Amanda, I really like that proverb. It reminds me of a Dr. Seuss book that I used to read to my kids, where something was heard all around the world. However, I cannot remember the book's title, and was not able to find it with Google. Can anyone help?
I found this explanation of the story: The "No" Heard 'Round the World In Dr. Seuss' unforgettable little book, Horton Hears a Who, the residents of the village of "Whoville" live on a speck of dust. Being so small, they are in danger of being snuffed out, and so each resident is asked to pipe up, "We are here, we are here." Horton tries to get each and every citizen to participate in this heroic effort to make their voices heard, but no one outside their speck can hear them. No one, except Horton, knows they exist. Finally one slacker is discovered, who has not bothered to pipe up when asked. And finally, the addition of just one more voice creates enough volume (critical mass?) that finally their voices are heard and their existence is acknowledged. Horton has saved the town from destruction.