An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Man who is he? Too bad, to be the work of God: Too good for the work of chance!


Doris Lessing (1919-, British novelist)


Humans are amphibians -- half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


I am the best there is. I am at the top of the food chain.


Lennox Lewis


In each of us there is a little of all of us.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


God must love the common man, he made so many of them.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


The decay of decency in the modern age, the rebellion against law and good faith, the treatment of human beings as things, as the mere instruments of power and ambition, is without a doubt the consequence of the decay of the belief in man as something more than an animal animated by highly conditioned reflexes and chemical reactions. For, unless man is something more than that, he has no rights that anyone is bound to respect, and there are no limitations upon his conduct which he is bound to obey.


Walter Lippmann (1889-1974, American journalist)


Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guided.


John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)


Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.


Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993, American judge)


What is the use of this fuss about morality when the issue only involves a horse? The first and most difficult teaching of civilization concerns man's behavior to his inferiors. Make humanity gentle or reasonable toward animals, and strife or injustice between human beings would speedily terminate.


Dr Edward Mayhew


One of the oldest human needs is having someone wonder where you are when you don't come home at night.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


Let me look into a human eye; it is better than to gaze into sea or sky; better than to gaze upon God.


Herman Melville (1819-1891, American author)


Have you ever watched a crab on the shore crawling backward in search of the Atlantic Ocean, and missing? That's the way the mind of man operates.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Man is a beautiful machine that works very badly.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


The history of mankind is the history of ideas.


Ludwig Von Mises


As people we commit ourselves to making this world a happy and peaceful planet for all its inhabitants and pledge our unfailing support. We therefore join all other countries in promoting January 1, 2000 as a day of peace, ushering the dawn of a new millennium -- a millennium of peace.


Keith C. Mitchell


Man is stark mad; he cannot make a flea, and yet he will be making gods by the dozens.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


We are, to put it mildly, in a mess, and there is a strong chance that we shall have exterminated ourselves by the end of the century. Our only consolation will have to be that, as a species, we have had an exciting term of office.


Desmond Morris (1928-, British anthropologist)


Human affairs are not serious, but they have to be taken seriously.


Iris Murdoch (1919-, British novelist, philosopher)


I teach you the Superman. Man is something that should be overcome.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Man is no longer an artist, he has become a work of art.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


All people are a single nation.


Qur'an (Holy book)


We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


Let us ask ourselves; "What kind of people do we think we are?"


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


I am a member of the rabble in good standing.


Westbrook Pegler


We are all cells in the same body of humanity.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


Man is a being in search of meaning.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Man is a two-legged animal without feathers.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


If, presume not to God to scan; The proper study of Mankind is Man. Plac'd on this isthmus of a middle state, a being darkly wise, and rudely great.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


The radiant and well-understood speech of one person is better than the speech of a thousand people that is not.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


Man is greater than the tools he invents.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


Man is greater than the tools he invents.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone and more fragile than a rose.


Turkish Proverb (Sayings of Turkish origin)


I wish I loved the Human Race; I wish I loved its silly face; I wish I liked the way it walks; I wish I liked the way it talks; And when I'm introduced to one I wish I thought What Jolly Fun!


Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618, British courtier, navigator, writer)


Human beings, for all their pretensions, have a remarkable propensity for lending themselves to classification somewhere within neatly labeled categories. Even the outrageous exceptions may be classified as outrageous exceptions!


W.J. Reichmann


In our civilization, men are afraid that they will not be men enough and women are afraid that they might be considered only women.


Theodor Reik (1888-1969, Austrian psychoanalyst)


Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.


Tom Robbins (1936-, American author)


To be human is to keep rattling the bars of the cage of existence hollering, "What's it for?"


Fulghum Robert (1937-, American author)


It's great to be great, but it's greater to be human.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


An effective human being is a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.


Ida P. Rolf (1896-1979, American biochemist, physical therapist)


One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.


Salman Rushdie (1948-, Indian-born British author)


Man's only true happiness is to live in hope of something to be won by him. Reverence something to be worshipped by him, and love something to be cherished by him, forever.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


We say nothing essential about the cathedral when we speak of its stones. We say nothing essential about Man when we seek to define him by the qualities of men.


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


Those who live in a world of human beings can only retrace their steps.


Nathalie Sarraute (1902-1999, Russian writer)


Man is a useless passion.


Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980, French writer, philosopher)


Man is not the sum of what he has, but the totality of what he does not yet have and what he might have.


Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980, French writer, philosopher)


Mankind is made great or little by its own will.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


It is peculiar to mankind to transcend mankind.


Friedrich Schlegel (1772-1829, German philosopher, critic, writer)


I love mankind; it's people I can't stand.


Charles M. Schulz (1922-, American cartoonist, creator of "Peanuts")


What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god -- the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Physically there is nothing to distinguish human society from the farm-yard except that children are more troublesome and costly than chickens and calves and that men and women are not so completely enslaved as farm stock.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Man who man would be, must rule the empire of himself.


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)


Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man.


Adam Smith (1723-1790, Scottish economist)


Man is an animal that makes bargains; no other animal does this -- one dog does not change a bone with another.


Adam Smith (1723-1790, Scottish economist)


Mankind are animals that make bargains, no other animal does this.


Adam Smith (1723-1790, Scottish economist)


I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.


John Steinbeck (1902-1968, American author)


We hold in our hands the power to lift each other up to new heights of humanity or to let go, plunging mankind into an abyss of destruction.


Author Unknown


Man is a substance clad in shadows.


John Sterling (American sports announcer)


The human race is a family. Men are brothers. All wars are civil wars.


Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965, American lawyer, politician)


Every man has a sane spot somewhere.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


We all choke. You're not human if you haven't.


Curtis Strange (1963-, American golfer)


The age of chivalry has gone; the age of humanity has come.


Charles Sumner (1811-1874, American statesman)


The true grandeur of humanity is in moral elevation, sustained, enlightened and decorated by the intellect of man.


Charles Sumner (1811-1874, American statesman)


When all is done, human life is, at the greatest and the best, but like a froward child, that must be played with and humored a little to keep it quiet till it falls asleep, and then the care is over.


Sir William Temple (1628-1699, British diplomat, essayist)


I am human and let nothing human be alien to me.


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Genesis 3:5


A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


One has but to observe a community of beavers at work in a stream to understand the loss in his sagacity, balance, co-operation, competence, and purpose which Man has suffered since he rose up on his hind legs. He began to chatter and he developed Reason, Thought, and Imagination, qualities which would get the smartest group of rabbits or orioles in the world into inextricable trouble overnight.


James Thurber (1894-1961, American humorist, illustrator)


Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity.


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


The history of the human race is the history of ordinary people who have overcome their fears and have accomplished extraordinary things.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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Those are the same stars, and that is the same moon, that look down upon your brothers and sisters, and which they see as they look up to them, though they are ever so far away from us, and each other.


Sojourner Truth (1797-1883, American feminist, anti-slavery advocate)


If man had created man, he would be ashamed of his performance.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Man is a creature made at the end of the week's work when God was tired.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Such is the human race. Often it does seem such a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


The human race was always interesting and we know by its past that it will always continue so, monotonously.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Be tolerant of the human race. Your whole family belongs to it -- and some of your spouse's family does too.


Author Unknown


Being reproached for giving to an unworthy person, Aristotle said, "I did not give it to the man, but to humanity.


Author Unknown


If you think that every bad thing that has been done on the face of the earth has been done by man, you're right -- but so has every good thing.


Author Unknown


It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


There are two kinds of people in the world -- those you love, and those you don't understand.


Author Unknown


All men are born truthful, and die liars.


Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues


Man is the creature of the era he lives in; very few can raise themselves above the ideas of the time.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


Really big people are, above everything else, courteous, considerate and generous -- not just to some people in some circumstances -- but to everyone all the time.


Thomas J. Watson (1874-1956, American businessman, founder of IBM)


I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


There are realities we all share, regardless of our nationality, language, or individual tastes. As we need food, so do we need emotional nourishment: love, kindness, appreciation, and support from others. We need to understand our environment and our relationship to it. We need to fulfill certain inner hungers: the need for happiness, for peace of mind, for wisdom.


Donald J. Walters (1926-, American author, lecturer, playwright)


How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god.


Alan W. Watts (1915-1973, British-born American philosopher, author)


I would suggest that barbarism be considered as a permanent and universal human characteristic which becomes more or less pronounced according to the play of circumstances.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him.


H.G. Wells (1866-1946, British-born American author)


The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


The brotherhood of man is not a mere poet's dream: it is a most depressing and humiliating reality.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


We're all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.


Tennessee Williams (1914-1983, American dramatist)


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