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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, leader

Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone and more fragile than a rose. Proverbs,

Man is a being in search of meaning. Plato, philosopher

I hate mankind, for I think of myself as one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am. Samuel Johnson, author

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

Three classes of people: Those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see. Leonardo DaVinci, painter

Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, writer

It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly. Anatole France, novelist

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

As long as there are slaughterhouses there will be battlefields. Leo Tolstoy, novelist

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

If man had created man, he would be ashamed of his performance. Mark Twain, author

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, philosopher

If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little. George Carlin, comedian

I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world. Socrates, philosopher

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

There are two kinds of people in the world -- those you love, and those you don't understand. Source Unknown,

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move. Douglas Adams, writer

To be human is to keep rattling the bars of the cage of existence hollering, What's it for? Robert Fulghum, author

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute. Thurgood Marshall, judge

Man is no longer an artist, he has become a work of art. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher

Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. Ralph Ellison, author

The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman

Consider your breed; you were not made to live like beasts, but to follow virtue and knowledge. Dante Alighieri, poet

What a beautiful world we're destroying. James Dye,

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

There are incalculable resources in the human spirit, once it has been set free. Hubert Humphrey, politician

I love mankind; it's people I can't stand. Charles Monroe Schulz,

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

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

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims. Richard Buckminster Fuller,

One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable. Salman Rushdie, novelist

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, businessman

Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal. Anatole France, novelist

We are all murderers and prostitutes --no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be. R. D. Laing, psychologist

God must love the common man, he made so many of them. Abraham Lincoln, president

Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain. Niccolo Machiavelli, writer

It's great to be great, but it's greater to be human. Will Rogers, actor

Mankind are animals that makes bargains, no other animal does this. Adam Smith, economist

I am human and let nothing human be alien to me. Terence, writer

It is a pleasure to give advice, humiliating to need it, normal to ignore it. Source Unknown,

The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual. Walt Whitman, poet

It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way. Oscar Wilde, dramatist

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader

Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility. Richard Dawkins, scientist

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there. John Buchan, politician

I wrote the Brotherhood song for no money out of my deep feelings about humanity, and because I was flattered that whatever talents I had, had been recognized. Tom Glazer, musician

Each man is haunted until his humanity awakens. William Blake, poet

Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf. Orson Scott Card, writer

Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust - we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper. Albert Einstein, physicist

Man is more interesting than men. God made him and not them in his image. Each one is more precious than all. Andre Gide, novelist

Poor human nature, what horrible crimes have been committed in thy name! Emma Goldman, activist

Let me look into a human eye; it is better than to gaze into sea or sky; better than to gaze upon God. Herman Melville, novelist

Man has demonstrated that he is master of everything -- except his own nature. Henry Miller, author

Human affairs are not serious, but they have to be taken seriously. Iris Murdoch, author

...the true greatness of a nation is founded on principles of humanity. Thomas Paine, writer

It is peculiar to mankind to transcend mankind. Friedrich Von Schlegel,

Every man has a sane spot somewhere. Robert Louis Stevenson, writer

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

The human race was always interesting and we know by its past that it will always continue so, monotonously. Mark Twain, author

It is almost impossible to smile on the outside without feeling better on the inside. Source Unknown,

The brotherhood of man is not a mere poet's dream: it is a most depressing and humiliating reality. Oscar Wilde, dramatist

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, author

The proper study of mankind is woman. Henry Adams, historian

Man is God's highest present development. He is the latest thing in God. Samuel Butler, poet

Everyone is as God made him, and often a great deal worse. Miguel de Cervantes, novelist

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 Sir Winston Churchill, politician

Mankind are earthen jugs with spirits in them. Nathaniel Hawthorne, novelist

Man was nature's mistake --she neglected to finish him -- and she has never ceased paying for her mistake. Eric Hoffer, writer

People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, why wasn't it done the other way? Oliver Wendell Holmes, writer

I am a man: nothing human is foreign to me. Menander, poet

Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature. Tom Robbins, author

My nature is subdued to what it works in, like the dyer's hand. William Shakespeare, dramatist

Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid. George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

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

There is a great deal of human nature in people. Mark Twain, author

Man is a creature made at the end of the week's work when God was tired. Mark Twain, author

I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability. Oscar Wilde, dramatist

Abortion is an attack on the family and the humanity that unites us all. Alveda King, clergyman

Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country. Marquis de Lafayette, revolutionary

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

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, philosopher

Humanity I love you because when you're hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink. e. e. cummings, poet

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. Albert Einstein, physicist

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, statesman

The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there. James Buchanan, president

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

Don’t let us forget that the causes of human actions are usually immeasurably more complex and varied than our subsequent explanations of them. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, writer

Mistakes are a part of being human. 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, comedian

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

Man is by nature a political animal. Aristotle, philosopher

Man must realize his own unimportance before he can appreciate his importance. R. M. Baumgardy,

A human being is a single being. Unique and unrepeatable. Eileen Caddy, celebrity

There is no doubt: the study of man is just beginning, at the same time that his end is in sight. Elias Canetti, author

Man lies down and does not rise until the heavens are no more. They will not awake nor arise from their sleep. James Dye,

The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events. John Kenneth Galbraith, economist

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, leader

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. Elbert Hubbard, writer

Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be carved. Immanuel Kant, philosopher

Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, president

Mankind 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., leader

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

What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others. G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg, scientist

Man is a beautiful machine that works very badly. H. L. Mencken, writer

Man is stark mad; he cannot make a flea, and yet he will be making gods by the dozens. Michel de Montaigne, philosopher

After all there is but one race -- humanity. George Moore,

All people are a single nation. Qur'an,

Let us ask ourselves; What kind of people do we think we are? Ronald Reagan, president

Man is a substance clad in shadows. John Sterling, entertainer

The Freudian theory is one of the most important foundation stones for an edifice to be built by future generations, the dwelling of a freer and wiser humanity. Thomas Mann, writer

My primary interest has always been about exploring the human psyche and humanity. Dana Snyder, actor

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

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, writer

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

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, monk

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

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. Isaac Asimov, scientist

Do your bit to save humanity from lapsing back into barbarity by reading all the novels you can. Richard Hughes, writer

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, politician

Going to war was the only unselfish thing I have ever done for humanity. David Niven, actor

The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, scientist

I expect to plead not for the slave only, but for suffering humanity everywhere. Especially do I mean to labor for the elevation of my sex. Lucy Stone, activist

We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more. Bill Clinton,

Literary experience heals the wound, without undermining the privilege, of individuality. C.S. Lewis, novelist

I love men, not for what unites them, but for what divides them, and I want to know most of all what gnaws at their hearts. Guillaume Apollinaire, novelist

Our humanity is a poor thing, except for the divinity that stirs within us. Francis Bacon, philosopher

There are two distinctive classes of people today, those who have personal computers, and those who have several thousand extra dollars apiece. Dave Barry, journalist

Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3:5 Bible,

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

Man is emphatically a proselytizing creature. Thomas Carlyle, philosopher

It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it. Denis Diderot, editor

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, philosopher

Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God. When he puts on all his auxiliary organs, he is truly magnificent; but those organs have not grown on him and they still give him much trouble at times. Sigmund Freud, psychologist

The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved. Emma Goldman, activist

Give a small boy a hammer and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding. Kalan,

Nothing is more repugnant to me than brotherly feelings grounded in the common baseness people see in one another. Milan Kundera, writer

Man who is he? Too bad, to be the work of God: Too good for the work of chance! Doris Lessing, writer

Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guided. John Locke, philosopher

The history of mankind is the history of ideas. Ludwig von Mises, economist

Human nature is not of itself vicious. Thomas Paine, writer

We are all cells in the same body of humanity. Peace Pilgrim, activist

Man is a two-legged animal without feathers. Plato, philosopher

Man's only true happiness is to live in hope of something to be won by him. Reverence something to be worshipped by him, and love something to be cherished by him, forever. John Ruskin, writer

We say nothing essential about the cathedral when we speak of its stones. We say nothing essential about Man when we seek to define him by the qualities of men. Antoine De SaintExupery, novelist

Man is a useless passion. JeanPaul Sartre,

Man is an animal that makes bargains; no other animal does this--one dog does not change a bone with another. Adam Smith, economist

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

Be tolerant of the human race. Your whole family belongs to it -- and some of your spouse's family does too. Source Unknown,

The nature of peoples is first crude, then severe, then benign, then delicate, finally dissolute. Giambattista Vico, philosopher

Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace. Simone Weil, philosopher


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