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As far as many statistical series that are related to activities of mankind are concerned, the date that divides human history into two equal parts is well within living memory. The world of today is as different from the world I was born in as that world was from Julius Caesar s. I was born in the middle of human history, to date, roughly. Almost as much has happened since I was born as happened before.

Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. [Genesis 3:5]
The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.
If we consider the superiority of the human species, the size of its brain, its powers of thinking, language and organization, we can say this: were there the slightest possibility that another rival or superior species might appear, on earth or elsewhere, man would use every means at his disposal to destroy it.
I love men, not for what unites them, but for what divides them, and I want to know most of all what gnaws at their hearts.
The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual.
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.
I would suggest that barbarism be considered as a permanent and universal human characteristic which becomes more or less pronounced according to the play of circumstances.
How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god.
There are two kinds of people in the world -- those you love, and those you don't understand.
If you think that every bad thing that has been done on the face of the earth has been done by man, you're right -- but so has every good thing.
People can be divided into three classes, the few who make things happen, the many who watch things happen, and the overwhelming majority who have no idea what has happened.
The human race was always interesting and we know by its past that it will always continue so, monotonously.
Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity.
One has but to observe a community of beavers at work in a stream to understand the loss in his sagacity, balance, co-operation, competence, and purpose which Man has suffered since he rose up on his hind legs. He began to chatter and he developed Reason, Thought, and Imagination, qualities which would get the smartest group of rabbits or orioles in the world into inextricable trouble overnight.
I am human and let nothing human be alien to me.
When all is done, human life is, at the greatest and the best, but like a froward child, that must be played with and humored a little to keep it quiet till it falls asleep, and then the care is over.
The true grandeur of humanity is in moral elevation, sustained, enlightened and decorated by the intellect of man.
The age of chivalry has gone; the age of humanity has come.
Man is an animal that makes bargains; no other animal does this--one dog does not change a bone with another.
Mankind are animals that makes bargains, no other animal does this.
Physically there is nothing to distinguish human society from the farm-yard except that children are more troublesome and costly than chickens and calves and that men and women are not so completely enslaved as farm stock.
Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid.
It is peculiar to mankind to transcend mankind.
Mankind is made great or little by its own will.
Man is a useless passion.
Those who live in a world of human beings can only retrace their steps.
An effective human being is a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
To be human is to keep rattling the bars of the cage of existence hollering, What's it for?
Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.
In our civilization, men are afraid that they will not be men enough and women are afraid that they might be considered only women.
Human beings, for all their pretensions, have a remarkable propensity for lending themselves to classification somewhere within neatly labeled categories. Even the outrageous exceptions may be classified as outrageous exceptions!
I wish I loved the Human Race; I wish I loved its silly face; I wish I liked the way it walks; I wish I liked the way it talks; And when I'm introduced to one I wish I thought What Jolly Fun!
The law of humanity ought to be composed of the past, the present, and the future, that we bear within us; whoever possesses but one of these terms, has but a fragment of the law of the moral world.
If, presume not to God to scan; The proper study of Mankind is Man. Plac'd on this isthmus of a middle state, a being darkly wise, and rudely great.
I am a member of the rabble in good standing.
Human affairs are not serious, but they have to be taken seriously.
We are, to put it mildly, in a mess, and there is a strong chance that we shall have exterminated ourselves by the end of the century. Our only consolation will have to be that, as a species, we have had an exciting term of office.
The history of mankind is the history of ideas.
The man who is forever disturbed about the condition of humanity either has no problems of his own or has refused to face them.