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I have laboured carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate, but to understand human actions.”
Baruch Spinoza - Tractatus politicus
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I am human, and I think that nothing of that which is human is alien to me.”
Publius Terentius Afer - Heautontimoroumenos
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Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the caveman had known how to laugh, History would have been different.”
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray
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Why should the law refuse its protection to any sensitive being? The time will come when humanity will extend its mantle over everything which breathes.”
Jeremy Bentham - Principles of Penal Law
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Be humanity evermore our goal.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure.”
Jeremy Bentham - Principles of Morals and Legislation
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The human body is the best picture of the human soul.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein
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Man is by nature a political animal.”
Aristotle
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Humankind has become so much one family that we cannot ensure our own prosperity except by ensuring that of everyone else. If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign yourself to seeing others also happy.”
Bertrand Russell
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Architecture is the great book of humanity, the principal expression of man in his different stages of development, either as a force or as an intelligence.”
Victor Hugo - The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
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Architecture is the great book of humanity, the principal expression of man in his different stages of development, either as a force or as an intelligence.

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It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”
Albert Einstein
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Just as true humor is laughter at oneself, true humanity is knowledge of oneself.”
Alan Watts
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Perhaps men entertain as many truths as falsehoods; have as many good qualities as bad; feel as many pleasures as pains. But we like to malign human nature, in order to try to raise ourselves above the common level, and to acquire for ourselves the respect of which we strive to rob it. We are so presumptuous, that we imagine we can separate our own personal interests from those of humanity in general, and malign the human race without implicating ourselves. This absurd vanity has filled books of philosophy with diatribes against human nature. Man is in disgrace with all thinkers, who rival one another in accusing him of depravity. But perhaps he may be about to rise again and recover all his virtues; nothing is permanent, and philosophy, like clothes, music, architecture, &c, has its vogues.”
Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues - Reflexions and Maxims
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Every man bears the whole stamp of the human condition.”
Michel de Montaigne - Essays
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Humanity prefers to life reasons to live.”
Simone de Beauvoir
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We are speaking on this occasion, not as members of this or that nation, continent, or creed, but as human beings, members of the species Man, whose continued existence is in doubt.”
Bertrand Russell
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Amiable weaknesses of human nature.”
Edward Gibbon - The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
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History, which is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.”
Edward Gibbon
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What history relates is only the long, heavy, confused dream of humanity.”
Arthur Schopenhauer - The World as Will and Representation
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Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.”
Virginia Woolf
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To prefer evil to good is not in human nature and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.”
Plato
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The science of the mind can only have for its proper goal the understanding of human nature by every human being, and through its use, brings peace to every human soul.”
Alfred Adler
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Humans have certain properties and characteristics which are intrinsic to them, just as every other organism does. That's human nature.”
Noam Chomsky
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