Best Quotes About Human

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -Albert Einstein

On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time. -George Orwell

It's time for the human race to enter the solar system. -Dan Quayle

Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit. -Ansel Adams

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. -Mark Twain

The home is the chief school of human virtues. -William Ellery Channing

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. -Winston Churchill

Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children? -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource. -John F. Kennedy

It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured. -Tacitus

The eye of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger than it really is. -Khalil Gibran

To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit. -Stephen Hawking

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life. -John F. Kennedy

Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off. -Carl Jung

Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being. -Khalil Gibran

Religion is the everlasting dialogue between humanity and God. Art is its soliloquy. -Franz Werfel

The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences. -Ruth Benedict

Nor shall derision prove powerful against those who listen to humanity or those who follow in the footsteps of divinity, for they shall live forever. Forever. -Khalil Gibran

To err is human; to forgive, divine. -Alexander Pope

I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads. -George Santayana

Beware how you take away hope from another human being. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity. -Russell Baker

As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is our responsibility. -Arnold J. Toynbee

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone. -Octavio Paz

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? -Henry Ward Beecher

If we wish to know the force of human genius, we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning, we may study his commentators. -William Hazlitt

Clearly, then, the city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo. -Desmond Morris

Revolution is not something fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade. It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit. -Abbie Hoffman

The major parties could conduct live human sacrifices on their podiums during prime time, and I doubt that anybody would notice. -Dave Barry

What is a Web year now, about three months? And when people can browse around, discover new things, and download them fast, when we all have agents – then Web years could slip by before human beings can notice. -Tim Berners-Lee

The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting. -Dave Barry

A human being: an ingenious assembly of portable plumbing. -Christopher Morley

The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had. -Eric Schmidt

States should have the right to enact laws… particularly to end the inhumane practice of ending a life that otherwise could live. -George W. Bush

It is insight into human nature that is the key to the communicator's skill. For whereas the writer is concerned with what he puts into his writings, the communicator is concerned with what the reader gets out of it. He therefore becomes a student of how people read or listen. -William Bernbach

It is pretty obvious that the debasement of the human mind caused by a constant flow of fraudulent advertising is no trivial thing. There is more than one way to conquer a country. -Raymond Chandler

The work of an advertising agency is warmly and immediately human. It deals with human needs, wants, dreams and hopes. Its 'product' cannot be turned out on an assembly line. -Leo Burnett

Ideally, advertising aims at the goal of a programmed harmony among all human impulses and aspirations and endeavors. Using handicraft methods, it stretches out toward the ultimate electronic goal of a collective consciousness. -Marshall McLuhan

Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero. -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Advertising as the printed form of selling would seem… ultimately to be justified in so far as it serves as a means of increasing legitimate human wants, as an agency of fair and economic competition in the distribution of goods, and as a stimulant to social progress. -Daniel Starch

Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency. -Raymond Chandler

The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse. -Helen Keller

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. -Winston Churchill

To insult someone we call him 'bestial. For deliberate cruelty and nature, 'human' might be the greater insult. -Isaac Asimov

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. -William Inge

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail. -Theodore Dreiser

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts. -Samuel Johnson

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. -William James

To reject the word is to reject the human search. -Max Lerner

Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings. -Heinrich Heine

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. -Harold Wilson

Childhood: the period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth – two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age. -Ambrose Bierce

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder. -Alfred Hitchcock

The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization. -Sigmund Freud

We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on. -Richard P. Feynman

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race. -H. G. Wells

Restore human legs as a means of travel. Pedestrians rely on food for fuel and need no special parking facilities. -Lewis Mumford

The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago… had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands. -Havelock Ellis

The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men's apples and head their cabbages. -Cyrano de Bergerac

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. -Carl Sagan

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. -Jean Arp

There are quantities of human beings, but there are many more faces, for each person has several. -Rainer Maria Rilke

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. -Victor Hugo

Failure sometimes enlarges the spirit. You have to fall back upon humanity and God. -Charles Horton Cooley

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. -Albert Schweitzer

One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human. -George Santayana

If everyone howled at every injustice, every act of barbarism, every act of unkindness, then we would be taking the first step towards a real humanity. -Nelson DeMille

What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it's curved like a road through mountains. -Tennessee Williams

Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love. -George Bernard Shaw

The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race. -Don Marquis

Zoo: An excellent place to study the habits of human beings. -Evan Esar

The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded. -Gustave Flaubert

Transcend political correctness and strive for human righteousness. -Anthony J. D'Angelo

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line. -H. L. Mencken

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. -Dale Carnegie

Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky. -Rainer Maria Rilke

How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being. -Oscar Wilde

It destroys one's nerves to be amiable every day to the same human being. -Benjamin Disraeli

I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe – because, like Spinoza's God, it won't love us in return. -Bertrand Russell

It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation? -Thornton Wilder

You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race. -George Bernard Shaw

Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man. -Edward Steichen

What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly – that is the first law of nature. -Voltaire

This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof. -Neil Gaiman

If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being? -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief… that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart. -Walter Lippmann

Sex is God's joke on human beings. -Bette Davis

The human race's prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenceless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenceless against ourselves. -Arnold J. Toynbee

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. -Carl Jung

It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being. -John Stuart Mill

Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding. -Ambrose Bierce

A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts. -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Order, unity, and continuity are human inventions, just as truly as catalogues and encyclopedias. -Bertrand Russell

Reason and justice tell me there's more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism. -Anton Chekhov

It seems like such a terrible shame that innocent civilians have to get hurt in wars, otherwise combat would be such a wonderfully healthy way to rid the human race of unneeded trash. -Fred Woodworth

Sometimes it's more important to be human, than to have good taste. -Bertolt Brecht

I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions. -James A. Michener

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss. -Noam Chomsky

I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments. -Jim Morrison

When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him. -Bayard Rustin

Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures-in this century as in others our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue. -Voltaire

Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature. -Orson Welles

I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. -David Bowie

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image. -Stephen Hawking

I have made it a rule of my life to trust a man long after other people gave him up, but I don't see how I can ever trust any human being again. -Ulysses S. Grant

How nice the human voice is when it isn't singing. -Rudolf Bing

In the finest critics one hears the full cry of the human. They tell one why it matters to read. -Harold Bloom

Sex, a great and mysterious motive force in human life, has indisputably been a subject of absorbing interest to mankind through the ages. -William J. Brennan, Jr.

Who included me among the ranks of the human race? -Joseph Brodsky

The tension between 'yes' and 'no', between 'I can' and 'I cannot', makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self. -Anatole Broyard

The epic implications of being human end in more than this: We start our lives as if they were momentous stories, with a beginning, a middle and an appropriate end, only to find that they are mostly middles. -Anatole Broyard

God wants man to fulfill his commands as a human being and with the quality peculiar to human beings. -Martin Buber

Religion points to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage. -Frederick Buechner

If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement. -Jimmy Carter

For this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival, liberty is human rights, the pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants. -Jimmy Carter

To hurry through the rise and fall of a fine, full sentence is like defying the role of time in human life. -Kenneth Clark

So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning. -Aaron Copland

Every artist undresses his subject, whether human or still life. It is his business to find essences in surfaces, and what more attractive and challenging surface than the skin around a soul? -Richard Corliss

Sports is the toy department of human life. -Howard Cosell

The main failure of education is that it has not prepared people to comprehend matters concerning human destiny. -Norman Cousins

There is no more vulnerable human combination than an undergraduate. -John Dickey

There's nothing funnier than the human animal. -Walt Disney

To take wine into our mouths is to savor a droplet of the river of human history. -Clifton Fadiman

Books are humanity in print. -Barbara W. Tuchman

Be nice to whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity. -Desmond Tutu

For goodness sake, will they hear, will white people hear what we are trying to say? Please, all we are asking you to do is to recognize that we are humans, too. -Desmond Tutu

You sit up there, and you see the whole gamut of human nature. Even if the case being argued involves only a little fellow and $50, it involves justice. That's what is important. -Earl Warren

Whoever refuses to remember the inhumanity is prone to new risks of infection. -Richard von Weizsaecker

Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings. -Elie Wiesel

A dramatist is one who believes that the pure event, an action involving human beings, is more arresting than any comment that can be made upon it. -Thornton Wilder

The analysis of character is the highest human entertainment. -Isaac Bashevis Singer

I could prove God statistically. Take the human body alone – the chances that all the functions of an individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity. -George Gallup

A street thug and a paid killer are professionals – beasts of prey, if you will, who have dissociated themselves from the rest of humanity and can now see human beings in the same way that trout fishermen see trout. -Willard Gaylin

I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer's body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of the miracle that is a human being. -Martha Graham

'Freedom from fear' could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. -Dag Hammarskjold

God comes to us in theater in the way we communicate with each other, whether it be a symphony orchestra, or a wonderful ballet, or a beautiful painting, or a play. It's a way of expressing our humanity. -Julie Harris

The human brain can soften as a result of incessant listening to music with an intent to commit prose. -Donal Henahan

When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society. -Pope John Paul II

The family is the first essential cell of human society. -Pope John XXIII

It may be, it just may be, that life as we know it with its humanity is more unique than many have thought. -Lyndon B. Johnson

The human mind is our fundamental resource. -John F. Kennedy

I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone. -John F. Kennedy

Once you touch the biographies of human beings, the notion that political beliefs are logically determined collapses like a pricked balloon. -Walter Lippmann

There is nothing so good for the human soul as the discovery that there are ancient and flourishing civilized societies which have somehow managed to exist for many centuries and are still in being though they have had no help from the traveler in solving their problems. -Walter Lippmann

The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself. -Archibald MacLeish

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity – romantic love and gunpowder. -Andre Maurois

Gossip isn't scandal and it's not merely malicious. It's chatter about the human race by lovers of the same. -Phyllis McGinley

The violinist is that peculiarly human phenomenon distilled to a rare potency – half tiger, half poet. -Yehudi Menuhin

The cultured man is an artist, an artist in humanity. -Ashley Montagu

The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it. -Edward R. Murrow

Of all human activities, man's listening to God is the supreme act of his reasoning and will. -Pope Paul VI

I don't know what is better than the work that is given to the actor – to teach the human heart the knowledge of itself. -Laurence Olivier

The office of drama is to exercise, possibly to exhaust, human emotions. The purpose of comedy is to tickle those emotions into an expression of light relief; of tragedy, to wound them and bring the relief of tears. Disgust and terror are the other points of the compass. -Laurence Olivier

There is only one way in which one can endure man's inhumanity to man and that is to try, in one's own life, to exemplify man's humanity to man. -Alan Paton

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. -Erich Fromm

All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by. religion, whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need. -Harvey Cox

Libraries keep the records on behalf of all humanity. the unique and the absurd, the wise and the fragments of stupidity. -Vartan Gregorian

Destiny is something not be to desired and not to be avoided. a mystery not contrary to reason, for it implies that the world, and the course of human history, have meaning. -Dag Hammarskjold

The most important tribute any human being can pay to a poem or a piece of prose he or she really loves is to learn it by heart. Not by brain, by heart; the expression is vital. -George Steiner

The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little. -Thomas Merton

Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else. -Jose Ortega y Gasset

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. -Aristotle

This is not a contest between persons. The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error. I come to you in defense of a cause as holy as the cause of liberty – the cause of humanity. -William Jennings Bryan

The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil. -Francis Bacon

Scenery is fine – but human nature is finer. -John Keats

Neither sex, without some fertilization of the complimentary characters of the other, is capable of the highest reaches of human endeavor. -Jean-Paul Sartre

Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species. -Thomas Carlyle

Moderation is the center wherein all philosophies, both human and divine, meet. -Benjamin Disraeli

The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opposition than from his fervent supporters. -Walter Lippmann

Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will. -Thomas Carlyle

Hell is an outrage on humanity. When you tell me that your deity made you in his image, I reply that he must have been very ugly. -Victor Hugo

The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world… to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one. -John Ruskin

Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue. -Buddha

All human actions are equivalent… and all are on principle doomed to failure. -Carl Sandburg

Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature . -Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction. -Evelyn Waugh

Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life. -George Eliot

The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart. -George Sand

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. -Jacob Bronowski

Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family. -Joseph Brodsky

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. -Lee Iacocca

Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end. -Milan Kundera

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. -Thornton Wilder

The work of art, just like any fragment of human life considered in its deepest meaning, seems to me devoid of value if it does not offer the hardness, the rigidity, the regularity, the luster on every interior and exterior facet, of the crystal. -Pope Paul VI

The applause of a single human being is of great consequence. -Raymond Hull

By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity. -Robert A. Heinlein

The human body has two ends on it: one to create with and one to sit on. Sometimes people get their ends reversed. When this happens they need a kick in the seat of the pants. -Theodore Roosevelt

The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy. -John Galsworthy

Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul. -Mark Twain

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others. -Aristotle

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. -Dalai Lama

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. -Joseph Addison

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God. -Blaise Pascal

The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover. -Joseph Addison

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration. -Pearl S. Buck

Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so. -Doris Lessing

One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being. -May Sarton

The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started. -Norman Cousins

Isn't it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity. -Vaclav Havel

Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. -Bernard Williams

Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited. -Margaret Mead

To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity. -William Arthur Ward

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. -John Steinbeck

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. -George Eliot

Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame. -Mahatma Gandhi

America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered. -Louis D. Brandeis

The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. -James Madison

It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man's insecurity before himself and before nature. -Albert Einstein

It is the ability to choose which makes us human. -Madeleine L'Engle

I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings. -Margaret Mead

Few are the giants of the soul who actually feel that the human race is their family circle. -Freya Stark

The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine. -H. L. Mencken

Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. -John F. Kennedy

A human being must have occupation, of he or she is not to become a nuisance to the world. -Dorothy L. Sayers

The Republican form of government is the highest form of government: but because of this it requires the highest type of human nature, a type nowhere at present existing. -Herbert Spencer

There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences. -P. J. O'Rourke

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. -William James

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings. -Helen Keller

Do not take yourself too seriously. You have to learn not to be dismayed at making mistakes. No human being can avoid failures. -Lawrence G. Lovasik

When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language. -James Earl Jones

The practice of patience toward one another, the overlooking of one another's defects, and the bearing of one another's burdens is the most elementary condition of all human and social activity in the family, in the professions, and in society. -Lawrence G. Lovasik

There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce. -Mark Twain

I see nothing wrong with the human trait to desire. In fact, I consider it integral to our success mechanism. Becoming attached to what we desire is what causes the trouble. If you must have it in order to be happy, then you are denying the happiness of the here and now. -Peter McWilliams

There are men whom a happy disposition, a strong desire of glory and esteem, inspire with the same love for justice and virtue which men in general have for riches and honors… But the number of these men is so small that I only mention them in honor of humanity. -Claude Adrien Helvetius

These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness. -Anthony de Mello

It is best to do things systematically, since we are only human, and disorder is our worst enemy. -Hesiod

Play is a uniquely adaptive act, not subordinate to some other adaptive act, but with a special function of its own in human experience. -Johan Huizinga

Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold. -Joseph Chilton Pearce

The most merciful thing in the world… is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. -H. P. Lovecraft

There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise. -Gore Vidal

The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers. -Lewis Thomas

I always try to balance the light with the heavy – a few tears of human spirit in with the sequins and the fringes. -Bette Midler

I like the fact that in ancient Chinese art the great painters always included a deliberate flaw in their work: human creation is never perfect. -Madeleine L'Engle

Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. -George Soros

I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success… such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything. -Nikola Tesla

The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith. -John Foster Dulles

New Zealand is a country of thirty thousand million sheep, three million of whom think they are human. -Barry Humphries

To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer. -Paul R. Ehrlich

I suppose I sometimes used to act like I wasn't a human being… Sometimes I look back at myself and remember things I used to say, or my hairstyle, and I cringe. -Madonna Ciccone

I hate every human being on earth. I feel that everyone is beneath me, and I feel they should all worship me. That's what I told my kids. -Roseanne Barr

Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing! -Pat Riley

If there's a silence in a room I'll try to fill it as soon as humanly possible. -Matthew Perry

I have absolutely no empathy for camels. I didn't care for being abused in the Middle East by those horrible, horrible, horrible creatures. They don't like people. It's not at all like the relationship between horses and humans. -Rachel Weisz

Well, what is acting but the study of human behavior? And that's so fascinating to me. -Amy Smart

I embrace everything about Ally… I don't particularly see her as a whiner. One week she's tough, the next she's really weak. I love that. She's human. -Calista Flockhart

We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before. -John Perry Barlow

There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream. -Archibald MacLeish

I am prejudiced in favor of him who, without impudence, can ask boldly. He has faith in humanity, and faith in himself. No one who is not accustomed to giving grandly can ask nobly and with boldness. -Johann Kaspar Lavater

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy. -Steven Weinberg

Style used to be an interaction between the human soul and tools that were limiting. In the digital era, it will have to come from the soul alone. -Jaron Lanier

Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding. -Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others. -Winston Churchill

No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings. -Peter Drucker

Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end. -Immanuel Kant

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. -Ferdinand Foch

To err is human – and to blame it on a computer is even more so. -Robert Orben

There are two dilemmas that rattle the human skull: How do you hang on to someone who won't stay? And how do you get rid of someone who won't go? -Danny DeVito

Problems only exist in the human mind. -Anthony de Mello

Our strategic dialogue with China can both protect American interests and uphold our principles, provided we are honest about our differences on human rights and other issues and provided we use a mix of targeted incentives and sanctions to narrow these differences. -Madeleine Albright

We have to choose between a global market driven only by calculations of short-term profit, and one which has a human face. -Kofi Annan

The theory of relativity worked out by Mr. Einstein, which is in the domain of natural science, I believe can also be applied to the political field. Both democracy and human rights are relative concepts – and not absolute and general. -Jiang Zemin

Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be, for the world, an example of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society. -Pope John Paul II

Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book. -Victor Hugo

Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love. -Victor Hugo

What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party. -Henry David Thoreau

Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven. -Mark Twain

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. -Viktor E. Frankl

Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use. -William Hazlitt

When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it's because he's so human; and that is the secret of his popularity. -Walt Disney

Animation is different from other parts. Its language is the language of caricature. Our most difficult job was to develop the cartoon's unnatural but seemingly natural anatomy for humans and animals. -Walt Disney

We write because we believe the human spirit cannot be tamed and should not be trained. -Nikki Giovanni

Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman. -Marian Anderson

One needs occasionally to stand aside from the hum and rush of human interests and passions to hear the voices of God. -Anna Julia Cooper

The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class-it is the cause of human kind, the very birthright of humanity. -Anna Julia Cooper

Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo – obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other. -Angela Davis

When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that. -Gertrude Stein

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night. -Margaret Mead

The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art. -Leonardo da Vinci

It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion. -Anatole France

Most human beings are quite likeable if you do not see too much of them. -Robert Wilson Lynd

The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour. -William James

There's nothing that makes you so aware of the improvisation of human existence as a song unfinished. Or an old address book. -Carson McCullers

I believe that if we really want human brotherhood to spread and increase until it makes life safe and sane, we must also be certain that there is no one true faith or path by which it may spread. -Adlai Stevenson I

For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. -Rainer Maria Rilke

To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike. -Horace Mann

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. -William Ellery Channing

Every human being has, like Socrates, an attendant spirit; and wise are they who obey its signals. If it does not always tell us what to do, it always cautions us what not to do. -Lydia M. Child

Literary critics, however, frequently suffer from a curious belief that every author longs to extend the boundaries of literary art, wants to explore new dimensions of the human spirit, and if he doesn't, he should be ashamed of himself. -Robertson Davies

I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries. -Marie Curie

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place. -Margaret Mead

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential. -Bruce Lee

In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result. -James Allen

The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings. -Albert Schweitzer

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another. -Thomas Jefferson

The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar… Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen. -Aldous Huxley

If we were logical, the future would be bleak, indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope, and we can work. -Jacques Yves Cousteau

The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient's hopes are the physician's secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription. -Norman Cousins

Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly. -M. F. K. Fisher

The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness. -Norman Cousins

Do not measure your loss by itself; if you do, it will seem intolerable; but if you will take all human affairs into account you will find that some comfort is to be derived from them. -Saint Basil

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. -Leo Tolstoy

I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music. -Billy Joel

Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

If all of us acted in unison as I act individually there would be no wars and no poverty. I have made myself personally responsible for the fate of every human being who has come my way. -Anais Nin

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible. -Hannah Arendt

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual. -Honore de Balzac

Prayer begins where human capacity ends. -Marian Anderson

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. -Albert Schweitzer

We are here to add to the sum of human goodness. To prove the thing exists. -Josephine Hart

One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that. -Joseph Campbell

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. -Horace Mann

I hope that people will finally come to realize that there is only one 'race' – the human race – and that we are all members of it. -Margaret Atwood

We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection. -Dalai Lama

Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves. -U Thant

There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic. -Anais Nin

No human being is constituted to know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth; and even the best of men must be content with fragments, with partial glimpses, never the full fruition. -William Osler

The cause of violence is not ignorance. It is self-interest. Only reverance can restrain violence – reverance for human life and the environment. -William Sloane Coffin

More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars – yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him. -Mel Brooks

The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it. -Walter Bagehot

Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity. -Vera Brittain

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom. -Jimmy Carter

To deal with individual human needs at the everyday level can be noble sometimes. -Jimmy Carter

Religion without humanity is very poor human stuff. -Sojourner Truth

History could pass for a scarlet text, its jot and title graven red in human blood. -Eldridge Cleaver

We're all human and we all goof. Do things that may be wrong, but do something. -Newt Gingrich

Androgyny refers to a specific way of joining the 'masculine' and 'feminine' aspects of a single human being. -June Singer

Some people are uncomfortable with the idea that humans belong to the same class of animals as cats and cows and raccoons. They're like the people who become successful and then don't want to be reminded of the old neighborhood. -Phil Donahue

The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience. -Mahatma Gandhi

We need not worry so much about what man descends from – it's what he descends to that shames the human race. -Hal Boyle

Creativity – like human life itself – begins in darkness. -Julia Cameron

I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation. -Coretta Scott King

The mind is never satisfied with the objects immediately before it, but is always breaking away from the present moment, and losing itself in schemes of future felicity… The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope. -Samuel Johnson

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. -Meryl Streep

We must come to the point where we realize the concept of race is a false one. There is only one race, the human race. -Dan Aykroyd

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions. -Robert Wilson Lynd

Marches alone won't bring integration when human respect is disintegratin' -Barry McGuire

Capital punishment is our society's recognition of the sanctity of human life. -Orrin Hatch

To err is human. To blame someone else is politics. -Hubert H. Humphrey

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. -Thomas Jefferson

Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself. -Robert Green Ingersoll

The commune movement is part of a reawakening of belief in the possibilities for utopia that existed in the nineteenth century and exist again today, a belief that by creating the right social institution, human satisfaction and growth can be achieved. -Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Campaign behavior for wives: Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president. -Eleanor Roosevelt

From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned. -Charles Sumner

Politics is human beings; it's addition rather than subtraction. -Donald Rumsfeld

Even if the whole earth and sea were turned to gold, they could hardly satisfy the avarice of a woman… You can more easily scratch a diamond with your fingernail than you can by any human ingenuity get a woman to consent to giving any of her savings. -Andreas Capellanus

To err is human, but it feels divine. -Mae West

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea. -Walter Bagehot

The liberty of the individual is a necessary postulate of human progress. -Ernest Renan

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. -Ayn Rand

Political tags – such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth – are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. -Robert A. Heinlein

I have a theory about the human mind. A brain is a lot like a computer. It will only take so many facts, and then it will go on overload and blow up. -Erma Bombeck

Sometimes I can't figure designers out. It's as if they flunked human anatomy. -Erma Bombeck

To err is human, to purr feline. -Robert Byrne

The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less. -Eldridge Cleaver

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity. -Robert A. Heinlein

Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery. -Horace Mann

Don't overestimate the decency of the human race. -H. L. Mencken

The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal. -H. L. Mencken

The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo. -Desmond Morris

I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room. -Blaise Pascal

I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man's self-respect is a sin. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they're alive. -Orlando Aloysius Battista

Who knows for what we live, and struggle, and die? Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom. -Alan Paton

The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner. -Mark Twain

There are plenty of problems in the world, many of them interconnected. But there is no problem which compares with this central, universal problem of saving the human race from extinction. -John Foster Dulles

From now on it is only through a conscious choice and through a deliberate policy that humanity can survive. -Pope John Paul II

The chief incalculable in war is the human will. -B. H. Liddell Hart

War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it. -Martin Luther

Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. -Stephen Covey

Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane. -Howard Zinn

What makes people the world over stand in line for Van Gogh is not that they will see beautiful pictures but that in an indefinable way they will come away feeling better human beings. And that is exactly what Van Gogh hoped for. -John Russell

We have rudiments of reverence for the human body, but we consider as nothing the rape of the human mind. -Eric Hoffer

Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another. -Joseph Addison

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear. -Bertrand Russell

A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted. -George Santayana

My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world, and exiles me from it. -Ursula K. Le Guin

There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy. -Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Logic is one thing, the human animal another. You can quite easily propose a logical solution to something and at the same time hope in your heart of hearts it won't work out. -Luigi Pirandello

No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished? -Lee Iacocca

Nothing seems at first sight less important than the outward form of human actions, yet there is nothing upon which men set more store: they grow used to everything except to living in a society which has not their own manners. -Alexis de Tocqueville

Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind. -Thomas Jefferson

Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind. -Lewis Thomas

For all that has been said of the love that certain natures (on shore) have professed for it, for all the celebrations it has been the object of in prose and song, the sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness. -Joseph Conrad

The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection. -George Orwell

I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active – not more happy – nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. -Edgar Allan Poe

Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult. -Samuel Johnson

Each religion, by the help of more or less myth, which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny. -George Santayana

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life. -Dalai Lama

In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood. -Henry David Thoreau

The human body is the best picture of the human soul. -Ludwig Wittgenstein

The truth has never been of any real value to any human being – it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths. -Graham Greene

I'm human and I've played my butt off for ten years. I'm not a loafer, I'm not a jerk, I'm a baseball player. -Reggie Jackson

I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being. -Jackie Robinson

A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding. -William Gibson

The technologies which have had the most profound effects on human life are usually simple. -Freeman Dyson

Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood; it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one's death. -Rollo May

The Olympic Games are the quadrennial celebration of the springtime of humanity. -Pierre de Coubertin

May joy and good fellowship reign, and in this manner, may the Olympic Torch pursue its way through ages, increasing friendly understanding among nations, for the good of a humanity always more enthusiastic, more courageous and more pure. -Pierre de Coubertin

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning. -Maya Angelou

One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human. -Loren Eiseley

I like analyzing human behavior. It's complex. That's what keeps me going. -Julia Stiles

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest. -Isaac Asimov

Let's pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere. -C. S. Lewis

The Englishman wants to be recognized as a gentleman, or as some other suitable species of human being, the American wants to be considered a good guy. -Louis Kronenberger

It's possible to love a human being if you don't know them too well. -Charles Bukowski

In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv. -Henri Cartier-Bresson

It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness. -Paul Strand

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos. -Stephen Jay Gould

To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things. -Ansel Adams

In order to experience everyday spirituality, we need to remember that we are spiritual beings spending some time in a human body. -Barbara De Angelis

I can only think of music as something inherent in every human being – a birthright. Music coordinates mind, body and spirit. -Yehudi Menuhin

Chicago is the product of modern capitalism, and, like other great commercial centers, is unfit for human habitation. -Eugene V. Debs

To me style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and the inside of the human body – both go together, they can't be separated. -Jean-Luc Godard

In Hitchcock's eyes the movement was dramatic, not the acting. When he wanted the audience to be moved, he moved the camera. He was a subtle human being, and he was also the best director I have ever worked with. -Bruce Dern

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. -Ann Landers

Marriage always demands the greatest understanding of the art of insincerity possible between two human beings. -Vicki Baum

Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at. -Laurence Sterne

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. -H. L. Mencken

We are entering a new phase in human history – one in which fewer and fewer workers will be needed to produce the goods and services for the global population. -Jeremy Rifkin

Our society is illuminated by the spiritual insights of the Hebrew prophets. America and Israel have a common love of human freedom, and they have a common faith in a democratic way of life. -Lyndon B. Johnson

The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves. -Leon Trotsky

Kindness and intelligence don't always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps: there are always failures of love, of will, of imagination. There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships. -Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic. -George Orwell

Saddam has committed many crimes against humanity and against his own people. -Tom Cruise

Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood. -George S. Patton

War is war. The only good human being is a dead one. -George Orwell

I am confirmed in my division of human energies. Ambitious people climb, but faithful people build. -Julia Ward Howe

The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment. -Johannes Kepler

No one's death comes to pass without making some impression, and those close to the deceased inherit part of the liberated soul and become richer in their humanness. -Hermann Broch

In Massachusetts, scientists have created the first human clone. The bad thing is that in thirty years, the clone will still be depressed because the Boston Red Sox will still have not won a World Series. -Craig Kilborn

I have absolutely no regret about my vote against this war. The same questions remain. The cost in human lives, the cost to our budget, probably 100 billion. We could have probably brought down that statue for a lot less. -Nancy Pelosi

One can not be just if one is not humane. -Luc de Clapiers

If ye despise the human race, and mortal arms, yet remember that there is a God who is mindful of right and wrong. -Virgil

To be meek, patient, tactful, modest, honorable, brave, is not to be either manly or womanly; it is to be humane. -Jane Harrison

It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all. -Anais Nin

If only we could accept that there is no difference between us where human values are concerned. Whatever sex. -Liv Ullmann

If any human being is to reach full maturity both the masculine and feminine sides of the personality must be brought up into consciousness. -M. Esther Harding

The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals. -Madame de Stael

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom. -Simone de Beauvoir

Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough. -Mary McLeod Bethune

There is an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are and what this life is for. -Saul Bellow

Death not merely ends life, it also bestows upon it a silent completeness, snatched from the hazardous flux to which all things human are subject. -Hannah Arendt

Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood. -Jimmy Carter

America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America. -Jimmy Carter

To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad manners are often the most picturesque and significant of all. -Walt Whitman

Time is the most precious element of human existence. The successful person knows how to put energy into time and how to draw success from time. -Denis Waitley

Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language. -Alfred North Whitehead

The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this. -William Wordsworth

For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity. -William Wordsworth

One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them. -Virginia Woolf

Somewhere, everywhere, now hidden, now apparent in what ever is written down, is the form of a human being. If we seek to know him, are we idly occupied? -Virginia Woolf

Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame. -Virginia Woolf

Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art. -Virginia Woolf

It is an eternal obligation toward the human being not to let him suffer from hunger when one has a chance of coming to his assistance. -Simone Weil

Charity. To love human beings in so far as they are nothing. That is to love them as God does. -Simone Weil

Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings. -Simone Weil

I would suggest that barbarism be considered as a permanent and universal human characteristic which becomes more or less pronounced according to the play of circumstances. -Simone Weil

Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being. -Simone Weil

With no matter what human being, taken individually, I always find reasons for concluding that sorrow and misfortune do not suit him; either because he seems too mediocre for anything so great, or, on the contrary, too precious to be destroyed. -Simone Weil

To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul. -Simone Weil

The doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven, which was the main teaching of Jesus, is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines that ever stirred and changed human thought. -H. G. Wells

The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It's inflammatory. -Tennessee Williams

The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's opportunities and make the most of one's resources. -Luc de Clapiers

The law of humanity ought to be composed of the past, the present, and the future, that we bear within us; whoever possesses but one of these terms, has but a fragment of the law of the moral world. -Edgar Quinet

The body politic, as well as the human body, begins to die as soon as it is born, and carries itself the causes of its destruction. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Oblivion is the rule and fame the exception, of humanity. -Antoine Rivarol

One must either take an interest in the human situation or else parade before the void. -Jean Rostand

Falsity cannot keep an idea from being beautiful; there are certain errors of such ingenuity that one could regret their not ranking among the achievements of the human mind. -Jean Rostand

A few great minds are enough to endow humanity with monstrous power, but a few great hearts are not enough to make us worthy of using it. -Jean Rostand

The world does not speak. Only we do. The world can, once we have programmed ourselves with a language, cause us to hold beliefs. But it cannot propose a language for us to speak. Only other human beings can do that. -Richard Rorty

The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer. -Theodore Roosevelt

Communism is in conflict with human nature. -Ernest Renan

It is impossible to underrate human intelligence – beginning with one's own. -Henry Adams

What allows us, as human beings, to psychologically survive life on earth, with all of its pain, drama, and challenges, is a sense of purpose and meaning. -Barbara De Angelis

Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity. -Nancy Astor

Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table. -W. H. Auden

No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called Games. -W. H. Auden

May it not be that, just as we have to have faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that 'faith' is even more difficult for Him than it is for us? -W. H. Auden

Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature. -Joseph Addison

So long as we have failed to eliminate any of the causes of human despair, we do not have the right to try to eliminate those means by which man tries to cleanse himself of despair. -Antonin Artaud

One cannot weep for the entire world, it is beyond human strength. One must choose. -Jean Anouilh

It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past. -Hannah Arendt

The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition. -Hannah Arendt

We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings. -Albert Einstein

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual. -Albert Einstein

I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it. -Albert Einstein

But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy. -George Eliot

More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us. -George Eliot

Impudence is the worst of all human diseases. -Euripides

Natural selection, as it has operated in human history, favors not only the clever but the murderous. -Barbara Ehrenreich

The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there. -Meister Eckhart

Science has nothing to be ashamed of even in the ruins of Nagasaki. The shame is theirs who appeal to other values than the human imaginative values which science has evolved. -Jacob Bronowski

We are all afraid for our confidence, for the future, for the world. That is the nature of the human imagination. Yet every man, every civilization, has gone forward because of its engagement with what it has set itself to do. -Jacob Bronowski

Jesus Christ, the condescension of divinity, and the exaltation of humanity. -Phillips Brooks

Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine. -Hosea Ballou

Crime is a fact of the human species, a fact of that species alone, but it is above all the secret aspect, impenetrable and hidden. Crime hides, and by far the most terrifying things are those which elude us. -Georges Bataille

The essence of morality is a questioning about morality; and the decisive move of human life is to use ceaselessly all light to look for the origin of the opposition between good and evil. -Georges Bataille

There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult. -Warren Buffett

There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity – the law of nature and of nations. -Edmund Burke

It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do. -Edmund Burke

Knowledge and human power are synonymous. -Francis Bacon

People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned. -James Baldwin

There are few things more dreadful than dealing with a man who knows he is going under, in his own eyes, and in the eyes of others. Nothing can help that man. What is left of that man flees from what is left of human attention. -James Baldwin

Pessimists are the people who have no hope for themselves or for others. Pessimists are also people who think the human race is beneath their notice, that they're better than other human beings. -James Baldwin

If those who are the enemies of innocent amusements had the direction of the world, they would take away the spring, and youth, the former from the year, the latter from human life. -Honore de Balzac

I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race. -Honore de Balzac

There is no faculty of the human soul so persistent and universal as that of hatred. -Henry Ward Beecher

Mirth is the sweet wine of human life. It should be offered sparkling with zestful life unto God. -Henry Ward Beecher

Nothing in the nature around us is evil. This needs to be repeated since one of the human ways of talking oneself into inhuman acts is to cite the supposed cruelty of nature. -John Berger

One can say of language that it is potentially the only human home, the only dwelling place that cannot be hostile to man. -John Berger

The human imagination… has great difficulty in living strictly within the confines of a materialist practice or philosophy. It dreams, like a dog in its basket, of hares in the open. -John Berger

You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue. -William Blake

The human race is governed by its imagination. -Napoleon Bonaparte

I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels. -Pearl S. Buck

I cannot help thinking that the menace of Hell makes as many devils as the severe penal codes of inhuman humanity make villains. -Lord Byron

Common sense is the genius of humanity. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The human mind will not be confined to any limits. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains. -Ursula K. Le Guin

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. -Mahatma Gandhi

In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths. -Graham Greene

Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity. -Edward Gibbon

All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance. -Edward Gibbon

The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being. -Emma Goldman

In the true sense one's native land, with its background of tradition, early impressions, reminiscences and other things dear to one, is not enough to make sensitive human beings feel at home. -Emma Goldman

Only when human sorrows are turned into a toy with glaring colors will baby people become interested – for a while at least. The people are a very fickle baby that must have new toys every day. -Emma Goldman

Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian. -Emma Goldman

The higher mental development of woman, the less possible it is for her to meet a congenial male who will see in her, not only sex, but also the human being, the friend, the comrade and strong individuality, who cannot and ought not lose a single trait of her character. -Emma Goldman

Industry has operated against the artisan in favor of the idler, and also in favor of capital and against labor. Any mechanical invention whatsoever has been more harmful to humanity than a century of war. -Remy de Gourmont

In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost always means the rise of another. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Nature is not human hearted. -Lao Tzu

To err is human; to admit it, superhuman. -Doug Larson

When men can no longer be theists, they must, if they are civilized, become humanists. -Walter Lippmann

To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality. -John Locke

Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom. -Anatole France

It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is a hope for the continuous motion of human beings in some direction that doesn't get confined, permanently blocked, as it has so many times before in various periods in the history of man. -Richard P. Feynman

I have found little that is 'good' about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash, no matter whether they publicly subscribe to this or that ethical doctrine or to none at all. That is something that you cannot say aloud, or perhaps even think. -Sigmund Freud

Just as love is an orientation which refers to all objects and is incompatible with the restriction to one object, so is reason a human faculty which must embrace the whole of the world with which man is confronted. -Erich Fromm

The greatest revolution in our generation is that of human beings, who by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. -Marilyn Ferguson

The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human. -Victor Hugo

The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems – the problems of life and of human relations, of creation and behavior and religion. -John Maynard Keynes

A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend, one human soul whom we can trust utterly, who knows the best and worst of us, and who loves us in spite of all our faults. -Charles Kingsley

Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear. -Karl Kraus

There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify – so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish. -John Keats

We may have found a cure for most evils; but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all, the apathy of human beings. -Helen Keller

People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something. -Soren Kierkegaard

The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim, for human existence is perpetually being forgotten by man and thus the novelists' discoveries, however old they may be, will never cease to astonish. -Milan Kundera

True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power. -Milan Kundera

For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic laboratory in which he explores his basic question: What is human existence? -Milan Kundera

As soon as man began considering himself the source of the highest meaning in the world and the measure of everything, the world began to lose its human dimension, and man began to lose control of it. -Vaclav Havel

The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility. -Vaclav Havel

It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor. -Eric Hoffer

The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over we realize this: that the human race has been roughly handled, but that it has advanced. -Victor Hugo

I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known. -Hubert H. Humphrey

That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent. -Aldous Huxley

When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve. -Napoleon Hill

What breadth, what beauty and power of human nature and development there must be in a woman to get over all the palisades, all the fences, within which she is held captive! -Alexander Herzen

There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you. -William Hazlitt

The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it. -Mikhail Bakunin

I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free. The freedom of other men, far from negating or limiting my freedom, is, on the contrary, its necessary premise and confirmation. -Mikhail Bakunin

Providence conceals itself in the details of human affairs, but becomes unveiled in the generalities of history. -Alphonse de Lamartine

The crime of book purging is that it involves a rejection of the word. For the word is never absolute truth, but only man's frail and human effort to approach the truth. To reject the word is to reject the human search. -Max Lerner

The tourist who moves about to see and hear and open himself to all the influences of the places which condense centuries of human greatness is only a man in search of excellence. -Max Lerner

Next to the striking of fire and the discovery of the wheel, the greatest triumph of what we call civilization was the domestication of the human male. -Max Lerner

The metaphor of the king as the shepherd of his people goes back to ancient Egypt. Perhaps the use of this particular convention is due to the fact that, being stupid, affectionate, gregarious, and easily stampeded, the societies formed by sheep are most like human ones. -Northrop Frye

A human being is a deciding being. -Viktor E. Frankl

Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human. -Viktor E. Frankl

If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference. -R. Buckminster Fuller

There surely is in human nature an inherent propensity to extract all the good out of all the evil. -Benjamin Haydon

Custom is the great guide to human life. -David Hume

While I do not suggest that humanity will ever be able to dispense with its martyrs, I cannot avoid the suspicion that with a little more thought and a little less belief their number may be substantially reduced. -John B. S. Haldane

Theories that go counter to the facts of human nature are foredoomed. -Edith Hamilton

Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity. -Herbert Hoover

In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. -Edward Hoagland

When all is done, human life is, at the greatest and the best, but like a froward child, that must be played with and humored a little to keep it quiet till it falls asleep, and then the care is over. -William Temple

The human animal cannot be trusted for anything good except en masse. The combined thought and action of the whole people of any race, creed or nationality, will always point in the right direction. -Harry S Truman

If I seem to boast more than is becoming, my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself. -Henry David Thoreau

Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity. -Leo Tolstoy

It is a pleasant thing to reflect upon, and furnishes a complete answer to those who contend for the gradual degeneration of the human species, that every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last. -Charles Dickens

There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated. -Charles Dickens

A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. -Charles Dickens

When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music. -Denis Diderot

I have brought myself, by long meditation, to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment. -Benjamin Disraeli

Music was invented to confirm human loneliness. -Lawrence Durrell

No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation. -Marguerite Duras

Tourism, human circulation considered as consumption is fundamentally nothing more than the leisure of going to see what has become banal. -Guy Debord

It is characteristic of all deep human problems that they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment. -Freeman Dyson

Artists are, above all, men who want to become inhuman. -Guillaume Apollinaire

Modern medicine is a negation of health. It isn't organized to serve human health, but only itself, as an institution. It makes more people sick than it heals. -Ivan Illich

Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing. -Claude Levi-Strauss

He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles. -Harry Emerson Fosdick

Zeal without humanity is like a ship without a rudder, liable to be stranded at any moment. -Owen Feltham

A great number of the disappointments and mishaps of the troubled world are the direct result of literature and the allied arts. It is our belief that no human being who devotes his life and energy to the manufacture of fantasies can be anything but fundamentally inadequate. -Christopher Hampton

A certain portion of the human race has certainly a taste for being diddled. -Thomas Hood

The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions. -Thich Nhat Hanh

The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces – in nature, in society, in man himself. -Leon Trotsky

All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope. -Alexandre Dumas

No one makes a revolution by himself; and there are some revolutions which humanity accomplishes without quite knowing how, because it is everybody who takes them in hand. -George Sand

The human brain must continue to frame the problems for the electronic machine to solve. -David Sarnoff

Not without a shudder may the human hand reach into the mysterious urn of destiny. -Friedrich Schiller

The main factor in any form of creativeness is the life of a human spirit, that of the actor and his part, their joint feelings and subconscious creation. -Constantin Stanislavski

When it comes to my own turn to lay my weapons down, I shall do so with thankfulness and fatigue, and whatever be my destiny afterward, I shall be glad to lie down with my fathers in honor. It is human at least, if not divine. -Robert Louis Stevenson

Never lose sight of the fact that all human felicity lies in man's imagination, and that he cannot think to attain it unless he heeds all his caprices. The most fortunate of persons is he who has the most means to satisfy his vagaries. -Marquis de Sade

The irrational in the human has something about it altogether repulsive and terrible, as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape. -George Santayana

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom. -Arthur Schopenhauer

The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax. -Arthur Schopenhauer

The human heart dares not stay away too long from that which hurt it most. There is a return journey to anguish that few of us are released from making. -Lillian Smith

The object of preaching is to constantly remind mankind of what they keep forgetting; not to supply the intellect, but to fortify the feebleness of human resolutions. -Sydney Smith

It is time in the West to defend not so much human rights as human obligations. -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself. -John Steinbeck

Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That's their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood. -Gloria Steinem

The human race has improved everything, but the human race. -Adlai Stevenson I

Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans. -Adlai Stevenson I

In all ranks of life the human heart yearns for the beautiful; and the beautiful things that God makes are his gift to all alike. -Harriet Beecher Stowe

Show me the person you honor, for I know better by that the kind of person you are. For you show me what your idea of humanity is. -Thomas Carlyle

It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible; and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five. -Thomas Carlyle

There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation; and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration. -Lewis Carroll

The notion of a universality of human experience is a confidence trick and the notion of a universality of female experience is a clever confidence trick. -Angela Carter

The irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely by the human hand. -Willa Cather

There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before. -Willa Cather

None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much. -Lydia M. Child

You can do anything you think you can. This knowledge is literally the gift of the gods, for through it you can solve every human problem. It should make of you an incurable optimist. It is the open door. -Robert Collier

A human being fashions his consequences as surely as he fashions his goods or his dwelling. Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences. -Norman Cousins

The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person. I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature. Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency. -Quentin Crisp

In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis. -Quentin Crisp

The human race is a zone of living things that should be defined by tracing its confines. -Italo Calvino

When a man and a woman have an overwhelming passion for each other, it seems to me, in spite of such obstacles dividing them as parents or husband, that they belong to each other in the name of Nature, and are lovers by Divine right, in spite of human convention or the laws. -Nicolas Chamfort

Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do. -William Ellery Channing

Every human being has a work to carry on within, duties to perform abroad, influence to exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no conscience but his own can teach. -William Ellery Channing

The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement – but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims. -Joseph Conrad

The general fact is that the most effective way of utilizing human energy is through an organized rivalry, which by specialization and social control is, at the same time, organized co-operation. -Charles Horton Cooley

Institutions – government, churches, industries, and the like – have properly no other function than to contribute to human freedom; and in so far as they fail, on the whole, to perform this function, they are wrong and need reconstruction. -Charles Horton Cooley

Those thinkers who cannot believe in any gods often assert that the love of humanity would be in itself sufficient for them; and so, perhaps, it would, if they had it. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Not in achievement, but in endurance, of the human soul, does it show its divine grandeur and its alliance with the infinite. -Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there. -Henry James

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. -Henry James

There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self. -William James

The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression. -Thomas Jefferson

There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being. -James Joyce

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better. -Carl Jung

Politeness is the flower of humanity. -Joseph Joubert

I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man's virtues the means of deceiving him. -Samuel Johnson

The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope. -Samuel Johnson

What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? -James Madison

The 'self-image' is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self image and you change the personality and the behavior. -Maxwell Maltz

A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated. -Horace Mann

The American character looks always as if it had just had a rather bad haircut, which gives it, in our eyes at any rate, a greater humanity than the European, which even among its beggars has an all too professional air. -Mary McCarthy

For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe. Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end. -H. L. Mencken

Morality is the theory that every human act must be either right or wrong, and that 99 % of them are wrong. -H. L. Mencken

A human act once set in motion flows on forever to the great account. Our deathlessness is in what we do, not in what we are. -George Meredith

If there is a look of human eyes that tells of perpetual loneliness, so there is also the familiar look that is the sign of perpetual crowds. -Alice Meynell

He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. -Arthur Miller

One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we've developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything. -Malcolm Muggeridge

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life. -Lewis Mumford

The despotism of custom is everywhere the standing hindrance to human advancement. -John Stuart Mill

As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other. -John Stuart Mill

There are those, I know, who will reply that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is. It is the American Dream. -Archibald MacLeish

The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life – to reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity. -Archibald MacLeish

Every reasonable human being should be a moderate Socialist. -Thomas Mann

Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race. -Henry Miller

The man who is forever disturbed about the condition of humanity either has no problems of his own or has refused to face them. -Henry Miller

It is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing. -Marianne Moore

Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods. -Iris Murdoch

Literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity. -Nelson Algren

A perfect human being: Man in search of his ideal of perfection. Nothing less. -Pir Vilayat Khan

Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment. -Grenville Kleiser

The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful. -Noam Chomsky

The circumstances of human society are too complicated to be submitted to the rigor of mathematical calculation. -Marquis De Custine

I suppose one has a greater sense of intellectual degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience. -Alice James

The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn. -Pope John Paul II

God has given you your country as cradle, and humanity as mother; you cannot rightly love your brethren of the cradle if you love not the common mother. -Giuseppe Mazzini

Constancy is the complement of all other human virtues. -Giuseppe Mazzini

Saving lives is not a top priority in the halls of power. Being compassionate and concerned about human life can cause a man to lose his job. It can cause a woman not to get the job to begin with. -Myriam Miedzian

If human beings are to survive in a nuclear age, committing acts of violence may eventually have to become as embarrassing as urinating or defecating in public are today. -Myriam Miedzian

Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness. -Rollo May

Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one's identity as a being of worth and dignity. -Rollo May

It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way. -Rollo May

Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity, quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace. -Benito Mussolini

War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it. -Benito Mussolini

Opinion is that exercise of the human will which helps us to make a decision without information. -John Erskine

What we now call 'finance' is, I hold, an intellectual perversion of what began as warm human love. -Robert Graves

The age of chivalry has gone; the age of humanity has come. -Charles Sumner

The true grandeur of humanity is in moral elevation, sustained, enlightened and decorated by the intellect of man. -Charles Sumner

We ought to think that we are one of the leaves of a tree, and the tree is all humanity. We cannot live without the others, without the tree. -Pablo Casals

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement. -Nelson Mandela

We must learn to balance the material wonders of technology with the spiritual demands of our human race. -John Naisbitt

There is in general good reason to suppose that in several respects the gods could all benefit from instruction by us human beings. We humans are – more humane. -Friedrich Nietzsche

It is not her body that he wants but it is only through her body that he can take possession of another human being, so he must labor upon her body, he must enter her body, to make his claim. -Joyce Carol Oates

Housework is work directly opposed to the possibility of human self-actualization. -Ann Oakley

No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer. -George Orwell

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever. -George Orwell

Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels. -Luigi Pirandello

States are as the men, they grow out of human characters. -Plato

How frail the human heart must be – a mirrored pool of thought. -Sylvia Plath

Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history. -Octavio Paz

There is something that Governments care for far more than human life, and that is the security of property, and so it is through property that we shall strike the enemy. Be militant each in your own way. I incite this meeting to rebellion. -Emmeline Pankhurst

Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering, and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationships. -Ross Perot

One science only will one genius fit; so vast is art, so narrow human wit. -Alexander Pope

The most momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil. -Pythagoras

The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual – for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost. -M. Scott Peck

Love and death are the two great hinges on which all human sympathies turn. -B. R. Hayden

Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The human face is the organic seat of beauty. It is the register of value in development, a record of Experience, whose legitimate office is to perfect the life, a legible language to those who will study it, of the majestic mistress, the soul. -Eliza Farnham

After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor. -John Huston

If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn't be a human being, you'd be a game show host. -Gabriel Heatter

More power than all the success slogans ever penned by human hand is the realization for every man that he has but one boss. That boss is the man – he – himself. -Gabriel Heatter

The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being. -Lech Walesa

Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that today is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity. -William Howard Taft

The rest, called literature, is a dossier of human imbecility for the guidance of future professors. -Tristan Tzara

Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature. -Mahatma Gandhi

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. -Charlotte Bronte

If merely 'feeling good' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience. -William James

I am not yet born; O fill me with strength against those who would freeze my humanity. -Louis MacNeice

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. -Unknown

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. -Helen Keller

Society has always to demand a little more from human beings than it will get in practice. -George Orwell

To be a revolutionary you have to be a human being. You have to care about people who have no power. -Jane Fonda

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light. -Albert Schweitzer

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men. -Alice Walker

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. -e. e. cummings

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear makes us feel our humanity. -Benjamin Disraeli

If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human beings, would be bad also. -Fred Woodworth

For the human mind is seldom at stay: If you do not grow better, you will most undoubtedly grow worse. -Samuel Richardson

What matters in literature in the end is surely the idiosyncratic, the individual, the flavor or the color of a particular human suffering. -Harold Bloom

Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit. -Frank Borman

I do, indeed, close my door at times and surrender myself to a book, but only because I can open the door again and see a human face looking at me. -Martin Buber

The most interesting thing in the world is another human being who wonders, suffers and raises the questions that have bothered him to the last day of his life, knowing he will never get the answers. -Will Durant

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty. -Albert Einstein

The crucial task of old age is balance: keeping just well enough, just brave enough, just gay and interested and starkly honest enough to remain a sentient human being. -Florida Scott-Maxwell

Art begins with resistance – at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor. -Andre Gide

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. -Carl Jung

A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality. -John F. Kennedy

When the wedding march sounds the resolute approach, the clock no longer ticks, it tolls the hour. The figures in the aisle are no longer individuals, they symbolize the human race. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Law is born from despair of human nature. -Jose Ortega y Gasset

No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shows man he can do what he thought he could not do, is valuable. -Samuel Johnson

If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities. -Barbara Bush

If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby 'it.' -T. S. Eliot

Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it. -Anais Nin

The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy. -Ben Stein

It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated… it is finished when it surrenders. -Ben Stein

To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity. -Samuel Johnson

Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That's how rich I want to be. -Rita Rudner

Evil is not something superhuman, it's something less than human. -Agatha Christie

Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always to be blest. -Alexander Pope

The ability to make love frivolously is the chief characteristic which distinguishes human beings from beasts. -Heywood Broun

The power to question is the basis of all human progress. -Indira Gandhi

A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. -D. Elton Trueblood

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. -Aldous Huxley

He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead. -Voltaire

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves. -Mahatma Gandhi

The workings of the human heart are the profoundest mystery of the universe. One moment they make us despair of our kind, and the next we see in them the reflection of the divine image. -Charles W. Chesnutt

There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed. -Woodrow Wilson

In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation. -Simone de Beauvoir

Writing fiction has developed in me an abiding respect for the unknown in a human lifetime and a sense of where to look for the threads, how to follow, how to connect, find in the thick of the tangle what clear line persists. -Eudora Welty

All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter. -Edmund Burke

The World Trade Center is a living symbol of man's dedication to world peace… a representation of man's belief in humanity, his need for individual dignity, his beliefs in the cooperation of men, and, through cooperation, his ability to find greatness. -Minoru Yamasaki

You don't have to teach people how to be human. You have to teach them how to stop being inhuman. -Eldridge Cleaver

When we, through our educational culture, through the media, through the entertainment culture, give our children the impression that human beings cannot control their passions, we are telling them, in effect, that human beings cannot be trusted with freedom. -Alan Keyes

It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task. -Robert Kennedy

There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands. -Plato

Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence. -Louis Pasteur

Photography, alone of the arts, seems perfected to serve the desire humans have for a moment – this very moment – to stay. -Sam Abell

I'll give you my opinion of the human race in a nutshell… their heart's in the right place, but their head is a thoroughly inefficient organ. -W. Somerset Maugham

The writer is the engineer of the human soul. -Joseph Stalin

If any thing is sacred, the human body is sacred. -Walt Whitman

So vast is art, so narrow human wit. -Alexander Pope

You can find pictures anywhere. It's simply a matter of noticing things and organizing them. You just have to care about what's around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy. -Elliott Erwitt

I don't think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. They are both just illusions that can manipulate you into thinking theres some kind of change. -Bob Dylan

No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library. -Samuel Johnson

We've killed a million Iraqis since the start of the Gulf war – mostly by blocking humanitarian aid. -Woody Harrelson

We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity. -E. O. Wilson

Divine Nature gave the fields, human art built the cities. -Marcus Terentius Varro

An original is a creation motivated by desire. Any reproduction of an originals motivated be necessity. It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human. -Man Ray

Is an intelligent human being likely to be much more than a large-scale manufacturer of misunderstanding? -Philip Roth

The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions. -Jean Rostand

We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance. -Hannah Arendt

Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't -it's human. -Desiderius Erasmus

No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa. -Eugene Ionesco

Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless. -Honore de Balzac

No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Perhaps catastrophe is the natural human environment, and even though we spend a good deal of energy trying to get away from it, we are programmed for survival amid catastrophe. -Germaine Greer

The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature. -Edward Gibbon

The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice. -Emma Goldman

There is nothing on earth divine except humanity. -Walter Savage Landor

Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness. -Sigmund Freud

Cat: a pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs, and patronizes human beings. -Oliver Herford

Your cravings as a human animal do not become a prayer just because it is God whom you ask to attend to them. -Dag Hammarskjold

A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor. -Aldous Huxley

There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Money is human happiness in the abstract; he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money. -Arthur Schopenhauer

In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined. -Thomas Szasz

The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm and oblivion. -George Steiner

Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts. -Thomas Carlyle

Home – that blessed word, which opens to the human heart the most perfect glimpse of Heaven, and helps to carry it thither, as on an angel's wings. -Lydia M. Child

A human being is a single being. Unique and unrepeatable. -Eileen Caddy

The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness. -Joseph Conrad

If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another. -Winston Churchill

The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism. -Thomas Jefferson

The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape. -Samuel Johnson

Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure. -Samuel Johnson

This horror of pain is a rather low instinct and… if I think of human beings I've known and of my own life, such as it is, I can't recall any case of pain which didn't, on the whole, enrich life. -Malcolm Muggeridge

To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others. -George Orwell

If we are a metaphor of the universe, the human couple is the metaphor par excellence, the point of intersection of all forces and the seed of all forms. The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time. -Octavio Paz

A serious problem in America is the gap between academe and the mass media, which is our culture. Professors of humanities, with all their leftist fantasies, have little direct knowledge of American life and no impact whatever on public policy. -Camille Paglia

The ultimate aim of the human mind, in all its efforts, is to become acquainted with Truth. -Eliza Farnham

I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another. -Mahatma Gandhi

All the great things of humanity have been accomplished in the name of absolute principles. -Ernest Renan

Utopianism is probably a necessary social device for generating the superhuman efforts without which no major revolution is achieved. -Eric Hobsbawm

If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we see at once that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions on the human mind. -Wilhelm von Humboldt

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there. -John Buchan

All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable. -Frank Lloyd Wright

The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years. -George Bernard Shaw

Favor comes because for a brief moment in the great space of human change and progress some general human purpose finds in him a satisfactory embodiment. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression. -H. L. Mencken

There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Every one of these must be right for that particular moment of history, or nothing happens. -Coretta Scott King

The human father has to be confronted and recognized as human, as man who created a child and then, by his absence, left the child fatherless and then Godless. -Anais Nin

In practice, socialism didn't work. But socialism could never have worked because it is based on false premises about human psychology and society, and gross ignorance of human economy. -David Horowitz

In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued – they may be essential to survival. -Noam Chomsky

The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human survival. -Noam Chomsky

Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from. -Al Franken

I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments. -Jim Morrison

Most of us are consumed with our own thoughts and desires and are not always thinking about what other people may want. This is not necessarily being egocentric; it is just being human. -Bo Bennett

Every day, people settle for less than they deserve. They are only partially living or at best living a partial life. Every human being has the potential for greatness. -Bo Bennett

The world must know that America holds to the highest standards of military conduct and human rights protections. Anything less is unacceptable. -Barbara Mikulski

Our armed forces will fight for peace in Iraq, a peace built on more secure foundations than are found today in the Middle East. Even more important, they will fight for two human conditions of even greater value than peace: liberty and justice. -John McCain

Inside every human being there are treasures to unlock. -Mike Huckabee

Right and wrong becomes more difficult for each of us as we grow older, because the older we get the more we know personally about our own human frailties. -Blanche Lincoln

A nation must be embraced, rehabilitated and expressed as a tangible sign of human creativity and as an integral element of mankind's heritage. -Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Poverty is not inevitable. It is a human ill that we can fight if we decide to do so together. -Marc Forne Molne

We are all members of a single humanity, inside our hearts we all speak the same language, we all love our children and our parents, we all live in the same world. -Marc Forne Molne

Enthusiasm is the energy and force that builds literal momentum of the human soul and mind. -Bryant H. McGill

In all known time there has never been a greater monster or miracle than the human being. -Bryant H. McGill

The realities of the world seldom measure up to the sublime designs of human imagination. -Bryant H. McGill

Yearning for the seemingly impossible is the path to human progress. -Bryant H. McGill

I don't think Osama is a Muslim. I don't think Osama is a human being. -Hamid Karzai

This foundational principle – that human beings derive their rights from God, rather than from the State, or any other source – is what made America different. -Ernie Fletcher

There are more people living in freedom today than at any other time in the history of the human race. -Mike Rounds

Stem cell research holds enormous promise for easing human suffering, and federal support is critical to its success. -Tom Harkin

The United States cannot feed every person, lift every person out of poverty, cure every disease, or stop every conflict. But our power and status have conferred upon us a tremendous responsibility to humanity. -Richard Lugar

The United Nations has a critical role to play in promoting stability, security, democracy, human rights, and economic development. The UN is as relevant today as at any time in its history, but it needs reform. -Chuck Hagel

We will have to continue to improve our human intelligence system-something that was, unfortunately, lacking in the years which led up to September 11. This is going to be a continuing process of change. -John Sununu

Words without deeds violates the moral and legal obligation we have under the genocide convention but, more importantly, violates our sense of right and wrong and the standards we have as human beings about looking to care for one another. -Jon Corzine

The election in Iraq clearly demonstrates that Iraqi people are like people everywhere. They desire to create a future in an environment that is safe and allows them to reach their full potential as human beings, whatever that potential may be. -John Ensign

I believe all life has value, from conception to natural death. And I believe the intentional taking of human life, except to save lives, should be a capital offense, as it is in most states in America today. -Tom Coburn

People are, well, only human. We know that. The rule of law is borne out in identifying, condemning, and punishing those who violate the standards on which we all agree. This is exactly what we do in America. -Jim Inhofe

To all those who walk the path of human cooperation war must appear loathsome and inhuman. -Alfred Adler

Pollock said several times that he couldn't separate himself from his art. Not knowing much about modern art when I began to read about him, I was much more his persona – his struggles as a human being – that was interesting to me. -Ed Harris

The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor. -George Orwell

Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. -James Bryce

War remains the decisive human failure. -John Kenneth Galbraith

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself. -Lao Tzu

The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure. -Lyndon B. Johnson

Where is the indignation about the fact that the US and USSR have thirty thousand pounds of destructive force for every human being in the world? -Norman Cousins

War is a defeat for humanity. -Pope John Paul II

The time has come to stop beating our heads against stone walls under the illusion that we have been appointed policeman to the human race. -Walter Lippmann

What is design? It's where you stand with a foot in two worlds – the world of technology and the world of people and human purposes – and you try to bring the two together. -Mitch Kapor

I have done almost every human activity inside a taxi which does not require main drainage. -Alan Brien

It is a great mystery that though the human heart longs for Truth, in which alone it finds liberation and delight, the first reaction of human beings to Truth is one of hostility and fear! -Anthony de Mello

When a machine begins to run without human aid, it is time to scrap it – whether it be a factory or a government. -Alexander Chase

Every day of my life, I feel fat. It's not correct thinking in the natural, normal human being's way of life. -Angie Everhart

What you might see as depravity is, to me, just another aspect of the human condition. -Asia Argento

Design is directed toward human beings. To design is to solve human problems by identifying them and executing the best solution. -Ivan Chermayeff

To be a human being means to possess a feeling of inferiority which constantly presses towards its own conquest. The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge for conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation. -Alfred Adler

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation. -Graham Greene

It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions. -Robert Bly

Do your bit to save humanity from lapsing back into barbarity by reading all the novels you can. -Richard Hughes

The great paradox of the 21st century is that, in this age of powerful technology, the biggest problems we face internationally are problems of the human soul. -Ralph Peters

To fall in love is easy, even to remain in it is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough. But it is a hard quest worth making to find a comrade through whose steady presence one becomes steadily the person one desires to be. -Anna Louise Strong

Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage. -Sri Aurobindo

Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting. -Gottfried Leibniz

Learn to reverence night and to put away the vulgar fear of it, for, with the banishment of night from the experience of man, there vanishes as well a religious emotion, a poetic mood, which gives depth to the adventure of humanity. -Henry Beston

The human race has had long experience and a fine tradition in surviving adversity. But we now face a task for which we have little experience, the task of surviving prosperity. -Alan Gregg

What kind of world is this that can send machines to Mars and does nothing to stop the killing of a human being? -Jose Saramago

Thinking clearly and effectively is the greatest asset of any human being. -Harry Lorayne

In the transmission of human culture, people always attempt to replicate, to pass on to the next generation the skills and values of the parents, but the attempt always fails because cultural transmission is geared to learning, not DNA. -Gregory Bateson

One has a greater sense of degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience. -Alice James

It is finer to bring one noble human being into the world and rear it well… than to kill ten thousand. -Olive Schreiner

Part of our essential humanity is paying respect to what God gave us and what will be here a long time after we're gone. -William J. Clinton

Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman. -George Soros

The future may be made up of many factors but where it truly lies is in the hearts and minds of men. Your dedication should not be confined for your own gain, but unleashes your passion for our beloved country as well as for the integrity and humanity of mankind. -Li Ka-shing

I think one can achieve a very pleasant lifestyle by treating human beings, fellow human beings, very well. -Rene Rivkin

The ill effects of thought come about when we forget that thought is a function of our consciousness… an ability that we as human beings have. We are the producers of our own thinking. -Richard Carlson

There's no map to human behaviour. -Bjork

I think I am more attracted to characters with a subtext, whatever that is and they don't necessarily have to be virtuous, but they have to at least be human. -Clive Owen

What we're doing with Band of Brothers is trying to put it into human terms, so it is not just a flickering, black and white myth on a screen, it is a resonant story. I want the audience to recognize themselves in these men. They're not just mythic heroes. -Tom Hanks

In Mexico you have death very close. That's true for all human beings because it's a part of life, but in Mexico, death can be found in many things. -Gael Garcia Bernal

I support concrete and progressive immigration reform based on three primary criteria: family reunification, economic contributions, and humanitarian concerns. -Jeff Bingaman

I am just a person who is human, down to earth enjoying life… whatever god blesses you with. Enjoying life for me is just normal. -Mohamed Al-Fayed

I think you have to find the humanity in the character and then the deterioration is a part of the process – the journey of the character. It's like playing King Lear. You can start off as a nice old man who finishes up crazy. -David Wenham

I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust. -Igor Stravinsky

This legislation confronts the human truth that the need for clean water knows no borders, and proper management and intervention can be a currency for peace and international cooperation. -Bill Frist

There is a human capital crisis in the federal government. Not only are we losing the decades of talent as civil servants retire, we are not doing enough to develop and nurture the next generation of public servants. -Daniel Akaka

We must do all we can to help improve the deplorable human rights situation of the North Korean people. -Evan Bayh

Marriage is one of the most sacred human institutions. I asked our Senators, as many South Dakotans have done, to protect marriage as a union between a man and a woman. -Mike Rounds

The spirit and determination of the people to chart their own destiny is the greatest power for good in human affairs. -Matt Blunt

There are significant human rights abuses in China. In some areas, the situation is worse today than in the past. In other areas, there have been improvements. We will recognize the latter, and be critical of the former. -Max Baucus

I am in favor of stem-cell research. I am not in favor of creating new human embryos through cloning. -Mitt Romney

There is no room for legal hair-splitting when it comes to the humane treatment of detainees – not in a nation founded on the rule of law and respect for human rights. -Dick Durbin

To contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of human experiences. -Robert Byrd

Unborn children do not have a voice, but they are young members of the human family. It is time to look at the unborn child, and recognize that it is really a young human, who can feel pain and should be treated with care. -Sam Brownback

We must take proactive steps to promote democracy and human rights abroad. -Sam Brownback

As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind. -Cleveland Amory

One reason the human race has such a low opinion of itself is that it gets so much of its wisdom from writers. -Wilfrid Sheed

What is it they want from the man that they didn't get from the work? What do they expect? What is there left when he's done with his work, what's any artist but the dregs of his work, the human shambles that follows it around? -William Gaddis

I tend to be attracted to characters who are up against a wall with very few alternatives. And the film then becomes an examination of how they cope with very few options. And that's, I guess, what interests me in terms of human behavior. -William Friedkin

The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology. -E. O. Wilson

It's obvious that the key problem facing humanity in the coming century is how to bring a better quality of life – for 8 billion or more people – without wrecking the environment entirely in the attempt. -E. O. Wilson

Perhaps the time has come to cease calling it the 'environmentalist' view, as though it were a lobbying effort outside the mainstream of human activity, and to start calling it the real-world view. -E. O. Wilson

If those committed to the quest fail, they will be forgiven. When lost, they will find another way. The moral imperative of humanism is the endeavor alone, whether successful or not, provided the effort is honorable and failure memorable. -E. O. Wilson

The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public. -George Jessel

Curiosity killed the cat, but where human beings are concerned, the only thing a healthy curiosity can kill is ignorance. -Harry Lorayne

A Truth is the subjective development of that which is at once both new and universal. New: that which is unforeseen by the order of creation. Universal: that which can interest, rightly, every human individual, according to his pure humanity. -Alain Badiou

I acknowledge the privilege of being alive in a human body at this moment, endowed with senses, memories, emotions, thoughts, and the space of mind in its wisdom aspect. -Alex Grey

I robbed them, and I killed them as cold as ice, and I would do it again, and I know I would kill another person because I've hated humans for a long time. -Aileen Wuornos

I'm one who seriously hates human life and would kill again. -Aileen Wuornos

Liberal capitalism is not at all the Good of humanity. Quite the contrary; it is the vehicle of savage, destructive nihilism. -Alain Badiou

I can tell you, dearest friend, that if it became known how much friendship, love and a world of human and spiritual references I have smuggled into these three movements, the adherents of programme music – should there be any left – would go mad with joy. -Alban Berg

Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination. -Daniel Bell

If you look back today over the last 25 years, it is a fact that we have had a progressive degeneration of our intelligence community in general; in particular in the field of human intelligence. -Paul Bremer

The problem here is with a human being, not with a monster, not with an animal. The human being does things that even the monster does not do, because the human is more sophisticated. -Peter Malkin

I do not think that there is a reputable scientist on this planet who would advocate using this technology to generate a human child as was just announced. -Robert Lanza

It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God. -Mary Daly

Cruelty is a part of nature, at least of human nature, but it is the one thing that seems unnatural to us. -Robinson Jeffers

Historic changes and challenges. Breakthroughs in human knowledge and opportunity. And yet, for vast numbers across the globe, the daily realities have not altered. -Abdullah II of Jordan

Together, we can create a world in which peace is real; in which every human being can thrive; in which all share the promise of our century. I believe we can succeed. -Abdullah II of Jordan

Righteous is the one who was able to demonstrate compassion in face of human suffering. -Aleksander Kwasniewski

The idea of human rights as a fundamental principle can be seen to underlie throughout Islamic teachings. -Ali Khamenei

The issue of human rights is one of the most fundamental human issues and also one of the most sensitive and controversial. -Ali Khamenei

Those who have been outspoken in advocating human rights during these last forty years, have themselves grabbed the most fundamental of human rights from the people of the Third-World countries. -Ali Khamenei

A human being is so irreplaceable. So valuable and so unique. -Goran Persson

Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word. -Goran Persson

We must make working life more human. -Goran Persson

I will be guided by the Christian ethic and an awareness that human action is by nature transient. -Horst Koehler

In my view, the humanity of our world can be measured against the fate of Africa. -Horst Koehler

No part of the human community can live entirely on its own planet, with its own laws of motion and cut off from the rest of humanity. -Hugo Chavez

Let me reassure that the Kingdom of Cambodia a country with independence, neutrality, peace, freedom, democracy and human rights as you all have seen, shall be existing with no end. -Hun Sen

Our society is the product of several great religious and philosophical traditions. The ideas of the Greeks and Romans, Christianity, Judaism, humanism and the Enlightenment have made us who we are. -Jan Peter Balkenende

Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today. -Hu Jintao

I believe that when people have an occupation that allows them to provide for their families, the social dimension of human nature will emerge instinctively and lead people to help and organize others less privileged. -Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao

If we dare to come closer to our fellow human beings, we will be able to see and understand them better. -Kjell Magne Bondevik

Terrorism is contempt for human dignity. -Kjell Magne Bondevik

We must never relinquish the vision of a humane society and a humane world. -Kjell Magne Bondevik

We must remember that politics is more than a power game. The core of politics in my view is to serve our citizens, to serve our fellow human beings. -Kjell Magne Bondevik

We cannot but feel uneasy about the losses caused by humanity themselves. Apart from the losses of life and property in destructive wars, the environment and natural resources are also being destroyed by human hands. -Nong Duc Manh

Let me make a solemn pledge before all of you, before the whole world and before God, that I will devote all my energy and all I possess in my power to serve the people of Nigeria and humanity. -Olusegun Obasanjo

My gut feelings and my faith tell me that until God shuts a door, no human can shut it. -Olusegun Obasanjo

Nigeria has no business with poverty. With our human and material resources, we shall strive to eradicate poverty from our country. -Olusegun Obasanjo

None can be more negative in its impact than the limitation on human resource capacity. -Said Musa

There is no glory in war, yet from the blackness of its history, there emerge vivid colours of human character and courage. Those who risked their lives to help their friends. -Silvia Cartwright

Those who kept their sanity and humanity intact in the face of awful adversity. Heroes named and unnamed, some known only to God. -Silvia Cartwright

The poor prey on one another because their lives offer no hope and communicate the tragic message to these human beings that they have no possibility to attain a decent standard of living. -Thabo Mbeki

However, we all share the firm belief in the triumph of humanist and progressive values that mankind has achieved during its long history of struggle and creativeness. -Tran Duc Luong

No references to the need to fight terror can be an argument for restricting human rights. -Vladimir Putin

Nobody and nothing will stop Russia on the road to strengthening democracy and ensuring human rights and freedoms. -Vladimir Putin

Going to war was the only unselfish thing I have ever done for humanity. -David Niven

Superhuman effort isn't worth a damn unless it achieves results. -Ernest Shackleton

The possession of arbitrary power has always, the world over, tended irresistibly to destroy humane sensibility, magnanimity, and truth. -Frederick Law Olmsted

I'm not a do-gooder. It embarrassed me to be classified as a humanitarian. I simply take part in activities that I believe in. -Gregory Peck

It took one human error to take my leg and one human error to take my mother's. -Heather Mills

Acting is not about being famous, it's about exploring the human soul. -Annette Bening

It is often in the name of cultural integrity as well as social stability and national security that democratic reforms based on human rights are resisted by authoritarian governments. -Aung San Suu Kyi

The struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma is a struggle for life and dignity. It is a struggle that encompasses our political, social and economic aspirations. -Aung San Suu Kyi

I think humans will reach Mars, and I would like to see it happen in my lifetime. -Buzz Aldrin

I don't believe medical discoveries are doing much to advance human life. As fast as we create ways to extend it we are inventing ways to shorten it. -Christiaan Barnard

I deliberately fly in and out of LA for as small a time as humanly possible. -Eric Bana

Now I think one of the reasons why religion developed in the way that it did over the centuries was precisely to curb this murderous bent that we have as human beings. -Karen Armstrong

I can certainly put myself in Israel's shoes. They are humans just like we are. They want peace and security inside their borders. -Mahmoud Abbas

With the monstrous weapons man already has, humanity is in danger of being trapped in this world by its moral adolescents. -Omar N. Bradley

The possible is constantly being redefined, and I care deeply about helping humanity move forward. -Paul Allen

In Italy, the country where fascism was born, we have a particular relation with the Holocaust, but as a turning point in history it belongs to everybody in the world. It is a part of humanity. -Roberto Benigni

My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer, but, my childhood was very good. I am very grateful for my childhood, because it was full of gladness and good humanity. -Roberto Benigni

As human beings we do change, grow, adapt, perhaps even learn and become wiser. -Wendy Carlos

But behavior in the human being is sometimes a defense, a way of concealing motives and thoughts, as language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication. -Abraham Maslow

The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short. -Abraham Maslow

It's human nature to be curious about people, and to be more curious about young people than old people. We want to cheer something on at the same time we want to tear it down. That's just so normal. -Amy Grant

I think the human body is beautiful, and I don't really have a huge problem in dealing with it, but it's the context, the environment and what I feel about it that that makes the difference for me. -Andie MacDowell

Everyone takes surveys. Whoever makes a statement about human behavior has engaged in a survey of some sort. -Andrew Greeley

Americans sometimes say to me that they have no class system themselves. All human beings have class systems. It can be based on a different thing in a different country, but the thing about breeding is, you can't buy it. You can't buy class. -Anne Perry

I would say that although my music may be or may have been part of the cultural background fabric of the gay community, I consider myself an outsider who belongs everywhere and nowhere… Being a human being is what truly counts. That's where you'll find me. -Annie Lennox

We human beings are tuned such that we crave great melody and great lyrics. And if somebody writes a great song, it's timeless that we as humans are going to feel something for that and there's going to be a real appreciation. -Art Garfunkel

I might have some character traits that some might see as innocence or naive. That's because I discovered peace and happiness in my soul. And with this knowledge, I also see the beauty of human life. -Tobey Maguire

I believe Mexico should dedicate 100% of its oil revenues to developing human capital and technological development. None of us politicians should be able to touch that money. -Vicente Fox

The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return. -Maria Edgeworth

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