Mankind Quotes

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Man is the only animal that blushes.  Or needs to.

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The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.


Man is a social animal.

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A man is a god in ruins.
Man is a reasoning animal.

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Man is what his dreams are.


Man is a tool-using animal.

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Man is not made for defeat.


Man is a tool-making animal.

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There's no indispensable man.
Everybody is all right, really.
Woman was God's second mistake.


Every human being is worthwhile.
Man is nothing but contradiction.
Man is a history-making creature.
The meek shall inherit the earth.
— Psalm 37:11

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Man, the aristocrat among animals.

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The proper study of Mankind is Man.
Man is by nature a political animal.

man the animal politics

Man is a successful animal, that's all.

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Man is the only animal that can be bored.

boredom man the animal

I am human; nothing human is alien to me.
My definition of man is "a cooking animal."

cooking man the animal

One does not become fully human painlessly.

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Man is a hating rather than a loving animal.

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Ten thousand men possess ten thousand hopes.

human nature

Though in a wilderness, a man is never alone.


There's nothing funnier than the human animal.
Man is by his constitution a religious animal.

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The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.


The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.

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Man is a social animal who dislikes his fellow man.

man the animal

Kids are always the only future the human race has.


Man is a social animal formed to please in society.


When were the good and the brave ever in a majority?
Men are born equal but they are also born different.
I'm learning about people the hard way, by being one.


Man is a clever animal, who behaves like an imbecile.

man the animal

The ablest man I ever met is the man you think you are.


Economic advance is not the same thing as human progress.

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There are no perfect human beings, and there never will be.
Of mankind in general, the parts are greater than the whole.
The two most discontented beings are humans and cancer cells.
Man is a complex being: he makes deserts bloom—and lakes die.


Man is a complex being: he makes deserts bloom - and lakes die.


Man shapes himself through decisions that shape his environment.


Man is an animal and should live in accordance with his species.
Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave.

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Man is a pliable animal, a being who gets accustomed to everything!
No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within.


We are an intelligent species because we defined ourselves that way.


Numberless are the world's wonders, but none more wonderful than man.
Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.
The human race consists of the dangerously insane and such as are not.


To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.

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We are, perhaps uniquely among the earth's creatures, the worrying animal.

man the animal worry

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.


The more humans try to become demi-gods, the more they become full monsters.
In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.

Goodness idealist

Many other animals have feelings.  What distinguishes our species is thought.

man the animal thinking

I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
Every other man is a piece of myself, for I am a part and a member of mankind.
Men are not agreed about any one thing, not even that heaven is over our heads.


I finally know what distinguishes man from the other beasts: financial worries.
All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men.
When you say you are in love with humanity, you are well satisfied with yourself.
The Earth has a skin and that skin has diseases, one of its diseases is called man.
There are three classes of people: lovers of wisdom, lovers of humor, lovers of gain.
We're fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction.

Hunger Games

Man is a make-believe animal—he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part.

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In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.

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Man is a gaming animal.  He must be always trying to get the better in something or other.

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Man is a talking animal and he will always let himself be swayed by the power of the word.

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I guess a man is the only kind of varmint sets his own trap, baits it, and then steps in it.

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Man is a blind, witless, low brow, anthropocentric clod who inflicts lesions upon the earth.


Man is a military animal, 
Glories in gunpowder, and loves parade;
Prefers them to all things.

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Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, in fearing future.
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
— Matthew 25:40

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The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.


Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.


Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.


Human beings are like timid punctuation marks sprinkled among the incomprehensible sentences of life.
If a man is not rising upwards to be an angel, depend upon it, he is sinking downwards to be a devil.


Man may be defined as the animal that can say "I," that can be aware of himself as a separate entity.

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The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.


I don't think we have to teach people how to be human. I think we have to teach them how not to be inhumane.
Man is the only animal that laughs, drinks when he is not thirsty, and makes love at all seasons of the year.


To insult someone we call him "bestial." For deliberate cruelty and malice, "human" might be a greater insult.


Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.

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The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.


Man is not an end but a beginning. We are at the beginning of the second week. We are children of the eighth day.
Man is not the sum of what he has already, but rather the sum of what he does not yet have, of what he could have.
Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits, and an inhabitant of the Old World.
People are pretty much alike. It's only that our differences are more susceptible to definition than our similarities.


Men resemble great deserted palaces: the owner occupies only a few rooms and has closed off wings where he never ventures.

know yourself the human condition

What a strange machine man is! You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes, and outcomes sighs, laughter, and dreams.
All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others.

brotherhood of man

Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.
Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.
Man is at the bottom an animal, midway, a citizen, and at the top, divine. But the climate of this world is such that few ripen at the top.
Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition.  Man is the only being who knows he is alone, and the only one who seeks out another.


We may go down in history as an elegant technological society which underwent biological disintegration through lack of economic understanding.


At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, and at eighty nothing.

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The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.

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Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of Nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him.

man the animal nature

Study mankind. Learn to use men without surrendering to them. Have confidence in those who, if necessary, are courageous enough to contradict you.
One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

man the animal

Helpless, unknown, and unremembered, most human beings, however sensitive, idealistic, intelligent, go through life as passengers rather than chauffeurs.
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
When young, one is confident to be able to build palaces for mankind, but when the time comes one has one's hands full just to be able to remove their trash.

cynical youth

Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.

crying man the animal priorities

Man, biologically simply the most formidable of all the beasts of prey, and, indeed, the only one that preys systematically on its own species.

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Animals have these advantages over man: they have no theologians to instruct them, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.


Man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.
We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities... still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities ... still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.


I see humanity now as one vast plant, needing for its highest fulfillment only love, the natural blessings of the great outdoors, and intelligent crossing and selection.
Yet there is still this difference between man and all other animals—he is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed; the only animal that is never satisfied.

man the animal

Man is a carnivorous production,
And must have meals, at least one meal a day;
He cannot live, like woodcocks, upon suction,
But, like the shark and tiger, must have prey.


Experience declares that man is the only animal which devours its own kind; for I can apply no milder term to the governments of Europe, and to the general prey of the rich upon the poor.

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Man is the only animal who does not feel at home in nature, who can feel evicted from paradise, the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem that he has to solve and from which he cannot escape.

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Hope is renewed each time that you see a person you know, who is deeply involved in the struggle of life, helping another person. You are the unaffected witness and must agree that there is hope for mankind.

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I think it is more important to recognize that another human being is a human being, than to recognize male and female.  Most of our activities have no more to do with sex than they have to do with ancestors.
I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod ... Any man's death diminishes me, Because I am involved in mankind, And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
Man can be the most affectionate and altruistic of creatures, yet he's potentially more vicious than any other. He is the only one who can be persuaded to hate millions of his own kind whom he has never seen and to kill as many as he can lay his hands on in the name of his tribe or his God.
Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.


Man will survive as a species for one reason: He can adapt to the destructive effects of our power-intoxicated technology and of our ungoverned population growth, to the dirt, pollution, and noise of a New York or Tokyo. And that is the tragedy. It is not man the ecological crisis threatens to destroy but the quality of human life.


No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.