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Kwanzaa quotes, Sayings and Quotations for Kwanzaa – Kwanzaa quotes images and pictures download free Happy Kwanzaa Quotes & Poems for Greeting Cards. In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.

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No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent. ~John Donne

Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all. ~Alexander the Great

In union there is strength. ~Aesop

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. ~Bahá’u’lláh

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out. ~James Baldwin

Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking. ~Mahatma Gandhi

Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking. ~Mahatma Gandhi

In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress. ~Booker T. Washington

Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there. ~Virginia Burden, The Process of Intuition

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. ~Kenyan Proverb

One is a member of a country, a profession, a civilization, a religion. One is not just a man. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wartime Writings 1939-1944, translated from French by Norah Purcell

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Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Now that you are familiar with the holiday, read on below for the best quotes and poems to include in your greeting cards for Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa isn’t a replacement for Christmas or even Hanukkah. Kwanzaa has nothing to do with religion and while some may twist it to be political, in its nature it is not. Kwanzaa is not the tool of its creator. Kwanzaa has a life of its own. Kwanzaa is about the spirit of people — all people regardless of color or race. Kwanzaa is a holiday of the human spirit — not the divine. The two were meant to co-exist peacefully.
– Author Unknown

Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.
– Alexander the Great

In union there is strength.
– Aesop

Kwanzaa is a special time to remember the ancestors, the bridge builders and the leaders.
– Dorothy Winbush Riley

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.
– Kenyan Proverb

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“Independence”… [is] middle-class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. ~G.B. Shaw, Pygmalion, 1912

A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together! ~Author Unknown

You cannot contribute anything to the ideal condition of mind and heart known as Brotherhood, however much you preach, posture, or agree, unless you live it. ~Faith Baldwin

No man is free who is not a master of himself. ~Epictetus

Every man is the architect of his own fortune. ~Sallust

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power. ~Seneca

I don’t know what the future may hold, but I know who holds the future. ~Ralph Abernathy

We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone… and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads form one to another that creates something. ~Sandra Day O’Connor

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. ~Henry Ford

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~Helen Keller

We all participate in weaving the social fabric; we should therefore all participate in patching the fabric when it develops holes. ~Anne C. Weisberg

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~Mohammed Ali

A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s. ~Richard Whately

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The seven principles of Kwanzaa — unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith — teach us that when we come together to strengthen our families and communities and honor the lesson of the past, we can face the future with joy and optimism.
– President Bill Clinton

A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!
– Author Unknown

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.
– Henry Ford

A poem of Unity: Kwanzaa by Sonia Dixon
Here we are on distant shores,
Searching for love ones lost,
Knowing their pain and suffering
Was an ocean of love lost.
Can’t you see the sun is shining
Bringing energies of love?
Come, my people, unite together;
Wake up, stand up, be the love for all!
The bells are ringing – it is time
To answer the call of one.
Get together, my brothers and sisters,
It’s time you must unite as one.
Unite, unite – it’s time, it’s time,
You must unite as one.
Hold together, brothers and sisters,
It’s time to unite as one!



Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
– Helen Keller

Our children need the sense of specialness that comes from participating in a known and loved ritual. They need the mastery of self-discipline that comes from order. They need the self-awareness that comes from a knowledge of their past. They need Kwanzaa as a tool for building their future and our own.
– Jessica Harris

Kwanzaa does not replace Christmas and is not a religious holiday. It is a time to focus on Africa and African-inspired culture and to reinforce a value system that goes back for generations.
– Eric V. Copage

(Kwanzaa Song tune to Twinkle, Twinkle)
Kwanzaa is a time to light
A glowing candle every night
A time to show How much we care
A time to think about the past
And values that we want to last

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We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. ~Herman Melville

We cannot destroy kindred: our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break. ~Marquise de Sévigné

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. ~George Bernard Shaw

Each of us is a being in himself and a being in society, each of us needs to understand himself and understand others, take care of others and be taken care of himself. ~Haniel Long

Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. ~Henry Ford

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb

Many hands make light work. ~John Heywood

Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend. ~Walter Savage Landor

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. ~Robert Byrne

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[I]f you have a purpose in which you can believe, there’s no end to the amount of things you can accomplish. ~Marian Anderson

Faith is like radar that sees through the fog. ~Corrie Ten Boom, Tramp for the Lord

Faith is courage; it is creative while despair is always destructive. ~David S. Muzzey

Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark. ~Rabindranath Tagore

Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings. ~Victor Hugo

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. ~Martin Luther King Jr.

Faith makes the discords of the present the harmonies of the future. ~Robert Collyer

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. ~Franklin Delano Roosevelt

For Africa to me… is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place. ~Maya Angelou

“I must do something” always solves more problems than “Something must be done.” ~Author Unknown

The time is always right to do what is right. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~William James

We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves. ~Langston Hughes

Keywords for the above quotes: Nguzo Saba, Principles, Umoja, Unity, Kujichagulia, Self-Determination, Ujima, Collective Work, Responsibility, Ujamaa, Cooperative Economics, Nia, Purpose, Kuumba, Creativity, Imani, Faith

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”
~ Maya Angelou

“We have religious holidays and we have secular holidays. I see Kwanzaa as an opportunity for African-Americans to reaffirm ourselves if we choose to, a chance to rebuild and renew our focus. I see Kwanzaa as a holiday of the spirit.”
~ Jessica Harris

“Kwanzaa is a pan-African celebration of heritage and culture and family and community. The principles and the manner of observing the holiday lift up traditional values that are key to our lives.”
~ Janine Bell

“The seven principles of Kwanzaa — unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith — teach us that when we come together to strengthen our families and communities and honor the lesson of the past, we can face the future with joy and optimism.”
~ President Bill Clinton

“Our children need the sense of specialness that comes from participating in a known and loved ritual. They need the mastery of self-discipline that comes from order. They need the self-awareness that comes from a knowledge of their past. They need Kwanzaa as a tool for building their future and our own.”
~ Jessica Harris

“Kwanzaa is a holiday that should be celebrated by everyone, not just the black community.”
~ Jacqui Lewis

“Kwanzaa isn’t a replacement for Christmas or even Hanukkah. Kwanzaa has nothing to do with religion and while some may twist it to be political, in its nature it is not. Kwanzaa is not the tool of its creator. Kwanzaa has a life of its own. Kwanzaa is about the spirit of people — all people regardless of color or race. Kwanzaa is a holiday of the human spirit — not the divine. The two were meant to co-exist peacefully.”
~ Author Unknown


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