Quotes About The Human Condition

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The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. - Martin Luther King Jr. quote.
The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

civil rights movement

The great problem facing modern man is that the means by which we live (Help him God) have outdistanced the spiritual ends for which we live. - Martin Luther King Jr. quote.
The great problem facing modern man is that the means by which we live (Help him God) have outdistanced the spiritual ends for which we live.

spiritual

We live in a domain of triviality that we have created. - Terence McKenna quote.
We live in a domain of triviality that we have created.
To paraphrase J. B. S. Haldane: Our situation may not only be stranger than we suppose; it may be stranger than we can suppose. - Terence McKenna quote.
To paraphrase J. B. S. Haldane: Our situation may not only be stranger than we suppose; it may be stranger than we can suppose.
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. - Albert Einstein quote.
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
There's no guru here who can explain the human mystery to us, nobody who can say that this will be this way and that we'll be okay. - Pope Francis quote.
There's no guru here who can explain the human mystery to us, nobody who can say that this will be this way and that we'll be okay.
We human beings have a complex relationship with the world in which we live, precisely because of our dual condition of being children of the earth and children of God. - Pope Francis quote.
We human beings have a complex relationship with the world in which we live, precisely because of our dual condition of being children of the earth and children of God.
Pope Francis Annual Message to Educational Communities, Easter 2002

God

No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence. - George Eliot quote.
No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.

trust

There is a determined though unseen bravery that defends itself foot by foot in the darkness against the fatal invasions of necessity and dishonesty. Noble and mysterious triumphs that no eye sees, and no fame rewards, and no flourish of triumph salutes. Life, misfortunes, isolation, abandonment, poverty, are battlefields that have their heroes; obscure heroes, sometimes greater than the illustrious heroes. - Victor Hugo quote.
There is a determined though unseen bravery that defends itself foot by foot in the darkness against the fatal invasions of necessity and dishonesty. Noble and mysterious triumphs that no eye sees, and no fame rewards, and no flourish of triumph salutes. Life, misfortunes, isolation, abandonment, poverty, are battlefields that have their heroes; obscure heroes, sometimes greater than the illustrious heroes.
There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before. - Willa Cather quote.
There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.

stories

We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing. - Charles Bukowski quote.
We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.

brotherhood of man

One realizes that even in harmonious families there is this double life: the group life, which is the one we can observe in our neighbour's household, and, underneath, another – secret and passionate and intense – which is the real life that stamps the faces and gives character to the voices of our friends. Always in his mind each member of these social units is escaping, running away, trying to break the net which circumstances and his own affections have woven about him. One realizes that human relationships are the tragic necessity of human life; that they can never be wholly satisfactory, that every ego is half the time greedily seeking them, and half the time pulling away from them. In those simple relationships of loving husband and wife, affectionate sisters, children and grandmother, there are innumerable shades of sweetness and anguish which make up the pattern of our lives day by day. - Willa Cather quote.
One realizes that even in harmonious families there is this double life: the group life, which is the one we can observe in our neighbour's household, and, underneath, another – secret and passionate and intense – which is the real life that stamps the faces and gives character to the voices of our friends. Always in his mind each member of these social units is escaping, running away, trying to break the net which circumstances and his own affections have woven about him. One realizes that human relationships are the tragic necessity of human life; that they can never be wholly satisfactory, that every ego is half the time greedily seeking them, and half the time pulling away from them. In those simple relationships of loving husband and wife, affectionate sisters, children and grandmother, there are innumerable shades of sweetness and anguish which make up the pattern of our lives day by day.

relationships family the self

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human condition. - Graham Greene quote.
Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human condition.

art writing

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line. - H. L. Mencken quote.
The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.

boredom

From time to time there appear on the face of the earth men of rare and consummate excellence, who dazzle us by their virtue, and whose outstanding qualities shed a stupendous light. - Jean de La Bruyère quote.
From time to time there appear on the face of the earth men of rare and consummate excellence, who dazzle us by their virtue, and whose outstanding qualities shed a stupendous light.

excellence example

The world is made of people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show. - Jacob Bronowski quote.
The world is made of people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show.

failure

We play out our days as we play out cards, taking them as they come, not knowing what they will be, hoping for a lucky card and sometimes getting one, often getting just the wrong one. - Samuel Butler quote.
We play out our days as we play out cards, taking them as they come, not knowing what they will be, hoping for a lucky card and sometimes getting one, often getting just the wrong one.

life

A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. - James Allen quote.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.

self-determination life

The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him. - Russell Baker quote.
The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him.
People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned. - James Baldwin quote.
People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.
A little alarm now and then keeps life from stagnation. - Fanny Burney quote.
A little alarm now and then keeps life from stagnation.
The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript. - Aleister Crowley quote.
The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript.
Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and trouble is to school an intelligence and make it a soul, a place where the heart must feel and suffer in a thousand diverse ways? - John Keats quote.
Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and trouble is to school an intelligence and make it a soul, a place where the heart must feel and suffer in a thousand diverse ways?
Men resemble great deserted palaces: the owner occupies only a few rooms and has closed off wings where he never ventures. - François Mauriac quote.
Men resemble great deserted palaces: the owner occupies only a few rooms and has closed off wings where he never ventures.

know yourself mankind

The human soul is hospitable, and will entertain conflicting sentiments and contradictory opinions with much impartiality. - George Sand quote.
The human soul is hospitable, and will entertain conflicting sentiments and contradictory opinions with much impartiality.
Human relations just are not fixed in their orbits like the planets—they're more like galaxies, changing all the time, exploding into light for years, then dying away.

relationships

How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold? - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn quote.
How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold?

understanding others

If the whole human race lay in one grave, the epitaph on its headstone might well be: "It seemed a good idea at the time." - Rebecca West quote.
If the whole human race lay in one grave, the epitaph on its headstone might well be: "It seemed a good idea at the time."

ideas

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

hope

We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains. - Anne Sullivan Macy quote.
We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains.
We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. - George Orwell quote.
We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.

intelligence

We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are— that is the fact. - Jean-Paul Sartre quote.
We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are— that is the fact.
The world of Homo sapiens is, indeed, a fantasyland, for we seek to control organizations, peoples, economies, and nature with minds that can't control their own thoughts and emotions for thirty seconds.
We seem bound forever between things too huge and too small to grasp, between things too obvious and too obscure to be noticed, between things too good and too evil to understand.