Unity Quotes: 'United We Stand, Divided We Fall'

Wise words make clear the importance of connecting

Friends sat on wall in summer.

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"United we stand, divided we fall." This motto has resonated in the United States since the American Revolution and experienced a rise in usage during the Civil War, World War II and after 9/11, all times of great stress on the country. Another adage encourages the building of bridges rather than walls, and that is another way of describing unity. "Strength in numbers" is yet another form of this idea. No matter which words you use, the point is the same: Overcome your differences to make a greater whole together. These quotes help you to think about unity, its importance and how to achieve it.

Quotes About Unity

James Baldwin
"The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out."

Alexandre Dumas, "The Three Musketeers"
“All for one and one for all.” 

"In union there is strength."

Mahatma Gandhi
"Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking."

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers."

Virginia Burden
"Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there."

John F. Kennedy
"The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion."

"Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is because man is disunited with himself."

Blaise Pascal
"The multitude which is not brought to act as a unity is confusion. That unity which has not its origin in the multitude is tyranny."

Charles de Gaulle
"Only peril can bring the French together. One can't impose unity out of the blue on a country that has 265 different kinds of cheese."

Winston Churchill
“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” 

Margaret Carty
"The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side."

Helen Keller
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

John Lennon, "Imagine"
"You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one.” 

Henry Ford
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."

Benjamin Franklin
"We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately."

Herbert Hoover
"Honest differences of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy making among free men. "

Hugh Mills
"Nothing unites the English like war. Nothing divides them like Picasso."

Thomas Carlyle
"Men's hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another, and all against evil only."

Alexander the Great
"Remember, upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all."

John Trapp
"Unity without verity is no better than conspiracy."