quotations about humanity
Humanity is a parade of fools, and I am at the front of it, twirling a baton.
DEAN KOONTZ, Brother Odd
On personal integrity hangs humanity's fate.
R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER, Critical Path
The human race is just a chemical scum on a moderate-sized planet, orbiting around a very average star in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies. We are so insignificant that I can't believe the whole universe exists for our benefit. That would be like saying that you would disappear if I closed my eyes.
STEPHEN HAWKING, Reality on the Rocks: Beyond Our Ken, 1995
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, Gandhi: His Life and Message for the World (Fischer)
Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made.
IMMANUEL KANT, Idea for a General History with a Cosmopolitan Purpose
A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.
OSCAR WILDE, The Soul of Man Under Socialism
Humanity is so constituted that the basest criminal represents you and me, as well as the most glorious saint that walks on high. We are reflected in all other men; all other men are embodied in us.
E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words
Human beings are infinitely fallible, completely unreliable. Science is not. Science is absolute. Under strict principles, if you do A and B, then C will occur. This rarely happens if you inject the inefficiences of humanity into the process.
DAVID BALDACCI, The Winner
We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own.
CHINUA ACHEBE, The Education of a British-Protected Child
I have investigated the dust-heaps of humanity, and found a treasure in all of them. I have found that humanity is not incidentally engaged, but eternally and systematically engaged, in throwing gold into the gutter and diamonds into the sea.
G. K. CHESTERTON, introduction, The Defendant
One of the penalties of being a human being is other human beings.
CHRISTOPHER MORLEY, Hide and Seek
I no longer feel any allegiance to these monsters called human beings, despise being one myself.
SUZANNE COLLINS, Mockingjay
The more I deal in it, the surer I am that human nature is all of the same critter, but that there's a heap of choice in the cuts.
GEORGE HORACE LORIMER, Old Gorgon Graham
Ye Children of Man! whose life is a span,
Protracted with sorrow from day to day,
Naked and featherless, feeble and querulous,
Sickly, calamitous creatures of clay!
ARISTOPHANES, The Birds
The more I love humanity in general, the less I love man in particular.
FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov
Limited in his nature, infinite in his desires, man is a fallen god who remembers the heavens.
ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, Second Meditations
And us? Just another belch in the darkness. Sound but not word, noise without meaning.
IAIN M. BANKS, Consider Phlebas
Humanity is less, far less than the individual, because the individual may sometimes be capable of truth, and humanity is a tree of lies.
D. H. LAWRENCE, Women in Love
Before one eye at least in the universe the feeble spring and the mighty river are one; He sees it all mapped out from its source in weakness to its end in power; we never rise high enough into the upper air of thought and humanity, to see like Him our human fellow-rivers in their feeble struggles through the rocks and stones in their path, but as they shall be hereafter, far away, perhaps a thousand years to come, down cataracts of death, and past long deserts of unknown worlds; but as they shall surely be at last, each flowing on, a majestic benediction through the universe, reflecting on his ever-swelling bosom the infinite glory of God.
FRANCES POWER COBBE, The City of Victory
Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.
ANAÏS NIN, The Diary of Anaïs Nin