What a curious picture it is to find man, homo sapiens, of divine origin, we are told, seriously considering going underground to escape the consequences of his own folly. With a little wisdom and foresight, surely it is not yet necessary to forsake life in the fresh air and in the warmth of the sunlight. What a paradox if our own cleverness in science should force us to live underground with the moles.
— J. William Fulbright

Even before there were homo sapiens, feelings like compassion and love and sympathy had earned their way into the gene pool.
Robert Wright homo sapiens quote

With the exception of certain rodents, no other vertebrate except Homo sapiens habitually destroys members of his own species.
— Anthony Storr

as Kurt Vonnegut pointed out [...] the literary novel has become extraordinarily privatistic of late. It's as if the big issues (Does God exist? from whence springs decency? what sort of species is Homo Sapiens?) were either settled or not worth discusssing, and serious writers should therefore confine themselves to their various ethnic heritages and interpersonal relationships.
— James Morrow

I will always admit immediately to what's obvious, which is that Homo sapiens is inherently erotic or inherently sensual from birth.
— Jock Sturges