Thursday, 7 September 2017

Humans

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of our consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in her beauty. - Albert Einstein

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves. - Mahatma Gandhi

As individuals, as families, as neighbours, as members of one community, people of all races and political views are usually decent, kind, compassionate. But in large corporations or governments, when great power accumulates in their hands, some become monsters even with good intentions. - Dean Koontz

Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed. - Abraham Lincoln

Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. - Plato

Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container. - Wallace Stevens

I tend to regard the whole human race as just a lot of different subspecies of pest. - K. J. Parker

Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to ultimately be at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. - Abraham Maslow

The human race is divided into two sharply differentiated and mutually antagonistic classes: a small minority that plays with ideas and is capable of taking them in, and a vast majority that finds them painful, and is thus arrayed against them, and against all who have traffic with them. - H. L. Mencken

The human race is just a chemical scum on a moderate-sized planet, orbiting around a very average star in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies. We are so insignificant that I can't believe the whole universe exists for our benefit. That would be like saying that you would disappear if I closed my eyes. - Stephen Hawking

The human race is just getting started.... The cerebral cortex is only a hundred thousand years old. It's still a baby, sucking teat and eating Cheerios. We might get better, maybe even wise, if we can last another thousand years. - Ellen Gilchrist

The human species, according to the best theory I can form of it, is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow, and the men who lend. - Charles Lamb

The important thing is for humans to come up with a binding agreement to live and act responsibly towards their Planetary neighbours. - Thiong’o Ng’ang’a

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self. - Albert Einstein

The truth is ... that human beings have neither kindness, nor faith, nor charity beyond what serves to increase the pleasure of the moment. They hunt in packs. Their packs scour the desert and vanish screaming into the wilderness. - Virginia Woolf

We frail humans are at one time capable of the greatest good and, at the same time, capable of the greatest evil. Change will only come about when each of us takes up the daily struggle ourselves to be more forgiving, compassionate, loving, and above all joyful in the knowledge that, by some miracle of grace, we can change as those around us can change too. - Mairead Maguire

The vast majority of human beings dislike and even dread all notions with which they are not familiar. Hence, it comes about that at their first appearance, innovators have always been derided as fools and madmen. - Aldous Huxley

Man’s nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature. - Mahatma Gandhi

The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The human mind cannot create anything. It produces nothing until having been fertilized by experience and meditation; its acquisitions are the germs of its production. - George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. - Ferdinand Foch

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