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the middle of a large crowd of peopleFor those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will, the experience most certainly changes your perspective. The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us.
       - Donald Williams

Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all your fellow humans everywhere in the world.
       - Margaret Laurence

It means a great deal to those who are oppressed to know that they are not alone. And never let anyone tell you that what you are doing is insignificant.
       - Bishop Desmond Tutu

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.

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. [And that which is dirty can become clean.]
       - Mohandas K. Gandhi

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
        - Pearl S. Buck

History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this.
       - Karl Marx

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
       -Douglas Adams

The oneness of human beings is the basic ethical thread that holds us together.
       - Muhammad Yunus

Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again.
       - Herman Hesse

If we all tired to make other people’s paths easy, our own feet would have a smooth even place to walk on.
       - Myrtle Reed, American writer

A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.the world in the palm of ones hands
       - Buddha, Indian mystic and founder of Buddhism

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift me lamp beside the golden door.
       - Emma Lazarus, American poet: inscription on the Statue of Liberty, New York

Without the human community one single human being cannot survive.
       - The Dalai Lama


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