The Human Condition Quotes

Quotes tagged as "the-human-condition" (showing 1-24 of 24)
Jerzy Kosiński
“Lovers are not snails; they don't have to protrude from their shells and meet each other halfway. Meet me within your own self.”
Jerzy Kosiński, Steps

Brandon Sanderson
“Men are more resilient than that, I think. Our belief is often strongest when it should be weakest. That is the nature of hope.”
Brandon Sanderson

Russell Brand
“Addiction is when natural biological imperatives, like the need for food, sex, relaxation or status, become prioritised to the point of destructiveness. It is exacerbated by a culture that understandably exploits this mechanic as it's a damn good way to sell Mars bars and Toyotas.”
Russell Brand, Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions

Hannah Arendt
“Because the actor always moves among and in relation to other acting beings, he is never merely a "doer" but always and at the same time a sufferer. To do and to suffer are like opposite sides of the same coin, and the story that an act starts is composed of its consequent deeds and sufferings. These consequences are boundless, because action, though it may proceed from nowhere, so to speak, acts into a medium where every reaction becomes a chain reaction and where every process is the cause of new processes”
Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition

Rasheed Ogunlaru
“Sometimes in life there's no problem and sometimes there solution. Within this space - between these apparent poles - life flows.”
Rasheed Ogunlaru

Russell Brand
“The instinct that drives compulsion is universal. It is an attempt to solve the problem of disconnection, alienation, tepid despair... the problem is ultimately 'being human' in an environment that is curiously ill-equipped to deal with the challenges that entails.”
Russell Brand, Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions

Albert Camus
“Mistaken ideas always end in bloodshed, but in every case it is someone else's blood. This is why our thinkers feel free to say just about anything.”
Albert Camus

Charles Dickens
“But that, in shutting out the light of day, she had secluded herself from a thousand natural and healing influences; that her mind, brooding solitary, had grown diseased, as all minds do and must and will that reverse the appointed order of their Maker, I knew equally well. And could I look upon her without compassion, seeing her punishment in the ruin she was, in her profound unfitness for this earth on which she was placed, in the vanity of sorrow which had become a master mania, like the vanity of penitence, the vanity of remorse, the vanity of unworthiness, and other monstrous vanities that have been curses in this world?”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Matt Haig
“It's a wonder they ever get out of bed at all. But they do, repeatedly, thousands of times each. And not only that - they do it themselves, with no technology to help them. Maybe a little electrical activity in their toothbrushes and hairdryers, but nothing more than that. And all to reduce body odour, and hairs, and halitosis, and shame.”
Matt Haig, The Humans

Jonathan Safran Foer
“she also liked to remember that there could be no such thing as an intentional imperfection. People are always mistaking something that looks good for something that feels good.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Here I Am

Adrian Barnes
“Life's a scab, and it's our nature to pick at it until it bleeds.”
Adrian Barnes, Nod

Colum McCann
“All this miraculous hatred. Christ, a man can't eat his breakfast for filling his belly full of it.”
Colum McCann, Fishing the Sloe-Black River

“Laughing over the human condition is better than weeping over it.”
Marty Rubin

Sōseki Natsume
“It's only natural for the docile creature of yesteryear to become difficult today. That's just the way people are. You can try forcing someone to remember how he felt in winter and keep shivering after summer comes, but it won't happen. A person might not be able to eat when they're sick but nobody can make they give up food for the rest of their life... The trouble with people is they think they are solid as rock.”
Sōseki Natsume

“Tomorrow I'll suggest the liar lies against himself
So our condition makes escape impossible?
-- we breathe

and it's moving air that causes stars to twinkle”
Rodney Hall, The Owner of My Face: New & Selected Poems

C. JoyBell C.
“Who we are is who we ACTUALLY are. It's never who we create in order for people to see. You might really hate who you actually are, so then you create a sub-genus type of yourself for other people to see. But that never changes who you are. The sub-genus type won't change your genus. The only way we change who we are is by looking at ourselves in the mirror long enough to make us vomit over our disgusting waywardness and long enough to fall in love with our strengths. But you can't just fall in love with your strengths. You also need to vomit over your hypocrisies and all of your other bullshit. And you can't just vomit, either. You also have to clean it up and embrace yourself afterwards. This is how you change your genus.”
C. JoyBell C.

Russell Brand
“The condition in extreme is identifiable but the less obvious version of addiction is still painful and arguably worse because we simply adapt to living in pain.”
Russell Brand, Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions

“The greedy we shall always have with us.”
Marty Rubin

“The Human Condition has a vacancy...a transient declaring It's Self The Victor! Till death do us part in This War for human isolation.”
Rosemarie Yusen, The Nustas on The Island of The Sun

Matt Haig
“And after that, after the awkward shuffling away of that last thin layer of clothes, words retreated to the sounds they once were. We had sex. A happy entanglement of warm limbs and warmer love. A physical and psychological merging that conjured a kind of inner light, a bio-emotional phosphorescence, that was overwhelming in its gorgeousness. I wondered why they weren’t prouder of it. Of this magic. I wondered why, if they had to have flags, why they didn’t just opt for one with a picture of sex.”
Matt Haig, The Humans