expansion of proverb'united we stand ,divided we fall'?

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  • LucySD
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    When the tragedy of 9/11 happened this country as a nation were united as one people and one nation together.Had we not been united it might have been easy for more tragedys to happen and us and our country would fall as a people and a nation.

    The Question:

    Who said "United we stand, divided we fall"?

    The Answer:

    That (((((quote)))))) can be found on the official seal of Kentucky, which was codified in 1792. It is believed that Governor Isaac Shelby adapted it from a line in "The Liberty Song," written in 1768 by John Dickinson. Here's the relevant excerpt:

    Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all,

    By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall;

    In so righteous a cause let us hope to succeed,

    For heaven approves of each generous deed.




    It is a quote rather than a proverb


    According to Brunvand, the proverb is a "popular saying in a relatively fixed form which is, or has been, in oral circulation. Many attempts have been made to define proverbs more precisely


    1. To repeat or copy the words of (another), usually with acknowledgment of the source.

    2. To cite or refer to for illustration or proof.

    3. To repeat a brief passage or excerpt from:


    Source(s): above links self
  • 1 decade ago

    "United we stand, Divided we fall" is a phrase that has been used in mottos, from nations and states to songs. The basic concept is that unless the people are united and one people, it is easy to destroy them. This is a counter to the maxim 'divide and conquer' or Divide and Rule.

    The phrase has been attributed to Matthew Walker, both directly in his fable The Four Oxen and the Lion and indirectly from The Bundle of Sticks.

    The first attributed use in modern times is to John Dickinson in his revolutionary war song The Liberty Song. In the song, first published in the Boston Gazette in July 1768, he wrote: “Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall!”

  • Rose
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The best example that comes to my mind is parents. If they set down a rule for a child ,plus the consequences of non compliance, both parents must stick to it when it comes to enforcement.

    If Mom goes all soft hearted , but Dad insists on the agreed discipline, then , in the child's mind, he becomes the ogre and Mom the Fairy princess.

    You can say Goodbye to any discipline in that house because it is divided against itself and it will surely fall. United in discipline, they had a chance of a firm family life. Sadly. the child will be the victim.

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