MotherTongues T-shirts celebrate community, culture and language. Here are some fun and thoughtful quotes regarding all three.
Quotes about Community and Culture
I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible.
It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.
- The Dalai Lama
The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you: they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.
- Wade Davis
I am a part of all that I have met.
- Alfred Tennyson
This is the duty of our generation as we enter the twenty-first century -- solidarity with the weak, the persecuted, the lonely, the sick, and those in despair. It is expressed by the desire to give a noble and humanizing meaning to a community in which all members will define themselves not by their own identity but by that of others.
- Elie Wiesel
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
- George Bernard Shaw
The American city should be a collection of communities where every member has a right to belong. It should be a place where every man feels safe on his streets and in the house of his friends. It should be a place where each individual's dignity and self-respect is strengthened by the respect and affection of his neighbors. It should be a place where each of us can find the satisfaction and warmth which comes from being a member of the community of man. This is what man sought at the dawn of civilization. It is what we seek today.
- Lyndon B. Johnson
There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.
- M. Scott Peck
A Senegalese poet said 'In the end we will conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.' We must learn about other cultures in order to understand, in order to love, and in order to preserve our common world heritage.
- Yo Yo Ma
Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead
In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it.
- Marianne Williamson
If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.
- Mitsugi Saotome
We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been - a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.
A first grader should understand that her or his culture isn’t a rational invention; that there are thousands of other cultures and they all work pretty well; that all cultures function on faith rather than truth; that there are lots of alternatives to our own society...Cultural relativity is defensible, attractive. It’s a source of hope. It means we don’t have to continue this way if we don’t like it.
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.
- Rollo May
The key to community is the acceptance, in fact the celebration of our individual and cultural differences. It is also the key to world peace.
- M. Scott Peck
Every view of the world that becomes extinct, every culture that disappears, diminishes a possibility of life.
- Octavio Paz
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
- John F. Kennedy
People can only live fully by helping others to live. When you give life to friends you truly live. Cultures can only realize their further richness by honoring other traditions. And only by respecting natural life can humanity continue to exist.
- Daisaku Ikeda
Embracing diversity is one adventure after another, opening new paths of discovery that connect an understanding to caring, listening, and sharing with others who are different than ourselves.
- April Holland
Quotes about Language
If you talk to [someone] in a language [he or she] understands, that goes to [the person's] head. If you talk to [somebody] in [his or her] language, that goes to [the] heart.
- Nelson Mandela
Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world.
Being exposed to the existence of other languages increases the perception that the world is populated by people who not only speak differently from oneself but whose cultures and philosophies are other than one's own. Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try to understand each other, we may even become friends.
- Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
How many languages are there in the world? How about 5 billion! Each of us talks, listens, and thinks in his/her own special language that has been shaped by our culture, experiences, profession, personality, mores and attitudes. The chances of us meeting someone else who talks the exact same language is pretty remote.
A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.
- Gaston Bachelard
For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.
- Ingrid Bengis
Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.
- Orson Rega Card
To have another language is to possess a second soul.
Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.
- Rita Mae Brown
Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.
- Sir Winston Churchill
Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.
- George Eliot
Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Words are the leaves of the tree of language, of which, if some fall away, a new succession takes their place.
- John French
Those who know nothing of foreign languages, knows nothing of their own.
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations.
- Samuel Johnson
Language is the inventory of human experience.
- L. W. Lockhart
Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.
- Dave Barry
I have been a believer in the magic of language since, at a very early age, I discovered that some words got me into trouble and others got me out.
- Katherine Dunn
Language is wine upon the lips.
- Virginia Woolf
There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all.
The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
There is in every child a painstaking teacher, so skilful that he obtains identical results in all children in all parts of the world. The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!
- Maria Montessori
We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.
- Toni Morrison
Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.
- Benjamin Lee Whorf
If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
- Kofi Annan
We cannot be divided either by the languages we speak, by the faiths we profess or by the political views we choose.
- Viktor Yushchenko
Man does not exist prior to language, either as a species or as an individual.
- Roland Barthes
At present, roughly 5,1000 languages are spoken around the globe.... Yet many indicators suggest that within a generation or two, not more than 100 of these languages will survive. Languages are dying out every bit as quickly as species. While in the latter case, plants and animals disappear from the history of nature never to be seen again, with the demise of languages, entire cultures are vanishing from the history of civilization never to be lived again.
- Wolfgang Sachs
If you like these quotes, check out the MotherTongues T-shirts that speak about community, cultivate cultural understanding, cherish connections and aim for peaceful relationships.
In a world where there are many words thrown around, MotherTongues captures the poetic essence of one word and translates it in a mantra for life. Beautiful. Thank you (as I am wearing my Ubuntu shirt!) ~ Jes