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Quotations about Brotherhood and Unity
NOTE: Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors. —ღ Terri, March 2021
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 mysterious 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
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. ~John Donne
The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out. ~James Baldwin
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
In union there is strength. ~Aesop
Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all. ~Alexander the Great
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
So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. ~Bahá'u'lláh
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
I look to a time when brotherhood needs no publicity; to a time when a brotherhood award would be as ridiculous as an award for getting up each morning. ~Daniel D. Mich
Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking. ~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
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
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
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. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963
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 the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there. ~Virginia Burden, The Process of Intuition
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
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
Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. ~Kenyan Proverb
I have often noticed that when chickens quit quarreling over their food they often find that there is enough for all of them. I wonder if it might not be the same with the human race. ~Don Marquis
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