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HUMANITY
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[ Also see Affliction Benevolence Brotherhood Charity Cruelty Feeling Gentleness Goodness Inhumanity Kindness Life Man Mortality People Philanthropy Pity Society Sympathy World ]

The gods are immortal men, and men are mortal gods.
      - Heraclitus of Ephesus

He held his seat; a friend to human race.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. VI, l. 18), (Pope's translation)

Respect us, human, and relieve us, poor.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. IX, l. 338), (Pope's translation)

Over the brink of it
  Picture it--think of it,
    Dissolute man.
      Lave in it--drink of it
        Then, if you can.
      - Thomas Hood, Bridge of Sighs

Oh, God! that bread should be so dear,
  And flesh and blood so cheap!
      - Thomas Hood, Song of the Shirt

Christianity is the highest perfection of humanity.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

We are all prompted by the same motives, all deceived by the same fallacies, all animated by hope, obstructed by danger, entangled by desire, and seduced by pleasure.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

For He, who gave this vast machine to roll,
  Breathed Life in then, in us a Reasoning Soul;
    That kindred feelings might our state improve,
      And mutual wants conduct to mutual love.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal),
        Satire XV (l. 203)

Humanity has won its suit (in America), so that liberty will nevermore be without an asylum.
      - Marquis de Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier

So much to pardon, so much to pity, so much to admire!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Every human heart is human.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hiawatha
         (introduction, l. 91)

Laborin' man an' laborin' woman
  Hev one glory an' one shame;
    Ev'ything thet's done inhuman
      Injers all on 'em the same.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers
         (first series, no. 1, st. 10)

What proposition is there respecting human nature which is absolutely and universally true? We know of only one,--and that is not only true, but identical,--that men always act from self-interest.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

It is good to be often reminded of the inconsistency of human nature, and to learn to look without wonder or disgust on the weaknesses which are found in the strongest minds.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay, Warren Hastings

When I touch a human hand, I touch heaven.
      - Nicolas de Malebranche

So long as you are ready to die for humanity, the life of your country is immortal.
      - Giuseppe Mazzini

One sole God;
  One sole ruler,--his Law;
    One sole interpreter of that law--Humanity.
      - Giuseppe Mazzini,
        Life and Writings--Young Europe--General Principles
         (no. 1)

Humanity . . . lies in man's capacity to question the known and imagine the unknown.
      - Margaret Mead

There is nothing on earth divine beside humanity.
      - Melanchthon (pseudonym of Philip Schwarzerd)

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

There is but one temple in the world, and that is the body of man. Nothing is holier than this high form. Bending before men is a reverence done to this revelation in the flesh. We touch heaven when we lay our hand on a human body.
      - Novalis (pseudonym of Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg)

Humanity is the Son of God.
      - Theodore Parker

Humanity is about the same the world over; and while the earth has its uniformity, with slight differences in mountain and plain, so its products are very nearly alike.
      - Donn Piatt

The awareness that we are all human beings together has become lost in war and through politics.
      - Albert Schweitzer

What a vile and abject thing is man if he do not raise himself above humanity.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)


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