Humanity may refer to mankind as a group, and to the human condition, but also the human quality of being benevolent.
- [...] 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, Last Chance to See (1990)
- An inadvertent step may crush the snail
That crawls at evening in the public path.
But he that has humanity, forewarned,
Will turn aside and let the reptile live.
- William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book VI.
- I've helped him into an act of humanity. Anyone else like the sound of that: act of humanity?
- The sick in soul insist that it is humanity that is sick, and they are the surgeons to operate on it. They want to turn the world into a sickroom. And once they get humanity strapped to the operating table, they operate on it with an ax.
- Eric Hoffer, in The Passionate State Of Mind, and Other Aphorisms (1955), Section 124.
- It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor. … Some of the worst tyrannies of our day genuinely are "vowed" to the service of mankind, yet can function only by pitting neighbor against neighbor. The all-seeing eye of a totalitarian regime is usually the watchful eye of the next-door neighbor. In a Communist state love of neighbor may be classed as counter-revolutionary.
- Eric Hoffer, in The Ordeal of Change (1963), Ch. 11: Brotherhood
- The impulse of power is to turn every variable into a constant, and give to commands the inexorableness and relentlessness of laws of nature. Hence absolute power corrupts even when exercised for humane purposes. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep. The taint inherent in absolute power is not its inhumanity but its anti-humanity.
- Eric Hoffer, in The Ordeal of Change (1963), Ch. 15 : The Unnaturalness Of Human Nature
- Laborin' man an' laborin' woman
Hev one glory an' one shame;
Ev'ythin' thet's done inhuman
Injers all on 'em the same.
- James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers (1848), First Series. No. 1, Stanza 10.
- My mistakes are my own, but over the ages humans have proven to be violent, short sighted and hostile. Is this really something I can do anything about?
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 380.
- Love, hope, fear, faith — these make humanity;
These are its sign and note and character.
- W'en you see a man in woe,
Walk right up and say "hullo."
Say "hullo" and "how d'ye do,"
"How's the world a-usin' you?"
. . . . .
W'en you travel through the strange
Country t'other side the range,
Then the souls you've cheered will know
Who you be, an' say "hullo."
- Sam Walter Foss, Hullo.
- He held his seat; a friend to human race.
- Homer, The Iliad, Book VI, line 18. Pope's translation.
- Respect us, human, and relieve us, poor.
- Homer, The Odyssey, Book IX, line 338. Pope's translation.
- Over the brink of it
Picture it—think of it,
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 a Shirt.
- For He, who gave this vast machine to roll,
Breathed Life in them, in us a Reasoning Soul;
That kindred feelings might our state improve,
And mutual wants conduct to mutual love.
- Juvenal, Satire XV, line 203.
- Every human heart is human.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hiawatha, Introduction, line 91.
- 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, 1st Baron Macaulay, Warren Hastings.
- For nothing human foreign was to him.
- James Thomson, To the Memory of Lord Talbot, translation of "Humani nihil a me alienum puto".
- For the interesting and inspiring thing about America, gentlemen, is that she asks nothing for herself except what she has a right to ask for humanity itself.
- Woodrow Wilson, speech at the luncheon of the Mayor of New York, May 17, 1915.
- Never to blend our pleasure or our pride
With sorrow of the meanest thing that feels.
- William Wordsworth, Hart-leap Well, Part II.
- But hearing oftentimes
The still, sad music of humanity.
- William Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey.