Belonging Quotes

Here is a collection of quotes about belonging – I hope that they inspire you to think about belonging in different ways!

Some activities that you can do with these quotes are:

  1. Choose 3-5 quotes which you particularly liked. Write an explanation of what each quote means to you.
  2. Group the quotes in terms of their different ideas or perceptions about belonging.


The earth is what we all we have in common.  – Wendell Berry

We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom and fun.  – William Glasser

The hunger to belong is not merely a desire to be attached to something. It is rather sensing that great transformation and discovery become impossible when belonging is sheltered and true.  – John O’Donohue

I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.  – Socrates

In contrast to how a child belongs in the world, adult belonging is never as natural, innocent, or playful. Adult belonging has to be chosen, received and renewed. It is a lifetime’s work.  – John O’Donohue

Our bodies know they belong; it is our minds that make our lives so homeless.  – John O’Donohue

To thine own self be true.  – Polonius, Hamlet

Being human signifies, for each of us, belonging to a class, a society, a country, a continent and a civilisation.  Claude Levi-Strauss

Man may be defined as the animal that can say “I”, that can be aware of himself as a separate entity.  – Erich Fromm

As you grow, you develop the ideal of where your true belonging could be – the place, the home, the partner, and the work. You seldom achieve all teh elements of the idea, but it travels with you as the criterion and standard of what true belonging could be.  – John O’Donohue

All types of identities, ethnic, national, religious, sexual or whatever else, can become your prison after a while. The identity that you stand up for can enslave you and close you to the rest of the world.  – Murathan Mungan

By building relations we create a source of love and personal pride and belonging that makes living in a chaotic world easier. – Susan Lieberman

No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other. – Frank Lloyd Wright

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. – Aldo Leopold

Humans live best when each has his place, when each knows where he belongs in the scheme of things. Destroy the place. – Frank Herbert

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.  – Bertrand Russell

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.  – Michel de Montaigne

In all cultures, the family imprints its members with selfhood. Human experience of identity has two elements; a sense of belonging and a sense of being separate. The laboratory in which these ingredients are mixed and dispensed is the family matrix.  – Salvador Minuchin

We are born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human race.  – Cicero

We may have different religions, different languages, different coloured skin, but we all belong to one human race.  – Kofi Annan

You can’t build a society purely on interests, you need a sense of belonging. – Valery Giscard d’Estaing

Many of us are also nourished by friends, whom we love as family. We belong not only to them but also to other loved ones, to our neighbourhood, our town, our state, our country, and our world. How can we possibly juggle our responsibilities to all to whom we belong? – Peggy O’Mara

2 comments for “Belonging Quotes

  1. November 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Fantastic. Thank you.

  2. Judy
    April 19, 2012 at 3:31 am

    very useful. thanks

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