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There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.

Author: Warren Buffett (1930)

Profession: American Investment Entrepreneur

The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful.

Author: Noam Chomsky (1928)

Profession: American Linguist, Political Activist

It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it.

Author: Denis Diderot (1713-1784)

Profession: French Philosopher

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.

Author: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Profession: German-born American Physicist

Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't --it's human.

Author: Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

Profession: Dutch Humanist

It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.

Author: Anatole France (1844-1924)

Profession: French Writer

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.

Author: R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

Profession: American Inventor, Designer, Poet, Philosopher

Poor human nature, what horrible crimes have been committed in thy name!

Author: Emma Goldman (1869-1940)

Profession: American Anarchist

The man of power is ruined by power, the man of money by money, the submissive man by subservience, the pleasure seeker by pleasure.

Author: Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)

Profession: German-born Swiss Novelist, Poet

Give a small boy a hammer and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding.

Author: Kalan


There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify -- so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish.

Author: John Keats (1795-1821)

Profession: British Poet

We are all murderers and prostitutes --no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.

Author: R. D. Laing (1927-1989)

Profession: British Psychiatrist

What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others.

Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Profession: German Physicist, Satirist

Man has demonstrated that he is master of everything -- except his own nature.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

I have never, in all my various travels, seen but two sorts of people I mean men and women, who always have been, and ever will be, the same. The same vices and the same follies have been the fruit of all ages, though sometimes under different names.

Author: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762)

Profession: British Society Figure, Letter Writer