Quotes About Humanity

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Barbara W. Tuchman
“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change (as the poet said), windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.

[Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Nov. 1980), pp. 16-32]”
Barbara W. Tuchman

Yann Martel
“If there's only one nation in the sky, shouldn't all passports be valid for it?”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Victor Hugo
“There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Ursula K. Le Guin
“My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.”
Ursula K. Le Guin

Tom Robbins
“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

Joseph Addison
“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

William Shakespeare
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”
William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Nick Hornby
“It seems to me now that the plain state of being human is dramatic enough for anyone; you don't need to be a heroin addict or a performance poet to experience extremity. You just have to love someone.”
Nick Hornby, How to Be Good

Rick Yancey
“That’s the cost. That’s the price. Get ready, because when you crush the humanity out of humans, you’re left with humans with no humanity.

In other words, you get what you pay for, motherfucker”
Rick Yancey, The Infinite Sea

Anthony Marra
“We wear clothes, and speak, and create civilizations, and believe we are more than wolves. But inside us there is a word we cannot pronounce and that is who we are.”
Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Brad Meltzer
“We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day.”
Brad Meltzer

Friedrich Nietzsche
“But it is the same with man as with the tree. The more he seeks to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthword, downword, into the dark, the deep - into evil.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Tom Stoppard
“We're actors — we're the opposite of people!”
Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Paulo Coelho
“So you see, Good and Evil have the same face; it all depends on when they cross the path of each individual human being.”
Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

Henry Adams
“Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.”
Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams

N.K. Jemisin
“We can never be gods, after all--but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state
“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.”
Edgar D. Mitchell

David McCullough
“To me, history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn't just part of our civic responsibility. To me, it's an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is."

[The Title Always Comes Last; NEH 2003 Jefferson Lecturer interview profile]”
David McCullough

J.K. Rowling
“The mistake ninety-nine percent of humanity made, as far as Fats could see, was being ashamed of what they were; lying about it, trying to be somebody else.”
J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy

John Steinbeck
“His ear heard more than what was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought.”
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

Stanisław Lem
“We have no need of other worlds. We need mirrors. We don't know what to do with other worlds. A single world, our own, suffices us; but we can't accept it for what it is.”
Stanisław Lem, Solaris

Albert Camus
“He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.”
Albert Camus

Friedrich Nietzsche
“All great things must first wear terrifying and monstrous masks in order to inscribe themselves on the hearts of humanity.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Albert Einstein
“The human spirit must prevail over technology.”
Albert Einstein

Stanisław Lem
“Man has gone out to explore other worlds and other civilizations without having explored his own labyrinth of dark passages and secret chambers, and without finding what lies behind doorways that he himself has sealed.”
Stanisław Lem, Solaris

Joss Whedon
“Because it’s no longer enough to be a decent person. It’s no longer enough to shake our heads and make concerned grimaces at the news. True enlightened activism is the only thing that can save humanity from itself.”
Joss Whedon

John Steinbeck
“Muscles aching to work, minds aching to create - this is man.”
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Compassion is the chief law of human existence.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Neil Gaiman
“Idris: Are all people like this?
The Doctor: Like what?
Idris: So much bigger on the inside.”
Neil Gaiman

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