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Human Nature Quotes

41 of the best book quotes about human nature
  1. #1
    “Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.”
  2. #2
    “...no cat out of its first fur can ever be deceived by appearances. Unlike human beings, who enjoy them.”
  3. #3
    The distinguishing mark of man is the hand, the instrument with which he does all his mischief.
  4. #4
    “Thus human beings judge of one another, superficially, casually, throwing contempt on one another, with but little reason, and no charity.”
  5. #5
    “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
  6. #6
    “Monsters are variations from the accepted normal to a greater or a less degree. As a child may be born without an arm, so one may be born without kindness or the potential of conscience.”
  7. #7
    “One of the things Ford had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious, as in ‘It’s a nice day’, ‘You’re very tall’, or ‘You seem to have fallen down a thirty-foot well, are you alright?’
    At first Ford had formed a theory to account for this strange behaviour. If human beings don’t keep exercising their lips, he thought, their mouths probably seize up. After a few months’ consideration and observation, he abandoned this theory in favour of a new one. If they don’t keep exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working.
    After a while he abandoned this one as well as being obstructively cynical, and decided he quite liked human beings after all, but he always remained desperately worried about the terrible number of things they didn’t know about.”
  8. #8
    “All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil.”
  9. #9
    “Decades ago our ancestors realized that it is not political ideology, religious belief, race, or nationalism that is to blame for a warring world. Rather, they determined that it was the fault of human personality—of humankind’s inclination toward evil, in whatever form that is. They divided into factions that sought to eradicate those qualities they believed responsible for the world’s disarray.”
  10. #10
    “It is more difficult to undermine faith than knowledge, love succumbs to change less than to respect, hatred is more durable than aversion, and at all times the driving force of the most important changes in this world has been found less in a scientific knowledge animating the masses, but rather in a fanaticism dominating them and in a hysteria which drove them forward.”
  1. #11
    We men are wretched things.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Achilles
    concept
    Human Nature
  2. #12
    “I sat in the sun on a bench; the animal within me licking the chops of memory; the spiritual side a little drowsed, promising subsequent penitence, but not yet moved to begin.”
  3. #13
    Nature’s creative power is far beyond man’s instinct of destruction.
  4. #14
    The voice of human nature is nothing but one prolonged cry.
  5. #15
    “For it is said that humans are never satisfied, that you give them one thing and they want something more. And this is said in disparagement, whereas it is one of the greatest talents the species has and one that has made it superior to animals that are satisfied with what they have.”
  6. #16
    The Texan turned out to be good-natured, generous and likable. In three days no one could stand him.
  7. #17
    There, comrades, is the answer to all our problems. It is summed up in a single word-- Man.
  8. #18
    “It is remarkable that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most perfect quietude to the external regulations of society.”
  9. #19
    “They did it because every human being has a basic instinct to help each other out. It might not seem that way sometimes, but it’s true.”
  10. #20
    “This planet has — or rather had — a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much all of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.”
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  1. #21
    “Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mindbogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as the final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God.
    The argument goes something like this: ‘I refuse to prove that I exist,’ says God, ‘for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.’
    ‘But,’ says Man, ‘the Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn’t it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don’t. QED.’
    ‘Oh dear,’ says God, ‘I hadn’t thought of that,’ and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
    ‘Oh, that was easy,’ says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.
    Most leading theologians claim that this argument is a load of dingo’s kidneys, but that didn’t stop Oolon Colluphid making a small fortune when he used it as the central theme of his bestselling book, Well That about Wraps It Up for God.
    Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.”
  2. #22
    “For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”
  3. #23
    “It’s a rare man who is taken for what he truly is.”
  4. #24
    “Man is the vainest of all creatures that have their being upon earth.”
  5. #25
    “Perhaps you laugh too, dear reader; but you know humanity comes out in a variety of strange forms now-a-days, and there is no end to the odd things that humane people will say and do.”
  6. #26
    “For, so inconsistent is human nature, especially in the ideal, that not to undertake a thing at all seems better than to undertake and come short.”
  7. #27
    “The reason the beasts give among themselves is that Man is the weakest and most defenseless of all living things, and it is unsportsmanlike to touch him.”
  8. #28
    But I know human nature, my friend, and I tell you that, suddenly confronted with the possibility of being tried for murder, the most innocent person will lose his head and do the most absurd things.
  9. #29
    “Our bodies are our gardens,
    to the which our wills are gardeners.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Othello
    character
    Iago
    concept
    Human Nature
  10. #30
    “Man selects only for his own good: Nature only for that of the being which she tends.”
  1. #31
    “That’s the beautiful thing about being human,” he told me. “Things change.”
  2. #32
    “I then told them that God, to compensate for the weakness of man, had bestowed on him reason, invention, and skill in workmanship.”
  3. #33
    “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars
    But in ourselves.”
  4. #34
    Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel!
  5. #35
    “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. So medicine, law, business, engineering... these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love... these are what we stay alive for.”
  6. #36
    “Death is part of who we are. It guides us. It shapes us. It drives us to madness. Can you still be human if you have no mortal end?”
  7. #37
    “Someday you’ll find someone special again. People who’ve been in love once usually do. It’s in their nature.”
  8. #38
    “You’re my daughter. I don’t care about the factions.” She shakes her head. “Look where they got us. Human beings as a whole cannot be good for long before the bad creeps back in and poisons us again.”
  9. #39
    “The human heart is a line, whereas my own is a circle, and I have the endless ability to be in the right place at the right time. The consequence of this is that I’m always finding humans at their best and worst. I see their ugly and their beauty, and I wonder how the same thing can be both.”
  10. #40
    “I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.”
  11. #41
    “How can I make him understand that he did not create me?
    He makes the same mistake as the others when they look at a feeble-minded person and laugh because they don’t understand there are human feelings involved.”
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