John Donne Quote About Individuality And MortalityJuly 28th, 2019 • Quotes • John Donne • Share
My chosen name is Michael Island, so obviously I disagree with this view of individuality. We’re not all connected, neither physically nor psychologically, but we do all share certain attributes and face the same basic struggles. In this sense, Donne’s quote is dead on.
“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 bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”— John Donne