no man is an island

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From the 1623 quotation below.

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no man is an island

  1. All people are connected to 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, []
    • 2014, Jeremi Szaniawski, The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov, Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page 231:
      And yet, no man is an island, and Sokurov's desire to promote himself as an insular, unique figure, both in his thinking and in his work, is contradicted by the many arrangements and obligatory associations that cinematic production entails.

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