No man is an island

This page is about the saying "No man is an island".

Possible interpretation: Human beings do not (or should not) live in isolation. All people are interconnected. A person is not like an island, standing alone and surrounded by sea.

Note: island (noun) = a piece of land surrounded by water

Origin: This famous idea comes to us from Meditation XVII by John Donne (1572-1631): "No man is an island, entire of itself...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."

Quick Quiz:

"No man is an island" is a saying suggesting that we

a. should not live on islands

b. are responsible for each other

c. are responsible only for ourselves

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Contributor: Josef Essberger