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Quotes regarding concepts of Unity.


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".
  • Misato: Don't you want to be comfortable? To be restful? Don't you want to become one with us? Body and soul, too... become one.
  • What was sundered and undone shall be whole, the two made one.
  • 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!
  • In the "Alexandrian" explanation described above, the multiple from which evolution emerges is both secondary and sinful from its origin: it represents in fact (an idea that smacks of Manicheanism and the Hindu metaphysical systems) broken and pulverized unity. Starting from a very much more modern and completely different point of view, let us assert, as our original postulate, that, the multiple (that is, non-being, if taken in the pure state) being the only rational form of a creatable (creabile) nothingness, the creative act is comprehensible only as a gradual process of arrangement and unification, which amounts to accepting that to create is to unite. And, indeed, there is nothing to prevent our holding that union creates. To the objection that union presupposes already existing elements, I shall answer that physics has just shown us (in the case of mass) that experientially (and for all the protests of "common sense") the moving object exists only as the product of its motion.
  • Unity of intent is on the lips of many, but in the hearts of few.
  • Fausto Cercignani in: Brian Morris, Simply Transcribed. Quotations from Writings by Fausto Cercignani, 2014, quote 44.
  • 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.
  • Tous pour un, un pour tous, c'est notre devise
    • All for one, one for all, that is our motto.
    • Alexandre Dumas,The Three Musketeers, (1844) Ch. 9: D'Artagnan Shows Himself.
  • We are all equal, despite the country we come from, and national differences should be ignored. We are all a unity. We must shed all jealousy and envy because they are harmful. We are all one with each other and with God.
  • Ra's al Ghul: In the new world, all peoples will be united, every race, every faith, every creed will find common purpose... our world is not for everyone. Only those who prove their worth will enter it. The rest will be purged... and if nine hundred and ninety-nine must perish for every one who lives... so be it!
  • David Hine Azrael Vol 2 #18
  • 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)
  • As soon as an object is regarded as a dynamic entity, then analysis and definition become both difficult and unsatisfactory. Thinking is under such circumstances well-nigh impossible for most people. To think at all logically, no matter how concretistic the thought may be, there must be some static point. Where, now are we to look for this point? The man of action answers, in its effect. Then an object becomes completely separated... from all other objective elements as well as from the perceiving self. ...Reality, in other words, is pragmatic. ...Like all other philosophers, he [the thinker, as opposed to the man of action] is... aware of the movement and the shifting form of things. He is as much impressed by this as the man of action. But the world must first be static and objects must first take on a permanent or, at least, a stable form before one can deal with them systematically. ...The attempts of these primitive thinkers are embodied in numerous creation myths... the task is always the same—an original, moving, shapeless or undifferentiated world must be brought to rest and given stable form. ...There exist, however, many things that manifestly do not have permanence of form and do look different at different times. Philosophers have always given the same answer to this problem and predicated a unity behind these changing aspects and forms.
  • 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.
  • He loved her so passionately he wanted her to be one soul and one body with him; and he was conscious that here, with those deep roots attaching her to the native life, she would always keep something from him.
  • I know that my unity with all people cannot be destroyed by national boundaries and government orders.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

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.

Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989)[edit]

  • In union there is strength.
    • Aesop, fable, "The Bundle of Sticks", Aesop's Fables, with drawings by Fritz Kredel, p. 122 (1947). "Union gives strength" is the version in The Fables of Aesop, ed. Joseph Jacobs, p. 87 (1964).
  • Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments.
    • The Bible, Psalms 133:1–2.
  • Civilisation will not last, freedom will not survive, peace will not be kept, unless a very large majority of mankind unite together to defend them and show themselves possessed of a constabulary power before which barbaric and atavistic forces will stand in awe.
    • Winston Churchill, chancellor's address, University of Bristol, Bristol, England, July 2, 1938.—Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 1897–1963, ed. Robert Rhodes James, vol. 6, p. 5991 (1974).
  • All for one, one for all, that is our device, is it not?
    • Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers, chapter 9, p. 75 (1949). D'Artagnan is speaking.
  • Even though this is late in an election year, there is no way we can go forward except together and no way anybody can win except by serving the people's urgent needs. We cannot stand still or slip backwards. We must go forward now together.
    • President Gerald R. Ford, remarks on taking the oath of office, August 9, 1974. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Gerald R. Ford, 1974, p. 2.
  • What we need in the United States is not division. What we need in the United States is not hatred. What we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness, but love and wisdom and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country whether they be white or they be black. Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: To tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that and say a prayer for our country and our people.
    • Robert F. Kennedy. One of the inscriptions at the Robert F. Kennedy gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery. These words are taken from his extemporaneous eulogy of Martin Luther King, Jr., given at the airport in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 4, 1968.—Robert F. Kennedy: Promises to Keep, sel. Arthur Wortman and Richard Rhodes, p. 33 (1969) The printed version lacks the first two sentences above and a few words of the third, and there are other minor variations in wording. The quotation from the Greeks has been attributed to Aeschylus but has not been found in his works.
  • For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
    • Rudyard Kipling, "The Law of the Jungle", The Second Jungle Book, p. 29 (1899).
  • And see the confluence of dreams
    That clashed together in our night,
    One river born of many streams
    Roll in one blaze of blinding light!
    • George William Russell, "Salutation", last stanza.—Kathleen Hoagland, 1000 Years of Irish Poetry, p. 617 (1947). This was written for those who took part in the Irish rebellion against England, 1916.
  • It manus in gyrum; paullatim singula vires
    Deperdunt proprias; color est E pluribus unus.
    • Spins round the stirring hand; lose by degrees
      Their separate powers the parts, and comes at last
      From many several colors one that rules.
    • Virgil, "Moretum", lines 103–4, The Works of Virgil, trans. into English verse by John Augustine Wilstach, vol. 1, p. 123 (1884). Moretum literally means garden herbs. From Virgil's minor poems, this is a tribute "to common things and plebian associations. The lines are laudatory of early habits and rustic poverty. They close with a description of the ingredients and mode of preparation of a salad composed of garlic, parsley, rue, and onions, seasoned with cheese, salt, coriander, and vinegar, and finally sprinkled with oil. "The poem is a brief one, of uncertain, but probably early date. But, brief as it is, and insignificant as it seems to be, certain of its words formulate the talisman of our National Government. "So that we may say, with probable truth, that, in describing an Italian salad, a frugal shepherd of the Roman Republic dictated that motto [E pluribus unum] which has served as the symbol of union for States in a hemisphere then unknown, for a Republic which uses, with enthusiasm, even the language of that illustrious government to which it is indebted, under so many forms, for safe precedents and wise examples" (p. 124).


  • 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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