can never get a re-creation of community and
heal our society without giving our citizens
a sense of belonging."
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
labor and civil society organizations have
skills and resources that are vital in helping
to build a more robust global community.
-- Kofi Annan
an age where community involvement and partnerships
with civil society are increasingly being
recognized as indispensable, there is clearly
a growing potential for cooperative development
and renewal worldwide.
-- Kofi Annan
exist for the sake of one another. Teach them then
or bear with them.
-- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by
him who has care of the community”
-- St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
man not only needs to know how to fish, he needs
to have the freedom to do it and a place to
do it. That's where community comes in. We have
to help each other, and we feel government has
a very important role therein.
-- Bill Ayres
the world community develops in peace, it
will open up great untapped reservoirs in
-- Emily Greene
community is a group of people who have come together,
and they work and they live to try and improve
the standard of living and quality of life - and
I don't mean money.
-- William Baldwin
has not only lost its promise but is embittering
many. The forces representing human solidarity
and community have no choice but to step in
quickly to convince the disenchanted masses
that, as the banner of the World Social Forum
in Porto Alegre proclaims, 'Another world is
-- Dr.Walden Bello
is vain to talk of the interest of the community,
without understanding what is the interest of the
-- Jeremy Bentham ( Philosopher 1748-1832)
natural world is the larger sacred community
to which we belong. To be alienated from this
community is to become destitute in all that
makes us human. To damage this community is
to diminish our own existence."
~ Thomas Berry
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, (1863-1950)
can begin by doing small things at the local
level, like planting community gardens or looking
out for our neighbors. That is how change takes
place in living systems, not from above but
from within, from many local actions occurring
-- Grace Lee Boggs
can build an economy that does not destroy its
natural support systems, a global community
where the basic needs of all the Earth’s people
are satisfied, and a world that will allow us
to think of ourselves as civilized. This is
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
person who tries to live alone will not succeed
as a human being. His heart withers if it does
not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away
if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts
and finds no other inspiration
-- Pearl S. Buck
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
-- Frederick Buechner
wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor
is bound to administer in his lifetime for the
good of the community.
~ Andrew Carnegie
part of the human community can live entirely on its
own planet, with its own laws of motion and cut off
from the rest of humanity.
-- Hugo Chavez
were born to unite with our fellow men, and to join
in community with the human race.
mission in this new century is clear. For good
or ill, we live in an interdependent world.
We can't escape each other. Therefore, we have
to spend our lives building a global community
of shared responsibilities, shared values, shared
~ Bill Clinton
create an integrated global community where
we have shared benefits and responsibilities,
and we don't fight because of our differences.
~ Bill Clinton
I think about the world I would like to leave to my
daughter and the grandchildren I hope to have, it
is a world that moves away from unequal, unstable,
unsustainable interdependence to integrated communities
- locally, nationally and globally - that share the
characteristics of all successful communities.
~ Bill Clinton
old emphasis upon superficial differences that
separate peoples must give way to education for
citizenship in the human community.
-- Norman Cousins
new education must be less concerned with sophistication
than compassion. It must recognize the hazards of
tribalism. It must teach man the most difficult lesson
of all—to look at someone anywhere in the world and
be able to see the image of himself. The old emphasis
upon superficial differences that separate peoples
must give way to education for citizenship in the
human community. With such an education and with such
self-understanding, it is possible that some nation
or people may come forward with the vital inspiration
that men need no less than food. Leadership on this
higher level does not require mountains of gold or
thundering propaganda. It is concerned with human
destiny. Human destiny is the issue. People will respond."
-- Norman Cousins
we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those
around us. When our community is in a state of
peace, it can share that peace with neighboring
- The Dalai
have all known the long loneliness and we have
learned that the only solution is love and that
love comes with community.
-- Dorothy Day
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
my friends, I am opposed to the system of society
in which we live today, not because I lack the natural
equipment to do for myself but because I am not satisfied
to make myself comfortable knowing that there are
thousands of my fellow men who suffer for the barest
necessities of life. We were taught under the old
ethic that man's business on this earth was to look
out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle;
the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself,
no matter what may become of your fellow man. Thousands
of years ago the question was asked; ''Am I my brother's
keeper?'' That question has never yet been answered
in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society.
Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral
obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin
sentimentality but by the higher duty I owe myself.
What would you think me if I were capable of seating
myself at a table and gorging myself with food and
saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving
-- Eugene V. Debs,
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
man is an island...
-- John Donne
man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in
-- John Donne
think it is important that people who are perceived
as liberals not be afraid of talking about moral
and community values.
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.
am local, rural, communal. And I find that the
whole world is a community. We have made progress
in asserting our local community rights globally.
We shall continue to do so."
-- Tewolde Egziabher
all my heart I believe that the world's present
system of sovereign nations can only lead to
barbarism, war and inhumanity, and that only
world law can assure progress towards a civilized
-- Albert Einstein
task must be to free ourselves... by widening
our circle of compassion to embrace all living
creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
-- Albert Einstein
human being is a part of the whole, called by us,
"Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences
himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated
from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of his
consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for
us, restricting us to our 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. Nobody is able
to achieve this completely, but the striving for such
achievement is in itself a part of the liberation
and a foundation for inner security
-- Albert Einstein
world of ours... must avoid becoming a community
of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead,
a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult
for each other?
-- George Eliot
We now have a global community that calculates
how to maximize the benefits for a few at the
expense of the majority
-- Irene Fernandez
world is a giant community now. This excuse
of distance, time, doesn’t work...We’re all
so connected. We can’t spend every second of
our lives worrying about another family miles
away but we somehow have to factor it in where
a community to be whole and healthy, it must
be based on people's love and concern for each
Nothing can be defined or derided on the basis
of its origin. The important thing is what is
done with it and how far a community identifies
with something that symbolizes its favourite way
of dreaming, living, dancing, playing or loving.
This is the positive side of the world: a constant
intermingling that produces new responses to new
challenges. But because of forced globalization,
there’s a clear trend these days towards uniformity.
This trend comes largely from the ever-greater
concentration of power in the hands of large media
-- Eduardo Galeano
have an obligation to ensure that donors do
not become isolated from the needs of the public
and the community."
-- Tracy Gary
people and the average community can change
the world. You can do it just based on common
sense, determination, persistence and patience."
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
community organization, whether it's a women's
organization, or fighting for racial justice
… you will get satisfaction out of doing something
to give back to the community that you never
get in any other way.”
-- Ruth Bader
United States is subject to the scrutiny of
a candid world ... what the United States does,
for good or for ill, continues to be watched
by the international community, in particular
by organizations concerned with the advancement
of the rule of law and respect for human dignity.
-- Ruth Bader
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
individual has a place to fill in the world and is
important in some respect whether he chooses to be
so or not.
-- Nathaniel Hawthorne
We can dream together a dream of a better world,
an ever-renewing, organic-based earth-community.
I believe we can achieve a large part of it
in our lifetime.
~ Randy Hayes
community service, we would not have a strong
quality of life. It's important to the person
who serves as well as the recipient. It's the
way in which we ourselves grow and develop.”
-- Dorothy Height
impersonal hand of government can never replace
the helping hand of a neighbor.
-- Hubert Humphrey
world community can only exist with world communication,
which means something more than extensive software
facilities scattered about he globe. It means
common understanding, a common tradition, common
idea's and common ideals.”
-- Robert Maynard
community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared
to take the helm.”
-- Henrik Ibsen
people, land, and community are as one, all
three members prosper; when they relate not
as members but as competing interests, all three
are exploited. By consulting Nature as the source
and measure of that membership, The Land Institute
seeks to develop an agriculture that will save
soil from being lost or poisoned while promoting
a community life at once prosperous and enduring."
-- Wes Jackson
the spirit of neighborliness was important on the
frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even
more important now because our neighbors are so many.
-- Lady Bird Johnson
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
do we create a harmonious society out of so
many kinds of people? The key is tolerance --
the one value that is indispensable in creating
must address and master the future together.
It can be done if we restore the belief that
we share a sense of national community, that
we share a common national endeavor. It can
have words for racism and sexism, but wealth
discrimination isn’t fully recognized. It
is a bias in favor of the wealthy and against
labor, the environment, and the community.
Concern for the public good must become the
animating force of our economic order.”
peace, like community peace, does not require
that each man love his neighbor -- it requires
only that they live together with mutual tolerance,
submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful
am in favor of increased communication and cooperation
between countries, but it is more important
that each country becomes responsible for its
own actions, its own communities, its own economies,
before starting to integrate in large regional
or global supranational organizations.
-- David Korten
is not just the absence of war, it is the active
presence of a capacity for love and compassion,
and reciprocity. It is an awareness that our
lives are not to be lived simply for ourselves
through expressing our individuality, but we
confirm the purpose of our lives through the
work of expressing our shared sense of community
in a purposeful and practical way; to sustain
our own lives we sustain the lives of others
- in family, in a community of neighborhoods
called a city, and in a community of nations
called the world.
-- Dennis Kucinich
cannot be achieved in one lifetime will happen when
one lifetime is joined to another.
-- Harold Kushner
is a community theory of society which is founded
on economic, spiritual, and biological facts.
It maintains that respect for a healthy development
of human society and of world civilization requires
that mankind be organized internationally. Nationalities
should form the constitutive links in a great
world alliance, and must be guaranteed an independent
life in the realm of the spiritual and for locally
delimited tasks, while economic and political
objectives must be guided internationally in
a spirit of peaceful cooperation for the promotion
of mankind's common interests. -- Christian
we stand on a bridge leading from the territorial
state to the world community. Politically, we
are still governed by the concept of the territorial
state; economically and technically, we live
under the auspices of worldwide communications
and worldwide markets.
also believe that it's almost impossible for
people to change alone. We need to join with
others who will push us in our thinking and
challenge us to do things we didn't believe
ourselves capable of.
-- Frances Moore
an extraordinary time to be alive. We’re the
first people on our planet to have real choice:
we can continue killing each other, wiping out
other species, spoiling our nest. Yet on every
continent a revolution in human dignity is emerging.
It is re-knitting community and our ties to
the earth. So we do have a choice. We can choose
death; or we can choose life."
Frances Moore Lappé
thing is right when it tends to preserve the
integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic
community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”
~ Aldo Leopold
(American ecologist, 1887-1948)
abuse land because we regard it as a commodity
belonging to us. When we see land as a community
to which we belong, we may begin to use it with
love and respect.
~ Aldo Leopold
land is a community is the basic concept of
ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected
is an extension of ethics.
~ Aldo Leopold
have come a long way in America because of Martin
Luther King, Jr. He led a disciplined, nonviolent
revolution under the rule of law, a revolution
of values, a revolution of ideas. We’ve come
a long way, but we still have a distance to
go before all of our citizens embrace the idea
of a truly interracial democracy, what I like
to call the Beloved Community, a nation at peace
-- John R. Lewis
common wish of the international community is
for peace instead of war.”
-- Li Zhaoxing
us at all times remember that all American citizens
are brothers of a common country, and should
dwell together in bonds of fraternal feeling."
-- Abraham Lincoln
strongest bond of human sympathy outside the
family relation should be one uniting working
people of all nations and tongues and kindreds.
-- Abraham Lincoln
Peoples have always believed that peace is central
to human security and all life forms that exist
in a community, a nation, Mother Earth and the
-- Hilda Lini
of us is a being in himself and a being in society,
each of us needs to understand himself and understand
others, take care of others and be taken care of himself.
-- Haniel Long
with so little we have done so much in Brazil,
imagine what could have been done on a global
scale, if the fight against hunger and poverty
were a real priority for the international community.
-- Luiz Lula da
engage human energy, human skill, and human talent
in the service of peace, for the alternative is
unthinkable - war, destruction, and desolation;
and to build a world community which will stand
as a lasting monument to the millions of men and
women, to such devoted and distinguished world
citizens and fighters for peace as the late Dag
Hammarskjold, who have given their lives that
we may live in happiness and peace…
-- Chief Albert
enable consensus politics to develop we need to
empower people where they live. This means devolving
financial resources and political power down to
the community level. One of the greatest blocks
to movement is fear. This fear can only be removed
when people feel their voices are being heard
by government and when they have a say in their
own lives and communities.
-- Mairead Corrigan
society, all government, and every kind of civil
compact therefore, is or ought to be, calculated
for the general good and safety of the community.
-- George Mason
need artists to help us come together and share
our voices and build community around powerful
issues concerning our roles in the world and our
planet’s survival. Compassion must be translated
-- Natasha Mayers
is as endangered by surplus as it is by deficit.
If there is too much money floating around it
enables people to have no need of each other.
-- Bill McKibben
doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed
citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the
only thing that ever has.
-- Margaret Mead
cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers
connect us with our fellow men.
-- Herman Melville
want to govern with our indigenous ancestors'
models: That means a different concept of participation,
community work and honesty...
-- Evo Morales
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
poverty is a disease that infects the entire
community in the form of unemployment and violence,
failing schools and broken homes, then we can't
just treat those symptoms in isolation . We
have to heal that entire community."
-- Barack Obama
"Leave the old and dying America and use your
creative energies to help form a new America,
which would be demilitarized, more humanistic,
where the police are less hostile and closer
to the community, where the wealthy are not
given unleashed power for the exploitation of
the people, and mostly because it's now a matter
of life and death, reassert an ecological balance
with the environment, which means the people
in the oil companies and the car companies and
the space industry will have to be brought into
account, so there will be a new definition of
government which has to be closer to the people
and less close to special interests which are
far more harmful that any revolutionaries.
-- Phil Ochs
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
are privileged to have the opportunity of contributing
to the achievement of the goal of the abolition
of war and its replacement by world law. I am
confident that we shall succeed in this great
task; that the world community will thereby be
freed not only from the suffering caused by war
but also through the better use of the earth's
resources, of the discoveries of scientists, and
of the efforts of mankind, from hunger, disease,
illiteracy, and fear; and that we shall in the
course of time be enabled to build a world characterized
by economic, political, and social justice for
all human beings and a culture worthy of man's
-- Linus Pauling
can be no vulnerability without risk; there
can be no community without vulnerability; there
can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without
-- M. Scott Peck
is our task—our essential, central, crucial
task—to transform ourselves from mere social
creatures into community creatures."
-- M. Scott Peck
is our task—our essential, central, crucial task—to
transform ourselves from mere social creatures into
community creatures." Although the act of nurturing
another's spiritual growth has the effect of nurturing
one's own, a major characteristic of genuine love
is that the distinction between oneself and the other
is always maintained and preserved.
-- M. Scott Peck
together is an art.
-- William Pickens
try to be a welcoming community for people who
are left out in our society. We help people
heal and become who God is calling them to be."
-- Sister Lucy
community is democratic only when the humblest
and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil,
economic, and social rights that the biggest
and most powerful possess."
-- A. Philip
want to work for a company that contributes
to and is part of the community. I want something
not just to invest in. I want something to believe
-- Anita Roddick
strength of collective decision making and political
responsibility is not only a question of recognizing
other people's ability. It is also recognizing
one's own limitations.
-- Aruna Roy
every country, we should be teaching our children
the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill
of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility
and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world
that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this
may be all that stands between us and the enveloping
darkness. -- Carl Sagan
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
a time when everything seems so out of control
and the people you've elected are bogus and
there's so much random violence and hatred,
it fills you with such hope and admiration to
even be part for a short time in a community
where people have connected to strangers to
try to put out a hand.
-- Susan Sarandon
everyone a part of everyone else?
-- Budd Schulberg,
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
middle-class blasphemy. We are all dependent
on one another, every soul of us on earth.
-- George Bernard
our hectic, fast-paced, consumer-driven society,
it's common to feel overwhelmed, isolated and
alone. Many are re-discovering the healing and
empowering role that community can bring to
our lives. The sense of belonging we feel when
we make the time to take an active role in our
communities can give us a deeper sense of meaning
-- Robert Alan
not a politician. I only want to help relieve
the suffering in communities, and I want to
help people see their community in each other.
work is at the heart of the search for dignity
for the individual, stability for the family
and peace in the community
-- Juan Somavia
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.
healthy social life is found only, when in the
mirror of each soul the whole community finds
its reflection, and when in the whole community
the virtue of each one is living”
-- Rudolf Steiner
a community of human beings working together,
the well-being of the community will be the
greater, the less the individual claims for
himself the proceeds of the work he has himself
done; i.e., the more of these proceeds he makes
over to his fellow workers, and the more his
own requirements are satisfied, not out of his
own work done, but out of work done by the others.”
-- Rudolf Steiner
am a part of all that I have met.
-- Lord Tennyson
are not giant statues framed against a red sky.
They are people who say: This is my community,
and it is my responsibility to make it better.
Interweave all these communities and you really
have an America that is back on its feet again.
I really think we are gonna have to reassess
what constitutes a 'hero'."
-- Studs Terkel
cannot for long feed on itself; it can only flourish
with the coming of others from beyond, their unknown
and undiscovered brothers.”
-- Howard Thurman (American Theologian, 1900-1981)
shouldn't get to live in society and give nothing
back. People complain about their taxes, yet
they do nothing for the community.
universal brotherhood of man is our most precious
-- Mark Twain
should young people do with their lives today? Many
things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to
create stable communities in which the terrible disease
of loneliness can be cured.”
-- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
kids how to feed themselves and how to live
in a community responsibly is the center of
believe that every child in this world needs
to have a relationship with the land...to know
how to nourish themselves...and to know how
to connect with the community around them."
love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply
means being able to say, "What are you going
-- Simone Weil
free citizens in a political democracy, we have
a responsibility to be interested and involved
in the affairs of the human community, be it
at the local or the global level.
-- Paul Wellstone
is no power for change greater than a community
discovering what it cares about."
are all there is. Everything in the universe
only exists because it is in relationship to
everything else. Nothing exists in isolation.
We have to stop pretending we are individuals
that can go it alone
man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good,
but for neglecting his neighbor's.
-- Richard Whately
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
still have great faith in democracy. I have
great belief in the power of community.
shows us the limit of our imagination. Imaginations
shared create collaboration, collaboration creates
community, and community inspires social change.
have to speak out now on behalf of our community
and on behalf of the land and say they're the
same thing and say "No, we are not rolling over"
and "No, this is not a corporate enterprise."
This is democracy in the fullest sense and we
must have regard and reverence and those are
the cornerstones of a just society.
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.
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.
must be, not a balance of power, but a community
of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized
peace. -- Woodrow
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
I see brokenness, poverty and crime in inner
cities, I also see the enormous potential and
readiness for transformation and rebirth. We
are creating an art form that comes from the
heart and reflects the pain and sorrow of people's
lives. It also expresses joy, beauty, and love.
This process lays the foundation of building
a genuine community in which people are reconnected
with their families, sustained by meaningful
work, nurtured by the care of each other and
will together raise and educate their children.
Then we witness social change in action.”
-- Lily Yeh