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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. - Sir William Temple

One has but to observe a community of beavers at work in a stream to understand the loss in his sagacity, balance, co-operation, competence, and purpose which Man has suffered since he rose up on his hind legs. He began to chatter and he developed Reason, Thought, and Imagination, qualities which would get the smartest group of rabbits or orioles in the world into inextricable trouble overnight. - James Thurber

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

Those are the same stars, and that is the same moon, that look down upon your brothers and sisters, and which they see as they look up to them, though they are ever so far away from us, and each other. - Sojourner Truth

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

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

Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him. - H.G. Wells

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

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

We're all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress. - Tennessee Williams

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

Man is an ape with possibilities. - Roy Chapman Andrews

Always observe how ephemeral and worthless human things are. Pass then through this little space of time conformably to nature, and end thy journey in content, just as an olive falls off when it is ripe, blessing nature who produced it, and thanking the tree on which it grew. - Marcus Aurelius

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

If we consider the superiority of the human species, the size of its brain, its powers of thinking, language and organization, we can say this: were there the slightest possibility that another rival or superior species might appear, on earth or elsewhere, man would use every means at his disposal to destroy it. - Jean Baudrillard

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

Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. [Gene!:5] - Bible

Cruelty has a Human Heart, And jealousy a Human Face; Terror the Human Form Divine, And secrecy the Human Dress. The Human Dress is forged Iron, The Human Form a Fiery Forge, The Human Face a Furnace seal d, The Human Heart its hungry gorge. - William Blake

Man is born passionate of body, but with an innate though secret tendency to the love of Good in his main-spring of Mind. But God help us all! It is at present a sad jar of atoms. - Lord Byron

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

It's funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they'll do practically anything you want them to. - Holden Caulfield

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

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

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. - Stephen R. Covey

There are two kinds of men who never amount to much -- those who cannot do what they are told and those who can do nothing else. - Cyrus H. K Curtis

Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys. - Fyodor Dostoevski

Purity of race does not exist. Europe is a continent of energetic mongrels. - H. A. L. Fisher

The secret of a person's nature lies in their religion and what they really believes about the world and their place in it. - James A. Froude

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

On earth there is nothing great but man; in man there is nothing great but mind. - Sir William Hamilton

What constitutes a real, live human being is more of a mystery than ever these days, and men -- each one of whom is a valuable, unique experiment on the part of nature -- are shot down wholesale. - Hermann Hesse

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

The course of human history is determined, not by what happens in the skies, but by what takes place in our hearts. - Sir Arthur Kent

But remember please, the Law by which we live, we are not built to comprehend a lie, we can neither love nor pity nor forgive. If you make a slip in handling us you die. - Rudyard Kipling

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

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

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

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

What is the use of this fuss about morality when the issue only involves a horse? The first and most difficult teaching of civilization concerns man's behavior to his inferiors. Make humanity gentle or reasonable toward animals, and strife or injustice between human beings would speedily terminate. - Dr Edward Mayhew

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

Have you ever watched a crab on the shore crawling backward in search of the Atlantic Ocean, and missing? That's the way the mind of man operates. - H. L. Mencken

The history of mankind is the history of ideas. - Ludwig Von Mises

I teach you the Superman. Man is something that should be overcome. - Friedrich Nietzsche

I am a member of the rabble in good standing. - Westbrook Pegler

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

If, presume not to God to scan; The proper study of Mankind is Man. Plac'd on this isthmus of a middle state, a being darkly wise, and rudely great. - Alexander Pope

Human beings, for all their pretensions, have a remarkable propensity for lending themselves to classification somewhere within neatly labeled categories. Even the outrageous exceptions may be classified as outrageous exceptions! - W.J. Reichmann

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

Those who live in a world of human beings can only retrace their steps. - Nathalie Sarraute

I love mankind; it's people I can't stand. - Charles M. Schultz

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god -- the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! - William Shakespeare

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

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

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