Human Connection Quotes

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Amit Ray
“We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all. Be kind and do good for any one and that will be reflected. The ripples of the kind heart are the highest blessings of the Universe.”
Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style

Mary Gaitskill
“At times she had thought that this was the only kind of connection you could have with people—intense, inexplicable and ultimately incomplete.”
Mary Gaitskill, Bad Behavior

Virginia Woolf
“What I value is the naked contact of a mind.”
Virginia Woolf, The Pargiters

“Never underestimate the empowering effect of human connection.
All you need is that one person, who understands you completely, believes in you and makes you feel loved for what you are, to enable you - to unfold the miraculous YOU.”
Drishti Bablani, Wordions

Elif Batuman
“Was that what was so painful: that nobody had ever come so close to me- nobody had ever seen me, and come right up to me, and kept going, and looked into my eyes so seriously, with so little fear?”
Elif Batuman, Either/Or

Martin Buber
“Inscrutably involved, we live in the currents of universal reciprocity.”
Martin Buber, I and Thou

Dave Cenker
“She said nothing with her voice and everything with her caring touch.”
Dave Cenker, Second Chance

“If you need a hug, give it to someone else.”
Anonymous, The Arabian Nights

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
Anonymous, The 1001 Arabian Nights

C. JoyBell C.
“You cannot force a person to see you as someone they want to open up to; you cannot force a person to see you as someone they want to connect with; you cannot force a person to see you as someone they are bound to. None of this can be enforced, none of this is reached through struggling; for the reality of these is in nature and freeflow is the way of nature. The natural opening up, the natural connection and the natural bond: cannot be attained through enforcement; but as the ocean is, it can also not be hindered or stopped. We cannot make people bond with us in ways that we wish them to; but when it does happen, it really happens, and cannot be undone.”
C. JoyBell C.

“The reason why Ango and I were able to be by his side was that we understood the solitude that surrounded him, and we never stepped inside it no matter how close we stood. But in that moment, I kind of regretted not stepping in and invading that solitude.”
Kafka Asagiri, 文豪ストレイドッグス 太宰治と黒の時代 [Bungō Stray Dogs - Dazai Osamu to kuro no jidai]

E.M. Forster
“I have, however, to live in an age of Faith — the sort of thing I used to hear praised and recommended when I was a boy. It is damned unpleasant, really. It is bloody in every sense of the word. And I have to keep my end up in it. Where do I start?

With personal relationships. Here is something comparatively solid in a world full of violence and cruelty. Not absolutely solid... We don’t know what other people are like. How then can we put any trust in personal relationships, or cling to them in the gathering political storm? In theory we can’t. But in practice we can and do. Though A is unchangeably A or B unchangeably B, there can still be love and loyalty between the two. For the purpose of loving one has to assume that the personality is solid, and the “self” is an entity, and to ignore all contrary evidence. And since to ignore evidence is one of the characteristics of faith, I certainly can proclaim that I believe in personal relationships.”
E. M. Forster

Harper Lee
“Since there was no evidence of criminal intent, he wouldn't be above throwin' a little dust in a juryman's eyes.”
Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman

Adam Silvera
“I think we made his day by not pretending he's invinsible.”
Adam Silvera, They Both Die at the End

“It's fragile. It's a house of cards built on a foundation of sand.”
Safiya Nygaard

Annie Kotowicz
“There are billions of us -- humans everywhere, with access to our own minds and no one else's, tossing one another songs and sentences to bridge the gap.”
Annie Kotowicz, What I Mean When I Say I'm Autistic: Unpuzzling a Life on the Autism Spectrum

Louis Yako
“A long silence filled the room. There was a strong feeling of sadness and deep emotions for her and me. I could not utter a single word after that statement, so I decided to 'be with her' in my silence rather than in my words.”
Louis Yako, Bullets in Envelopes: Iraqi Academics in Exile

Paul Kalanithi
“Meaning, while a slippery concept, seemed inextricable from human relationships and moral values. T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land resonated profoundly, relating meaninglessness and isolation, and the desperate quest for human connection. … Nabokov, for his awareness of how our suffering can make us callous to the obvious suffering of another.”
Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi
“I had come to see language as an almost supernatural force, existing between people, bringing our brains, shielded in centimeter-thick skulls, into communion. A word meant something only between people, and life's meaning, its virtue, had something to do with the depth of the relationships we form. It was the relational aspect of humans--i.e., "human relationality"--that undergirded meaning.”
Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi
“Those burdens are what make medicine holy and wholly impossible: in taking up another's cross, one must sometimes get crushed by the weight.”
Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“It can't all be sorrow, can it? I've always been alone, so I don't feel the lack. It's all I've ever known. I've never experienced loss because I've never had a loved one to lose.
But what is grief, if not love persevering?”
Marvel Press

“Experience shapes perception.”
Anonymous, The Arabian Nights

“There's always a worry when making decisions. It stems from the fear of not being able to take into account everyone's best interests and perspectives. It's the fear of not being able to satisfy all parties involved. That's why people value a second opinion. There's comfort in knowing that someone else would act in the same way if put in your shoes.”

“When asking for help, there is comfort in knowing that many people do not view helping others as a burden, but as a means to return favours or to pay it forward.”

John Steinbeck
“There was no subject she could not discuss with Lee. And the few things she could talk about to her father and mother were thin and pale and tired and mostly not even true. There Lee was different also, Abe’s wants to tell Lee only true things even when she wasn’t quite sure what was true.”
John Steinbeck

Jonathan Evison
“...the late Mr. Seymour himself has already served as a cautionary tale that happiness as a matter of course does not follow wealth. We cannot fulfill ourselves by worldly possessions. Wealth is but a tool that can be put to use for better or worse, but material wealth pales next to the bounty of human connection....Without connection this life is meaningless.

[Nora Bergen, Letter to brother Finn]”
Jonathan Evison, Small World

John Steinbeck
“There was no subject she could not discuss with Lee. And the few things she could talk about to her father and mother were thin and pale and tired and mostly not even true. There Lee was different also, Abra wanted to tell Lee only true things even when she wasn't quite sure what was true.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Tilly Lawless
“I want my physical presence to match the strength I feel within, want to be carried up high with elation, float like a balloon above this day that I love, these people I feel close to even if I don't know them.”
Tilly Lawless, Nothing But My Body

Tilly Lawless
“I want to feel them shake with laughter beside me, tell them they've got sleep in the corner of their eye, tuck their tag in, lie in the grass with my head in their lap, smell the scent of their shampoo, touch their arm to get their attention in a group.”
Tilly Lawless, Nothing But My Body

Patton Oswalt
“Dana had one arm. He'd lost the other one to cancer. Being the film freak I was, I never bothered to ask about it further. Or even what his last name was. Not enough time before or between the films. A one-armed schoolteacher, teaching kids in the shitty L.A. school district, probably full of more stories and personality than the electric fables being projected above us. But I was more focused on the mummies and vampires and dinosaurs and aliens to take a deeper interest in an actual, unique human being sitting right next to me. Such was my addiction, at that point. Cut off from the world. A ghost, but breathing and jacketed with flesh.”
Patton Oswalt, Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film

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