An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Man should not consider his material possessions his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need.


St. Thomas Aquinas


Brotherhood is not just a Bible word. Out of comradeship can come and will come the happy life for all.


Heywood Broun (1888-1939, American journalist, novelist)


Our United States has become a great nation because its people have engaged -- from the earliest years -- in voluntarism. They have shown concern for each other in good as well as bad times. We must do everything within our power to nurture caring and giving.


George H. Bush (1924-, American President (41st))


The mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Until you have become a brother to everyone, brotherhood will not come to pass.


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)


Man is here for the sake of other men -- for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


One hundred times a day I remind myself that my personal and professional life depends on the fruit of the work of other men, living and dead, and that I should make every effort to give in the same measure in which I have received and am receiving.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


May every soul that touches mine -- be it the slightest contact -- get there from some good; some little grace; one kindly thought; one aspiration yet unfelt; one bit of courage for the darkening sky; one gleam of faith to brave the thickening ills of life; one glimpse of brighter skies beyond the gathering mists -- to make this life worthwhile.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


No society of nations, no people within a nation, no family can benefit through mutual aid unless good will exceeds ill will; unless the spirit of cooperation surpasses antagonism; unless we all see and act as though the other man's welfare determines our own welfare.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


Never have we performed an act more God-like than when we bring sunshine to hearts that are dark and desolate.


James Gibbons


There is always a chance that he who sets himself up as his brother's keeper will end up by being his jail-keeper.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Speak not too well of one who scarce will know himself transfigured in its roseate glow; Say kindly of him what is, chiefly, true, remembering always he belongs to you; Deal with him as a truant, if you will, But claim him, keep him, call him brother still!


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


One great, strong unselfish soul in every community could actually redeem the world.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


The brotherhood of men does not imply their equality. Families have their fools and their men of genius, their black sheep and their saints, their worldly successes and their worldly failures. A man should treat his brothers lovingly and with justice, according to the desserts of each. But the desserts of every brother are not the same.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.


Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973, American President (36th))


Not until we can refuse to take without giving can we create a society in which the chief activity is the common welfare.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality to all of God's children.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


Never, if possible, lie down at night without being able to say: I have made one human being, at least, a little wiser, a little happier, or a little better this day.


Charles Kingsley (1819-1875, British author, clergyman)


The crest and crowning of all good, Life's final star, is Brotherhood.


Edwin Markham (1852-1940, American poet and editor)


There is a destiny that makes us brothers, no one goes his way alone; all that we send into the lives of others, comes back into our own.


Edwin Markham (1852-1940, American poet and editor)


The brotherhood of man is evoked by particular men according to their circumstances. But it seldom extends to all men. In the name of our freedom and our brotherhood we are prepared to blow up the other half of mankind and to be blown up in our turn.


R. D. Laing (1927-1989, British psychiatrist)


Man can see his reflection in water only when he bends down close to it, and the heart of man, too, must lean down to the heart of his fellow; then it will see itself within his heart.


Hannah Moore


You may call for peace as loudly as you wish, but where there is no brotherhood there can in the end be no peace.


Max Lerner (1902-1992, American author, columnist)


Out of the best and most productive years of each man's life, he should carve a segment in which he puts his private career aside to serve his community and his country, and thereby serve his children, his neighbors, his fellow men and the cause of freedom.


David Lilienthal


To correct the evils, great and small, which spring from want of sympathy and from positive enmity among strangers, as nations or as individuals, is one of the highest functions of civilization.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I don't believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesn't want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I'm not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn't know how to return the treatment.


Malcolm X (1925-1965, American black leader, activist)


When man to man shall be friend and brother.


Gerald Massey


If you wish to be brothers, let the arms fall from your hands. One cannot love while holding offensive arms.


Pope Paul VI (1897-1978, Italian Pope from 1963-1978)


We must not only affirm the brotherhood of man; we must live it.


Henry Codman Potter


Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.


Adam Clayton Powell (1908-, African-American politician)


Brotherhood is the very price and condition of man's survival.


Carlos Pena Romulo


The rule of brotherhood remains as the indispensable prerequisite to success in the kind of national life for which we strive.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


I met a hundred men going to Delhi and everyone is my brother.


Indian Saying


We cannot possibly let ourselves get frozen into regarding everyone we do not know as an absolute stranger.


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


Men who are governed by reason desire for themselves nothing which they do not also desire for the rest of mankind.


Baruch Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677, Dutch philosopher and theologian)


No man has a right to lead such a life of contemplation as to forget in his own ease the service due to his neighbor.


St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born bishop of Hippo, theologian)


On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers.


Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965, American lawyer, politician)


May God forbid that we should present our gifts and withhold ourselves.


Author Unknown


One of the best ways to do yourself a favor is to lend somebody else a helping hand.


Author Unknown


You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.


Booker T. Washington (1856-1915, American black leader and educator)


The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It's inflammatory.


Tennessee Williams (1914-1983, American dramatist)


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