Quotes for
the Journey:

Community 2

The entire population of the
universe, with one trifling
exception, is composed of others.

John Andrew Holmes


It is the individual who is not interested in his or her fellow people who has the greatest difficulties in life and and provides the greatest injury to others.  It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.       -Alfred Adler

Perhaps the clearest and deepest meaning of brotherhood is the ability to imagine yourself in the other person's position, and then treat that person as if you were him or her.  This form of brotherhood takes a lot of imagination, a great deal of sympathy, and a tremendous amount of understanding.        -Obert C. Tanner
A little friendship, a little sympathy, a little sociability, a little human toil. . . is needed in every nook and corner.  Therefore search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity.        -Albert Schweitzer
I am personally thankful that we live together in a large moral house even if we do not drink at the same fountain of faith.   The world we experience together is one world, God's world, and our world, and the problems we share are common human problems.  So we can talk together, try to understand each other, and help each other.        -Lewis B. Smedes
The race of humankind would perish did they cease to aid each other.  We cannot exist without mutual help.  All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow human; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.        -Walter Scott

A woman once told me that she did not feel the need to reach out to those around her because she prayed every day.  Surely, this was enough.  But a prayer is about our relationship to God; a blessing is about our relationship to the spark of God in one another.  God may not need our attention as badly as the person next to us on the bus or behind us in line in the supermarket.  Everyone in the world matters, and so do their blessings.  When we bless others, we offer them refuge from an indifferent world.       -Rachel Naomi Remen
Treasure each other in the recognition that we do not know how long we shall have each other.       -Joshua Loth Liebman
When you ignore your soul's destiny, when you get caught up in your own self-interests and forget to care for others, you will not feel "right."  Instead, you will feel empty and unfulfilled.  During these times, you are neglecting your soul--you are depriving it of nourishment. . . . seek something outside your nine-to-five job as an additional source of fulfillment and as a way to feel the joy of helping others.  You can do any number of things to fulfill this goal--volunteer at a community hotline, coach a Little League team, donate your time to a public school, visit the sick.  Whatever you choose, you will gain a sense that you are giving of yourself, that you are sharing yourself with the world, that you are fulfilling the destiny of your soul.        -Rabbi Harold Kushner
The true foundation of the brotherhood of humankind is belief in the knowledge that God is the Father of humankind. For us, therefore, brotherhood is not only a generous impulse but also a divine command.        -Harry S. Truman
Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world.  So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain.        -Helen Keller
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.        -George Bernard Shaw

Love is the doorway through which the human soul passes from selfishness to service and from solitude to kinship with all humankind.       -unattributed
What are brotherhood and sisterhood?  They are giving to others the rights you want to keep for yourself. . . giving to the individual in another group the same dignity, the same full appreciation that you want to have yourself.
-Everett R. Clinchy
Make it a rule, and pray to God to help you to keep it, never, if possible, to lie down at night without being able to say:  "I have made one human being at least a little wiser, or a little happier, or at least a little better this day."
-Charles Kingsley
Let us. . . touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.       -Mother Teresa
The story of any one person's real experience finds its startling parallel in that of every one of us.       -James Russell Lowell


We are responsible for one another.  Collectively so.  The world is a joint effort.   We might say it is like a giant puzzle, and each one of us is a very important and unique part of it.  Collectively, we can unite and bring about a powerful change in the world.  By working to raise our awareness to the highest possible level of spiritual understanding, we can begin to heal ourselves, then each other and the world.       -Betty Eadie
Very seldom will people give up on themselves.  They continue to have hope because they know that they have the potential for change.  They try again--not just to exist, but to bring about those changes in themselves that will make their lives worth living.  Yet people are very quick to give up on friends, and especially on spouses, to declare them hopeless, and to either walk away or do nothing more than resign themselves to a bad situation.        -Hugh Prather
It is not written, blessed are they that feedeth the poor, but they that considereth the poor.  A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.      -John Ruskin
A lot of movement in today's life is away from others.  That's part of the American myth of individualism.  We are lone wolves, us against the world--individually, or sometimes as a small, nuclear family.  But I think we've paid a high price for that in this country.  There's tremendous solitude and isolation.  Perhaps this revival of interest in the soul is reflecting a slight turn away from the isolation of individualism back to the cohesion of the community.  Soulful life nudges us toward reconnecting ourselves to the neighborhood, toward community action, political activity, reattaching with our family, our past, our ancestors, and revitalizing our spiritual lives.      -Phil Cousineau
When a mentally retarded child is born, the religious question we often ask is, "Why does God let this happen?"  The better question to pose is to ask, "What kind of community should we be so that mental retardation isn't a barrier to the enjoyment of one's full humanity?"       -Rabbi Harold Kushner
Increase, O God, the spirit of neighborliness among us, that in peril we may uphold one another, in calamity serve one another, in suffering tend one another and in homeliness and loneliness in exile befriend one another.   Grant us brave and enduring hearts that we may strengthen one another, till the disciplines and testing of these days be ended.       -Prayer used in air-raid shelters, England, WWII
Entirely by yourself as an individual you can go to hell, but alone you cannot go to heaven, for to go to heaven we need what one may call the natural grace of the mutual dependence on each other here on earth.       -Francis Devas
Whoever is spared personal pain must feel themselves called to help in diminishing the pain of others.  We must all carry our share of the misery which lies upon the world.       -Albert Schweitzer
We are born in relation, we live in relation, we die in relation. There is, literally, no such human place as simply "inside myself." Nor is any person, creed, ideology, or movement entirely "outside myself."       -Carter Heyward

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