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  • Mrs. Hofmanstall's customers told her everything; there was certainly every opportunity to as shopping there was a slow business. There was time for life friendships to be built up.

  • One cannot withdraw from the life of the community. Injury to one member of it cannot fail to be the concern of all.

  • Snowflakes, leaves, humans, plants, raindrops, stars, molecules, microscopic entities all come in communities. The singular cannot in reality exist.

  • We believe that the bigger the group that is eating, the bigger your appetite will be. We eat off one big tray set in the center, each person taking food with their right hand and throwing it into their mouth. We'd sit outside in the fresh air, drinking milk fresh from the cow, and eating meat fresh from the animals and vegetables fresh from the gardens. In our village eating was a celebration of good food, good company, good conversation, and good health.

    • Halima Bashir,
    • in Halima Bashir with Damien Lewis, Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur ()
  • As a good gardener prepares the soil, so a wise leader creates an environment that promotes community. ... community involves a common place, a common time, and a common purpose. Just getting people in the same place at the same time does not produce a team. Community requires a common vision.

  • ... you needed to be as unobtrusive as possible in a small, overcrowded environment where people lived too closely for too long. I would come to believe that expansive houses and standard, nuclear families served to isolate the human soul, and that tight, tribal communities were infinitely more suited to our natures, but I wasn't ready to feel that yet. We had to be introduced slowly to the notion of giving more than you have and using less than you need, of living without outward privacy, of knowing that all you really own are your own thoughts.

  • A community can never be created: not through hard work or in any other way. It must simply be recognized and respected.

    • Sigrid Nielsen,
    • "Strange Days," in Christian McEwen and Sue O'Sullivan, eds., Out the Other Side ()
  • While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many.

  • Trusting each other is the beginning of a certain secular faith, a faith that allows us to live in families and communities and nations. Democracy, above all other forms of government, requires this faith ...