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60 Community Quotes to Help You Find Your Place in the World

Published on December 17, 2019 7:42 AM EST
60 Community Quotes to Help You Find Your Place in the World

Each one of us has a community that give’s us a sense of belonging. Just when you are beginning to feel alone, these quotes about community will remind you of your special place in the world.

Some of these community quotes may be familiar, while others may be new to you. Nevertheless, they’ll make you understand that we are all connected to others, and that we are truly defined by our kindness and service to the people around us.

60 Community Quotes to Help You Find Your Place in the World

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The quotes below will remind you of the value that diversity brings to a community, building strong leaders and helping people work together to achieve great things.

As you read through these community quotes, consider what strengths you can contribute to your own community, and where you may have room to grow. You never know what you may learn.

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Community quotes about connection

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

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

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

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

5.) “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 individual effort and responsibility, and of individuals working together as a community, to better their lives and their children’s future.” – Robert F. Kennedy

6.) “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

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

8.) “Some people think they are in community, but they are only in proximity. True community requires commitment and openness. It is a willingness to extend yourself to encounter and know the other.” – David Spangler

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

10.) “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

11.) “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

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

13.) “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

Quotes About Community and Diversity

14.) “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

15.) “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

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

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

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

19.) “I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.” – Ani DiFranco

20.) “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

21.) “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.” – Jinato Hu

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

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Community Quotes About Kindness

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

24.) “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

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

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

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

28.) “For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other.” – Millard Fuller

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

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

31.) “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

32.) “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

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

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

35.) “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

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Quotes About Community and Leadership

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

37.) “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

38.) “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

39.) “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling

40.) “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan

41.) “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

42.) “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” – Mahatma Gandhi

43.) “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

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

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

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

47.) “Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.” – Brian Tracy

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Community Quotes on Volunteering

48.) “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” – Nelson Henderson

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

50.) “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” – Betty Reese

51.) “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” – Muhammad Ali

52.) “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” – Sherry Anderson

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

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

55.) “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

56.) “The purpose of life is not to be happy, but to matter – to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.” – Leo Rosten

57.) “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” – Tom Brokaw

58.) “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

59.) “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

60.) “Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama

How does your community enrich you, and in return, how do you contribute to it?

Consider these perspectives on community as you travel through the journey of life. Along your path, you will meet many people from diverse backgrounds. Sometimes their differences may surprise you or make you uncomfortable.

However, whether you are a leader of a group or an everyday member of your community, there is always room for kindness and service to others. These actions ultimately measure your success in life and will help you feel accomplished and fulfilled. When we give to others, even those who seem so different from us, we give back to our own selves in so many ways.

Which of these insightful community quotes resonated with you best? Do you have any other inspirational quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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