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Man thinks, God directs. Alcuin
Be nice to the whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity. Desmond Tutu
Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit. Frank Borman
The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
To be or not to be isn't the question. The question is how to prolong being. Tom Robbins
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. Edmund Burke
Fear makes us feel our humanity. Benjamin Disraeli
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world. Albert Camus
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. Douglas Adams
What are your masses [of humanity] but mud to be ground underfoot, fuel to be burned for those who deserve it? Ayn Rand
The left hates humanity and seeks to wage war against human nature. John Derbyshire
The wrong and unjust interpretations of the New Testament relating to the Jewish people and their supposed guilt (In Christ's death) circulated for too long, engendering sentiments of hostility toward this people. This contributed to a lulling of consciences, so that when Europe was engulfed by a wave of persecutions inspired by a pagan anti-Semitism...the spiritual resistance of many was not what humanity had a right to expect from the disciples of Christ. John Paul II; Karol Jozef Wojtyla
Human freedom is realized in the adoption of humanity as an end in itself, for the one thing that no-one can be compelled to do by another is to adopt a particular end Immanuel Kant
Simply to pit "society" against "nature," "humanity" against the "biosphere," and "reason," "technology," and "science" against less developed, often primitive forms of human interaction with the natural world, prevents us from examining the highly complex differences and divisions within society so necessary to define our problems and their solutions. Murray Bookchin
We suffer not only as individuals from alienation and confusion over our identities and goals; our entire society, conceived as a single entity, seems unclear about its own nature and sense of direction. Murray Bookchin
It is presumed that humanity dictated the original policy of the removal and concentration of the Indians in the West to save them from threatened extinction. But today, by reason of the immense augmentation of the American population, and the extension of their settlements throughout the entire West, covering both slopes of the Rocky Mountains, the Indian races are more seriously threatened with a speedy extermination than ever before in the history of the country Ely S. Parker; Donehogawa
War is the most serious of the complicated relationships of humankind. Christiane Amanpour
One of the effects of modern liberal Protestantism has been gradually to turn religion into poetry and therapy, to make truth vaguer and vaguer and more and more relative, to banish intellectual distinctions, to depend on feeling instead of thought, and gradually to come to believe that God has no power, that he cannot communicate with us, cannot reveal himself to us, indeed has not done so, and that religion is our own sweet invention. Flannery O'Connor
Soviet power, at the head of which Ilyich (Lenin) then stood, was faced with the problem of creating a type of state machinery such as the world had never before seen, one which relied on the masses and which would remake the entire social fabric in a new, socialist way, and reshape all human relations. First of all, however, it was necessary to defend Soviet power against the enemy's attempts to overthrow it by force, and to undermine it from within. We had to strengthen our ranks. Nadezhda Krupskaya
Lenin strove constantly to get the people to understand that the leaders could not do everything for them, that they them-selves, with their own hands, would have to build a new life and defend their own state; in this he proved himself to be a real people's leader, able to show the people the way forward and induce them to take the first step forward fully conscious of their aim, instead of following blindly behind the leaders. Nikolai Ilyich Podvoisky
Nature, they call you a mother; they ought to call you a cruel stepmother. Emilia Pardo Bazan
There are no accidents, only nature throwing her weight around. Even the bomb merely releases energy that nature has put there. Nuclear war would be just a spark in the grandeur of space. Nor can radiation "alter" nature: she will absorb it all. After the bomb, nature will pick up the cards we have spilled, shuffle them, and begin her game again. Camille Paglia
My mind shrank from the menace sweeping down on us, … vainly clinging to the fancy that great disasters only happen to other people. Sylvia Pankhurst
I am a peace man except when I wish to fight. Henry Ward Beecher
Imagine your own daughters being sold into a life of rape and bone crushing labor. Henry Ward Beecher
It is obvious that the most despotic forms of social organization would be suitable for inert men who are satisfied with the situation fate has placed them in, and that the most abstract form of democratic theory would be practicable among sages guided only by their reason. The only problem is to what degree it is possible to excite or to contain the passions without endangering public happiness. Anne Louise Germaine Necker; Madame de Stael-Holstein
It is subversive to set up inquisitions like this, state or national, into the thoughts and consciences of Americans. . . . It is subversive for commissions like this to spread hysteria and intimidation throughout the land that Americans are afraid to sign petitions, afraid to read progressive magazines, afraid to make out checks for liberal causes, afraid to join organizations, afraid to speak their mind on public issues. Americans dare not be free citizens! This is the destruction of democracy. Florence Luscomb
Majority rule rests on numbers; democracy rests on the well-grounded assumption that society is neither a collection of units nor an organism but a network of human relations. Mary Parker Follett
If blacks are oppressed in America, why isn't there a black exodus? David Horowitz
There can be no fundamental distinction between what is morally right and what is politically right. Martin Buber
Every human being, including those who belong to the enemy, have rights. Shulamit Aloni
People who see themselves as victims are known not to be sensitive to the suffering of others. Shulamit Aloni
Nobody in America lives at the survival level, Most people in the world would love to live the way poor Americans live. Rick Warren
People have been paying their premiums for years and the insurance companies just raped them. Spike Lee
Despite the great vision, it is only drop by drop that we squeeze the slave out of ourselves. Anton Chekhov
Before the human race today there are only two roads: War or brotherhood. Charles de Gaulle
The one peace possible: A homeland for everybody. Yael Dayan
Wise men promote peace in the world. Eleazar ben Durdia
Human intelligence trumps electronic or signals intelligence every time. Ron Suskind
People without money are slaves. James Baldwin
What is really happening here is the radicalization of the Moslems throughout the world. Lee H. Hamilton
There is no difference between Muslim life, Christian life or Jewish life. Esam Omeish
O posterity, sweet and tender hope of humanity, thou art not a stranger to us; it is for thee that we brace all the blows of tyranny, it is thy happiness which is the price of our painful struggles: often discouraged by the obstacles that surround us, we fell the need of they consolations; it is to thee that we confide the task of completing our labors, and the destiny of all the unborn generations of men… Make haste, O posterity, to bring to pass the hour of equality, of justice, of happiness! Maximilien Robespierre
He got badly hit in his leg and side at Fredericksburg that eventful Saturday, 13th of December. He lay the succeeding two days and nights helpless on the field, between the city and those grim terraces of batteries. His company and regiment had been compelled to leave him to his fate. To make matters worse, it happened he lay with his head slightly down hill, and could not help himself. At the end of some fifty hours he was brought off the field, with other wounded, under a flag of truce. I ask him how the rebels treated him as he lay during those two days and nights within reach of them -- whether they came to him -- whether they abused him? He answered that several of the rebels, soldiers and others, came to him at one time and another. A couple of them, who were together, spoke roughly and sarcastically, but nothing worse. One middle-aged man, however, who seemed to be moving around the field, among the dead and wounded, for benevolent purposes, came to him in a way he will never forget; he treated our soldier kindly, bound up his wounds, cheered him, gave him a couple of biscuits and a drink of whiskey and water, and asked him if he could eat some beef. Walt Whitman
A policy of humanity; a policy not of party, sect or creed; but of justice, of reason and mercy Clarion
If God is, man is a slave; now, man can and must be free; then, God does not exist. I defy anyone whomsoever to avoid this circle; now, therefore, let all choose. Mikhail Bakunin
We find ourselves in a tiny boat in the middle of a mighty current. Leon Trotsky
The war [WWI] has lasted more than a year. Millions of corpses cover the battlefields. Millions of human beings have been crippled for the rest of their lives. Europe is like a gigantic human slaughterhouse. All civilization, created by the labor of many generations, is doomed to destruction. The most savage barbarism is today celebrating its triumph over all that hitherto constituted the pride of humanity International Socialist Conference
People are becoming more bestial on both sides – and the full weight of responsibility for this rests on that party, which in the name of socialism blasphemously sanctified the cold-blooded execution of unarmed prisoners, which hypocritically protests against whiteguard executions in Finland while Russian soil is being drenched in the blood of the victims of firing squads. Julius Martov; Yuliy Osipovich Tsederbaum
Human life has become cheap. It is cheaper than the paper on which the executioner writes the order to destroy it. It is cheaper than the increased bread rations, for which a hired murderer is ready to send a person to the next world on the orders of the first villain who seizes power. This bloody debauchery is being carried out in the name of socialism, in the name of that teaching which proclaimed the brotherhood of working people the highest goal of humanity. Julius Martov; Yuliy Osipovich Tsederbaum
Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed. Herman Melville
No human being shall be burdened with more than he is well able to bear. Muhammad
We know who speaks for the nations. But who speaks for humanity? Who speaks for earth? Carl Sagan
Colonialism must be abolished in this world as it is not in conformity with humanity and justice Indonesia
The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her. Anonymous
You're not going to have a society that understands its humanity if you don't have more women in government. Bella Abzug
This country will never sacrifice humanity in order to carry out any policy. Dean Acheson
Race is, politically speaking, not the beginning of humanity but its end, not the origin of peoples but their decay, not the natural birth of man but his unnatural death. Hannah Arendt
Sometimes I feel that I'm living in a political era in which what I value most, character, is endangered; what I admire most, humanity, is devalued; and what I feel most sensitive about, privacy, is denied. William W. Bradley
Even the vilest criminal remains a human being possessed of common human dignity. William J. Brennan, Jr.
Any community's arm of force—military, police, security - needs people in it who can do necessary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. Lois McMaster Bujold
Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. Lois McMaster Bujold
You don't pay back your parents. You can't. The debt you owe them gets collected by your children, who hand it down in turn. It's a sort of entailment. Or if you don't have children of the body, it's left as a debt to your common humanity. Lois McMaster Bujold
They killed Trotsky not by one blow; not when this murderer, the agent of Stalin, drove the pickax through the back of his skull. That was only the final blow. They killed him by inches. They killed him many times. They killed him seven times when they killed his seven secretaries. They killed him four times when they killed his four children. They killed him when his old coworkers of the Russian Revolution were killed …. Stalin and his traitor gang were consumed by a mad hatred of the man who reminded them of their yesterday. Trotsky, the symbol of the great revolution, reminded them constantly of the cause they had deserted and betrayed, and they hated him for that. They hated him for all the great and good human qualities which he personified and to which they were completely alien. They were determined, at all cost, to do away with him. James P. Cannon
What a commentary on the real nature of capitalism in its decadent phase is this, that the scientific conquest of the marvelous secret of atomic energy, which might rationally be used to lighten the burdens of all mankind, is employed first for the wholesale destruction of half a million people…. This is how American imperialism is bringing civilisation to the Orient. James P. Cannon
The pursuit of one's own interest seems to be the rule for international relations, without the common good of humanity being taken into consideration. Catholic Church
Let us be willing to remold society by redefining what it means to be a human being in the 20th century, moving into a new millennium. Hillary Clinton
We are all citizens of one world, we are all of one blood. To hate a man because he was born in another land, because he speaks a different language, or because he has different views is a great folly. Desist, I implore you, for we are all equally human….Let us have but one end in view – the welfare of humanity. John Amos Comenius
The issue is Socialism versus Capitalism. I am for Socialism because I am for humanity. Eugene V. Debs
In the battle for the hearts and minds of mankind, "cruci-FICTION" is the only card the Christian holds. Free him from his infatuation and you will have freed the Muslim world from missionary aggression and harassment. Ahmed Deedat
Kings! Why, what's a king? .... Is their blood purer than our own? We are all the seed of Abraham! Benjamin Disraeli
Whatever standards we use to take his measure … to him will fall the glory of being the greatest criminal in history…. He was methodical, all-embracing, and total as a criminal. He was one of those terrible dogmatists capable of destroying nine-tenths of the human race to ‘make happy’ the other tenth. Milovan Djilas
All the cant and hypocrisy, all the damnable survivals, all the vestiges of old truths now putrid and false infect the air, choke you worse than German gas—The ministers from their damn smug pulpits, the business men—the heroics about war—my country right or wrong—oh infinities of them! Oh the tragic farce of the world. John Dos Passos
Has not the world today somehow got itself enslaved by this immense machine, the Industrial system? Millions of men perform labor narrowing and stultifying even under the best conditions, bound in the traces of mechanical industry, without ever a chance of self-expression, except in the hectic pleasures of suffocating life in cities. They grind their lives away on the wheels, producing, producing, producing....Is this what men have been striving for through the ages? Is this ponderous suicidal machine civilization? John Dos Passos
Whether we, as individuals, are motivated by simple humanity or by simple economics, we can no longer permit profits to be dependent upon an unsafe or unhealthy work site. Thomas F. Eagleton
Mere analysis, that is the Party line, was … substituted for the raw, emergent movement of life itself. The psychology of human beings was descended not directly from experience but from a set of political theories. James T. Farrell
Genius develops in quiet places; character out of the full current of human life. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The periods of unemployment accompanying depression in the business cycle ... present a challenge to all our claims to progress, humanity, and civilization. Samuel Gompers
Our Christian civilization will have to Christianize itself in a hurry. It will have to dedicate itself to the proposition that men are men before they are Englishmen, businessmen, workingmen, or Americans, and that all men are brothers.... This proposition, always popular on Sundays, requires the subordination of Americanism to Humanity. Robert M. Hutchins
North America is the country where reason and humanity will develop more rapidly than anywhere else. Isaak Iselin
Marxist literature dealt with wage exploitation, exploitation of women by men, the exploitation of people of color by white peoples, the exploitation of colonial countries by imperialist countries. And Marx spoke of the fact that socialism will be the kingdom of freedom, where man realizes himself in a way that humankind has never seen before. This was an inspiring body of literature to read. Albert Maltz
Undoubtedly, to salve your conscience, you have now and then helped some miserable human being, but millions of human beings were murdered and nary a protest was heard. Lise Meitner
The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it. H. L. Mencken
In order to endure death and horror one tends to kill ones own humanity, which is a much greater danger than not being able to bear it. Helmuth James von Moltke
Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. Muhammad
[There] are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. Abraham Lincoln
Mankind is a single body and each nation a part of that body. We must never say 'What does it matter to me if some part of the world is ailing?' If there is such an illness, we must concern ourselves with it as though we were having that illness. Kemal Ataturk
A full-fledged nanotechnology will disrupt all kinds of social and economic processes. Yet there is no reason to believe that humanity will be unable to cope with what is coming. Ronald Bailey
Daily Herald this morning described burning Berlin on Saturday night as having looked “like an oven”. I wonder who really gets the satisfaction out of this terrible deterioration in human values. Vera Brittain
The liberty we prize is not America’s gift to the world, it is God’s gift to humanity. George W. Bush
It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him Arthur C. Clarkee
In this state there are 200 thousand able intelligent, honorable negroes, not an inferior race, mind you, who are ready to protect their liberty. The matter is in your own hands. Martin Delany
Even to make the first cell possible, stellar space required to be swept of matter, suns must needs be broken up, and planets cool, the agents of geology labour millennium after millennium at the unfinished earth to prepare a material resting-place for the coming guest. Consider all this, and judge if Creation could have a sublimer meaning, or the Human Race possess a more splendid genesis. Henry Drummond
The Fuhrer is a man totally attuned to antiquity. He hates Christianity, because it has crippled all that is noble in humanity. Joseph Goebbels
Man did not evolve but was created. Jehovah's Witnesses
The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false. Paul Johnson
Nations are at liberty to use their own resources in such manner, and to apply them to such purposes as they may deem best, provided they do not violate the perfect rights of other nations, nor endanger their safety, nor infringe the indispensable duties of humanity James Kent
For half a century past, the African slave-trade began to awaken a spirit of remorse and sympathy in the breasts of men, and a conviction that the traffic was repugnant to the principles of Christian duty, and the maxims of justice and humanity James Kent
Not only were all Christians thus made to feel that it was their highest duty to aid in the extermination of heretics, but they were taught that they must denounce them to the authorities regardless of all considerations, human or divine. No tie of kindred served as an excuse for concealing heresy. The son must denounce the father, the husband was guilty if he did not deliver his wife to a frightful death. Every human bond was severed by the guilt of heresy; children were taught to desert their parents, and even the sacrament of matrimony could not unite an orthodox wife to a misbelieving husband. No pledge was to remain unbroken. It was an old rule that faith was not to be kept with heretics Henry Charles Lea
No half-human “monsters” [will] be patented or any other “immoral inventions.” Bruce Lehman
Each new power won by man is a power over man as well. Clive Staples Lewis
If any one age really attains, by eugenics and scientific education, the power to make its descendants what it pleases, all men who live after it are the patients of that power. Clive Staples Lewis
Blood has always flowed before great ideas could settle into actual institutions, or before the yearnings of humanity could become realities. Francis Lieber
We have changed our environment more quickly than we have learned how to change ourselves. Walter Lippmann
Do not do unto others what would not be good for yourself. Adarbad Mahraspandan
Catholics dismissed notions that Africans were biologically inferior to other humans, insisted that slaves be permitted to marry and receive an education, frequently expressed doubts about the morality of slavery as it existed in the nineteenth century, and almost never defended slavery as an unqualified good. But most Catholics accepted slavery in principle, with even twentieth-century theologians declaring slavery “not in itself intrinsically wrong.” Fearful of social disorder and unwilling to distinguish the suffering of slaves from other human miseries, Catholics lumped immediate slave emancipation with a religious and political radicalism that threatened the foundations of society. John T. McGreevy
Pray, what thing in the world can be done worse towards us, than if men should rob or steal us away, and sell us for slaves to strange countries; separating husbands from their wives and children. Being now this is not done in the manner we would be done at; therefore, we contradict, and are against this traffic of men-body. And we who profess that it is not lawful to steal, must, likewise, avoid to purchase such things as are stolen, but rather help to stop this robbing and stealing, if possible. And such men ought to be delivered out of the hands of the robbers, and set free … Mennonites
You are all in mortal sin, and live and die in it, because of the cruelty and tyranny you practice among these innocent peoples., Tell me, by what right or justice do you hold these Indians in such a cruel and horrible servitude? On what authority have you waged such detestable wars against these peoples, who dwelt quietly and peacefully on their own land? Wars in which you have destroyed such infinite numbers of them by homicides and slaughters never before heard of? Why do you keep them so oppressed and exhausted, without giving them enough to eat or curing them of the sicknesses they incur from the excessive labor you give them, and they die, or rather, you kill them, in order to extract and acquire gold every day? … Are these not men? Do they not have rational souls? Are you not bound to love them as you love yourselves? Don’t you understand this? Don’t you feel this? Why are you sleeping in such a profound lethargic slumber? Antonio de Montesinos
Eternity ceased gradually to serve as the measure and focus of human actions. Lewis Mumford
The question is very simple. Shall the common man be pushed back in the mud, or shall he not? That was the real issue of the Spanish war. George Orwell
The enemy of the human race [Satan] … inspired his satellites who, to please him, have not hesitated to publish abroad that the Indians of the West and the South, and other people of whom We have recent knowledge should be treated as dumb brutes created for our service, pretending that they are incapable of receiving the Catholic Faith…. We define and declare by these Our letters … Indians and all other people who may later be discovered by Christians, are by no means to be deprived of their liberty or the possession of their property, even though they be outside the faith of Jesus Christ; and that they may and should, freely and legitimately, enjoy their liberty and the possession of their property; nor should they be in any way enslaved; should the contrary happen, it shall be null and have no effect Paul III
The Romans treat their servants better than the king of the Scythians treats his subjects. They deal with them as fathers or teachers, admonishing them to abstain from evil and follow the lines of conduct whey they have esteemed honorable; they reprove them for their errors like their own children. They are not allowed, like the Scythians, to inflict death on them. Pricus of Panium
Give civilized man time to gather all his machines about him, and he will no doubt easily beat the savage; but if you would see a still more unequal contest, set them together naked and unarmed, and you will soon see the advantage of having all our forces constantly at our disposal, of being always prepared for every event Jean Jacques Rousseau
There is another very specific quality which distinguishes them [man from animals], and which will admit of no dispute. This is the faculty of self-improvement, which, by the help of circumstances, gradually develops all the rest of our faculties, and is inherent in the species as in the individual: whereas a brute is, at the end of a few months, all he will ever be during his whole life, and his species, at the end of a thousand years, exactly what it was the first year of that thousand. Jean Jacques Rousseau
Learning has freed more men than all the armies in human history. Carl T. Rowan Jr.
just because a king is a king that does not mean he is not as human as you Saladin
We used to think earthly life was horrible and paradise awaited us when we died. Now we have made earthly life into a paradise and we fear death. Ben Stein
This is the land of freedom. The press is at liberty. Every man has a right to express his opinion. Many thinks, because your skins are tinged with a sable hue, that you are an inferior race of beings; but God does not consider you as such. He hath formed and fashioned you in his own glorious image, and hath bestowed upon you reason and strong powers of intellect. He hath made you to have dominion over the beasts of the field, the fowls of the air, and the fish of the sea. He hath crowned you with glory and honor; hath made you but a little lower than the angels; and, according to the Constitution of these United States, he hath made all men free and equal …. It is not the color of the skin that makes the man, but it is the principles formed within the soul. Maria W. Stewart
Though black your skins as shades of night, Your hearts are pure, your souls are white. Maria W. Stewart
Every man might have need of others, and from hence they might be all knit more nearly together in the Bonds of brotherly affection. From hence it appears plainly that no man is made more honorable than another or more wealthy … out of any particular and singular respect to himself, but for the glory of his creator and the common good of the creature, man John Winthrop
There is no true freedom where life is not welcomed and loved; and there is no fullness of life except in freedom. John Paul II; Karol Jozef Wojtyla
The Church insists on the need of humane attitude towards suspects, persons under investigation and those caught in criminal intent. The crude and improper treatment of these people can either fortify them on the wrong track or push them on it. For this reason, those awaiting a verdict should not be disfranchised even in custody. They should be guaranteed advocacy and impartial justice. The Church condemns torture and indignities towards persons under investigation Russian Orthodox Church
Unification of the whole of mankind is the hall-mark of the stage which human society is now approaching. Unity of family, of tribe, of city-state, and nation have been successively attempted and fully established. World unity is the goal towards which a harassed humanity is striving. Nation-building has come to an end. The anarchy inherent in state sovereignty is moving towards a climax. A world, growing to maturity, must abandon this fetish, recognize the oneness and wholeness of human relationships, and establish once for all the machinery that can best incarnate this fundamental principle of its life. . Shoghi Effendi
True civilization will unfurl its banner in the midmost heart of the world whenever a certain number of its distinguished and high-minded sovereigns … shall, for the good and happiness of all mankind, arise, with firm resolve and clear vision, to establish the Cause of Universal Peace. They must make the Cause of Peace the object of general consultation, and seek by every means in their power to establish a Union of the nations of the world. They must conclude a binding treaty and establish a covenant, the provisions of which shall be sound, inviolable and definite. They must proclaim it to all the world and obtain for it the sanction of all the human race. Effendi Abbas; Abdul Baha
… from humanity to nationality to bestiality Franz Grillparzer
We spend a billion dollars a day in Iraq and we can’t have health insurance for 46 million Americans. It is the fracturing of America’s humanity. Howard Schultz
If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered over the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions of some of them which well deserve the attention even of those who have studied Plato and Kant, I should point to India. And if I were to ask myself from what literature we who have been nurtured almost exclusively on the thoughts of Greeks and Romans, and of the Semitic race, the Jewish, may draw the corrective which is most wanted in order to make our inner life more perfect, more comprehensive, more universal, in fact more truly human a life...again I should point to India Max Muller
For my part, I esteem liberty so valuable a blessing in society, that whatever favor, its progress and security can scares be too fondly cherished by every one who is a lover of human kind David Hume
We ascend the hill-tops of philosophy, not to gaze up at the ever-visible heavens, but to embrace in one grand view the human world beneath us. Arnold J. Toynbee
When the tempers of men are softened as well as their knowledge improved, this humanity appears still more conspicuous, and is the chief characteristic which distinguishes a civilized age from times of barbarity and ignorance. Factions are then less inveterate, revolutions less tragical, authority less severe, and seditions less frequent. Hume
Human power is to be reckoned less by physical vigor than by mental strength. Baruch Spinoza
Only France has the right to project herself as a model, because no people has merged its own interest and destiny with that of humanity more than she. Jules Michelet
Equality and emancipation are required by the laws of humanity. These laws are not dependant on Judaism of Christianity because those laws and our claim are prior to both. Ernestine Rose
The destiny of the American people is to subdue the continent -- to rush over this vast field to the Pacific Ocean... to change darkness into light and confirm the destiny of the human race. William Gilpin
Africaness is not something that limits you to a corner of humanity…it expands you universally Leonard Jeffries
Regardless of the eventual shape of the evolved discourse and policy on reparations, there are five essential aspects which must be addressed and included in any meaningful and moral approach to reparations. They are public admission, public apology, public recognition, compensation, and institutional preventive measures against the recurrence of holocaust and other similar forms of massive destruction of human life, human culture and human possibility. Maulana Karenga
the Ukrainian Government will fight with all its power against violations of public order, will strike the brigands and pogrom instigators with the severest punishment …. [they are] evil-doers who are the scum of humanity. Borys Martos
Man should be able to eat and live without having every hour of his existence absorbed by material labor, so that he may be able to cultivate the superior faculties of his nature; but I listen with dread to those who tell you that enjoyment is your right, and material well-being your aim, because I know that such teachings can only produce egoists, and that these doctrines have been in France, and threaten to be in Italy, the destruction of every noble idea, of every sacrifice, and of every pledge of future greatness. Giuseppe Mazzini
So long as you are ready to die for Humanity, the life of your country will be immortal Giuseppe Mazzini
Who so ever kills a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he has killed all mankind, and who so ever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind Muhammed
The history of Africa goes back into the dim recesses of time and antiquity. There are even scientists in our time who are beginning to claim that Africa was the very cradle of mankind Kwame Nkrumah
Seeing this and envying it, the enemy of the human race, who always opposes all good men so that the race may perish, has thought up a way, unheard of before now, by which he might impede the saving word of God from being preached to the nations. He has stirred up some of his allies who, desiring to satisfy their own avarice, are presuming to assert far and wide that the Indians of the West and the South who have come to our notice in these times be reduced to our service like brute animals, under the pretext that they are lacking the Catholic Faith. And they reduce them to slavery (Et eos in servitutem redigunt), treating them with afflictions they would scarcely use with brute animals….Therefore, We, . . . noting that the Indians themselves indeed are true men and are not only capable of the Christian faith, but, as has been made known to us, promptly hasten to the faith, and wishing to provide suitable remedies for them, by our Apostolic Authority decree and declare by these present letters that the same Indians and all other peoples-even though they are outside the faith-who shall hereafter come to the knowledge of Christians have not been deprived or should not be deprived of their liberty or of their possessions Paul III
The anarchist is the enemy of humanity—the enemy of all mankind. Theodore Roosevelt
Again and again it has been said to us, 'Beware how you attempt to attack class interests. The victory won by the worker must be for all.' For me I must say, No! A hundred times, No! I know no class but that of man. Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa
There is not a single human being that I trust! Louis Saint-Just
We need the historian and philosopher to give us with trenchant pen, the story of our forefathers, and let our soul and body, with phosphorescent light, brighten the chasm that separates us. We should cling to them just as blood is thicker than water. Arthur Alfonso Schomburg
Existing legal discriminations on account of color are not based on character or conduct, and have no relation to moral worth and fitness for civic usefulness, but are rather relics of prejudice which had its origin in slavery. I recommend their total repeal. George Hoadley
In the annals of human history the growth of nations, the rise and fall of empires, appear as dependent on the will and prowess of man. The shaping of events seems, to a great degree, to be determined by his power, ambition, or caprice. But in the word of God the curtain is drawn aside, and we behold, behind, above, and through all the play and counter play of human interests and power and passions, the agencies of the all-merciful One, silently, patiently working out the counsels of His own will. Ellen G. White
Morality becomes hypocrisy if it means accepting mothers’ suffering or dying in connection with unwanted pregnancies and illegal abortions and unwanted children. Gro Harlem Brundtland
He will place a tax on the air you breathe and on the bread you eat; he will give you a legislation which is as legitimate as it is unjust and instead of reasons, he’ll give you laws. These will grow in the course of time, until you no longer exist for yourselves but for others. Franz Grillparzer
The history of the race, from infancy through its stages of barbarism, heathenism, civilization, and Christianity, is a process of suffering, as the lower principles of humanity are gradually subjected to the higher. Catharine Beecher
History is the zoology of the human race. Franz Grillparzer
By contrast with history, evolution is an unconscious process. Another, and perhaps a better way of putting it would be to say that evolution is a natural process, history a human one.... Owen Barfield
It is possible to fight a war with undiminished respect for the rights of the enemy individual. Indeed, that is the duty of every soldier. But the terrorist must disregard this duty and disobey the law of war. His feelings towards the individual are abolished by his loathing of the group, and it is this—rather than his cowardice, cruelty, or intemperate hate—that constitutes his true moral corruption. Roger Scruton
Women as a class have never subjugated another group; we have never marched off to wars of conquest in the name of the fatherland. We have never been involved in a decision to annex the territory of a neighboring country, or to fight for foreign markets on distant shores. These are the games men play, not us. We want to be neither oppressors nor oppressed. The women's revolution is the final revolution of them all Susan Brownmiller
If the truth doesn't save us, what does that say about us? Lois McMaster Bujold
In the service of the people we followed such a policy that socialism would not lose its human face. Alexander Dubcek
We ought to regard the breaking of a child's spirit as a sin against humanity. Erik Erikson
Today the scale and horror of modern warfare, whether nuclear or not, makes it totally unacceptable as a means of settling differences between nations. War should belong to the tragic past—to history. It should find no place on humanity's agenda for the future. John Paul II; Karol Jozef Wojtyla
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
We are not fighting for integration, nor are we fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as human beings. We are fighting for human rights. Malcolm X
Nixon’s wife was featured at the nominating convention. They were trying to give Nixon a little bit of humanity which was a very difficult thing to do. Michael Beschloss
The more vigorously wars are pursued, the better for humanity. Sharp wars are brief. Francis Lieber
Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or sovereign... Mother Teresa
May no young man ever be faced with the choice between violating his conscience by cooperating in competitive mass slaughter or separating himself from those who, endeavoring to save liberty, democracy, humanity, can find no better way to conscript young men to kill. Emily Greene Balch
Patriotism is a noble feeling insofar as it approaches that which is purely human, but the very reverse the further it is removed therefrom. Klas Pontus Arnoldson
An idea consisting of a social crime in one age becomes the very religion of humanity in the next Joseph J. Ettor
Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood. This sets the stage for further repression and violence that spread all too easily. Coretta Scott King
Too many nations enslaved the prisoners they took in war. But to go to nations with whom there is no war, who have no way provoked, without farther design of conquest, purely to catch inoffensive people, like wild beasts, for slaves, is an height of outrage against Humanity and Justice, that seems left by Heathen nations to be practiced by pretended Christians. How shameful are all attempts to color and excuse it! Thomas Paine
The whole world and every human being in it is everybody's business William Saroyan
Consider your origin; you were not born to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge. Dante Alighieri
In time of war what is said on the enemy's side of the front is always propaganda and what is said on our side of the front is truth and righteousness, the cause of humanity and a crusade for peace. Walter Lippmann
Civilization develops man, and if he is, according to his whole character and destiny, made for development, civilization is his truly natural state … Francis Lieber
All the human kind is but one family, dispersed over the face of the whole earth; all men are brothers, and ought to love each other as such. Francois Fenelon
None of us believe that in order to run a business, you have to leave your humanity at home. Ben Cohen
Not merely for country, not merely for humanity, not only for civilization, but for the religion of our Lord itself John Albion Andrew
And so you take criminal caitiffs, murderers, and the like, and hang them on gibbets "for an example to deter others." Whereupon arise friends of humanity, and object. With very great reason, as I consider, if your hypothesis be correct. What right have you to hang any poor creature "for an example"? He can turn round upon you and say, "Why make an 'example' of me, a merely ill-situated, pitiable man? Have you no more respect for misfortune? Misfortune, I have been told, is sacred. And yet you hang me, now I am fallen into your hands; choke the life out of me, for an example! Again I ask, Why make an example of me, for your own convenience alone? Thomas Carlyle
No one who knew the true nature of the Indian felt any regret that they were driven off their hunting grounds. This attitude was found wherever the Whites came in conflict with them and explains why they were scarcely regarded as human beings. Madison Grant
Each man is worth more than the whole of humanity, nor will it do to sacrifice each to all save in so far as all sacrifice themselves to each. Miguel de Unamuno
A man's family sets him apart from all other living creatures. . . . Only man stands with his children from first to last, from birth to death, and to the grave. Robert Nathan
When the lever is pulled, the body twists and shudders violently, cooks and sizzles obscenely, and emits horrible noises from the nose, mouth and anus…Chapman said it was the ghastliest mode of death he could have conjured, short of slow torture, and that no sane person who witnessed it could possibly oppose its replacement by a less violent means of execution. Bill Wiseman
No feats of heroism are needed to achieve the greatest and most important changes in the existence of humanity; neither the armament of millions of soldiers, nor the construction of new roads and machines, nor the arrangement of exhibitions, nor the organization of workmen's unions, nor revolutions, nor barricades, nor explosions, nor the perfection of aerial navigation; but a change in public opinion.. Leo Tolstoy
In our world everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy
The greatest gain of this conflict between Democracy and Fascism lies in the fact that it has drawn together everything that was good in humanity. The unity of the United States, the Soviet Union and Great Britain is the best guarantee to the peoples of the world that Nazi horrors will never again be repeated. Josip Broz Tito
Monsters remain human beings. In fact, to reduce them to a subhuman level is to exonerate them of their acts of terrorism and mass murder — just as animals are not deemed morally responsible for killing. Insisting on the humanity of terrorists is, in fact, critical to maintaining their profound responsibility for the evil they commit. And, if they are human, then they must necessarily not be treated in an inhuman fashion. You cannot lower the moral baseline of a terrorist to the subhuman without betraying a fundamental value. That is why the Geneva Conventions have a very basic ban on "cruel treatment and torture," and "outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment" — even when dealing with illegal combatants like terrorists. Andrew Sullivan
Men who have sacrifice their well-being, and even their lives, for the cause of truth or the public good, are, from an empirical point of view -- which scorns virtue and altruism -- regarded as insane or fools; but, from a moral standpoint, they are heroes who do honor to humanity.. Afrikan Aleksandrovich Spir
Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The United States will have the honor of proving experimentally, that true policy goes hand in hand with moderation and humanity. Jean-Baptiste Say
… we must regard all the changes which tend toward the uplift and survival of the human race as moral. Margaret Sanger
Reformers of all classes must recognize that it is useless to preach peace by itself, or socialism by itself, or anti-vivisection by itself, or vegetarianism by itself, or kindness to animals by itself. The cause of each and all of the evils that afflict the world is the same the general lack of humanity, the lack of the knowledge that all sentient life is akin, and that he who injures a fellow-being is in fact doing injury to himself. The prospects of a happier society are wrapped up in this despised and neglected truth, the very statement of which, at the present time, must … appear ridiculous to the accepted instructors of the people. Henry Stephens Salt
A life spent in the routine of science need not destroy the attractive human element of a woman's nature. Annie Jump Cannon
Heroes and scholars represent the opposite extremes... The scholar struggles for the benefit of all humanity, sometimes to reduce physical effort, sometimes to reduce pain, and sometimes to postpone death, or at least render it more bearable. In contrast, the patriot sacrifices a rather substantial part of humanity for the sake of his own prestige. His statue is always erected on a pedestal of ruins and corpses... In contrast, all humanity crowns a scholar, love forms the pedestal of his statues, and his triumphs defy the desecration of time and the judgment of history. Santiago Ramon y Cajal
America must be a model citizen if we want others to look at us as a model. We can’t torture or treat inhumanely suspected terrorists we have captured. John McCain
Science and Peace will triumph over Ignorance and War, that nations will eventually unite not to destroy but to edify, and that the future will belong to those who have done the most for the sake of suffering humanity. Louis Pasteur
[Napoleon Bonaparte] Bonaparte instituted the setting of merit above birth, and also so completely stripped the divinity from royalty that, whereas crowned heads in Europe were gods before, they are only men since, and can never be gods again, but only figure-heads, and answerable for their acts like common clay. Such benefactions as these compensate the temporary harm which Bonaparte and the Revolution did, and leave the world in debt to them for these great and permanent services to liberty, humanity, and progress. Mark Twain
There are neither mendicants no paupers as long as there are any rich people among them. Their kindness, humanity, and courtesy not only make them liberal with what they have, but cause them to possess hardly anything except in common. A whole village must be without corn before any individual can be obliged to endure privation Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville
It is much to be wished that slavery may be abolished. The honor of the States, as well as justice and humanity, in my opinion, loudly call upon them to emancipate these unhappy people. To contend for our own liberty, and to deny that blessing to others, involves an inconsistency not to be excused. John Jay
Man is condemned to be free. Jean-Paul Sartre
As we look deeper for the soul of capitalism, we find that, in the terms of ordinary human existence, American capitalism doesn't appear to have one. William Greider
Each generation is inclined to educate its young so as to get along in the present world instead of with a view to the proper end of education: the promotion of the best possible realization of humanity as humanity. John Dewey
The "State" was substituted for humanity; cosmopolitan gave way to nationalism. John Dewey
The Communists, following Hegel, speak of humanity and its future as of some monolithic individuality. I was attacking this illusion. Simone de Beauvoir
The things that divide us in politics are infinitesimal compared with the dignity of our common humanity. Mark Kirk
The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class. It is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity. Anna Julia Cooper
History is a record of the gradual negation of man’s original bestiality by the evolution of his humanity. Mikhail Bakunin
It is common to think of our own time as standing on the apex of human history. Robert Houghwout Jackson
And we call ourselves the human race. John F. Kennedy
Defense lawyers try to find the humanity in the people they represent, no matter what they may have done. We resist the phrase “those people” because it suggests too clear a line between us and them. Abbe Smith
The picket line is the best place to train organizers. One day on the picket line is where a man makes his commitment. The longer on the picket line, the stronger the commitment. A lot of workers think they make their commitment by walking off the job when nobody sees them. But you get a guy to walk off the field when his boss is watching and, in front of the other guys, throw down his tools and march right to the picket line, that is the guy who makes our strike. The picket line is a beautiful thing because it makes a man more human. Cesar Chavez
If we are not anti-China, are we still human? Ai Weiwei
Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice. Mohandas K. Gandhi
The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs. There's not one of them which won't make us into devils if we set it up as an absolute guide. You might think love of humanity in general was safe, but it isn't. If you leave out justice you'll find yourself breaking agreements and faking evidence in trials "for the sake of humanity" and become in the end a cruel and treacherous man. C. S. Lewis
Whoever foments and spreads antagonism and hate between the races, sins against humanity. Jose Marti
She died and with her died my last warm feelings for humanity. Joseph Stalin
The greatest gain of this conflict between democracy and fascism lies in the fact that it has drawn together everything that was good in humanity. The unity of the United States, the Soviet Union and Great Britain is the best guarantee to the peoples of the world that Nazi horrors will never again be repeated. Josip Broz Tito
I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing. It was at this time I realized that (in) our efforts to meet the risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity. We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability. Bradley Edward Manning
The savage and brutal barbarity of our enemies … is a full demonstration of that there is not the least remains of virtue, wisdom, or humanity in the British Court New England Chronicle
There must be equal opportunities for women. There is no difference between man and woman in their creation, in their humanity, in their pursuit of knowledge, in their understanding, in their intelligence, in their religious piety, in serving God and in serving people. Hassan Rouhani
Fundamental difference in the theories of the two parties in respect of domestic questions leads them to approach foreign questions from a somewhat different point of view. One is more concerned with the human aspects of problems, the other with material aspects. One abhors privilege in any form, the other likes it in certain ways. Norman H. Davis
This idea of weapons of mass extermination is utterly horrible and is something which no one with one spark of humanity can tolerate. I will not pretend to obey a government which is organizing a mass massacre of mankind. Bertrand Russell
The only effective forces against the [Spanish American] war are the forces inspired by greed and fear, and the forces that tell in favor of the war are the belief in national honor and common humanity. Theodore Roosevelt
Four million surplus women. Four million sexually unsatisfied women, artificially creating a host of problems in order to excite or appease their senses. Not being able to embrace one man, they embrace humanity. Benito Mussolini
Just as Dr. King was a disciple of Gandhi and Christ, we must now be Dr. King's disciples. Dr. King challenged us to work for a greater humanity. I only hope that we are worthy of his challenge. Cesar Chavez
The truth about torture is that when government agents are given a green light to treat other human beings without the most basic respect for their dignity, they will inevitably engage in abuse. Torture transgresses the most basic of moral principles: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The only way to live with the practice, from the interrogator’s point of view, is to deny the humanity of those being subjected to it. David D. Cole
… whether torture works, a major preoccupation of the Senate report, is the wrong question. The World’s governments did not negotiate a treaty banning it [torture] under all circumstances because it’s ineffective. They did so because it is immoral, inhumane, and unacceptable—even if it works. David D. Cole
Homo Sapiens Carolus Linnaeus
I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them. Baruch Spinoza
The loss of respect for religion is the dry rot of social institutions. The idea of God as the Creator and Father of all mankind is to the moral world, what gravitation is in the natural; it holds everything else together and causes it to revolve around a common center. Take this away and any ultimate significance to life falls apart. There is then no such thing as collective humanity, but only separate molecules of men and women drifting in the universe with no more cohesion and no more meaning than so many grains of sand have meaning for the sea. Henry Martyn Field
We know, deep down, that repression is not the wave of the future. We know that the desire for freedom is not confined to, or owned by, any culture; it is the inborn hope of our humanity. We know that free governments are the only way to ensure that the strong are just and the weak are valued. And we know that when we lose sight of our ideals, it is not democracy that has failed. It is the failure of those charged with preserving and protecting democracy. George W. Bush
The world of humanity is possessed of two wings, the male and the female. So long as these two wings are not equivalent in strength, the bird will not fly Bahai Universal House of Justice
When a juvenile offender commits a heinous crime, the State can exact forfeiture of some of the most basic liberties, but the State cannot extinguish his life and his potential to attain a mature understanding of his own humanity. Anthony Kennedy
If this work can contribute in any way toward proving this, and at the same time arouse the conscience of the American people to demand for justice to every citizen, and punishment by law for the lawless, I shall feel I have done my race a service., Other considerations are minor. Ida B. Wells
To achieve progress in the face of adversity, we need a genuine commitment to gaining a deeper understanding of humanity. I'd like to see a world with more leaders who are familiar with the depths of the views of those they deeply disagree with, so that they can understand the nuances of everyone they're representing. Zachary R. Wood
Humanity and good policy conspire to dictate, that the benign prerogative of pardoning should be as little as possible fettered or embarrassed. The criminal code of every country partakes so much of necessary severity, that without an easy access to exceptions in favor of unfortunate guilt, justice would wear a countenance too sanguinary and cruel. Alexander Hamilton

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