During World War II, the British used the phrase "no man is an island" to justify the fight against Nazi Germany. Would John Donne approve of this?
Yes, John Donne would approve this. The phrase comes from one of his sermons, Meditation XVII. The quote is as follows:
No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main...
What Donne means by this is we are all in this life together. No person is a self-contained unit, apart from everyone else....
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