from the common people, they are growing towards selfishness, which is the monster evil of the world.  That is true cultivation which gives us sympathy with every form of human life, and enables us to work most successfully for its advancement. Refinement that carries us away from our fellow people is not Godís refinement.       -Henry Ward Beecher

   

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

    

Brotherhood is not just a Bible word.  Out of comradeship can come and will come the happy life for all.       -Heywood Broun

It is probably a pity that every citizen of each state cannot visit all the others, to see the differences, to learn what we have in common, and to come back with a richer, fuller understanding of America--in all its beauty, in all its dignity, in all its strength, in support of moral principle.       -Dwight D. Eisenhower

   
The realization that our small planet is only one of many worlds gives humankind the perspective it needs to realize sooner that our own world belongs to all of its creatures, that the moon landing marks the end of our childhood as a race and the beginning of a newer and better civilization.       -Arthur C. Clarke
   

We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been ó a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time.  Community.  Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats.  Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power.  Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done.  Arms to hold us when we falter.  A circle of healing.  A circle of friends.  Someplace where we can be free.        -Starhawk

   

The American city should be a collection of communities where every member has a right to belong.  It should be a place where every person feels safe on his or her streets and in the house of his or her  friends.  It should be a place where each individual's dignity and self-respect is strengthened by the respect and affection of his or her neighbors.  It should be a place where each of us can find the satisfaction and warmth which comes from being a member of the community of human beings.  This is what people sought at the dawn of civilization.  It is what we seek today.       -Lyndon B. Johnson

   
I sought my soul,
But my soul I could not see.
I sought my God,
But my God eluded me.
I sought my brother,
And I found all three.

Anon
   
Anticipate charity by preventing poverty; assist the reduced fellow human being, either by a considerable gift, or a sum of money, or by teaching him or her a trade, or by putting him or her in the way of business, so that he or she may earn an honest livelihood, and not be forced to the dreadful alternative of holding out his hand for charity.  This is the highest step and the summit of charity's golden ladder.       -Maimonides
    
Human beings are a part of the whole, called by us "the universe," a part limited in time and space.  We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of our consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our own personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.       -Albert Einstein
    

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships--the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.       -Franklin D. Roosevelt

   
It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in nightmare.  All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or the other of these destinations.  It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is in the awe and circumspection proper to them that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics.  There are no ordinary people.  You have never talked to a mere mortal.       -C.S. Lewis

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And so it's good that we remember
Just as soon as we've discovered
That the things we do in life
Will always end up touching others.

Paul O'Neill
(from Trans-Siberian Orchestra's
Christmas Eve and Other Stories)

   

Blessed are the servants who love their brothers and sisters as much when they are sick and useless as when they are well and can be of service to them.  And blessed are they who love their brothers and sisters as well when they are afar off as when they are by their side, and who would say nothing behind their back that they might not, in love, say before their face.       -St. Francis of Assisi

   
We are all citizens of one world, we are all of one blood.  To hate people because they were born in another country, because they speak a different language, or because they take a different view on this subject or that, is a great folly. Desist, I implore you, for we are all equally human. . . . Let us have but one end in view:  the welfare of humanity.       -Johann Amos Comenius
   

No person is an island entire of itself.
Every person 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 if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were.
Any person's death diminishes me, because I am involved in humankind.
Therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls.
It tolls for thee.

John Donne

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Let us be kinder to one another.       -Aldous Huxley's last words

    

    
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals.  To that end each of us must work for his or her own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.      -Marie Curie
   
My duty towards my neighbors is to love them as myself, and to do all people as I would they should do unto me.       -Book of Common Prayer
    
For a person to argue, "I do not go to church; I pray alone," is no wiser than if he or she should say, "I have no use for symphonies; I believe only in solo music."       -George A. Buttrick
  
   
The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all people human and, therefore, brothers and sisters.       -Martin Luther King, Jr.
   
No one may forsake their neighbors when they are in trouble.  Everybody is under obligation to help and support their neighbors as they would themselves like to be helped.       -Martin Luther

  

   
The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless.  The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service.  The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.       -Billy Graham
  
A person is called selfish not for pursuing his or her own good, but for neglecting his or her neighbor's.        -Richard Whately
    
More than ever we are aware of the ties that bind us as opposed to the things that keep us separate.  The interconnection of all humanity grows clearer each day as the effects of the international nature of the world grow clearer.  Charles Dickens calls us "fellow passengers to the grave," as we're all here to do our best while we are alive to make this world a better place.  What does this mean to us?  Our generations, more than any that preceded us, are learning about our responsibilities to our fellow human beings, no matter where they are, what their race, or what their beliefs.  We are learning the necessity of being truly human, of holding life sacred and treating others as if they truly matter, for they do.        -tom walsh
  
The task that remains is to cope with our interdependence--to see ourselves reflected in every other human being, and to respect and honor our differences.        -Melba Patillo Beals
   

   

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