He is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Caesar, in Caesar and Cleopatra, act 2.
Speaking of Britannus, his secretary, "an islander from the western end of the world, a day's voyage from Gaul.")
'In most situations in life, your actions have an impact on at least one
person you care about. No matter how small or large the decision, on some
level a positive decision has the power to uplift and negative decisions
have the power to tear down. We are all connected. We are not islands.
Make your decisions carefully.'
This land is your land, this land is my land, From California to the New York Island. From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land was made for you and me.
(Woody Guthrie (1912-1967), U.S. singer, songwriter. "This Land Is Your Land" (song) (1956).
"This land is your land & this land is my landsure," Bob Dylan wrote in Tarantula (1970),"but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway.")
Manhattan. Sometimes from beyond the skyscrapers, across the hundreds of thousands of high walls, the cry of a tugboat finds you in your insomnia in the middle of the night, and you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island.