No Man is an Island (Donne)

John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; 
It tolls for thee.


I love the idea that we’re all connected, and I often use this poem in a modified gender-neutral way “No one is an island… every person’s death diminishes me because I am involved in humankind…”

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