Humanity is a parade of fools, and I am at the front of it, twirling a baton.

DEAN KOONTZ, Brother Odd

On personal integrity hangs humanity’s fate.


The human race is just a chemical scum on a moderate-sized planet, orbiting around a very average star in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies. We are so insignificant that I can’t believe the whole universe exists for our benefit. That would be like saying that you would disappear if I closed my eyes.

STEPHEN HAWKING, Reality on the Rocks: Beyond Our Ken, 1995

When superiors are fond of showing their humanity, inferiors try to outstrip one another in their practice of it.

CONFUCIUS, The Wisdom of Confucius

A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.

OSCAR WILDE, The Soul of Man Under Socialism

Christianity is the highest perfection of humanity.

SAMUEL JOHNSON, letter, Aug. 13, 1766

In baptism one returns to the state of creation … when all humanity was unified.

L. MICHAEL WHITE, From Jesus to Christianity

An army is a strange composite masterpiece, which strength results from an enormous sum total of utter weaknesses. Thus only can we explain a war waged by humanity against humanity in spite of humanity.

VICTOR HUGO, Les Misérables

Under the sublime law of progress, the present outgrows the past. The great heart of humanity is heaving with the hopes of a brighter day. All the higher instincts of our nature prophesy its approach; and the best intellects of the race are struggling to turn that prophecy into fulfilment.

HORACE MANN, A Few Thoughts for a Young Man

That humanity and sincerity which dispose men to resist injustice and tyranny render them unfit to cope with the cunning and power of those who are opposed to them. The friends of liberty trust to the professions of others because they are themselves sincere, and endeavour to secure the public good with the least possible hurt to its enemies, who have no regard to anything but their own unprincipled ends, and stick at nothing to accomplish them.

WILLIAM HAZLITT, Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays

Humanity is so constituted that the basest criminal represents you and me, as well as the most glorious saint that walks on high. We are reflected in all other men; all other men are embodied in us.

E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words

Humanity was drawn to turmoil and self-destruction as inevitably as the earth was drawn to complete its annual revolution of the sun.

DEAN KOONTZ, Dark Rivers of the Heart

There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.

VICTOR HUGO, Les Misérables

Love, hope, fear, faith–these make humanity; These are its sign and note and character.


It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.


We are all water from
different rivers
That’s why it’s so easy to to meet
We are all water in this vast,
vast ocean
Someday we’ll evaporate

JOHN LENNON, We Are All Water

If humanity was good at anything, it was shooting off its collective mouth.

ROB THURMAN, Nightlife

The most identifying trait of humanity is our ability to be inhumane to one another.


Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity.


When justice has spoken, humanity must have its turn.

PIERRE VERGNIAUD, speech, Jan. 17, 1793

Human beings are infinitely fallible, completely unreliable. Science is not. Science is absolute. Under strict principles, if you do A and B, then C will occur. This rarely happens if you inject the inefficiences of humanity into the process.


We are not the only avatars of humanity. Once our computing machines achieved self-consciousness, they became part of this design.


We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own.

CHINUA ACHEBE, The Education of a British-Protected Child

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.

STEPHEN HAWKING, Der Spiegel, Oct. 17, 1988

It wants not merely microscopic but telescopic power to know humanity in its essence; a power to discern its grandeur as well as its littleness, the infinity of its relations as well as the meanness of its pursuits. The human soul is a great deep. We must take into view the nebulous possibilities that are brooding and waiting there, and notice the buds and films of light that reveal themselves even in the darkest spaces.

E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words

Humanity is to be met with in a den of robbers.

WILLIAM HAZLITT, Characteristics

The human race is just getting started…. The cerebral cortex is only a hundred thousand years old. It’s still a baby, sucking teat and eating Cheerios. We might get better, maybe even wise, if we can last another thousand years.


The tapestry of the universe is vast and complex, with infinite patterns. While threads of tragedy may form the primary weave, humanity with its undaunted optimism still manages to embroider small designs of happiness and love.


Humanityis the start of the race; I sayHumanity is the mould to break away from, the crust tobreak through, the coal to break into fire,The atom to be split.


Humanity is never more sphinxlike than when it is expressing itself.

REBECCA WEST, The Court and the Castle

I have investigated the dust-heaps of humanity, and found a treasure in all of them. I have found that humanity is not incidentally engaged, but eternally and systematically engaged, in throwing gold into the gutter and diamonds into the sea.

G. K. CHESTERTON, introduction, The Defendant

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