I hate isolated quotes. I am very suspicious of metaphysics. And, of course, I don’t believe in God, nor do I think religion, on the whole, is a good thing to happen to civilization. Still, in this post, I will just give a quote, an almost isolated one, from a religious metaphysical poet. But then this quote is one which became one of the most well know poems and has affected the culture and language as much as any paragraph from Shakespeare (who, by the way, is unparalleled in this respect):
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.