Ubuntu Quotes

Quotations about the Ubuntu concept


“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu- you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World.” - Desmond Tutu



In a real sense, all life is interrelated.
All [people] are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,
Tied in a single garment of destiny.
Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be,
and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.
This is the interrelated structure of reality.

- Martin Luther King, Jr, in his sermon at The Riverside Church in NY, 8/8/65


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