is finding similarities in interests with others.


“Our Similarities bring us to a common ground; Our Differences allow us to be fascinated by each other.”

Tom Robbins (born 1936); novelist, short story writer, essayist

“At the heart of each of us, whatever our imperfections, there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm, which is absolutely individual and unique, and yet which connects us to everything else.”

George Leonard (1923-2010); American writer

“What life have you if you have not life together? There is no life that is not in community.”

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965); poet, critic

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.”

Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273); Persian poet, mystic

“What we have to do... is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities.”

Hillary Clinton (born 1947); politician

“At the heart of each of us, whatever our imperfections, there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm, which is absolutely individual and unique, and yet which connects us to everything else.”

George Leonard (1923-2010); American writer

“It is thus tolerance that is the source of peace, and intolerance that is the source of disorder and squabbling.”

Pierre Bayle (1647-1706); philosopher

“In republics, the great danger is that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.”

James Madison (1751-1836); 4th U.S. president

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. ”

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945); 32nd U.S. President

“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.”

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894); essayist, poet, novelist

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in. ”

Alan Alda (born 1936); actor, director, screenwriter

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”

Maya Angelou (born 1928); Poet, dancer, producer, playwright, director, author

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”

John Muir (1838-1914); naturalist, author

“If you don't know the guy on the other side of the world, love him anyway because he's just like you. He has the same dreams, the same hopes and fears. It's one world, pal. We're all neighbors. ”

Frank Sinatra (1915-1998); Musician

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Character and charity pay off for everyone.
Larry Fugate 6 months ago from White Hall, Ark.

Um verdadeiro amigo está perto nos bons e maus momentos, que eu seja e tenha amigos. A true friend is close in good and bad times, and I have to be friends.
Anderson about 1 year ago from Colatina, ES - Brasil

Being on common ground helps us to move forward in power.
Bruce Willingham about 2 years ago from Warner Robins, Ga

common ground: addictions, homelessness and helping others to recovery...i can relate to all of these...i am blessed
penny over 3 years ago from south dakota

I have a similar story: From small town, to college degrees, addiction, top level executive, to homeless, to ministry and now leading others to recovery.
dm about 4 years ago from 20005

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