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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.

Author: Ernst Fischer (1899-1972)

Profession: Austrian Editor, Poet, Critic

Purity of race does not exist. Europe is a continent of energetic mongrels.

Author: H. A. L. Fisher

Profession:

As the archeology of our thought easily shows, man is an invention of recent date. And one perhaps nearing its end.

Author: Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

Profession: French Essayist, Philosopher

Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.

Author: Anatole France (1844-1924)

Profession: French Writer

I have found little that is ''good'' about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash, no matter whether they publicly subscribe to this or that ethical doctrine or to none at all. That is something that you cannot say aloud, or perhaps even think.

Author: Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

Profession: Austrian Physician - Founder of Psychoanalysis

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.

Author: Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

Profession: Austrian Physician - Founder of Psychoanalysis

The secret of a person's nature lies in their religion and what they really believes about the world and their place in it.

Author: James A. Froude (1818-1894)

Profession: British Historian

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.

Author: James A. Froude (1818-1894)

Profession: British Historian

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.

Author: Buckminster Fuller

Profession: American Engineer, Inventor, Designer, Architect ''Geodesic Dome''

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world -- that is the myth of the atomic age -- as in being able to remake ourselves.

Author: Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Profession: Indian Political, Spiritual Leader

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

Author: Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Profession: Indian Political, Spiritual Leader

Man is more interesting than men. God made him and not them in his image. Each one is more precious than all.

Author: Andre Gide (1869-1951)

Profession: French Author

Man... knows only when he is satisfied and when he suffers, and only his sufferings and his satisfactions instruct him concerning himself, teach him what to seek and what to avoid. For the rest, man is a confused creature; he knows not whence he comes or whither he goes, he knows little of the world, and above all, he knows little of himself.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

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.

Author: Edith Hamilton (1867-1963)

Profession: American Classical Scholar, Translator

On earth there is nothing great but man; in man there is nothing great but mind.

Author: Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803)

Profession: Scottish Diplomat, Antiquary