- Are you in control of your time so you can live your life as a human being? Or is time controlling you so you have become a human doing? Are you do busy doing this and that for other people but never have time for yourself?--Marsha Petrie Sue (The CEO of You)
- [The artist] speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain; to the latent feeling of fellowship with all creation--and to the subtle but invincible conviction of solidarity in dreams, in joy, in sorrow, in aspirations, in illusions, in hope, in fear…which binds together all humanity--the dead to the living and the living to the unborn.--Joseph Conrad
- As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.--Carl Jung
- As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others.--Robert H. Schuller
- At different stages in our lives, the signs of love may vary: dependence, attraction, contentment, worry, loyalty, grief, but at heart the source is always the same. Human beings have the rare capacity to connect with each other, against all odds.--Michael Dorris
- Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.--St. Teresa of Avila
- The best teachers of humanity are the lives of great men.--Samuel Johnson
- But although denying that we have a special position in the natural world might seem becomingly modest in the eye of eternity, it might also be used as an excuse for evading our responsibilities. The fact is that no species has ever had such wholesale control over everything on earth, living or dead, as we now have. That lays upon us, whether we like it or not, an awesome responsibility. In our hands now lies not only our own future, but that of all living creatures with whom we share the earth.--David Attenborough (Life on Earth)
- Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination.--Albert Einstein
- Creativity comes with being human; it is the power to think new, to imagine, to see a metaphor. Animals make by instinct. People get new ideas. All you need is an open mind.--Jean Unsworth
- Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place.--Rosalynn Carter
- The essence of being human is that, in the brief moment we exist on this spinning planet, we can love some persons and some things, in spite of the fact that time and death will ultimately claim us all.-Rollo May (The Courage to Create)
- ... everyone who is human has something to express. Try not expressing yourself for twenty-four hours and see what happens. You will nearly burst. You will want to write a long letter, or draw a picture, or sing, or make a dress or a garden.--Brenda Ueland
- The fact that we are human beings is infinitely more important than all the peculiarities that distinguish human beings from one another.--Simone de Beauvoir (The Second Sex)
- Few are the giants of the soul who actually feel that the human race is their family circle.--Freya Stark (Ionia)
- The greatest gift we can give one another is rapt attention to one another's existence.--Sue Atchley Ebaugh
- The greatest need in the world at this moment is the transformation of human nature.--Billy Graham ("Focus on Hong Kong")
- Having been created in the image and likeness of God, unlike trees or flowers or fire or the moon, we are most fully human when we love, forgive and work toward peace. To be violent, vengeful or selfish is to be un-human!--Daniel P. Horan ("A Franciscan Millenial and the Memory of 9/11" in Franciscan Voices on 9/11)
- Hell is a giant banquet room with tables filled with every possible good thing to eat and drink. The people are all seated at the banquet tables, but they are all starving, emaciated, skin on skeleton figures. They are chained in such a way that they can reach out and pick up the food, but the chains prevent them from bringing the food to their mouth.In the ultimate cruelty, they are dying of starvation with food in their hands.
Surprisingly, the Heaven is also a giant banquet room with tables filled with all the same, wonderful, choices as before. And just as before, the people are all chained so that they can pick up the food, but can't bring it to their mouth. However, in this banquet room, the people are all healthy. They are laughing, singing and enjoying themselves. The difference? In Heaven, they have realized that although they cannot feed themselves, the chains allow them to feed each other.--Anonymous
- How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.--Albert Einstein
- A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.--Albert Einstein
- Human nature is so constituted that is we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse, the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.--Mahatma Gandhi
- Human nature loses its most precious quality when it is robbed of its sense of things beyond, unexplored and yet insistent.--Alfred North Whitehead ("Harvard: The Future" Atlantic, September 1936)
- I believe it is the nature of people to be heroes, given the chance.--James A. Autry
- I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings.--Pearl S. Buck
- If everyone would take only according to his needs and would leave the surplus to the needy, no one would be rich, no one poor, no one in misery.--St. Basil
- If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others.--François Duc de La Rochefoucauld (Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims)
- If we think we have ours and don't owe any time or money or effort to help those left behind, then we are a part of the problem rather than the solution to the fraying social fabric that threatens all Americans.--Marian Wright Edelman
- If, when you charged a person with his faults, you credited him with his virtues too, you would probably like everybody.--Lawrence G. Lovasik (The Hidden Power of Kindness)
- I'm quite sure that ... I have no race prejudices, and I think I have no color prejudices nor caste prejudices nor creed prejudices. Indeed, I know it. I can stand any society. All that I care to know is that a man is a human being--that is enough for me he can't be any worse.--Mark Twain
- In every child who is born, under no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again.-James Agee
- In the final analysis there is no other solution to man's progress but the day's honest work, the day's honest decision, the day's generous utterances, and the day's good deed.--Clare Booth Luce
- Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.--George Bernard Shaw
- The isolated individual is not a real person. A real person is one who lives in and for others. And the more personal relationships we form with others, the more we truly realize ourselves as persons. It has even been said that there can be no true person unless there are two, entering into communication with one another.--Kallistos Ware
- It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.--Hermann Hesse
- Jesus' power is the power of human wholeness that ultimately opens, invites and enables human beings to step beyond defense lines where incomplete humanity always hides in order to experience full humanity.--John Shelby Spong (Jesus for the Non Religious)
- Joy, happiness ... we do not question. They are beyond question, maybe. A matter of being. But pain forces us to think, and to make connections ... to discover what has been happening to cause it. And, curiously enough, pain draws us to other human beings in a significant way, whereas joy or happiness to some extent, isolates.--May Sarton
- Light came to me when I realized that I did not have to consider any racial group as a whole. God made them duck by duck and that was the only way I could see them.--Zora Neale Hurston
- Man is always marveling at what he has blown apart, never at what the universe has put together, and this is his limitation.--Loren Eiseley
- Man is unique not because he does science, and his is unique not because he does art, but because science and art equally are expressions of his marvelous plasticity of mind.--Jacob Bronowski (The Ascent of Man)
- Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.--Bern Williams
- The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.--Martin Luther King Jr. (Strength to Love)
- Men feel that cruelty to the poor is a kind of cruelty to animals. They never feel that it is an injustice to equals; nay it is treachery to comrades.--G. K. Chesterton
- A moment's thought shows that man's feeling of isolation has no foundation, biologically or sociologically. We grow out of the Universe, we are an expression of it. The iron in our blood comes from the high temperature fusion of stars. We constantly interact with our environment. The force of gravity keeps our feet upon the earth and has a vital effect upon our metabolism. The air we breathe comes form the seas and the leaves, and the sun allows the process to take place. Society gives us all that makes us human: our culture, our symbols, our concepts and our values. Without society, the notion of the individual would have no meaning.--Paul Ingram
- Never underestimate the capacity of another human being to have exactly the same shortcomings you have.--Leigh Steinberg (America West)
- No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of continent, a part of the main.--John Donne
- One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.--May Sarton
- One of Albert Schweitzer's last statements was quoted as: "The destiny of man is to be more and more human." He was mistaken. The destiny of man is to become progressively less human and more humane, less compulsive and more creative, less instinctive and more intuitive, less material and more spiritual. Man's destiny is to always become more fully divine.--Gordon Tibbles
- One of the best ways to measure people is how they behave when something free is offered.--Ann Landers
- One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night.--Margaret Mead
- Oppression involves a failure of the imagination: the failure to imagine the full humanity of other human beings.--Margaret Atwood
- Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited.--Margaret Mead
- Our stories arise from our hearts and out souls. In this sense, telling our stories becomes a sacred gesture opening a clear way to that deep, ecstatic center where we are most uniquely our selves, individual and unique, and yet are ourselves, joined together at the heart. Once we understand this, we see that the stories of our daily lives, so rich with the experiences of trial and error, so deeply rooted in the here-and-now, so embodied and real and various - our ordinary stories are extraordinarily spirit filled. The routine exchanges, the daily duties, the everyday work: these become the heart-rich, soul-filled liturgies that sustain us. reminding us over and over that we are spiritual beings temporarily at home in human bodies, students working through a lifelong curriculum that teaches us to be human, each assigned her own daily lessons.--Susan Wittig Albert (Writing from Life : Telling Your Soul's Story)
- The paradox of our time in history is that:
we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers;
wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints;
we spend more, but have less;
we buy more, but enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families;
more conveniences, but less time;
wee have more degrees, but less sense;
more knowledge, but less judgement;
more experts, but more problems;
more medicine, but less wellness.
We have multiplied our possessions,
but reduces our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, hate too often.
We learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We've added years to life, but not life to years.
W've been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.
We've conquered outer space, but not inner space;
we've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul;
we've split the atom, but not our prejudice;
we have higher incomes, but lower morals;
we've become long on quantity, but short on quality.
These are the times of tall men, and short character;
steep profits, and shallow relationships.
These are the times of world peace
but domestic warfare;
more leisure, but less fun;
more kinds of food, but less nutrition.
These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce;
of fancier houses, but broken homes.
It is a time when there is much in the show window
and nothing in the stockroom;
a time when technology can bring this letter to you,
and a time when you can choose
either to make a difference--
or just hit delete.--George Carlin ("The Paradox")
- People are like books, unknown until they are opened.--Richard Paul Evans
- People throughout the world may look different or have a different religion, education, or position, but they are all the same. They are the people to be loved. They are all hungry for love.--Mother Teresa
- Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it. No destructive lies. No ridiculous fears. No debilitating anger.--Bill Bradley
- Start doing the things you think should be done, and start being what you think society should become. Do you believe in free speech? Then speak freely. Do you love the truth? Then tell it. Do you believe in an open society? Then act in the open. Do you believe in a decent and humane society? Then behave decently and humanely.--Adam Michnik
- Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.--Buddha
- That torture is wrong can never be the conclusion to any line of reasoning because it has to be a fundamental premise. Witnessing to the humanity of the other is the place where all moral reasoning must begin.--Canon Doctor Giles Fraser
- There is divine beauty in learning, just as there is human beauty in tolerance. To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you.--Elie Wiesel
- There is one great and universal wish of mankind expressed in all religions, in all art and philosophy, and in all human life: the wish to pass beyond himself as he now is.--Beatrice Hinkle
- Therefore we pledge to bind ourselves to one another, to embrace our lowliest, to keep company with our loneliest, to educate our illiterate, to feed our starving, to clothe our ragged, to do all good things, knowing that we are more than keepers of our brothers and sisters. We are our brothers and sisters.--Maya Angelou
- These things will destroy the human race:
politics without principle,
progress without compassion,
wealth without work,
learning without silence,
religion without fearlessness
and worship without awareness.--Anthony de Mello
- To be nobody-but-yourself--in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else--means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.--e. e. cummings
- The true grandeur of humanity is in moral elevation, sustained, enlightened, and decorated by the intellect of man.--Charles Sumner
- The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.--Martin Luther King, Jr.
- We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.--Tim McGraw
- We are a nation of communities...a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.--George Herbert Walker Bush (Acceptance speech, Republican National Convention, 1988, acutally written by Peggy Noonan)
- We are not here for the sake of possessions, or of power. Or of happiness, but we are here to transfigure the divine out of human spirit.--Walter Rathenau
- We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.--Pierre Teihard de Chardin
- We don't get to know people when they come to us; we must go to them to find out what they are like.--Goethe
- We must bend down to see God. We will find him there in the frailty of our humanity, among the poor, the sick, the lame and the blind. Yes, God is there and will always be there until the end of time.--Unknown (Good Words)
- Weapons are the tools of violence; all decent men detest them. Weapons are the tools of fear; a decent man will avoid them except in the direst necessity and, if compelled, will use them only with the utmost restraint. Peace is his highest value. If the peace has been shattered, how can he be content? His enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself. He doesn't wish them personal harm. Nor does he rejoice in victory. How could he rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?--Lao-tzu (Tao Te Ching trans. by Stephen Mitchell)
- Whatever one of us blames in another, each one will find in his own heart.--Seneca
- A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that everyone of those darkly clustered houses encloses it's own secret that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of it's imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it!--Charles Dickens (A Tale Of Two Citites)
- The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.--George Bernard Shaw (The Devil's Disciple)
- You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.--Marie Curie
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