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Man is a beautiful machine that works very badly.

Have you ever watched a crab on the shore crawling backward in search of the Atlantic Ocean, and missing? That's the way the mind of man operates.
Let me look into a human eye; it is better than to gaze into sea or sky; better than to gaze upon God.
What is the use of this fuss about morality when the issue only involves a horse? The first and most difficult teaching of civilization concerns man's behavior to his inferiors. Make humanity gentle or reasonable toward animals, and strife or injustice between human beings would speedily terminate.
In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.
The decay of decency in the modern age, the rebellion against law and good faith, the treatment of human beings as things, as the mere instruments of power and ambition, is without a doubt the consequence of the decay of the belief in man as something more than an animal animated by highly conditioned reflexes and chemical reactions. For, unless man is something more than that, he has no rights that anyone is bound to respect, and there are no limitations upon his conduct which he is bound to obey.
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
Man who is he? Too bad, to be the work of God: Too good for the work of chance!
The simplest single-celled organism oscillates to a number of different frequencies, at the atomic, molecular, sub-cellular, and cellular levels. Microscopic movies of these organisms are striking for the ceaseless, rhythmic pulsation that is revealed. In an organism as complex as a human being, the frequencies of oscillation and the interactions between those frequencies are multitudinous.
There is nothing on earth divine except humanity.
But remember please, the Law by which we live, we are not built to comprehend a lie, we can neither love nor pity nor forgive. If you make a slip in handling us you die.
The course of human history is determined, not by what happens in the skies, but by what takes place in our hearts.
Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be carved.
The Goddamn human race deserves itself, and as far as I'm concerned it can have it.
Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
What constitutes a real, live human being is more of a mystery than ever these days, and men -- each one of whom is a valuable, unique experiment on the part of nature -- are shot down wholesale.
Mankind are earthen jugs with spirits in them.
On earth there is nothing great but man; in man there is nothing great but mind.
Mind and spirit together make up that which separates us from the rest of the animal world, that which enables a man to know the truth and that which enables him to die for the truth.
We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.
The secret of a person's nature lies in their religion and what they really believes about the world and their place in it.
Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God. When he puts on all his auxiliary organs, he is truly magnificent; but those organs have not grown on him and they still give him much trouble at times.
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
As the archeology of our thought easily shows, man is an invention of recent date. And one perhaps nearing its end.
Man, became man through work, who stepped out of the animal kingdom as transformer of the natural into the artificial, who became therefore the magician, man the creator of social reality, will always stay the great magician, will always be Prometheus bringing fire from heaven to earth, will always be Orpheus enthralling nature with his music. Not until humanity itself dies will art die.
The best security for civilization is the dwelling, and upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends, more than anything else, the improvement of mankind.
Man is not only a contributory creature, but a total creature; he does not only make one, but he is all; he is not a piece of the world, but the world itself; and next to the glory of God, the reason why there is a world.
Though man is the only beast that can write, he has small reason to be proud of it. When he utters something that is wise it is nothing that the river horse does not know, and most of his creations are the result of accident.
To the eyes of a god, mankind must appear as a species of bacteria which multiply and become progressively virulent whenever they find themselves in a congenial culture, and whose activity diminishes until they disappear completely as soon as proper measures are taken to sterilize them.
Man is emphatically a proselytizing creature.
There is no doubt: the study of man is just beginning, at the same time that his end is in sight.
The human race is a zone of living things that should be defined by tracing its confines.
Man is born passionate of body, but with an innate though secret tendency to the love of Good in his main-spring of Mind. But God help us all! It is at present a sad jar of atoms.
Man is God's highest present development. He is the latest thing in God.
Mark how fleeting and paltry is the estate of man--yesterday in embryo, tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the hairsbreadth of time assigned to thee, live rationally, and part with life cheerfully, as drops the ripe olive, extolling the season that bore it and the tree that matured it.
Man is an ape with possibilities.
Mankind lives to understand things, but only thru objective reason he can understand the things of real value to him.
The only difference between you and everybody else is abstract; you can only see it in your mind.