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Unity

Quotes regarding concepts of Unity.

QuotesEdit

Alphabetized by author
United we stand; divided we fall. ~ Aesop
Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. ~ Norman Maclean
Unity in diversity is the highest possible attainment of a civilisation, a testimony to the most noble possibilities of the human race. This attainment is made possible through passionate concern for choice, in an atmosphere of social trust. ~ Michael Novak
The world needs the unifying power of the imagination. The two things that give it best are poetry and religion. ~ R. S. Thomas
  • As difference in degree of capacity exists among human souls, as difference in capability is found, therefore, individualities will differ one from another. But in reality this is a reason for unity and not for discord and enmity. If the flowers of a garden were all of one color, the effect would be monotonous to the eye; but if the colors are variegated, it is most pleasing and wonderful. The difference in adornment of color and capacity of reflection among the flowers gives the garden its beauty and charm. Therefore, although we are of different individualities, . . . let us strive like flowers of the same divine garden to live together in harmony. Even though each soul has its own individual perfume and color, all are reflecting the same light, all contributing fragrance to the same breeze which blows through the garden, all continuing to grow in complete harmony and accord.
  • United we stand; divided we fall.
    • Aesop in "The Four Oxen and the Lion", Fables, also known as "The Lion and the Bulls".
  • All Greeks and all barbarians alike count up to ten, and having reached ten revert again to the unity.
  • The utterance of God is a lamp, whose light is these words: Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another in the utmost love and harmony. …So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.
    • Baha'u'llah, as quoted in The Baháí̕ Temple : House of Worship of a World Faith (1942) edited by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States.
  • Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
  • Despite the immense diversity of creation, we all accept that there exists in nature a profound underlying unity. The search for this unity provides the motivation for the lives of many different men — some who, like Einstein, search for it in general natural laws and others who, like Teilhard de Chardin, would trace cosmic evolution to a divine origin.
  • Oh, shame to men! devil with devil damn'd
    Firm concord holds, men only disagree
    Of creatures rational.
  • Unity in diversity is the highest possible attainment of a civilisation, a testimony to the most noble possibilities of the human race. This attainment is made possible through passionate concern for choice, in an atmosphere of social trust.
    • Michael Novak, Unity in Diversity : An Index to the Publications of Conservative and Libertarian Institutions (1983)
  • Concordia res parvae crescunt, discordia maximae dilabantur. or Nam concordia parvae res crescunt, discordia maxumae dilabuntur.
    • By union the smallest states thrive, by discord the greatest are destroyed.
      • Sallust in Bellum Iugurthinum Ch. X
  • So we grew together,
    Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
    But yet an union in partition —
    Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
    So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart;
    Two of the first, like coats in heraldry,
    Due but to one, and crowned with one crest.
  • I know that my unity with all people cannot be destroyed by national boundaries and government orders.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 827-28.
  • When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
    • Edmund Burke, Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontent.
  • I never use the word "nation" in speaking of the United States. I always use the word "Union" or "Confederacy." We are not a nation but a union, a confederacy of equal and sovereign States.
  • The Constitution in all its provisions looks to an indestructible union composed of indestructible States.
    • Salmon P. Chase, decision in Texas vs. White. See Werden's Private Life and Public Services of Salmon P. Chase, p. 664.
  • Neque est ullum certius amicitiæ vinculum, quam consensus et societas consiliorum et voluntatum.
    • There is no more sure tie between friends than when they are united in their objects and wishes.
    • Cicero, Oratio Pro Cnœo Plancio, II.
  • Then join in hand, brave Americans all!
    By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
  • When our two lives grew like two buds that kiss
    At lightest thrill from the bee's swinging chime,
    Because the one so near the other is.
  • We must all hang together or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
    • Benjamin Franklin, to John Hancock at the Signing of the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776).
  • Entzwei' und gebiete! Tüchtig Wort,
    Verein' und leite! Bess'rer Hort.
  • Was uns alle bändigt, das Gemeine.
  • Our Union is river, lake, ocean, and sky:
    Man breaks not the medal, when God cuts the die!
    Though darkened with sulphur, though cloven with steel,
    The blue arch will brighten, the waters will heal!
  • There with commutual zeal we both had strove
    In acts of dear benevolence and love;
    Brothers in peace, not rivals in command.
    • Homer, The Odyssey, Book IV, line 241. Pope's translation.
  • He that is not with me is against me.
    • Luke, XI. 23.
  • Then none was for a party;
    Then all were for the state;
    Then the great man helped the poor,
    And the poor man loved the great:
    Then lands were fairly portioned;
    Then spoils were fairly sold:
    The Romans were like brothers
    In the brave days of old.
  • The union of lakes—the union of lands—
    The union of States none can sever—
    The union of hearts—the union of hands—
    And the flag of our Union for ever!
  • Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.
    • Psalms, CXXXIII. 1.
  • Concordia res parvæ crescunt, discordia maximæ dilabantur.
    • By union the smallest states thrive, by discord the greatest are destroyed.
    • Sallust, Jugurtha, X.
  • Wir sind ein Volk, und einig wollen wir handeln.
  • Seid einig—einig—einig.
  • So we grew together,
    Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
    But yet a union in partition;
    Two lovely berries moulded on one stem:
    So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart;
    Two of the first, like coats in heraldry,
    Due but to one and crowned with one crest.
  • Auxilia humilia firma consensus facit.
    • Union gives strength to the humble.
    • Syrus, Maxims.
  • Quo res cunque cadant, unum et commune periculum,
    Una salus ambobus erit.
    • Whatever may be the issue we shall share one common danger, one safety.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), II. 709.
  • One Country, one Constitution, one Destiny.

AnonymousEdit

  • In varietate concordia
  • We're all in this together.
    • English proverb, prominent during World War II, as quoted in The Railroad Trainman, Vol. 59 (1942) by Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, p. 449.

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