Humans Quotes

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John Green
“The marks humans leave are too often scars.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Rick Riordan
“It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.”
Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan
“Humans see what they want to see.”
Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

Charles Bukowski
“Nothing was ever in tune. People just blindly grabbed at whatever there was: communism, health foods, zen, surfing, ballet, hypnotism, group encounters, orgies, biking, herbs, Catholicism, weight-lifting, travel, withdrawal, vegetarianism, India, painting, writing, sculpting, composing, conducting, backpacking, yoga, copulating, gambling, drinking, hanging around, frozen yogurt, Beethoven, Back, Buddha, Christ, TM, H, carrot juice, suicide, handmade suits, jet travel, New York City, and then it all evaporated and fell apart. People had to find things to do while waiting to die. I guess it was nice to have a choice.”
Charles Bukowski, Women

Maggie Stiefvater
“If I were a tree, I would have no reason to love a human.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

“Friends are the family you choose (~ Nin/Ithilnin, Elven rogue).”
Jess C Scott, The Other Side of Life

Charles M. Schulz
“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”
Charles M. Schulz

“One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious.”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

George Orwell
“Four legs good, two legs bad.”
George Orwell, Animal Farm

Dan Brown
“Nothing captures human interest more than human tragedy.”
Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

David Foster Wallace
“Lonely people tend, rather, to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being around other humans. They are allergic to people. People affect them too strongly.”
David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

V.E. Schwab
“But these words people threw around - humans, monsters, heroes, villains - to Victor it was all just a matter of semantics. Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens. Someone else could be labeled a villain for trying to stop them. Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”
V.E. Schwab, Vicious

Amit Kalantri
“I cannot compromise my respect for your love. You can keep your love, I will keep my respect.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Matt Haig
“Humans, as a rule, don't like mad people unless they are good at painting, and only then once they are dead. But the definition of mad, on Earth, seems to be very unclear and inconsistent. What is perfectly sane in one era turns out to be insane in another. The earliest humans walked around naked with no problem. Certain humans, in humid rainforests mainly, still do so. So, we must conclude that madness is sometimes a question of time, and sometimes of postcode.

Basically, the key rule is, if you want to appear sane on Earth you have to be in the right place, wearing the right clothes, saying the right things, and only stepping on the right kind of grass.”
Matt Haig, The Humans

Anthony Burgess
“It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil.”
Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

Emma Donoghue
“People don't always want to be with people. It gets tiring.”
Emma Donoghue, Room

François Fénelon
“All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers... Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born.”
Francois de Salignac de La Mothe- Fenelon

Walter Alexander Raleigh
“I wish I loved the human Race, I wish I loved its silly face, and when I'm introduced to one, I wish I thought "what jolly fun"!”
Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh

Bill Bryson
“If this book has a lesson, it is that we are awfully lucky to be here-and by 'we' I mean every living thing. To attain any kind of life in this universe of ours appears to be quite an achievement. As humans we are doubly lucky, of course: We enjoy not only the privilege of existence but also the singular ability to appreciate it and even, in a multitude of ways, to make it better. It is a talent we have only barely begun to grasp.”
Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything

J. Cornell Michel
“I like living in my head because in there, everyone is kind and innocent. Once you start integrating yourself into the world, you realize that people are nasty, mean creatures. They're worse than zombies. People try to crush your soul and destroy your happiness, but zombies just want to have a little nibble of your brain.”
J. Cornell Michel, Jordan's Brains: A Zombie Evolution

Glory: I look around at this world you're so eager to be a part of
“Glory: I look around at this world you're so eager to be a part of and all I see is six billion lunatics looking for the fastest ride out. Who's not crazy? Look around, everyone's drinking, smoking, shooting up, shooting each other, or just plain screwing their brains out 'cause they don't want 'em anymore. I'm crazy? Honey, I'm the original one-eyed chicklet in the kingdom of the blind, 'cause at least I admit the world makes me nuts.”
Douglas Petrie

Thomas Browne
“We carry within us the wonders we seek without us.”
Sir Thomas Browne, Prose: "Religio Medici" , "Hydriotaphia" , "Garden of Cyrus" , "Letter to a Friend" , "Christian Morals" and Selections from Other Works

Steven Pinker
“Challenge a person's beliefs, and you challenge his dignity, standing, and power. And when those beliefs are based on nothing but faith, they are chronically fragile. No one gets upset about the belief that rocks fall down as opposed to up, because all sane people can see it with their own eyes. Not so for the belief that babies are born with original sin or that God exists in three persons or that Ali is the second-most divinely inspired man after Muhammad. When people organize their lives around these beliefs, and then learn of other people who seem to be doing just fine without them--or worse, who credibly rebut them--they are in danger of looking like fools. Since one cannot defend a belief based on faith by persuading skeptics it is true, the faithful are apt to react to unbelief with rage, and may try to eliminate that affront to everything that makes their lives meaningful.”
Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

Kahlil Gibran
“Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil.
For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?
Verily when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves, and when it thirsts it drinks even of dead waters.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Susan Sontag
“I don’t care about someone being intelligent; any situation between people, when they are really human with each other, produces ‘intelligence.”
Susan Sontag

Tom Robbins
“When humans were young, they were pushed around in strollers. When they were old, they were pushed around in wheelchairs. In between, they were just pushed around.”
Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All

Abū al-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī
“The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts: those with brains, but no religion, and those with religion, but no brains.”
Al-Maʿarri

Amit Kalantri
“A photograph shouldn't be just a picture, it should be a philosophy.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Holly Black
“The Folk doubtlessly learned this lesson long ago. They do not need to deceive humans. Humans will deceive themselves.”
Holly Black, The Wicked King

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