[A]ll churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Muslim, are simply human inventions. They use fear to enslave us. They are a monopoly for power and profit.— Thomas Paine
Beautiful Human Inventions quotations
I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.
Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense... human rights invented America.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
Language, that most human invention, can enable what, in principle, should not be possible. It can allow all of us, even the congenitally blind, to see with another person’s eyes.
We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - romantic love and gunpowder.
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.
All human unhappiness comes from not facing reality squarely, exactly as it is.
Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.
I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin.
Invention is the most important product of man's creative brain.
The ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of human nature to human needs.
It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.
We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.
Only the human mind invents categories and tries to force facts into separated pigeonholes.
God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine.
A car is made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself.
The way of the miracle-worker is to see all human behavior as one of two things: either love, or a call for love.
All war propaganda consists, in the last resort, in substituting diabolical abstractions for human beings. Similarly, those who defend war have invented a pleasant sounding vocabulary of abstractions in which to describe the process of mass murder.
Money is human kind's greatest invention.
Money doesn't discriminate. Money doesn't care whether a person is poor, whether a person comes from a good family, or what his skin color is. Anybody can make money.
Human beings invent just as many ways to sabotage their lives as to improve them.
The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.
When freedom prevails, the ingenuity and inventiveness of people creates incredible wealth. This is the source of the natural improvement of the human condition.
I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, human liberty as the source of national action, the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.
I firmly believe, that before many centuries more, science will be the master of man. The engines he will have invented will be beyond his strength to control. Someday, science shall have the existence of mankind in its power, and the human race commit suicide by blowing up the world.
It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being.
Damn these human beings; if I had invented them I would go hide my head in a bag.
Laughter is the greatest weapon we have and we, as humans, use it the least.
Humanism was not invented by man, but by a snake who suggested that the quest for autonomy might be a good idea.
The quicker we all realize that we've been taught how to live life by people that were operating on the momentum of an ignorant past the quicker we can move to a global ethic of community that doesn't value invented borders or the monopolization of natural resources, but rather the goal of a happier more loving humanity.
This is one of the glories of man, the inventiveness of the human mind and the human spirit: whenever life doesn't seem to give an answer, we create one.
One thing that defines humans: if we can imagine it, we can do it.
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.
Memory belongs to the imagination. Human memory is not like a computer which records things; it is part of the imaginative process, on the same terms as invention.
I see a strategy for fracturing humanity well in play: just keep people separated and let them reinforce invented boundaries in their imaginations. Because when people come together and really listen to each other, doing the hard work of human kindness, virtually every barrier is breached.
The last of the human freedoms - to choose ones attitude in any given set of circumstances.
When women understand that governments and religions are human inventions;
that Bibles, prayer-books, catechisms, and encyclical letters are all emanations from the brains of man, they will no longer be oppressed by the injunctions that come to them with the divine authority of *Thus sayeth the Lord.*
The series of integers is obviously an invention of the human mind, a self-created tool which simplifies the ordering of certain sensory experiences.
If the genius of invention were to reveal to-morrow the secret of immortality, of eternal beauty and youth, for which all humanity is aching, the same inexorable agents which prevent a mass from changing suddenly its velocity would likewise resist the force of the new knowledge until time gradually modifies human thought.
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.
Today evolution of human intelligence has advanced us to the stage where most of us are too smart to invent new gods but are reluctant to give up the old ones.
War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice.