no man is an island

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Etymology[edit]

From the 1623 quotation below.

Proverb[edit]

no man is an island

  1. All people are connected to other people and dependent on other people.
    • 1623, John Donne, “Meditation XVII”, in Devotions upon Emergent Occasions:
      No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. [] any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, []