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Quotations about Kwanzaa

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.
~John Donne
Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.
~Alexander the Great
In union there is strength.
So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.
The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
~James Baldwin
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
Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.
~Virginia Burden, The Process of Intuition
Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.
~Kenyan Proverb
One is a member of a country, a profession, a civilization, a religion. One is not just a man.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wartime Writings 1939-1944, translated from French by Norah Purcell
"Independence"... [is] middle-class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
~G.B. Shaw, Pygmalion, 19
A snowflake is one of God's most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!
~Author Unknown
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
No man is free who is not a master of himself.
Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
I don't know what the future may hold, but I know who holds the future.
~Ralph Abernathy
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 form one to another that creates something.
~Sandra Day O'Connor
Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.
~Henry Ford
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
~Helen Keller
We all participate in weaving the social fabric; we should therefore all participate in patching the fabric when it develops holes.
~Anne C. Weisberg
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
~Mohammed Ali
A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor's.
~Richard Whately
We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.
~Herman Melville
We cannot destroy kindred: our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break.
~Marquise de Sévigné
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.
~George Bernard Shaw
Each 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
Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.... You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
~Martin Luther King, Jr
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
~Henry Ford
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
~Native American Proverb
Many hands make light work.
~John Heywood
Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend.
~Walter Savage Landor
The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
~Robert Byrne
[I]f you have a purpose in which you can believe, there's no end to the amount of things you can accomplish.
~Marian Anderson
Faith is like radar that sees through the fog.
~Corrie Ten Boom, Tramp for the Lord
Faith is courage; it is creative while despair is always destructive.
~David S. Muzzey
Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.
~Rabindranath Tagore
Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.
~Victor Hugo
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
~Martin Luther King Jr.
Faith makes the discords of the present the harmonies of the future.
~Robert Collyer
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
~Franklin Delano Roosevelt
For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.
~Maya Angelou
"I must do something" always solves more problems than "Something must be done."
~Author Unknown
The time is always right to do what is right.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
~William James
We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves.
~Langston Hughes
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