Human Society Quotes

Quotes tagged as "human-society" (showing 1-28 of 28)
Edward W. Said
“All knowledge that is about human society, and not about the natural world, is historical knowledge, and therefore rests upon judgment and interpretation. This is not to say that facts or data are nonexistent, but that facts get their importance from what is made of them in interpretation… for interpretations depend very much on who the interpreter is, who he or she is addressing, what his or her purpose is, at what historical moment the interpretation takes place.”
Edward Said

Aberjhani
“Beneath the armor of skin/and/bone/and/mind
most of our colors are amazingly the same.”
Aberjhani, Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: First and Second Series

Jane Lindskold
“You cannot escape that you are a woman,” she began.
“I wish I could,” Firekeeper muttered, but Elise continued as if she hadn’t heard.
“Since you cannot, you cannot escape the expectations that our society and our class places upon women.”
“Why?” Firekeeper said querulously.
“...Consider,” she offered, “what you told me about learning to see at night so that you could hunt with the wolves. Learning to wear a gown, to walk gracefully, to eat politely…”
“I do that!”
“You’re learning,” Elise admitted, “but don’t change the subject. All of these are ways of learning to see in the dark.”
“Maybe,” Firekeeper said, her tone unconvinced.
“Can you climb a tree?”
“Yes.”
“Swim?”
“Yes!” This second affirmative was almost indignant.
“And these skills let you go places that you could not go without them.”
Stubborn silence. Elise pressed her point.
“Why do you like knowing how to shoot a bow?”
“It lets me kill farther,” came the answer, almost in a growl.
“And using a sword does the same?”
“Yes.”
“Let me tell you, Firekeeper, knowing a woman’s arts can keep you alive, let you invade private sanctums, even help you to subdue your enemies. If you don’t know those arts, others who do will always have an advantage over you.”
“All this from wearing a gown that tangles your feet?”
Jane Lindskold, Through Wolf's Eyes

Kiley MacLeod
“Humans, I finally decided after a few more minutes of watching him, are paradoxically capable of both unattainable depths of kindness and unimaginable depths of cruelty, sometimes within the same body...”
Kiley MacLeod

Donald Barthelme
“I have to admit we are locked in the most exquisite mysterious muck. This muck heaves and palpitates. It is multi-directional and has a mayor. To describe it takes many hundreds of thousands of words. Our muck is only a part of a much greater muck -- the nation-state -- which is itself the creation of that muck of mucks, human consciousness. Of course all these things also have a touch of sublimity -- as when Moonbelly sings, for example, or all the lights go out. What a happy time that was, when all the electricity went away! If only we could re-create that paradise! By, for instance, all forgetting to pay our electric bills at the same time. All nine million of us. Then we'd all get those little notices that say unless we remit within five days the lights will go out. We all stand up from our chairs with the notice in ours hands. The same thought drifts across the furrowed surface of nine million minds. We wink at each other, through the walls.”
Donald Barthelme, Sixty Stories

Salman Rushdie
“Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination, and of the heart.”
Salman Rushdie

Edward Abbey
“What I am really writing about, what I have always written about, is the idea of human freedom, human community, the real world which makes both possible, and the new technocratic industrial state which threatens the existence of all three. Life and death, that's my subject, and always has been - if the reader will look beyond the assumptions of lazy critics and actually read what I have written. Which also means, quite often, reading between the lines: I am a comic writer and the generation of laughter is my aim.”
Edward Abbey, Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast

Abhijit Naskar
“I am no feminist. Even though the term "feminism" is founded upon the basic principle of gender equality, it possesses its own fundamental gender bias, which makes it inclined towards the wellbeing of women, over the wellbeing of the whole society. And if history has shown anything, it is that such fundamental biases in time corrupt even the most glorious ideas and give birth to prejudice, bigotry and differentiation.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Bengal Tigress: A Treatise on Gender Equality

Jane Lindskold
“Wolves regularly attacked their rivals in power, so the idea of killing to gain position was neither alien nor repulsive to her. The use of assassins she had filed as yet another of the curious tools - like swords and bows — that humans created to make up for their lack of personal armament. What she still had to puzzle through was the subtle strategies involved in killing those who were expected to inherit power rather than those who held the power itself.”
Jane Lindskold, Through Wolf's Eyes

Abhijit Naskar
“If only one generation takes action in raising their children as humans, rather than raising boys and girls, the future human civilization shall get rid of the sinister phenomenon of misogyny sooner than you can imagine.”
Abhijit Naskar

David Baldacci
“john was smart, but he was also a young male with a usually empty belly. sometimes it was simple as that”
David Baldacci, The Finisher

Eraldo Banovac
“Acquiring knowledge through the centuries has influenced human society more than all other factors.”
Eraldo Banovac

Abhijit Naskar
“The moment when humanity learns to tame all its primeval biases, only then it will be worth the title "Sapiens", not any earlier.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Bengal Tigress: A Treatise on Gender Equality

Abhijit Naskar
“What is the point of having a civilization, if we do not practice being civilized!”
Abhijit Naskar, Wise Mating: A Treatise on Monogamy

Eraldo Banovac
“Adapting to changes represents an important characteristic of human nature, essential for the development of human society.”
Eraldo Banovac

“If I am not for myself, who is for me?
And being for myself alone, what am I?
And if not now, when?”
Hillel the Elder- first-century Jewish scholar

“Ethics are the moral compass of a human society that change and adjust over time.”
Debasish Mridha M.D.

Abhijit Naskar
“We no longer have any time to waste, entertaining our dark side. It is time we recognize those evil elements of our internal world and start working untiringly on eradicating them.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Bengal Tigress: A Treatise on Gender Equality

Umberto Eco
“The great Bonaventure said that the wise must enhance conceptual clarity with the truth implicit in the actions of the simple...."
"Like the chapter of Perugia and the learned memories of Ubertino, which transform into theological decisions the summons of the simple to poverty." I said.
"Yes, but as you have seen, this happens too late, and when it happens, the truth of the simple has already been transformed into the truth of the powerful, more useful for the Emperor Louis than for a Friar of the Poor Life.”
Umberto Eco

Abhijit Naskar
“Changing the spelling of one's name to ensure success, performing rituals for good luck, wearing colored gem stones for success in business – all these fall into the same category of psychological reinforcement. Hence, emerged the blood-sucking professions of astrology, palmistry, vastushastra, numerology etc. The very existence of these fraudulent professions is predicated on the fear and anxiety of vulnerable masses. Thus, a person’s superstitious beliefs become the tool of exploitation in the hands of ruthless fraudsters.”
Abhijit Naskar

Abhijit Naskar
“It is all about the trade of ignorance. And India is such a bronze-age nation that is filled with these trades (astrology, palm reading, vastushashtra and others).”
Abhijit Naskar, Prescription: Treating India's Soul

Abhijit Naskar
“Progress of the human society is predicated upon the proper functioning of a key element of the human mind, that is reasoning.”
Abhijit Naskar

“The answer to all questions of human society is in the lessons of human history, which are revealed in the Bible.”
Sunday Adelaja

Yuval Noah Harari
“Unfortunately, the Sapiens regime on Earth has so far produced little that we can be proud of. We have mastered our surroundings, increased food production, built cities, established empires and created far-flung trade networks. But did we decrease the amount of suffering in the world?”
Yuval Noah Harari, קיצור תולדות האנושות

Eraldo Banovac
“The development of civilization was marked by constant changes. This will continue – therefore, the future will belong to people ready for change.”
Eraldo Banovac

Abhijit Naskar
“Civilization lies in the mind, not in attire or books.”
Abhijit Naskar, Lord is My Sheep: Gospel of Human