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HUMAN NATURE
[ Also see Human Spirit ]

Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.
      - Joseph Addison

A man's nature is best perceived in privateness, for there is no affectation; in passion, for that putteth a man out of his precepts; and in a new case or experiment, for there custom leaveth him.
      - Francis Bacon

There is in human nature generally more of the fool than of the wise.
      - Francis Bacon

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

There do remain dispersed in the soil of human nature divers seeds of goodness, of benignity, of ingenuity, which being cherished, excited, and quickened by good culture, do by common experience thrust out flowers very lovely, and yield fruits very pleasant of virtue and goodness.
      - Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

If we did not take great pains, and were not at great expense to corrupt our nature, our nature would never corrupt us.
      - Lord Clarendon, Edward Hyde

Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.
      - Confucius

It will be very generally found that those who will sneer habitually at human nature, and affect to despise it, are among its worst and least pleasant samples.
      - Charles Dickens

In so complex a thing as human nature, we must consider it is hard to find rules without exception.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

No doubt hard work is a great police agent. If everybody were worked from morning till night, and then carefully locked up, the register of crime might be greatly diminished. But what would become of human nature? Where would be the room for growth in such a system of things? It is through sorrow and mirth, plenty and need, a variety of passions, circumstances, and temptations, even through sin and misery, that men's natures are developed.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

Scenery is fine--but human nature is finer.
      - John Keats (1)

Human nature is so weak that the honest men who have no religion make me fret with their perilous virtue, as rope-dancers with their dangerous equilibrium.
      - Duc de Levis, Gaston Pierre Marc

Console yourself, dear man and brother; whatever you may be sure of, be sure at least of this, that you are dreadfully like other people. Human nature has a much greater genius for sameness than for originality.
      - James Russell Lowell

A rational nature admits of nothing but what is serviceable to the rest of mankind.
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)

The fact of our deriving constant pleasure from whatever is a type or semblance of divine attributes, and from nothing but that which is so, is the most glorious of all that can be demonstrated of human nature; it not only sets a great gulf of specific separation between us and the lower animals, but it seems a promise of a communion ultimately deep, close, and conscious, with the Being whose darkened manifestations we here feebly and unthinkingly delight in.
      - John Ruskin

To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.
      - Adam Smith (1)

It is the talent of human nature to run from one extreme to another.
      - Jonathan Swift

The scrutiny of human nature on a small scale is one of the most dangerous of employments; the study of it on a large scale is one of the safest and truest.
      - Isaac Taylor


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