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Arthur ClarkeTwo possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.

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

Karl KrausMankind became hysterical in the Middle Ages because it poorly repressed the sexual impressions of its Greek boyhood.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

John KennedyMankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

Dave BarryThe one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers.

—  Dave Barry, 1947-, American journalist

George CarlinIf it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

Carl SaganIf we are alone in the Universe, it sure seems like an awful waste of space.

—  Carl Sagan, 1934-1996, American astronomer

Benjamin FranklinAll mankind is divided into three groups: those that are immovable, those that are movable and those that move.

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

George Bernard ShawPerhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.

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

George Bernard ShawOnly in books has mankind known perfect truth, love and beauty.

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

Blaise PascalThe more I see of Mankind, the more I prefer my dog.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Albert EinsteinToday the atomic bomb has altered profoundly the nature of the world as we know it, and the human race consequently finds itself in a new habitat to which it must adapt its thinking.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Karl MarxWherever the want of clothing forced them to it, the human race made clothes for thousands of years, without a single man becoming a tailor.

—  Karl Marx, 1818-1883, German philosopher

Immanuel KantOut of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made.

—  Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804, German philosopher

Winston ChurchillOf all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Friedrich NietzscheA politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerThe doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerFor the world is Hell, and men are on the one hand the tormented souls and on the other the devils in it.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Friedrich NietzscheThe earth has a skin and that skin has diseases; one of its diseases is called man.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Wolfgang GoetheWe are our own devils; we drive ourselves out of our Edens.

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

Oscar WildeI think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

George OrwellEach generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

Eugene IonescoIt's not a certain society that seems ridiculous to me, it's mankind.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Ralph Waldo EmersonThe end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

John KennedyWe have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

John KennedyOur most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

Charles Caleb ColtonTo despise our own species is the price we must often pay for knowledge of it.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Antonio PorchiaHumanity does not know where to go because no one is waiting for it: not even God.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

Fernando PessoaWhat would happen to the world if we were human?

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Thomas PaineChristianity is the strangest religion ever set up, for it committed a murder upon Jesus in order to redeem mankind from the sin of eating an apple.

—  Thomas Paine, 1737-1809, English-American writer

Marquis de SadeThe idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind.

—  Marquis de Sade, 1740-1814, French writer

VauvenarguesWe should expect the best and the worst of mankind, as from the weather.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

Victor HugoMankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Victor HugoThe French Revolution was the most important step for mankind since the advent of Jesus Christ.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Alfred North WhiteheadThe mentality of mankind and the language of mankind created each other.

—  Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947, British philosopher & mathematician

William ShakespeareAs flies to wanton boys are we to the gods.
They kill us for their sport.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ King Lear

T. S. EliotHumankind cannot bear very much reality.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Charles DarwinIn the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.

—  Charles Darwin, 1809-1882, British scientist

Samuel JohnsonI hate mankind, for I think of myself as one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Quotes in Verse

DanteO human race, born to fly upward,
wherefore at a little wind dost thou so fall?

—  Dante, 1265-1321, Italian poet

Funny Quotes

Fred AllenIf I could get my membership fee back, I'd resign from the human race.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian

Ancient Greek

Bias of PrieneMost people are bad.

Οι πλείστοι άνθρωποι κακοί.

—  Bias of Priene, 625-540 BC, Greek philosopher, one of the 7 sages of Ancient Greece


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