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100 Community Quotes on Unity and Giving Back

3. “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King

4. “Community is a context and can either facilitate or inhibit the movement of change for the individual.” – Sharon Weil

5. “A community best serves itself when it truly serves the awakening of the unique story trying to come to life through each person born.” – Michael Meade

6. “Community is not an ideal; it is people. It is you and I. In community we are called to love people just as they are with their wounds and their gifts, not as we want them to be.” – Jean Vanier

7. “Community is universal love.” – H. Marsh

8. “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” –

9. “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

10. “Our true destiny is a world built from the bottom up by competent citizens living in solid communities, engaged in and by their places.” – David W. Orr

11. “The golden way is to be friends with the world and to regard the whole human family as one.” – Mahatma Gandhi

12. “It only takes one person to mobilize a community and inspire change. Even if you don’t feel like you have it in you, it’s in you. You have to believe in yourself. People will see your vision and passion and follow you.” – Teyonah Parris

13. “He who masters the power formed by a group of people working together has within his grasp one of the greatest powers known to man.” – Idowu Koyenikan

14. “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” – Margaret J. Wheatley

15. “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

16. “Community is a place where the connections felt in our hearts make themselves known in the bonds between people, and where the tuggings and pullings of those bonds keep opening our hearts.” – Parker J. Palmer

17. “This world of ours must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

18. “Every person is defined by the communities she belongs to.” – Orson Scott Card

19. “Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.” – Paul Ryan

20. “A true community is not just about being geographically close to someone or part of the same social web network. It’s about feeling connected and responsible for what happens. Humanity is our ultimate community, and everyone plays a crucial role.” – Yehuda Berg

21. “In our community, we have a duty to strengthen the weakest among us to build a better society.” – Bill Courtney

22. “When I am with a group of human beings committed to hanging in there through both the agony and the joy of community, I have a dim sense that I am participating in a phenomenon for which there is only one word, ‘glory.’” – M. Scott Peck

23. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

24. “The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic, or hospital.” – Mark Hyman

25. “They call this a community. I like to think of it as home.” – Pet Shop Boys

26. “As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn

27. “No man can become rich without himself enriching others.” – Andrew Carnegie

28. “Well it seems to me that all real communities grow out of a shared confrontation with survival. Communities are not produced by sentiment or mere goodwill. They grow out of a shared struggle. Our situation in the desert is an incubator for the community.” – Larry Harvey

29. “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

30. “It’s so important to have a genuine human regard for the people who work for you. To be a person of integrity, fight for people when they aren’t in the room, and do what you say you’re going to do.” – Ara Tucker 

31. “Sometimes, you can actually bring home something that is food, food for the human community that we can sustain ourselves on and go forward.” – Ralph Abraham

32. “Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community.” – Adelaide Hoodless

33. “Every community is called to be an instrument for the liberation and promotion of the poor.” – Jonathan Pryce

34. “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” – Cesar Chavez

35. “It is not more bigness that should be our goal. We must attempt, rather, to bring people back to the warmth of community, to the worth of and responsibility, and of individuals working together as a community, to better their lives, and their children’s future.” – Robert F. Kennedy

36. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

37. “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” – Albert Schweitzer

38. “Teaching kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of an education.” – Alice Waters

39. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

40. “We were born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human race.” – Cicero

41. “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

42. “One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.” – Jean Vanier

43. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

44. “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” – Herman Melville

45. “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

46. “People are never truly alone or separate from community, and cannot be.” – Ichiro Kishimi

47. “What I try to tell young people is that if you come together with a mission, and it’s grounded with love and a sense of community, you can make the impossible possible.” –

48. “There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.” – Idowu Koyenikan

49. “What 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

50. “A sense of community strengthens people’s faith in humanity.” – Jessica Marie Baumgartner

51. “Our generation has the ability and the responsibility to make our ever more connected world a more hopeful, stable, and peaceful place.” – Natalie Portman

52. “Instead of drifting along like a leaf in a river, understand who you are and how you come across to people and what kind of an impact you have on the people around you and the community around you and the world, so that when you go out, you can feel you have made a positive difference.” – Jane Fonda

53. “A 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

54. “We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.” – Haile Selassie

55. “Isn’t it amazing that we are all made in God’s image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?” – Desmond Tutu

56. “The minute we become an integrated whole, we look through the same eyes and we see a whole different world together.” – Azizah Al-Hibri

57. “Each of us must rededicate ourselves to serving the common good. We are a community. Our individual fates are linked; our futures intertwined; and if we act in that knowledge and in that spirit together, as the Bible says: ‘we can move mountains.’” –

58. “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” –

59. “Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today.” – Jintao Hu

60. “If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.” – Gene Roddenberry

61. “Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.” – Jacqueline Woodson

62. “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” – Maya Angelou

63. “I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.” – Ani Di Franco

64. “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

65. “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde

66. “It is nice to be important, but more important to be nice.” – Walter Winchell

67. “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

68. “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

69. “We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to a happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community.” – Paul Bloom

70. “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

71. “I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community and the world. Think globally, act locally I suppose. I believe that the measure of a person’s life is the effect they have on others.” – Steve Nash

72. “If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.” – Buddha

73. “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

74. “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

75. “I suppose at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people.” – Mahatma Gandhi

76. “You may be a savior for your community. It’s only a matter of synchronicity.” – Hrishikesh Agnihotri

77. “Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” – Malcolm Forbes

78. “Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.” – Rollo May

79. “Love is our most unifying and empowering common spiritual denominator. The more we ignore its potential to bring greater balance and deeper meaning to human existence, the more likely we are to continue to define history as one long inglorious record of man’s inhumanity to man.” – Aberjhani

80. “Empathy is the starting point for creating a community and taking action. It’s the impetus for creating change.” – Max Carver

81. “Community service gives me a valuable opportunity to walk into a different community that is less familiar to me but just as colorful and most importantly, in need.” – Caroline Landry

82. “Without 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

83. “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

84. “We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” – Dorothy Day

85. “It is in community where we find our very selves.” – Chris Matakas

86. “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.” – Shannon L. Alder

87. “The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers, and cities; but to know someone who thinks and feels with us, and who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

88. “But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.” –

89. “We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are always there for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.” – Jeff Warner

90. “Communities and countries, and ultimately the world, are only as strong as the health of their women.” – Michelle Obama

91. “Any decent society must generate a feeling of community. Community offsets loneliness. It gives people a vitally necessary sense of belonging. Yet today the institutions on which community depends are crumbling in all the techno-societies. The result is a spreading plague of loneliness.” – Alvin Toffler

92. “The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual; the impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.” – William James

93. “Community is composed of that which we don’t attempt to measure, for which we keep no record and ask no recompense. Most are things we cannot measure no matter how hard we try.” – Dee Hock

94. “A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.” – Henrik Ibsen

95. “Community is a word that alters in different contexts in an almost chameleon-like fashion.” – Sharon Macdonald

96. “The world of life, of spontaneity, the world of dawn and sunset and starlight, the world of soil and sunshine, of meadow and woodland, of hickory and oak and maple and hemlock and , of wildlife dwelling around us, of the river and its wellbeing. All of this is the integral community in which we live.” – Thomas Berry

97. “All community is in some way imagined.” – Stan Grant

98. “The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” – Mitch Albom

99. “Saints cannot exist without a community, as they require, like all of us, nurturance by a people who, while often unfaithful, preserve the habits necessary to learn the story of God.” – Stanley Hauerwas

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