Selected Quotes about Community

The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. -- Jane Addams

“It's important for us to have a major presence and visibility in downtown Dallas. By consolidating our downtown locations, we will bring together 1,600 employees to serve our customers more efficiently and conveniently from one central location.” -- Elaine Agather

The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class. -- Aristotle

Because [our children] had had the privilege of growing up where they'd raised a lot of food. They were never hungry. They could share their food with people. And so, you share your lives with people. -- Ella Baker

The real community of man, in the midst of all the self-contraditory simulacra of community, is the community of those who seek the truth, of potential knowers... of all men to the extent that they know. -- Allan Bloom

How does one keep from "growing old inside"? Surely only in community. The only way to make friends with time is to stay friends with people. Taking community seriously not only gives us the companionship we need, it also relieves us of the notion that we are indispensable. -- Robert McAfee Brown

The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt. -- Frederick Buechner

We were born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human race. -- Cicero

Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community. -- Anthony D'Angelo

Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free. -- Eugene V. Debs

There is more than a verbal tie between the words common, community, and communication.... Try the experiment of communicating, with fullness and accuracy, some experience to another, especially if it be somewhat complicated, and you will find your own attitude toward your experience changing. -- John Dewey

My faith has been the driving thing of my life. I think it is important that people who are perceived as liberals not be afraid of talking about moral and community values. -- Marian Wright Edelman

The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place. -- Marian Wright Edelman

Hear me, four quarters of the world - a relative I am! Give me the strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is! Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand, that I may be like you. With your power only can I face the winds. -- Black Elk

No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, there can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men of integrity, by their very existence, rekindle the belief that as a people we can live above the level of moral squalor. We need that belief; a cynical community is a corrupt community. -- John W. Gardner

Being in a pageant is not just about beauty. It's more about service to the community and being a role model and making a difference. It's being proud of your city. It's all what you put into it... -- Chantel Giamanco

The first duty of a human being is to assume the right functional relationship to society -- more briefly, to find your real job, and do it. -- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Genuine politics -- even politics worthy of the name -- the only politics I am willing to devote myself to -- is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving the community and serving those who will come after us. Its deepest roots are moral because it is a responsibility expressed through action, to and for the whole. -- Vaclav Havel

First it is necessary to stand on your own two feet. But the minute a man finds himself in that position, the next thing he should do is reach out his arms. -- Kristin Hunter

Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together. -- Eugene Ionesco

The American city should be a collection of communities where every member has a right to belong. It should be a place where every man feels safe on his streets and in the house of his friends. It should be a place where each individual's dignity and self-respect is strengthened by the respect and affection of his 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 man. This is what man sought at the dawn of civilization. It is what we seek today. -- Lyndon B. Johnson

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

What cannot be achieved in one lifetime will happen when one lifetime is joined to another. -- Harold Kushner

Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. -- HH the Dalai Lama

Let there be a small country with few people . . . Though neighboring communities overlook one another and the crowing of cocks and barking of dogs can be heard, Yet the people there may grow old and die without ever visiting one another. -- Lao-Tzu

God creates men, but they choose each other. -- Niccolo Machiavelli

I would never belong to a group that would accept someone like me as a member. -- Groucho Marx

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

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

The religious community is essential, for alone our vision is too narrow to see all that must be seen. Together, our vision widens and strength is renewed. -- Mark Morrison-Reed

But the life that no longer trust another human being and no longer forms ties to the political community is not a human life any longer. -- Martha Nussbaum

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 from one to another that creates something. -- Sandra Day O'Connor

There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community. -- M. Scott Peck

Living together is an art. -- William Pickens

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade. -- Chinese proverb

If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth. -- Mitsugi Saotome

Isn't everyone a part of everyone else? -- Budd Schulberg

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. -- George Bernard Shaw

We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been 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

When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that. -- Gertrude Stein

I am a part of all that I have met. -- Alfred Tennyson

Community cannot long feed on itself, it can only flourish with the coming of others from beyond: their unknown and undiscovered sisters and brothers. -- Howard Thurman

The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession. -- Mark Twain

The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say, "What are you going through?" -- Simone Weil

This is the duty of our generation as we enter the twenty-first century -- solidarity with the weak, the persecuted, the lonely, the sick, and those in despair. It is expressed by the desire to give a noble and humanizing meaning to a community in which all members will define themselves not by their own identity but by that of others. -- Elie Wiesel

In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it. -- Marianne Williamson

Great bodies of people are never responsible for what they do. -- Virginia Woolf

One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them. -- Virginia Woolf

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