10 Book Quotes On Unity and Acceptance

by Alex Weiss

If you're feeling as though the unity of the country has shattered due to the recent election results, you aren't alone. Sometimes the world feels a little broken, a little torn at the seems — and other times it's blatantly obvious that things aren't working and makes working together all the more difficult. It's an important thing to keep in mind, even when it's hardest than ever, to keep your chin up and remember that working together makes each and every individual stronger than before.

It's hard to focus on regular day-to-day things when the entire fate of the place you live feels as though it's just undergone a huge earthquake. And it's not easy to recover from this sort of thing, or just move on either. But if there's one thing I have learned over the last week, and difficult weeks before, it's that sticking together and supporting each other through thick and thin will help to overcome any obstacle — even an orange mountain of evil, if you get what I'm saying.

So to help make the coming weeks a little easier, or maybe just to bring a smile to your face, I've compiled a list of quotes from beloved authors on the importance of unity, and accepting each other for who we are. While change is upon us and we can't exactly stop it, we can always learn to work better together, and that's exactly what these quotes will encourage:

1. “Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

2. “And all the books you've read have been read by other people. And all the songs you've loved have been heard by other people. And that girl that's pretty to you is pretty to other people. and that if you looked at these facts when you were happy, you would feel great because you are describing 'unity.”

― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

3. “All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.”

― Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers

4. “The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

― Maya Angelou, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

5. “You should never hate anyone, even your worst enemies. Everyone has something good about them. You have to find the redeeming quality and love the person for that.”

― Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

6. “Whether it is good or evil, whether life in itself is pain or pleasure, whether it is uncertain-that it may perhaps be this is not important-but the unity of the world, the coherence of all events, the embracing of the big and the small from the same stream, from the same law of cause, of becoming and dying.”

― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha


7. “The Destiny of Man is to unite, not to divide. If you keep on dividing you end up as a collection of monkeys throwing nuts at each other out of separate trees.”

― T.H. White, The Once and Future King

8. “Accepting all the good and bad about someone. It's a great thing to aspire to. The hard part is actually doing it.”

― Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye

9. “Just because we don't understand doesn't mean that the explanation doesn't exist.”

― Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

10. “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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