Humanity Quotes

 Above all nations is humanity. 
Author: Goldwin Smith
Nationality: British
b. 13 August 1823  - d. 07 June 1910
  
 Alas, how strong a family likeness runs through blind and persecuting humanity in all Dimensions! Points, Lines, Squares, Cubes, Extra-Cubes - we are all liable to the same errors, all alike the Slavers of our respective Dimensional prejudices. 
Author: Edward Abbey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1927  - d. 14 March 1989
  
 All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Art for art's sake, becomes a mere rattle of words to soothe the vanity of ineffectual artisans who play with the tools of expression, but are too indolent or limited in faculty to fathom the sources of vital knowledge. Art to me is a revelation of human greatness in expression, and for humanity's sake. 
Author: Katharine Susannah Prichard
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 December 1883  - d. 02 August 1969
  
 By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity. 
Author: Vernon Linwood Howard
Nationality: American
b. December 1918  - d.  December 1992
  
 Disease an never be conquered, can never be quelled by emotion's willful screaming or faith's symbolic prayer. It can only be conquered by the energy of humanity and the cunning in the mind of man. In the patience of a Curie, in the enlightenment of a Faraday, a Rutherford, a Pasteur, a Nightingale, and all other apostles of light and cleanliness, rather than of a woebegone godliness, we shall find final deliverance from plague, pestilence, and famine. 
Author: Sean O'Casey
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 March 1880  - d. 18 September 1964
  
 Emotion is not something shameful, subordinate, second-rate; it is a supremely valid phase of humanity at its noblest and most mature. 
Author: Joshua Loth Liebman
Nationality: Irish   
 Engineering is an activity other than purely manual and physical work which brings about the utilization of the materials and laws of nature for the good of humanity. 
Author: R. E. Hellmund
Nationality: Irish
b. December 1929
  
 Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron. 
Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1890  - d. 28 March 1969
  
 Evil is not to be traced back to the individual but to the collective behavior of humanity. 
Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1892  - d. 1 June 1971
  
 Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity. 
Author: Edward Gibbon
Nationality: English
b. 27 April 1737  - d. 16 January 1794
  
 Fear makes us feel our humanity. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity. 
Author: William Zinsser
Nationality: American
b. 7 October 1922
  
 Freedom is alone the unoriginated birthright of man; it belongs to him by force of his humanity, and is in dependence on the will and creation of every other, in so far as this consists with every other person's freedom. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 Here, Gentlemen, a dog teaches us a lesson in humanity 
Author: Napoleon Bonaparte
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, and acquaintance, or a stranger. 
Author: Franklin P. Jones
Nationality: American
b. December 1881  - d.  December 1960
  
 Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or sovereign. You must weep that your own government, at present, seems blind to this truth. 
Author: Mother Teresa
Nationality: Indian
b. 26 August 1910  - d. 5 September 1997
  
 Humanity either makes, or breeds, or tolerates all its afflictions. 
Author: H. G. Wells
Nationality: English
b. 21 September 1866  - d. 13 August 1946
  
 Humanity I love you because when you're hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink. 
Author: E. E. Cummings
Nationality: American
b. December 1894  - d.  December 1962
  
 Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons. 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another. 
Author: Jean Paul Richter
Nationality: German
b. 21 March 1763  - d. 14 December 1825
  
 Humanity is the sin of God. 
Author: Theodore Parker
Nationality: American
b. 24 August 1810  - d. 10 May 1860
  
 Humanity may endure the loss of everything; all its possessions may be torn away without infringing its true dignity - all but the possibility of improvement. 
Author: Immanuel von Fichte
Nationality: German
b. 18 July 1797  - d. 8 August 1879
  
 Humanity needs practical men, who get the most out of their work, and, without forgetting the general good, safeguard their own interests. But humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit. A well-organized society should assure to such workers the efficient means of accomplishing their task, in a life freed from material care and freely consecrated to research. 
Author: Marie Curie
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1867  - d. 4 July 1934
  
 Humanity to me is not a mob. A mob is a degeneration of humanity. A mob is humanity going the wrong way. 
Author: Frank Lloyd Wright
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1867  - d. 9 April 1959
  
 Humanity, divine limitation; Divinity, human perfection. 
Author: Inayat Khan
Nationality: Indian
b. 5 July 1882  - d. 5 February 1927
  
 I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries. 
Author: Marie Curie
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1867  - d. 4 July 1934
  
 I am prejudiced in favor of him who, without impudence, can ask boldly. He has faith in humanity, and faith in himself. No one who is not accustomed to giving grandly can ask nobly and with boldness. 
Author: Johann Kaspar Lavater
Nationality: Swiss
b. 15 November 1741  - d. 2 January 1801
  
 I have endeavored to show that there is no real service of humanity in the profession of medicine and that it is injurious to mankind. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 I have learned To look on nature, not as in the hour Of thoughtless youth; but hearing often times The still, sad music of humanity. 
Author: William Wordsworth
Nationality: English
b. 7 April 1770  - d. 23 April 1850
  
 If people are highly successful in their professions they lose their senses. Sight goes. The have no time to look at pictures. Sound goes. They have no time to listen to music. Speech goes. They have no time for conversation. They lose their sense of proportion-the relations between one thing and another. Humanity goes. 
Author: Virginia Woolf
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1882  - d. 28 March 1941
  
 If we are more affected by the ruin of a palace than by the conflagration of a cottage, our humanity must have formed a very erroneous estimate of the miseries of human life. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Instead of by battles and Ecumenical Councils, the rival portions of humanity will one day dispute each other's excellence in the manufacture of little cakes. 
Author: Charles Fourier
Nationality: French
b. 7 April 1772  - d. 10 October 1837
  
 It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 It is a commonplace that the characteristic virtue of Englishmen is their power sustained practical activity, and their characteristic vice a reluctance to test the quality of that activity by reference to principles. 
Author: Richard Henry Tawney
Nationality: English
b. 30 November 1880  - d. 16 January 1962
  
 It is for the wise people who delight in humanity, praise justice, despise their flatterers, and respect the truth. 
Author: Madame Roland
Nationality: French
b. 17 March 1754  - d. 8 November 1793
  
 It is the law of our humanity that man must know good through evil. No great principle ever triumphed but through much evil. No man ever progressed to greatness and goodness but through great mistakes. 
Author: Frederick W. Robertson
Nationality: English
b. 03 February 1816  - d. 15 August 1853
  
 ''Knowledge is power.'' Rather, knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge - broad, deep knowledge - is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low. To know the thoughts and deeds that have marked man's progress is to feel the great heartthrobs of humanity through the centuries; and if one does not feel in these pulsations a heavenward striving, one must indeed be deaf to the harmonies of life. 
Author: Helen Adams Keller
Nationality: American
b. 27 June 1880  - d. 1 June 1968
  
 Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground. 
Author: Noah Webster
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1758  - d. 28 April 1843
  
 Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 Love is but another name for that inscrutable presence by which the soul is connected with humanity. 
Author: William Simms
Nationality: American
b. 17 April 1806  - d. 11 June 1870
  
 Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life, and is prophetic of eternal good. 
Author: Francesco Petrarch
Nationality: Italian
b. 20 July 1304  - d. 19 July 1374
  
 Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity. 
Author: Count Leo Tolstoy
Nationality: Russian
b. 09 September 1828  - d. 20 November 1910
  
 Men renounce whatever they have in common with women so as to experience no commonality with women; and what is left, according to men, is one piece of flesh a few inches long, the penis. The penis is sensate; the penis is the man; the man is human; the penis signifies humanity. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 My hope is that the atomic bomb will make humanity realize that one must, once and for all, be finished with war. 
Author: Lise Meitner
Nationality: Swedish
b. 07 November 1878  - d. 27 October 1968
  
 No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished? 
Author: Elbert Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1856  - d. 7 May 1915
  
 Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature. 
Author: Voltaire
Nationality: French
b. 21 November 1694  - d. 30 May 1778
  
 Politeness is the flower of humanity. 
Author: Joseph Joubert
Nationality: French
b. 7 May 1754  - d. 4 May 1824
  
 Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity. 
Author: Viscountess Nancy Astor
Nationality: English
b. 19 May 1879  - d. 2 May 1964
  
 So long as we live among men, let us cherish humanity. 
Author: André Paul-Guillaume Gide
Nationality: French
b. 22 November 1869  - d. 19 February 1951
  
 So long as you are ready to die for humanity, the life of your country is immortal. 
Author: Giuseppe Mazzini
Nationality: Italian
b. 22 June 1805  - d. 10 March 1872
  
 Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That's how rich I want to be. 
Author: Rita Rudner
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1956
  
 The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character. 
Author: Isabelle Eberhardt
Nationality: Swiss
b. 17 February 1877  - d. 21 October 1904
  
 The interesting and inspiring thing about America is that she asks nothing for herself except what she has a right to ask for humanity itself. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 The mania for giving the Government power to meddle with the private affairs of cities or citizens is likely to cause endless trouble, through the rivalry of schools and creeds that are anxious to obtain official recognition, and there is great danger that our people will lose our independence of thought and action which is the cause of much of our greatness, and sink into the helplessness of the Frenchman or German who expects his government to feed him when hungry, clothe him when naked, to prescribe when his child may be born and when he may die, and, in fine, to regulate every act of humanity from the cradle to the tomb, including the manner in which he may seek future admission to paradise. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 The most radical division that it is possible to make of humanity is that which splits it into two classes of creatures: Those who make great demands on themselves, piling up difficulties and duties; and those who demand nothing special of themselves, bu 
Author: Jose Ortega y Gasset
Nationality: Spanish
b. 9 May 1883  - d. 18 October 1955
  
 The new church will be founded on moral science. Poets, artists, musicians, philosophers, will be its prophet teachers. The noblest literature of the world will be its Bible - love and labor its holy sacraments - and instead of worshiping one savior, we will gladly build an altar in the heart for every one who has suffered for humanity. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. 
Author: Count Leo Tolstoy
Nationality: Russian
b. 09 September 1828  - d. 20 November 1910
  
 The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice. 
Author: Teddy Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1858  - d. 6 January 1919
  
 The traveller's-eye view of men and women is not satisfying. A man might spend his life in trains and restaurants and know nothing of humanity at the end. To know, one must be an actor as well as a spectator. 
Author: Aldous Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 26 July 1894  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 The true grandeur of humanity is in moral elevation, sustained, enlightened and decorated by the intellect of man. 
Author: Charles Sumner
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1811  - d. 11 March 1874
  
 The urgent consideration of the public safety may undoubtedly Literatureize the violation of every positive law. How far that or any other consideration may operate to dissolve the natural obligations of humanity and justice, is a doctrine of which I still desire to remain ignorant. 
Author: Edward Gibbon
Nationality: English
b. 27 April 1737  - d. 16 January 1794
  
 There are men whom a happy disposition, a strong desire of glory and esteem, inspire with the same love for justice and virtue which men in general have for riches and honors....But the number of these men is so small that I only mention them in honor of humanity. 
Author: Claude Adrien Helvétius
Nationality: French
b. 26 January 1715  - d. 26 December 1771
  
 There are those, I know, who will reply that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is. It is the American Dream. 
Author: Archibald MacLeish
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1892  - d. 20 April 1982
  
 There is a great deal of humanity in people. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 There is nothing on earth divine except humanity. 
Author: Walter Savage Landor
Nationality: English
b. 30 January 1775  - d. 17 September 1864
  
 There is, nevertheless, a certain respect and a general duty of humanity that ties us, not only to beasts that have life and sense, but even to trees and plants. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 This book is dedicated to the children and grandchildren of humanity, whose fate and future lie with us. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 Those who excel in war first cultivate their own humanity and justice and maintain their laws and institutions. By these means they make their governments invincible. 
Author: Sun Tzu
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 544  - d.  December 496
  
 To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 Vanity, humanity. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: French   
 We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - gunpowder and romantic love. 
Author: Andre Maurois
Nationality: French
b. 26 July 1885  - d. 9 October 1967
  
 We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity-gunpowder and romantic love. 
Author: Andre Maurois
Nationality: French
b. 26 July 1885  - d. 9 October 1967
  
 What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.They are but trifles, to be sure, But, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 When men have gone so far as to talk as though their idols have come to life, it is time that someone broke them. 
Author: Richard Henry Tawney
Nationality: English
b. 30 November 1880  - d. 16 January 1962
  
 Where the very safety of the country depends upon the resolution to be taken, no consideration of justice or injustice, humanity or cruelty, nor of glory or of shame, should be allowed to prevail, But putting all other considerations aside, the only question should be: What course will save the life and liberty of the country? 
Author: Niccolò Machiavelli
Nationality: Italian
b. 3 May 1469  - d. 21 June 1527
  
 Without humility there can be no humanity. 
Author: John Buchan
Nationality: Scottish
b. 26 August 1875  - d. 11 February 1940
  
 Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom. 
Author: Anatole France
Nationality: French
b. 16 April 1844  - d. 12 October 1924
  
 Woman is not born: she is made. In the making, her humanity is destroyed. She becomes symbol of this, symbol of that: mother of the earth, slut of the universe; but she never becomes herself because it is forbidden for her to do so. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Work! labor the asparagus me of life; the one great sacrament of humanity from which all other things flow - security, leisure, joy, art, literature, even divinity itself. 
Author: Sean O'Casey
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 March 1880  - d. 18 September 1964
  
 You couldn't develop a virus that kills as many people as we, all humanity do, and destroys as many things as we do. We're just a pestilence with appendages. 
Author: Geoffrey Fieger
Nationality: American   
 You don't pay back your parents. You can't. The debt you owe them gets collected by your children, who hand it down in turn. It's a sort of entailment. Or if you don't have children of the body, it's left as a debt to your common humanity. Or to your God, if you possess or are possessed by one. 
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Nationality: American
b. December 1949
  
 Zeal without humanity is like a ship without a rudder, liable to be stranded at any moment. 
Author: Owen Feltham
Nationality: English
b. December 1602  - d.  December 1668
  
 Tyranny truly is a horror: an immense, endlessly bloody, endlessly painful, endlessly varied, endless crime against not humanity in the abstract but a lot of humans in the flesh. It is, as Orwell wrote, a jackboot forever stomping on a human face. I understand why some dislike the idea, and fear the ramifications of, America as a liberator. But I do not understand why they do not see that anything is better than life with your face under the boot. And that any rescue of a people under the boot (be they Afghan, Kuwaiti or Iraqi) is something to be desired. Even if the rescue is less than perfectly realized. Even if the rescuer is a great, overmuscled, bossy, selfish oaf. Or would you, for yourself, choose the boot? 
Author: Michael Kelly
Nationality: American
b. December 1957  - d.  December 2003
  
 All the great things of humanity have been accomplished in the name of absolute principles.  
Author: J. Ernest Renan
Nationality: French
b. December 1823  - d.  December 1892
  
 Oblivion is the rule, and fame the exception, of humanity. 
Author: Antoine de Rivarol
Nationality: French
b. 26 June 1753  - d. 11 April 1801
  
 The one great certainty to which, in the midst of the darkest doubt, I never ceased to cling - the entire symmetry and loveliness and the unequalled nobleness of the humanity of the Son of Man. 
Author: Frederick W. Robertson
Nationality: English
b. 03 February 1816  - d. 15 August 1853
  
 A few great minds are enough to endow humanity with monstrous power, but a few great hearts are not enough to make us worthy of using it. 
Author: Jean Rostand
Nationality: French
b. 30 October 1894  - d. 04 September 1977
  
 The age of chivalry has gone; the age of humanity has come.  
Author: Charles Sumner
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1811  - d. 11 March 1874
  
 You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 I am not yet born; O fill me with strength against those who would freeze my humanity. 
Author: Louis MacNiece
Nationality: British
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1963
  
 Crossing the Penobscot, one found a visible descent in the scale of humanity. 
Author: Francis Parkman
Nationality: American
b. 16 September 1823  - d. 08 November 1893
  
 If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold you head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, "I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me." 
Author: Ann Landers
Nationality: American
b. 4 July 1918  - d. 22 June 2002
  
 Humanity may endure the loss of everything; all its possessions may be turned away without infringing its true dignity - all but the possibility of improvement. 
Author: Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Nationality: German
b. 19 May 1762  - d. 27 January 1814
  
 Some pictures are in the gallery because they belong to humanity and others because they belong to the United States. 
Author: Andre Malraux
Nationality: French
b. 3 November 1901  - d. 23 November 1976
  
 But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most? 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero. 
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nationality: American
b. 24 September 1896  - d. 21 December 1940
  
 Nor shall derision prove powerful against those who listen to humanity or those who follow in the footsteps of divinity, for they shall live forever. Forever. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. 
Author: Isaac Asimov
Nationality: Russian
b. 2 January 1920  - d. 6 April 1992
  
 The great victory of April 30 represents the triumph of the entire nation, of justice over brutality and of humanity over tyranny. 
Author: Ho Chi Minh
Nationality: Vietnamese
b. 19 May 1892  - d. 2 September 1969
  
 Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man. 
Author: Maya Angelou
Nationality: American
b. 4 April 1928
  
 The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet and our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited. 
Author: Neil Armstrong
Nationality: American
b. 5 August 1930
  
 To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things. 
Author: Ansel Adams
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1902  - d. 22 April 1984
  
 Because we have baptized in this world and are in communion with this heavenly love, we feel that we are divine creatures, that we are free, and that we have been ordained for the emancipation of humanity, which has remained a victim of the instinctive laws of unconscious existence. Absolute freedom and absolute love - that is our aim; the freeing of humanity and the whole world-that is our purpose. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 A jealous lover of human liberty, deeming it the absolute condition of all that we admire and respect in humanity, I reverse the phrase of Voltaire, and say that, if God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 Absolute freedom and absolute love - that is our aim; the freeing of humanity and the whole world - that is our purpose. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 This contradiction lies here: they wish God, and they wish humanity. They persist in connecting two terms which, once separated, can come together again only to destroy each other. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 Struggle is the father of all things. It is not by the principles of humanity that man lives or is able to preserve himself above the animal world, but solely by means of the most brutal struggle. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.  
Author: Louis Pasteur
Nationality: French
b. 27 September 1822  - d. 28 September 1895
  
 In extreme cases there can be little doubt of the superiority of one race to another. There is no sound reason to regard negroes as on the average inferior to white men, although for work in the tropics they are indispensable, so that their extermination - apart from questions of humanity - would be highly undesirable. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 But I am a blasted tree; the bolt has entered my soul; and I felt then that I should survive to exhibit what I shall soon cease to be - a miserable spectacle of wrecked humanity, pitiable to others and intolerable to myself. 
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Nationality: British
b. 30 August 1797  - d. 1 February 1851
  
 Standing, as I believe the United States stands for humanity and civilization, we should exercise every influence of our great country to put a stop to that war which is now raging in Cuba and give to that island once more peace, liberty, and independence. 
Author: Henry Cabot Lodge
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1850  - d. 9 November 1924
  
 A man with an invention on which he has spent his life, but has no means to get it developed for the good of humanity - or even patented for himself - must feel the pinch of poverty very acutely. 
Author: James Payn
Nationality: English
b. 28 February 1830  - d. 25 March 1898
  
 All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 Your generous part in my liberation is taken by the world for the revelation of the fact, that the United States are resolved not to allow the despots of the world to trample on oppressed humanity. 
Author: Lajos Kossuth
Nationality: Hungarian
b. 19 September 1802  - d. 20 March 1894
  
 Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off. 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 The difference between the divine and the human will is like the difference between the trunk of a tree and its branches. As from the boughs other twigs and branches spring, so the will of one powerful individual has branches going through the will of other individuals. So there are the powerful beings, the masters of humanity. Their will is God's will, their word is God's word, and yet they are branches, because the trunk is the will of the Almighty. Whether the branch be large or small, every branch has the same origin and the same root as the stem. 
Author: Inayat Khan
Nationality: Indian
b. 5 July 1882  - d. 5 February 1927
  
 "I would like you to lay down the arms you have as being useless for saving you or humanity. You will invite Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini to take what they want of the countries you call your possessions. If these gentlemen choose to occupy your homes, you will vacate them. If they do not give you free passage out, you will allow yourselves, man, woman, and child, to be slaughtered, but you will refuse to owe allegiance to them. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Humanity is never more sphinxlike than when it is expressing itself. 
Author: Rebecca West
Nationality: Irish
b. 21 December 1892  - d. 15 March 1983
  
 The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces - in nature, in society, in man himself. 
Author: Leon Trotsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 7 November 1879  - d. 21 August 1940
  
 By virtue of being born to humanity, every human being has a right to the development and fulfillment of his potentialities as a human being. 
Author: Ashley Montagu
Nationality: British
b. 28 June 1905  - d. 26 November 1999
  
 The cultured man is an artist, an artist in humanity. 
Author: Ashley Montagu
Nationality: British
b. 28 June 1905  - d. 26 November 1999
  
 I think that when you are famous every weakness is exaggerated. Goethe said, Talent is developed in privacy, you know? And it's really true. Creativity has got to start with humanity and when you're a human being, you feel, you suffer. You're gay, you're sick, you're nervous or whatever. 
Author: Marilyn Monroe
Nationality: American
b. 1 June 1926  - d. 5 August 1962
  
 Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity, quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace. 
Author: Benito Mussolini
Nationality: Italian
b. 29 July 1883  - d. 28 April 1945
  
 Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.  
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 The great mass of humanity should never learn to read or write. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 Property as compared with humanity, as compared with the red blood in the American people, must take second place, not first place. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 Never for a moment do we lay aside our mistrust of the ideals established by society, and of the convictions which are kept by it in circulation. We always know that society is full of folly and will deceive us in the matter of humanity - humanity meaning consideration for the existence and the happiness of individual human beings. 
Author: Albert Schweitzer
Nationality: French
b. 14 January 1875  - d. 4 September 1965
  
 God has given you your country as cradle, and humanity as mother; you cannot rightly love your brethren of the cradle if you love not the common mother. 
Author: Giuseppe Mazzini
Nationality: Italian
b. 22 June 1805  - d. 10 March 1872
  
 The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded. 
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Nationality: French
b. 12 December 1821  - d. 8 May 1880
  
 A really great man is known by three signs - generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success. 
Author: Prince Otto von Bismarck
Nationality: German
b. 1 April 1815  - d. 30 July 1898
  
 Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit. 
Author: Marcel Proust
Nationality: French
b. 10 July 1871  - d. 18 November 1922
  
 Human freedom is realised in the adoption of humanity as an end in itself, for the one thing that no-one can be compelled to do by another is to adopt a particular end. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 Does humanity have a chance to survive lastingly and successfully on planet Earth, and if so, how? 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 I love humanity, which has been a constant delight to me during all my seventy-seven years of life; and I love flowers, trees, animals, and all the works of Nature as they pass before us in time and space. What a joy life is when you have made a close working partnership with Nature, helping her to produce for the benefit of mankind new forms, colors, and perfumes in flowers which were never known before; fruits in form, size, and flavor never before seen on this globe; and grains of enormously increased productiveness, whose fat kernels are filled with more and better nourishment, a veritable storehouse of perfect food--new food for all the world's untold millions for all time to come. 
Author: Luther Burbank
Nationality: American
b. 7 March 1849  - d. 11 April 1926
  
 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. 
Author: Luther Burbank
Nationality: American
b. 7 March 1849  - d. 11 April 1926
  
 Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 It would be nice to feel that we are a better world, a world of more compassion and a world of more humanity, and to believe in the basic goodness of man. 
Author: Barbara Walters
Nationality: American
b. 25 September 1929
  
 This book will present some aspects of what the writer has termed the pedagogy of the oppressed, a pedagogy which must be forged with, not for, the oppressed, whether individuals or peoples, in the incessant struggle to regain their humanity. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The country's founders understood that republican self-government could not exist if humanity did not possess the traditional 'republican virtues' of self-control, self-reliance, and a disinterested concern for the public good. 
Author: Irving Kristol
Nationality: American
b. 22 January 1920
  
 It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages. 
Author: Adam Smith
Nationality: Scottish
b. 16 June 1723  - d. 17 July 1790
  
 Reason and justice tell me there's more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism. 
Author: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Nationality: Russian
b. 29 January 1860  - d. 15 July 1904
  
 The real reason for comedy is to hide the pain.  
Author: Wendy Wasserstein
Nationality: American
b. 18 October 1950  - d. 30 January 2006
  
 Industry has operated against the artisan in favor of the idler, and also in favor of capital and against labor. Any mechanical invention whatsoever has been more harmful to humanity than a century of war. 
Author: Remy de Gourmont
Nationality: French
b. 4 April 1858  - d. 27 September 1915
  
 The Communists, following Hegel, speak of humanity and its future as of some monolithic individuality. I was attacking this illusion. 
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Nationality: French
b. 9 January 1908  - d. 14 April 1986
  
 When we abolish the slavery of half of humanity, together with the whole system of hypocrisy that it implies, then the 'division' of humanity will reveal its genuine significance and the human couple will find its true form. 
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Nationality: French
b. 9 January 1908  - d. 14 April 1986
  
 We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity. 
Author: Marie Curie
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1867  - d. 4 July 1934
  
 You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. 
Author: Marie Curie
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1867  - d. 4 July 1934
  
 I have never believed in war. It is a crime against humanity whether you win or lose. I just read an article in this magazine I have in my hands that one day the moon will fall on the earth, but it is my feeling that until then, we should try to make the world a better place to live in. 
Author: Hjalmar Schacht
Nationality: German
b. 22 January 1877  - d. 3 June 1970
  
 We shall start from new premises. The human species can, if it wishes, transcend itself - not just sporadically, an individual here in one way, an individual there in another way, but in its entirety, as humanity. We need a name for this new belief. Perhaps transhumanism will serve: man remaining man, but transcending himself, by realizing new possibilities of and for his human nature. "I believe in transhumanism": once there are enough people who can truly say that, the human species will be on the threshold of a new kind of existence, as different from ours as ours is from that of Pekin man. It will at last be consciously fulfilling its real destiny. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 There is no separate supernatural realm: all phenomena are part of one natural process of evolution. There is no basic cleavage between science and religion; they are both organs of evolving humanity. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 A refined simplicity is the characteristic of all high bred deportment, in every country, and a considerate humanity should be the aim of all beneath it. 
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Nationality: American
b. 15 September 1789  - d. 14 September 1851
  
 To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 Faith I have, in myself, in humanity, in the worthwhileness of the pursuits in entertainment for the masses. But wide awake, not blind faith, moves me. My operations are based on experience, thoughtful observation and warm fellowship with my neighbors at home and around the world. 
Author: Walt Disney
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1901  - d. 15 December 1966
  
 The American character looks always as if it had just had a rather bad haircut, which gives it, in our eyes at any rate, a greater humanity than the European, which even among its beggars has an all too professional air. 
Author: Mary Therese McCarthy
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1912  - d. 25 October 1989
  
 When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they'll remember and be kind to someone else. And it'll become like a wildfire. 
Author: Whoopi Goldberg
Nationality: American
b. 13 November 1955
  
 May God ever bless, keep, guide, and continue to prosper you in your uplifting work for humanity, be it great or small, is my daily prayer. And may those whom he has redeemed learn to walk with Him not only daily or hourly, but momently through the things he has created. 
Author: George Washington Carver
Nationality: American
b. January 1864  - d. 5 January 1943
  
 Does humanity have a chance to survive lastingly and successfully on planet Earth, and if so, how? 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons. 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference.  
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference. 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 Whenever there is a job to be taken on of a kind calculated to make Humanity shudder, the cry goes up, 'Let Wooster do it.' 
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
Nationality: American
b. 15 October 1881  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 She's all for not letting the sun go down without having started something calculated to stagger humanity. 
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
Nationality: American
b. 15 October 1881  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 About the life and sayings of Jesus there is a stamp of personal originality combined with profundity of insight in the very first rank of men of sublime genius of whom our species can boast. When this pre-eminent genius is combined with the qualities of probably the greatest moral reformer and martyr to that mission who ever existed on earth, religion cannot be said to have made a bad choice in pitching upon this man as the ideal representative and guide for humanity. 
Author: John Stuart Mill
Nationality: English
b. 20 May 1806  - d. 8 May 1873
  
 In the thirteenth century the key words would no doubt be God, sin, grace, salvation, heaven and the like; in the nineteenth century, matter, fact, matter-of-fact, evolution, progress; in the twentieth century, relativity, process, adjustment, function, complex. In the eighteenth century the words without which no enlightened person could reach a restful conclusion were nature, natural law, first cause, reason, sentiment, humanity, perfectibility. 
Author: Carl Becker
Nationality: American
b. December 1873  - d.  December 1945
  
 This is a story of a period between two World Wars - an interim in which insanity cut loose. Liberty took a nose dive, and humanity was kicked around somewhat. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes - men who despise you - enslave you - who regiment your lives - tell you what to do - what to think and what to feel! Who drill you - diet you - treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your heart. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by observing its prisoners. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I am a sick man... I am a spiteful man. I am an unpleasant man. I think my liver is diseased. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 To be acutely conscious is a disease, a real, honest-to-goodness disease. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The best definition of man is: a being that goes on two legs and is ungrateful. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 When... in the course of all these thousands of years has man ever acted in accordance with his own interests? 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The formula 'two plus two equals five' is not without its attractions. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Yes - you, you alone must pay for everything because you turned up like this, because I'm a scoundrel, because I'm the nastiest, most ridiculous, pettiest, stupidest, and most envious worm of all those living on earth who're no better than me in any way, but who, the devil knows why, never get embarrassed, while all my life I have to endure insults from every louse - that's my fate. What do I care that you do not understand any of this? 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I could never stand more than three months of dreaming at a time without feeling an irresistible desire to plunge into society. To plunge into society meant to visit my superior, Anton Antonich Syetochkin. He was the the only permanent acquaintance I have had in my life, and I even wonder at the fact myself now. But I even went to see him only when that phase came over me, and when my dreams had reached such a point of bliss that it became essential to embrace my fellows and all mankind immediately. And for that purpose I needed at least one human being at hand who actually existed. I had to call on Anton Antonich, however, on Tuesday - his at-home day; so I always had to adjust my passionate desire to embrace humanity so that it might fall on a Tuesday. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends. He has others which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But finally there are still others which a man is even afraid to tell himself, and every decent man has a considerable number of such things stored away. That is, one can even say that the more decent he is, the greater the number of such things in his mind. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The characteristics of our "romantics" are absolutely and directly opposed to the transcendental European type, and no European standard can be applied to them. (Allow me to make use of this word "romantic" - an old-fashioned and much respected word which has done good service and is familiar to all.) The characteristics of our romantics are to understand everything, to see everything and to see it often incomparably more clearly than our most realistic minds see it; to refuse to accept anyone or anything, but at the same time not to despise anything; to give way, to yield, from policy; never to lose sight of a useful practical object (such as rent-free quarters at the government expense, pensions, decorations), to keep their eye on that object through all the enthusiasms and volumes of lyrical poems, and at the same time to preserve "the sublime and the beautiful" inviolate within them to the hour of their death, and to preserve themselves also, incidentally, like some precious jewel wrapped in cotton wool if only for the benefit of "the sublime and the beautiful." Our "romantic" is a man of great breadth and the greatest rogue of all our rogues, I assure you .... I can assure you from experience, indeed. Of course, that is, if he is intelligent. But what am I saying! The romantic is always intelligent, and I only meant to observe that although we have had foolish romantics they don't count, and they were only so because in the flower of their youth they degenerated into Germans, and to preserve their precious jewel more comfortably, settled somewhere out there - by preference in Weimar or the Black Forest. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 It was not only that I could not become spiteful, I did not know how to become anything; neither spiteful nor kind, neither a rascal nor an honest man, neither a hero nor an insect. Now, I am living out my life in my corner, taunting myself with the spiteful and useless consolation that an intelligent man cannot become anything seriously, and it is only the fool who becomes anything. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Granted I am a babbler, a harmless vexatious babbler, like all of us. But what is to be done if the direct and sole vocation of every intelligent man is babble, that is, the intentional pouring of water through a sieve? 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 To care only for well-being seems to me positively ill-bred. Whether it's good or bad, it is sometimes very pleasant, too, to smash things. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Talking nonsense is man's only privilege that distinguishes him from all other organisms. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 "You're a gentleman," they used to say to him. "You shouldn't have gone murdering people with a hatchet; that's no occupation for a gentleman." 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Do a man dirt, yourself you hurt. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Accept suffering and achieve atonement through it - that is what you must do. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 If not reason, then the devil. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 A widow, the mother of a family, and from her heart she produces chords to which my whole being responds. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 It wasn't the New World that mattered ... Columbus died almost without seeing it; and not really knowing what he had discovered. It's life that matters, nothing but life - the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all. But what's the use of talking! I suspect that all I'm saying now is so like the usual commonplaces that I shall certainly be taken for a lower-form schoolboy sending in his essay on "sunrise", or they'll say perhaps that I had something to say, but that I did not know how to "explain" it. But I'll add, that there is something at the bottom of every new human thought, every thought of genius, or even every earnest thought that springs up in any brain, which can never be communicated to others, even if one were to write volumes about it and were explaining one's idea for thirty-five years; there's something left which cannot be induced to emerge from your brain, and remains with you forever; and with it you will die, without communicating to anyone perhaps the most important of your ideas. But if I too have failed to convey all that has been tormenting me for the last six months, it will, anyway, be understood that I have paid very dearly for attaining my present "last conviction." This is what I felt necessary, for certain objects of my own, to put forward in my "Explanation". However, I will continue. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Lack of originality, everywhere, all over the world, from time immemorial, has always been considered the foremost quality and the recommendation of the active, efficient and practical man... 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 To kill someone for committing murder is a punishment incomparably worse than the crime itself. Murder by legal sentence is immeasurably more terrible than murder by brigands. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Roman Catholicism is even worse than Atheism itself, in my opinion! Yes, that's my opinion! Atheism only preaches a negation, but Catholicism goes further: it preaches a distorted Christ, a Christ calumniated and defamed by themselves, the opposite of Christ! It preaches the Antichrist, I declare it does, I assure you it does! This is the conviction I have long held, and it has distressed me, myself... Roman Catholicism cannot hold its position without universal political supremacy, and cries: 'Non possumus!' To my thinking Roman Catholicism is not even a religion, but simply the continuation of the Western Roman Empire, and everything in it is subordinated to that idea, faith to begin with. The Pope seized the earth, an earthly throne, and grasped the sword; everything has gone on in the same way since, only they have added to the sword lying, fraud, deceit, fanaticism, superstition, villainy. They have trifled with the most holy, truthful, sincere, fervent feelings of the people; they have bartered it all, all for money, for base earthly power. And isn't that the teaching of Antichrist? How could Atheism fail to come from them? Atheism has sprung from Roman Catholicism itself. It originated with them themselves. Can they have believed themselves? It has been strengthened by revulsion from them; it is begotten by their lying and their spiritual impotence! Atheism! Among us it is only the exceptional classes who don't believe, those who, as Yevgeny Pavlovitch splendidly expressed it the other day, have lost their roots. But over there, in Europe, a terrible mass of the people themselves are beginning to lose their faith - at first from darkness and lying, and now from fanaticism and hatred of the church and Christianity. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 A fool with a heart and no sense is just as unhappy as a fool with sense and no heart. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 It was evident that he revived by fits and starts. He would suddenly come to himself from actual delirium for a few minutes; he would remember and talk with complete consciousness, chiefly in disconnected phrases which he had perhaps thought out and learnt by heart in the long weary hours of his illness, in his bed, in sleepless solitude. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Inventors and geniuses have almost always been looked on as no better than fools at the beginning of their career, and very frequently at the end of it also. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I consider you the most honest and truthful of men, more honest and truthful than anyone; and if they say that your mind . . . that is, that you're sometimes afflicted in your mind, it's unjust. I made up my mind about that, and disputed with others, because, though you really are mentally afflicted (you won't be angry with that, of course; I'm speaking from a higher point of view), yet the mind that matters is better in you than in any of them. It's something, in fact, they have never dreamed of. For there are two sorts of mind: one that matters, and one that doesn't matter. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I have never in my life met a man like him for noble simplicity, and boundless truthfulness. I understood from the way he talked that anyone who chose could deceive him, and that he would forgive anyone afterwards who had deceived him, and that was why I grew to love him. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Humiliate the reason and distort the soul... 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Nor is there any embarrassment in the fact that we're ridiculous, isn't it true? For it's actually so, we are ridiculous, light-minded, with bad habits, we're bored, we don't know how to look, how to understand, we're all like that, all, you, and I, and they! Now, you're not offended when I tell you to your face that you're ridiculous? And if so, aren't you material? You know, in my opinion it's sometimes even good to be ridiculous, if not better: we can the sooner forgive each other, the sooner humble ourselves; we can't understand everything at once, we cant start right out with perfection! To achieve perfection, one must first begin by not understanding many things! And if we understand too quickly, we may not understand well. This I tell you, you, who have already been able to understand. .. and not understand ... so much. I'm not afraid for you now; 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Who consciously throws himself into the water or onto the knife? 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The prince says that the world will be saved by beauty! And I maintain that the reason he has such playful ideas is that he is in love. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Pass by us, and forgive us our happiness. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Man is unhappy because he doesn't know he's happy. It's only that. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Hold your tongue; you won't understand anything. If there is no God, then I am God. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I am a ridiculous person. Now they call me a madman. That would be a promotion if it were not that I remain as ridiculous in their eyes as before. But now I do not resent it, they are all dear to me now, even when they laugh at me - and, indeed, it is just then that they are particularly dear to me. I could join in their laughter - not exactly at myself, but through affection for them, if I did not feel so sad as I look at them. Sad because they do not know the truth and I do know it. Oh, how hard it is to be the only one who knows the truth! But they won't understand that. No, they won't understand it. Primarily the translation of Constance Garnett - 1916 Variant translation: I am a ridiculous man. They call me a madman now. That would be a distinct rise in my social position were it not that they still regard me as being as ridiculous as ever. But that does not make me angry any more. They are all dear to me now even while they laugh at me - yes, even then they are for some reason particularly dear to me. I shouldn't have minded laughing with them - not at myself, of course, but because I love them - had I not felt so sad as I looked at them. I feel sad because they do not know the truth, whereas I know it. Oh, how hard it is to be the only man to know the truth! But they won't understand that. No, they will not understand. Translated by David Magarshack 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I gave up caring about anything, and all the problems disappeared. And it was after that that I found out the truth. I learnt the truth last November - on the third of November, to be precise - and I remember every instant since. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The sky was horribly dark, but one could distinctly see tattered clouds, and between them fathomless black patches. Suddenly I noticed in one of these patches a star, and began watching it intently. That was because that star had given me an idea: I decided to kill myself that night. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 It seemed clear to me that life and the world somehow depended upon me now. I may almost say that the world now seemed created for me alone: if I shot myself the world would cease to be at least for me. I say nothing of its being likely that nothing will exist for anyone when I am gone, and that as soon as my consciousness is extinguished the whole world will vanish too and become void like a phantom, as a mere appurtenance of my consciousness, for possibly all this world and all these people are only me myself. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Dreams, as we all know, are very queer things: some parts are presented with appalling vividness, with details worked up with the elaborate finish of jewellery, while others one gallops through, as it were, without noticing them at all, as, for instance, through space and time. Dreams seem to be spurred on not by reason but by desire, not by the head but by the heart, and yet what complicated tricks my reason has played sometimes in dreams, what utterly incomprehensible things happen to it! 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Yes, I dreamed a dream, my dream of the third of November. They tease me now, telling me it was only a dream. But does it matter whether it was a dream or reality, if the dream made known to me the truth? If once one has recognized the truth and seen it, you know that it is the truth and that there is no other and there cannot be, whether you are asleep or awake. Let it be a dream, so be it, but that real life of which you make so much I had meant to extinguish by suicide, and my dream, my dream - oh, it revealed to me a different life, renewed, grand and full of power! 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I suddenly dreamt that I picked up the revolver and aimed it straight at my heart - my heart, and not my head; and I had determined beforehand to fire at my head, at my right temple. After aiming at my chest I waited a second or two, and suddenly my candle, my table, and the wall in front of me began moving and heaving. I made haste to pull the trigger. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Freedom for the pike is death to the minnows. 
Author: Richard Henry Tawney
Nationality: English
b. 30 November 1880  - d. 16 January 1962
  
 Democracy is unstable as a political system as long as it remains a political system and nothing more, instead of being, as it should be, not only a form of government but a type of society, and a manner of life which is in harmony with that type. To make it a type of society requires an advance along two lines. It involves, in the first place, the resolute elimination of all forms of special privilege which favour some groups and depress other, whether their source be differences of environment, of education, or of pecuniary income. It involves, in the second place, the conversion of economic power, now often an irresponsible tyrant, into a servant of society, working within clearly defined limits and accountable for its actions to a public authority. 
Author: Richard Henry Tawney
Nationality: English
b. 30 November 1880  - d. 16 January 1962
  
 If preachers have not yet overtly identified themselves with the view of the natural man, expressed by an eighteenth-century writer in the words, trade is one thing and religion is another, they imply a not very different conclusion by their silence as to the possibility of collisions between them. The characteristic doctrine was one, in fact, which left little room for religious teaching as to economic morality, because it anticipated the theory, later epitomized by Adam Smith in his famous reference to the invisible hand, which saw in economic self-interest the operation of a providential plan. The existing order, except in so far as the short-sighted enactments of Governments interfered with it, was the natural order, and the order established by nature was the order established by God. Most educated men, in the middle of the 18th century, would have found their philosophy expressed in the lines of Pope: Thus God and Nature formed the general frame, And bade self-love and social be the same. Naturally, again, such an attitude precluded a critical examination of institutions, and left as the sphere of Christian charity only those parts of life which could be reserved for philanthropy, precisely because they fell outside that larger area of normal human relations, in which the promptings of self-interest provided an all-sufficient motive and rule of conduct 
Author: Richard Henry Tawney
Nationality: English
b. 30 November 1880  - d. 16 January 1962
  
 If a man has important work, and enough leisure and income to enable him to do it properly, he is in possession of as much happiness as is good for any of the children of Adam. 
Author: Richard Henry Tawney
Nationality: English
b. 30 November 1880  - d. 16 January 1962
  
 Clever men are impressed in their differences from their fellows. Wise men are conscious of their resemblance to them. 
Author: Richard Henry Tawney
Nationality: English
b. 30 November 1880  - d. 16 January 1962
  
 Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 For those who know the value of and exquisite taste of solitary freedom, for one is only free when alone, the act of leaving is the bravest and most beautiful of all. 
Author: Isabelle Eberhardt
Nationality: Swiss
b. 17 February 1877  - d. 21 October 1904
  
 I am not afraid of death, but would not want to die in some obscure or pointless way. 
Author: Isabelle Eberhardt
Nationality: Swiss
b. 17 February 1877  - d. 21 October 1904
  
 A nomad I will remain for life, in love with distant and uncharted places. 
Author: Isabelle Eberhardt
Nationality: Swiss
b. 17 February 1877  - d. 21 October 1904
  
 I am full of the sorrow that goes with changes in surroundings, those successive stages of annihilation that slowly lead to the great and final void. 
Author: Isabelle Eberhardt
Nationality: Swiss
b. 17 February 1877  - d. 21 October 1904
  
 One must never look for happiness: one meets it by the way. 
Author: Isabelle Eberhardt
Nationality: Swiss
b. 17 February 1877  - d. 21 October 1904
  
 If you don't give power to the words that people throw at you to hurt you, they don't hurt you anymore - and you actually have power over those people. So, if you can, realize that the things that people say about you - they don't really matter - it's who you are. And the older you get, the more you'll understand that - because it gets better. And people get nicer too. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  




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