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People Quotes

39 of the best book quotes about people
  1. #1
    “Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.”
  2. #2
    “But it’s no use now,” thought poor Alice, “to pretend to be two people! Why, there’s hardly enough of me left to make one respectable person!”
  3. #3
    “And the moral of that is—’Oh, ‘tis love, ‘tis love, that makes the world go round!’”
    “Somebody said,” Alice whispered, “that it’s done by everybody minding their own business!”
    “Ah well! It means much the same thing,” said the Duchess, digging her sharp little chin into Alice’s shoulder as she added, “and the moral of that is—‘Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.’”
  4. #4
    “There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.”
  5. #5
    “It was curious to think that the sky was the same for everybody, in Eurasia or Eastasia as well as here. And the people under the sky were also very much the same--everywhere, all over the world, hundreds or thousands of millions of people just like this, people ignorant of one another’s existence, held apart by walls of hatred and lies, and yet almost exactly the same--people who had never learned to think but were storing up in their hearts and bellies and muscles the power that would one day overturn the world.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concepts
    PeopleLies
  6. #6
    “My idea of good company...is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.′
    ‘You are mistaken,’ said he gently, ‘that is not good company, that is the best.”
  7. #7
    “The way to make people trust-worthy is to trust them.”
  8. #8
    “But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.”
  9. #9
    “My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people do not know.”
  10. #10
    “If everybody minded their own business,” the Duchess said, in a hoarse growl, “the world would go round a deal faster than it does.”
  11. #11
    “Then he took out his morning letters, and began to read, pretending to take no more notice of [Gandalf]. He had decided that he was not quite his sort, and wanted him to go away. But the old man did not move.”
    book
    The Hobbit
    characters
    GandalfBilbo
    concept
    People
  12. #12
    “Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches had bellies with stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars.”
  13. #13
    “Don’t give up! I believe in you all. A person’s a person, no matter how small!”
  14. #14
    “There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.”
  15. #15
    “I don’t know what you mean when you say ‘the whole world’ or ‘generations before him.‘I thought there was only us. I thought there was only now.”
    author
    Lois Lowry
    book
    The Giver
    character
    Jonas
    concepts
    WorldPeople
  16. #16
    “People are hard to hate close-up. Move in.
    Speak truth to bullshit. Be civil.
    Hold hands. With strangers.
    Strong back, soft front, wild heart.”
  17. #17
    “The average man don’t like trouble and danger.”
  18. #18
    “There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil—a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.”
  19. #19
    “People come, people go—they’ll drift in and out of your life, almost like characters in a favorite book. When you finally close the cover, the characters have told their story and you start up again with another book, complete with new characters and adventures. Then you find yourself focusing on the new ones, not the ones from the past.”
  20. #20
    “Human beings can be awful cruel to one another.”
  21. #21
    “‘The matter with human beans,’ the BFG went on, ‘is that they is absolutely refusing to believe anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.‘”
  22. #22
    “People like you to be something, preferably what they are.”
  23. #23
    “Every building is like a person. Single and unrepeatable.”
    author
    Ayn Rand
    book
    The Fountainhead
    character
    Roark
    concept
    People
  24. #24
    “Every man has a history worth knowing, if he could tell it, or if we could draw it from him.”
  25. #25
    “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”
  26. #26
    “I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.”
  27. #27
    “If I found a job, a project, an idea or a person I wanted—I’d have to depend on the whole world. Everything has strings leading to everything else. We’re all so tied together.”
    author
    Ayn Rand
    book
    The Fountainhead
    character
    Dominique
    concept
    People
  28. #28
    “What mattered was not caring.
    “And the best way not to care was to surround yourself with noise and people.”
    author
    Kristin Hannah
    book
    Firefly Lane
    character
    Tully
    concept
    People
  29. #29
    “The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.”
  30. #30
    “There’s such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.”
  31. #31
    “But what can you do when you have to deal with people?”
    author
    Ayn Rand
    book
    Atlas Shrugged
    character
    Dr. Stadler
    concept
    People
  32. #32
    “It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”
  33. #33
    “It’s strange to think of your teachers as being people.”
  34. #34
    “Needing people ended in hurt.”
  35. #35
    “You never wanted me to be real. You never wanted anyone to be. But you didn’t want to show it.”
  36. #36
    “Angry people are not always wise.”
  37. #37
    “You ever think, Charlie, that our group is the same as any other group like the football team? And the only real difference between us is what we wear and why we wear it?”
  38. #38
    “One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best.”
  39. #39
    “This goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory, this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?”
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