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.
Author: Aleister Crowley (1875-1947)
Profession: British Occultist
Humanity I love you because when you're hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink
Author: E.E. Edward. E. Cummings (1894-1962)
Profession: American Poet
There are two kinds of men who never amount to much -- those who cannot do what they are told and those who can do nothing else.
Author: Cyrus H. K Curtis
[Three classes of people]: Those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.
Author: Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)
Profession: Italian Inventor, Architect, Painter, Scientist, Sculptor
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.
Author: Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977)
Profession: American Author, Critic
Consider your breed; you were not made to live like beasts, but to follow virtue and knowledge.
Author: Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Profession: Italian Philosopher, Poet
Man is head, chest and stomach. Each of these animals operates, more often than not, individually. I eat, I feel, I even, although rarely, think. This jungle crawls and teems, is hungry, roars, gets angry, devours itself, and its cacophonic concert does not even stop when you are asleep.
Author: Rene Daumal (1908-1944)
Profession: French Poet, Critic
The best security for civilization is the dwelling, and upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends, more than anything else, the improvement of mankind.
Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister
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.
Author: John Donne (1572-1632)
Profession: British Metaphysical Poet
The race of man, while sheep in credulity, are wolves for conformity.
Author: Carl Van Doren (1885-1950)
Profession: American Critic, Biographer
Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys.
Author: Fyodor Dostoevski (1821-1881)
Profession: Russian Novelist
We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.
A human being is part of the whole, called by us 'universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Considered logically this concept is not identical with the totality of sense impressions referred to; but it is an arbitrary creation of the human (or animal) mind.
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Profession: American Poet, Essayist