„Unity is a great thing and a great slogan. But what the workers’ cause needs is the unity of Marxists, not unity between Marxists, and opponents and distorters of Marxism.“

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Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924

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„I am for the unity of the party – for the national and international unity of the party. But it must be a unity of socialism and socialists. The unity with opponents – with people who have other aims and other interests, is no socialist unity.“

—  Wilhelm Liebknecht German socialist politician 1826 - 1900

We must strive for unity at any price and with all sacrifices. But while we are uniting and organizing, we must rid ourselves of all foreign and antagonistic elements. What would one say of a general who in the enemy’s country sought to fill the ranks of his army with recruits from the ranks of the enemy? Would that not be the height of foolishness? Very well, to take into our army – which is an army for the class struggle and the class war – opponents, soldiers with aims and interests entirely opposite to our own, – that would be madness, that would be suicide.
No Compromise – No Political Trading (1899)

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„Canada has no cultural unity, no linguistic unity, no religious unity, no economic unity, no geographic unity. All it has is unity.“

—  Kenneth E. Boulding British-American economist 1910 - 1993

Kenneth Boulding cited in: World Union (Organization) (1982) World union. Vol 22. p. 35
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„International unity of the workers is more important than the national.“

—  Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924

Letter to Inessa Armand (20 November 1916) Collected Works, Vol. 35, pp. 246-247.
1910s

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„The unification of our country, the unity of our people and the unity of our various nationalities - these are the basic guarantees of the sure triumph of our cause.“

—  Mao Zedong Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China 1893 - 1976

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„The sixt Definition. A Whole number is either a unitie, or a compounded multitude of unities.“

—  Simon Stevin Flemish scientist, mathematician and military engineer 1548 - 1620

Disme: the Art of Tenths, Or, Decimall Arithmetike (1608)

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„It lies in the nature of things that the many enter into complex unity.“

—  Alfred North Whitehead English mathematician and philosopher 1861 - 1947

Pt. I, ch. 2, sec. 2.
1920s, Process and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology (1929)
Context: Creativity is the universal of universals characterizing ultimate matter of fact. It is that ultimate principle by which the many, which are the universe disjunctively, become the one actual occasion, which is the universe conjunctively. It lies in the nature of things that the many enter into complex unity.

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„Strength is unity.“

—  V. V. Giri Indian politician and 4th president of India 1894 - 1980

On his axiom for the Indian labour movement in: "Human Bondage: Tracing Its Roots in India", p. 425

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„All phenomena are interdependent. When we think of a speck of dust, a flower, or a human being, our thinking cannot break loose from the idea of unity, of one, of calculation. We see a line drawn between one and many, one and not one. But if we truly realize the interdependent nature of the dust, the flower, and the human being, we see that unity cannot exist without diversity. Unity and diversity interpenetrate each other freely. Unity is diversity, and diversity is unity. This is the principle of interbeing.“

—  Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926

The Sun My Heart (1996)
Context: There is no phenomenon in the universe that does not intimately concern us, from a pebble resting at the bottom of the ocean, to the movement of a galaxy millions of light years away. Walt Whitman said, "I believe a blade of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars...." These words are not philosophy. They come from the depths of his soul. He also said, "I am large, I contain multitudes." This might be called a meditation on "interfacing endlessly interwoven." All phenomena are interdependent. When we think of a speck of dust, a flower, or a human being, our thinking cannot break loose from the idea of unity, of one, of calculation. We see a line drawn between one and many, one and not one. But if we truly realize the interdependent nature of the dust, the flower, and the human being, we see that unity cannot exist without diversity. Unity and diversity interpenetrate each other freely. Unity is diversity, and diversity is unity. This is the principle of interbeing.

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„If we’re to sustain the unity we need to get through these difficult times,“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

2016, Memorial Service for Fallen Dallas Police Officers (July 2016)
Context: I've seen how a spirit of unity, born of tragedy, can gradually dissipate, overtaken by the return to business as usual, by inertia and old habits and expediency. I see how easily we slip back into our old notions, because they’re comfortable, we’re used to them. I’ve seen how inadequate words can be in bringing about lasting change. I’ve seen how inadequate my own words have been. And so I’m reminded of a passage in *John’s Gospel [First John]: Let us love not with words or speech, but with actions and in truth. If we’re to sustain the unity we need to get through these difficult times, if we are to honor these five outstanding officers who we’ve lost, then we will need to act on the truths that we know. And that’s not easy. It makes us uncomfortable. But we’re going to have to be honest with each other and ourselves.

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„In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity (love).“

—  Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430

The first known occurence of such an expression is as "Omnesque mutuam amplecteremur unitatem in necessariis, in non necessariis libertatem, in omnibus caritatem" in De Republica Ecclesiastica by Marco Antonio de Dominis, Pars I. London (1617), lib. 4 cap. 8 p. 676 (penultimate sentence) books.google http://books.google.de/books?id=QcVFAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA676, cf. liberlocorumcommunium http://liberlocorumcommunium.blogspot.com/2010/03/in-necessariis-unitas-in-non.html.
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Original: (la) In necessariis unitas, In dubiis libertas, In omnibus autem caritas.

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„The good is the idea, or unity of the conception of the will with the particular will. Abstract right, well-being, the subjectivity of consciousness, and the contingency of external reality, are in their independent and separate existences superseded in this unity, although in their real essence they are contained in it and preserved. This unity is realized freedom, the absolute final cause of the world.“

—  Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, book Elements of the Philosophy of Right

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Philosophy of Right translated by SW Dyde Queen’s University Canada 1896 p. 123
Elements of the Philosophy of Right (1820/1821)
Context: The good is the idea, or unity of the conception of the will with the particular will. Abstract right, well-being, the subjectivity of consciousness, and the contingency of external reality, are in their independent and separate existences superseded in this unity, although in their real essence they are contained in it and preserved. This unity is realized freedom, the absolute final cause of the world. Addition.—Every stage is properly the idea, but the earlier steps contain the idea only in more abstract form. The I, as person, is already the idea, although in its most abstract guise. The good is the idea more completely determined; it is the unity of the conception of will with the particular will. It is not something abstractly right, but has a real content, whose substance constitutes both right and well-being.

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„Democratic nations must seek and find unity in diversity, while Communists achieve unity through conformity.“

—  Walter Reuther Labor union leader 1907 - 1970

Address before the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi, India, April 5, 1956, as quoted in Walter P Reuther: Selected Papers (1961), by Henry M. Christman, p. 133 If the peoples of great nations can work, sacrifice, fight, and die together because they share common fears and common hatreds in war, why can we not find a way to tap the great spiritual reservoir that lies deep within each of us and get people and nations working, sacrificing, and building together in peacetime because they share common hopes and common aspirations.

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