Ray Sherman
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The Family of Humankind
Quotations selected and edited by Ray Sherman

Earthlings, unite! You have nothing to lose but your prejudices.
                                —Ray Sherman

You know we're all his children,
His next of kin (that's the way it began).
No matter where you're going or where you've been,
You are part of the family of men.

                                                        —Allan and Marilyn Bergman

The Family of Man was a photography exhibition curated by Edward Steichen.... His intention was to prove visually the universality of human experience.... 
Our primary allegiance is to the human race and not to one particular color or border.
                                               — Mohamed ElBaradei

I know that my unity with all people cannot be destroyed by national boundaries and government orders.
                                —Leo Tolstoy

The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.

    If I have any desire at all, it is to show the brotherhood of man.
                                            —William Saroyan

    From now on the Scout symbol of Peace is the Golden Arrow.  Carry it fast and far so that all men may know the Brotherhood of Man.
                                                   —Robert Baden-Powell

There is a brotherhood of man,
A benevolent brotherhood of man,
A noble tie that binds
All human hearts and minds
Into one brotherhood of man.
                                          —Frank Loesser

I believe that music can be an inspirational force in all our lives...that music can be one element to help us build a new conception of life in which the madness and cruelty of wars will be replaced by a simple understanding of the brotherhood of man.
—Leopold Stokowski

...we ought to realize that we are the same the whole world over.
                                                —Germaine Greer

Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.
                                             —Albert Einstein

I was forced, through seeing the error of their foundation, to abandon all belief in every religion which had been taught to man. But my religious feelings were immediately replaced by the spirit of universal charity—not for a sect, or a party, or for a country or a colour—but for the human race....
                                           —Robert Owen

The utterance of God is a lamp, whose light is these words: Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.


The Bahá'í writings state that there is a single, all powerful God, revealing his message through a series of divine messengers or educators...to one single humanity, who all possess a rational soul and only differ according to colour and culture.

Within the Ahmadiyya understanding of Islam, the Islamic concept of Unity of God...inculcates in man the realisation of the oneness of the human species, and does away with all such barriers as divide man into racial, ethnic and colour denominations.

Kabbalists such as Rav Abraham Kook argued that the affirmation of God aspires to reveal unity in the world—as it is the basis of all spiritual knowledge and one of the highest notions which mankind can perceive.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
                                              —John Donne
Unity in diversity is the highest possible attainment of a civilisation, a testimony to the most noble possibilities of the human race.
                                                    —Michael Novak

E Pluribus Unum
                                                                  —Seal of the United States

It seems we have plenty of pluribus, but not much unum.
                                                   —Ray Sherman

It behoveth the sovereigns of the world...to take counsel together and to adopt one of the existing languages or a new one to be taught to children in schools throughout the world.... Thus the whole earth will come to be regarded as one country.

I am not an Athenian, or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

My country is the world, all men are my brethren and my religion is to do good.
                                                       — Thomas Paine

...we view the world as one society embracing all of humanity in all its diversity.
                                                                            —World Federalist Movement

Every child over ten sitting at a computer going "online" knows it's one world....
                                                    —Garry Davis

One world or none.... Today the citizen can only save his home, and his country, by helping to save mankind.
                                                                         —Stuart Chase                 
Throughout history whenever different groups have come into contact, they have interbred. The continued sharing of genetic materials has maintained all of humankind as a single species.
                                                                                                       —The American Anthropological Association

BULWORTH: Everybody just gotta keep f—n’ everybody 'til they're all the same color.
                                                                                          —Warren Beatty and Jeremy Pikser

I am by heritage a Jew, by citizenship a Swiss, and by makeup a human being, and only a human being, without any special attachment to any state or national entity whatsoever.
                                                           —Albert Einstein
Nationalism...is our insanity.  "Patriotism" is its cult.   ...by "patriotism” I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity....            
                                                           —Erich Fromm

It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars.
                                                                  —Arthur C. Clarke

By the 1970s..., [a] consensus...developed among anthropologists and geneticists that race as the previous generation had known it—as largely discrete, geographically distinct, gene pools—did not exist.
                                                                   —Jonathan Marks

For goodness sake, will they hear, will white people hear what we are trying to say? Please, all we are asking you to do is to recognize that we are humans, too.
                                                                —Desmond Tutu

I would like to see us overcome our tribal divisions and begin to think and act as if we were one family.  That would be real globalisation…
                                                                    —Arthur C. Clarke

Many tribes refer to themselves with their language's word for "people”....  This fact is often cited as evidence that tribal peoples saw only the members of their own tribe as "people," and denigrated all others as something less.

Deep-seated preferences cannot be argued about...and therefore, when differences are sufficiently far reaching, we try to kill the other man rather than let him have his way.
                                                                               —Oliver Wendell Holmes

What we need, then, is a New Bottom Line, one which judges institutions, corporations, legislation, social practices, health care, our educational and legal systems, and our social policies by how much love and compassion, kindness and generosity, and ethical and ecological sensitivity they inculcate within us....
                                                                                —Rabbi Michael Lerner

.Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
                                                                      —Carl Sandburg

...can we all get along? Can we get along?
                                                                     —Rodney King

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