What does the proverb "united we stand, divided we fall" mean?

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"United we stand, divided we fall" is an ancient proverb that means people are stronger when standing together and weaker when divisions pull them apart. This phrase first appeared in a folk tale attributed to Aesop, the ancient Greek slave famous for his fables.

"United we stand, divided we fall" is a proverb that has been passed down from generation to generation since the days of the ancient Greeks. In the popular fable "The Four Oxen and the Lion," the line is delivered at the end of the tale to sum up the moral of the story. The tale is about four oxen that banded together to ward off a predatory lion. The oxen squabble and go their separate ways. The lion is able to attack and dispose of each oxen one by one after they no longer support each other in staving off the lion's attack.

The phrase is also used in a popular 1970s pop song "United We Stand" by the Brotherhood of Man. Songwriters Tony Hiller and Peter Simmons incorporated this wise phrase into the song's melodic chorus. The song serves as a powerful anthem to the spirit of peace and brotherhood, a theme popular with the youth generation at the time.

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