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Bill CosbyHuman beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.

—  Bill Cosby, 1937-, American comedian

Wallace StevensI am what is around me.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

Bette DavisSex is God's joke on human beings.

—  Bette Davis, 1908-1989, American actress

Wilhelm ReichIt is sexual energy which governs the structure of human feeling and thinking.

—  Wilhelm Reich, 1897-1957, Austrian psychoanalyst & writer

Benjamin DisraeliMan is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Friedrich NietzscheWhich? Is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's blunders?

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Emile M. CioranWhat am I, other than a chance in the infinite probabilities of not having been!

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

George Bernard ShawWe have no reason to suppose that we are the Creator's last word.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Benjamin FranklinMan is a tool-making animal.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Wolfgang GoetheFor I have been a man, and that means to have been a fighter.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

H.L. MenckenMan is a beautiful machine that works very badly.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Jean-Paul SartreMan is a useless passion.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

Kurt VonnegutHuman beings are chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power.

—  Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007, American writer

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Ayn RandMan’s unique reward, however, is that while animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonA man is a god in ruins.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Fyodor DostoyevskyThe best definition of man is: a being that goes on two legs and is ungrateful.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Jean-Paul SartreNothingness haunts being.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

Fred AllenA human being is nothing but a story with skin around it.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian

Anton ChekhovIn nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly. But with human beings it is the other way round: a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Carl SaganYou are worth about 3 dollars worth in chemicals.

—  Carl Sagan, 1934-1996, American astronomer

Charles DarwinMan is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.

—  Charles Darwin, 1809-1882, British scientist

Eugene O’NeillMan is born broken. He lives by mending. The Grace of God is glue.

—  Eugene O’Neill, 1888-1953, American playwright, Nobel 1936

Arthur ClarkeThe difference between machines and human beings is that human beings can be reproduced by unskilled labor.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Michel de MontaigneEvery man bears the whole stamp of the human condition.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Emile M. CioranOur place is somewhere between being and nonbeing - between two fictions.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

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

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Latin Quotes

HoraceWe are but dust and shadow.

Pulvis et umbra sumus.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet


Quotes in Verse

John DrydenAll human things are subject to decay,
And, when fate summons, monarchs must obey.

—  John Dryden, 1631-1700, English poet

Ancient Greek

PindarMan is the dream of a shadow.

Σκιάς όναρ άνθρωπος.

—  Pindar, 522-438 BC, Ancient Greek lyric poet

ProtagorasMan is the measure of all things.

Πάντων χρημάτων μέτρον έστιν άνθρωπος.

—  Protagoras, 487-412 BC, Ancient Greek sophist

MenanderWhat a wonderful being is the man if he is a man.

Ως χαρίεν εστ’ άνθρωπος αν άνθρωπος ή.

—  Menander, 4th cent. BC, Ancient Greek dramatist (New Comedy)

EpicurusWe became men once and one cannot become twice.

Άπαξ άνθρωποι γεγόναμεν, δις δε ουκ έστι γενέσθαι.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher


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