„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

Modern version: 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 friends 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.
Meditation 17. This was the source for the title of Ernest Hemingway's novel.
Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions (1624)
Quelle: Meditation XVII - Meditation 17
Kontext: No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

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englischer Schriftsteller 1572 - 1631

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John Donne Foto

„No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.“

—  John Donne, buch Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

Modern version: 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 friends 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.
Meditation 17. This was the source for the title of Ernest Hemingway's novel.
Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions (1624)

John Donne Foto

„Never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.“

—  John Donne English poet 1572 - 1631

Quelle: No man is an island – A selection from the prose

Dejan Stojanovic Foto

„From one bell all the bells toll.“

—  Dejan Stojanovic poet, writer, and businessman 1959

"The Bell of the Shape," p. 35
The Shape (2000), Sequence: “Bells”

Alfred Noyes Foto

„Beauty is a fading flower,
Truth is but a wizard's tower,
Where a solemn death-bell tolls,
And a forest round it rolls.“

—  Alfred Noyes English poet 1880 - 1958

Epilogue
The Flower of Old Japan and Other Poems (1907), The Flower of Old Japan

Thomas Hood Foto

„His death which happened in his berth,
At forty-odd befell:
They went and told the sexton, and
The sexton tolled the bell.“

—  Thomas Hood British writer 1799 - 1845

Faithless Sally Brown, st. 17 (1826).
1820s

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„We need each other. We need friends in the world, and they need us. The bell tolls for us, my friends, Humanity counts on us, and we ought to take measured pride in that. We have not been an island. We were ‘involved in mankind.‘“

—  John McCain politician from the United States 1936 - 2018

2010s, 2018, The Restless Wave (2018)
Kontext: !-- I want to talk to my fellow Americans a little more, if I may: --> My fellow Americans. No association ever mattered more to me. We’re not always right. We’re impetuous and impatient, and rush into things without knowing what we’re really doing. We argue over little differences endlessly, and exaggerate them into lasting breaches. We can be selfish, and quick sometimes to shift the blame for our mistakes to others. But our country ‘tis of thee.‘ What great good we’ve done in the world, so much more good than harm. We served ourselves, of course, but we helped make others free, safe and prosperous because we weren’t threatened by other people’s liberty and success. We need each other. We need friends in the world, and they need us. The bell tolls for us, my friends, Humanity counts on us, and we ought to take measured pride in that. We have not been an island. We were ‘involved in mankind.‘
Before I leave, I’d like to see our politics begin to return to the purposes and practices that distinguish our history from the history of other nations. I would like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different. We are citizens of a republic made of shared ideals forged in a new world to replace the tribal enmities that tormented the old one. Even in times of political turmoil such as these, we share that awesome heritage and the responsibility to embrace it. Whether we think each other right or wrong in our views on the issues of the day, we owe each other our respect, as long as our character merits respect, and as long as we share, for all our differences, for all the rancorous debates that enliven and sometimes demean our politics, a mutual devotion to the ideals our nation was conceived to uphold, that all are created equal, and liberty and equal justice are the natural rights of all. Those rights inhabit the human heart, and from there, though they may be assailed, they can never be wrenched. I want to urge Americans, for as long as I can, to remember that this shared devotion to human rights is our truest heritage and our most important loyalty.

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Natalie Merchant Foto

„Ophelia was a bride of god
a novice Carmelite
in sister cells the cloister bells
tolled on her wedding night“

—  Natalie Merchant American singer-songwriter 1963

Song lyrics, Ophelia (1998), Ophelia

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„By the toll of a billion deaths man has bought his birthright of the earth, and it is his against all comers“

—  H. G. Wells, buch The War of the Worlds

Book II, Ch. 8 (Ch. 25 in editions without Book divisions): Dead London
The War of the Worlds (1898)
Kontext: For so it had come about, as indeed I and many men might have foreseen had not terror and disaster blinded our minds. These germs of disease have taken toll of humanity since the beginning of things — taken toll of our prehuman ancestors since life began here. But by virtue of this natural selection of our kind we have developed resisting power; to no germs do we succumb without a struggle, and to many — those that cause putrefaction in dead matter, for instance — our living frames are altogether immune. But there are no bacteria in Mars, and directly these invaders arrived, directly they drank and fed, our microscopic allies began to work their overthrow. Already when I watched them they were irrevocably doomed, dying and rotting even as they went to and fro. It was inevitable. By the toll of a billion deaths man has bought his birthright of the earth, and it is his against all comers; it would still be his were the Martians ten times as mighty as they are. For neither do men live nor die in vain.

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„The death toll is not nearly high enough… too many [jihadists] have escaped.“

—  Christopher Hitchens British American author and journalist 1949 - 2011

Referring to the Fallujah offensive on November 2004
Speech at Kenyon College, Ohio http://collegian.kenyon.edu/article.php?id=2400, (2004-11-15): On the 2003 invasion of Iraq
2000s, 2004

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„I am sorry these people had to lose their lives. But that's the nature of the beast. It's understood going in what the human toll will be.“

—  Timothy McVeigh American army soldier, security guard, terrorist 1968 - 2001

Letters published in the Buffalo News (10 June 2001)
2000s

Adam Smith Foto

„The tolls for the maintenance of a high road, cannot with any safety be made the property of private persons.“

—  Adam Smith Scottish moral philosopher and political economist 1723 - 1790

Quelle: (1776), Book V, Chapter I, Part III, Article I, p. 786 (See also.. Public-private partnerships).

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„The road to high pay is a toll road.“

—  Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943

Quelle: The Boy Crisis (2018), pp. 48

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