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Brotherhood & Unity



There is a destiny that makes us brothers:
      None goes his way alone:
      All that we send into the lives of others
      Comes back into our own.
I care not what his temples or his creeds,
      One thing holds firm and fast —
      That into his fateful heap of days and deeds
      The soul of man is cast.
~Edwin Markham, "A Creed," 1901  [To Mr. David Lubin —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Of a truth, men are mystically united; a mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one. ~Thomas Carlyle


You see, don't you, how humanity can become one grand brotherhood if it only would. ~Alwyn M. Thurber, Quaint Crippen, 1896


You cannot contribute anything to the ideal condition of mind and heart known as Brotherhood, however much you preach, posture, or agree, unless you live it. ~Faith Baldwin, "Living Brotherhood"


Love builds. It is positive and helpful. It is more beneficial than hate. Injuries quickly forgotten quickly pass away. Personally and racially, our enemies must be forgiven. Our aim must be to create a world of fellowship and justice where no man's skin, color or religion, is held against him. "Love thy neighbor" is a precept which could transform the world if it were universally practiced. It connotes brotherhood and, to me, brotherhood of man is the noblest concept in all human relations. Loving your neighbor means being interracial, interreligious and international. ~Mary McLeod Bethune (1875–1955), last will and testament, written 1953


No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main... ~John Donne


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, "Nothing Personal," 1964


In this hour of his regeneration-day, his genius gave his heart the fiery baptism of a love, which clasped all men and all creatures into its flames. There are certain precious minutes of rapture—ah, why not years?—when an inexpressible love towards all human creatures flows through thy whole life, and opens thy arms softly to every brother. ~Jean Paul Friedrich Richter, Hesperus, or Forty-Five Dog-Post-Days: A Biography, translated from German by Charles T. Brooks, 1865


The crest and crowning of all good,
Life's final star, is Brotherhood...
~Edwin Markham, "Brotherhood"


Once strike the keynote of harmony, and that same happiness pours into one's soul like so much sunlight. ~Alwyn M. Thurber, Quaint Crippen, 1896


Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship. He Who is the Daystar of Truth beareth Me witness! So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. ~Bahá’u’lláh, "Epistle to the Son of the Wolf," translated by Shoghi Effendi, bahai.org


A universal beauty clothes the world,
And one heart seems to beat for all mankind!
~Robert Montgomery, "Beautiful Influences," A Universal Prayer; Death; A Vision of Heaven; and A Vision of Hell; &c. &c., 1829


Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking. It must be an indissoluble tie. ~Mahatma Gandhi


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, 1895


And yet there leaped from his heart a high fountain of love, which penetrated even to the remotest brother.... his heart adhered everywhere like hooked seed, and sent the roots of its happiness into every other being's lot. ~Jean Paul Friedrich Richter, Hesperus, or Forty-Five Dog-Post-Days: A Biography, translated from German by Charles T. Brooks, 1865


The Golden Rule is living Brotherhood. ~William Arthur Ward, "Three Men," For This One Hour, 1969


Come, clear the way, then, clear the way:
Blind creeds and kings have had their day.
Break the dead branches from the path:
Our hope is in the aftermath...
Make way for Brotherhood—make way for Man.
~Edwin Markham, "Brotherhood"


Our design is so flawed, so take everything and fill the gaps with selfless love. ~Daniel, @blindedpoet, tweet, 2011


Dear is a kinsman, but the pith of the heart is a foster-brother. ~Gaelic proverb


The means by which we live are marvelous indeed. And yet something is missing. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers. Our abundance has brought us neither peace of mind nor serenity of spirit. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.


Where beats a heart within a human breast,
There be Thou present, and Thy power adored!
And oh! since all are doom'd one common race
To run, and one eternal goal to reach,
May Thy prime attribute each bosom warm
With tender sympathy and truth; may man
Be link'd to man in fellowship of soul,
Till one vast chain of Love embrace the world!
~Robert Montgomery, "A Universal Prayer," A Universal Prayer; Death; A Vision of Heaven; and A Vision of Hell; &c. &c., 1829


To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy — unity. Unity... We can see each other not as adversaries, but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces, stop the shouting, and lower the temperature. For without unity, there is no peace — only bitterness and fury. No progress — only exhausting outrage. No nation — only a state of chaos. ~Joseph R. Biden, Jr., presidential inauguration address, 2021


Cooperation is an intelligent functioning of the concept of laissez faire — a thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there. And that "there" is nowhere but "here"… in the full, rich living of the present moment as an individual, as a couple, a family, a society, a world. ~Virginia Burden, The Process of Intuition, 1957


We're all just walking each other home. ~Ram Dass


Hence in international relations there is far too little laughing, and far too much sneering. ~G.K. Chesterton, "What Is America?", What I Saw in America, 1922


i have noticed
that when
chickens quit
quarrelling over their
food they often
find that there is
enough for all of them
i wonder if
it might not
be the same way
with the
human race
~Don Marquis, "random thoughts by archy," archy s life of mehitabel, 1933


We have now finished our exposition of the Laws of Nationalities. It only remains for us to consider as briefly as possible how to exploit them in the interests of Reason and Love.... If Nationalism is bad, Individualism is worse.... "To feel living within me," [Amiel] cries, "all the categories in which humanity scatters itself is a joy." In truth he felt none of them. You cannot be anything if you want to be everything. But if you are content to be something, you may by analogy be many things. To feel like the French patriot you must love not France but England. The brotherhood of the peoples is not barred by the plurality of patriotisms. It takes two men to make one brother. Internationalism, so far, then, from being the antithesis of Nationalism, actually requires nations to interrelate. ~Israel Zangwill, The Principle of Nationalities, 1917


In unity there is strength. ~Aesop, "The Bundle of Sticks"


Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. ~African proverb





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