no man is an island…

A conversar no MSN sobre a importância da colaboração recordei-me da frase “No man is an island…” e fui investigar

A frase é de John Donne (1572–1631), poeta metafísico inglês, e está integrada na obra “Devotions upon Emergent Occasions” (1624), Meditation XVII:

All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated…As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come: so this bell calls us all: but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness….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.

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