Interdependence Quotes

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Neil Gaiman
“Then, one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...you give them a piece of you. They don't ask for it. They do something dumb one day like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore.”
Neil Gaiman , The Kindly Ones

Mitch Albom
“No life is a waste," the Blue Man said. "The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we're alone.”
Mitch Albom

G.K. Chesterton
“We men and women are all in the same boat, upon a stormy sea. We owe to each other a terrible and tragic loyalty.”
G.K. Chesterton, The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton Volume 28: The Illustrated London News, 1908-1910

J.R.R. Tolkien
“All have their worth and each contributes to the worth of the others.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion

Chuck Klosterman
“In and of itself, nothing really matters. What matters is that nothing is ever in and of itself.”
Chuck Klosterman, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

Karen Armstrong
“We can either emphasize those aspects of our traditions, religious or secular, that speak of hatred, exclusion, and suspicion or work with those that stress the interdependence and equality of all human beings. The choice is yours. (22)”
Karen Armstrong, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Jiddu Krishnamurti
“Action has meaning only in relationship, and without understanding relationship, action on any level will only breed conflict. The understanding of relationship is infinitely more important than the search for any plan of action.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Dean Koontz
“None of us can ever save himself; we are the instruments of one another’s salvation, and only by the hope that we give to others do we lift ourselves out of the darkness into light.”
Dean Koontz

Melba Pattillo Beals
“The task that remains is to cope with our interdependence - to see ourselves reflected in every other human being and to respect and honor our differences.”
Melba Pattillo Beals, Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High

Zhuangzi
“A beam or pillar can be used to batter down a city wall, but it is no good for stopping up a little hole - this refers to a difference in function. Thoroughbreds like Qiji and Hualiu could gallop a thousand li in one day, but when it came to catching rats they were no match for the wildcat or the weasel - this refers to a difference in skill. The horned owl catches fleas at night and can spot the tip of a hair, but when daylight comes, no matter how wide it opens its eyes, it cannot see a mound or a hill - this refers to a difference in nature. Now do you say, that you are going to make Right your master and do away with Wrong, or make Order your master and do away with Disorder? If you do, then you have not understood the principle of heaven and earth or the nature of the ten thousand things. This is like saying that you are going to make Heaven your master and do away with Earth, or make Yin your master and do away with Yang. Obviously it is impossible.”
Zhuangzi, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

Erik H. Erikson
“Life doesn't make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all.”
Erik H. Erikson

John O'Donohue
“The human heart is a theater of longing.”
John O'Donohue, Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong

John Green
“All of life is dependent upon other life, and the closer we consider what constitutes living, the harder life becomes to define.”
John Green, The Anthropocene Reviewed

“We believe some people are more special, more beautiful, more capable, more influential, more intelligent, more gifted, and have a greater capacity for good than others, often based on material possessions and outer appearances. At the root, that is why we are engaged in a struggle now in the Congress led by one group of people who truly believes their role is to defend the privileges of the elite. They defend tax breaks for the rich and ask for trillions in cuts to the safety nets that protect the middle class, the elderly, the sick, and the poor, because, in essence, they believe one group is more important than the other, more deserving than the other, and one contributes more good than the other. This is actually an illusion that is blind to the interdependence of the entire creation, which unites the weak with the strong, the privileged with the poor, and the ugly with the beautiful. All the inequities of our world are basically attempts to actualize this erroneous belief. And that is why there is turmoil, because we are in conflict with the truth, working to manifest an idea that is false.”
John Lewis, Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America

Debby Irving
“My glorification of independence and individualism made me and easy target for the myth of meritocracy, and overshadowed what in my heart I knew to be true: the deep interconnectedness I longed for with family, friends, colleagues, and even strangers is core to human survival. Interdependence is our lifeblood.”
Debby Irving, Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race

Dalai Lama XIV
“Things are highly interdependent. The very concepts of “we” and “they” are becoming irrelevant. War is out of date because our neighbors are part of ourselves. We see this in economic, educational and environmental issues. Although we may have some ideological differences or other conflicts with our neighbor, economically and environmentally we share essentially the same country, and destroying our neighbor is destroying ourselves. It’s foolish.”
Dalai Lama XIV, Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment

“You can say that before the Absolute all are equal, but there are not two, but one person, who is you.”
Kobun Chino Otogawa, Embracing Mind: The Zen Talks of Kobun Chino Otogawa

Hugh Mackay
“The deepest sense of life's meaning and purpose arises from our interdependence and, in turn, our willingness to relate to others and respond to their needs. [p49]”
Hugh Mackay, The Kindness Revolution: How we can restore hope, rebuild trust and inspire optimism

“We live within and beyond our own skin at the same time.”
Bonnie Badenoch, The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in the Context of Relationships

“We have geared the machines and locked all together into interdependence; we have built the great cities; now there is no escape. We have gathered vast populations incapable of free survival, insulated from the strong earth, each person in himself helpless, on all dependent. The circle is closed, and the net is being hauled in, They hardly feel the cords drawing.”
Tom Butler, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot

“Let's be aware of the impact we have, in all ways, and not just those ways we wish.”
Donald T Iannone, D.Div.

Ogyen Trinley Dorje
“Interdependence and emptiness show us that there are no fixed starting points. Many people have the idea that they lack what they need in order to start working toward their dreams. They feel they do not have enough power, or they do not have enough money. But they should know that any point is the right starting point. This is the perspective that emptiness opens up. We can start from zero. (17th Karmapa)”
Ogyen Trinley Dorje, The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out

Ogyen Trinley Dorje
“Interdependence and emptiness show us that there are no fixed starting points. We can start from nothing. Whatever we have, wherever we are — that is the place we can start from. Many people have the idea that they lack what they need in order to start working toward their dreams. They feel they do not have enough power, or they do not have enough money. But they should know that any point is the right starting point. This is the perspective that emptiness opens up. We can start from zero. – 17th Karmapa”
Ogyen Trinley Dorje, The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out

Alex M. Vikoulov
“At a deep level all things in our Universe are ineffably interdependent and interconnected, as we are part of the Matryoshka-like mathematical object of emergent levels of complexity where consciousness pervades all levels.”
Alex M. Vikoulov, The Syntellect Hypothesis: Five Paradigms of the Mind's Evolution

“We are 100 percent individual and 100 percent a member of the community.”
Katherine Thanas, The Truth of This Life: Zen Teachings on Loving the World as It Is

Shunryu Suzuki
“You and I are just swinging doors.”
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

Ogyen Trinley Dorje
“We give something, and that opens the possibility of receiving: we naturally receive something when we give. This is how we live, whether it is in the business world, in our social lives, or in any other context. Giving and taking is happening all the time. Living is dependent on giving: we give and therefore we receive. This interdependence is natural; however, it takes a special effort to train our mind to know this well enough so that our understanding is clear and strong. – 17th Karmapa”
Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Traveling the Path of Compassion: A Commentary on The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva

Martin Luther King Jr.
“Did you ever stop to think that you can’t leave for your job in the morning without being dependent upon most of the world?… Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world. This is the way our universe is structured. It is its interrelated quality. We aren’t going to have peace on earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality. —Christmas Sermon on Peace, 1967”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Thomas Merton
“Zen is the very awareness of the dynamism of life living itself in us—and aware of itself, in us, as being the one life that lives in all.”
Thomas Merton, Mystics and Zen Masters

Laura Imai Messina
“Yui developed her own theory: that for some people, life started loosening their joints when they were still in the cradle, and they had to work hard to hold the pieces together. She imagined those people juggling a bundle of limbs, ears, feet, and kidneys in their arms, like parts of the game Operation. But then, at some point, something would slot into place: they'd fall in love, start a family, get a well-paid job, a nice career, and they would begin to feel more stable. The truth was, though, they were just giving out parts of themselves to relatives and trusted friends; they were learning that it was normal not to be able to cope on your own, and that asking people for help was the only way forward if there were other things they wanted to do with their lives. They had to depend on others.

And then? Then what would happen? That's where Yui believed luck came into it. Because if those people lost someone who had been looking after a fundamental piece of them, they would never be able to regain their balance. The harmony would be gone, along with their loved one.”
Laura Imai Messina, The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World

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