As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.
Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people’s happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.
Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history.
We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance.
Now, what really makes a teacher is love for the human child; for it is love that transforms the social duty of the educator into the higher consciousness of a mission.
Evolutionary biologists are not content merely to explain how variation occurs within limits, however. They aspire to answer a much broader question-which is how complex organisms like birds, and flowers, and human beings came into existence in the first place.
Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.
Apart from the intrinsic interest of the complex system of beliefs the Puritans carried with them, their lives give a clue to what it meant at the beginning to be American. And the level of scholarship dealing with them has reached a point where it can address the human condition itself.
There are three attributes for which I am grateful to Fortune: that I was born, first, human and not animal; second, man and not woman; and third, Greek and not barbarian.
It is necessary to be concerned about the importance of educating a really beautiful human spirit.