The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
It is heroic to prepare for war with a tyrant power. Patriots will always win the admiration of mankind for daring to meet the bloodshed of battle for their country’s liberty. But the patriot who is willing to go to that sacrifice will be the first to condemn the aimless and secret shedding of blood in time of peace.
A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants.
Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness; it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind.
To show the world what long experience gains, requires not courage, though it calls for pains; but at life’s outset to inform mankind is a bold effort of a valiant mind.
Mankind is getting smarter every day. Actually, it only seems so. At least we are making progress. We’re progressing, to be sure, ever more deeply into the forest.
At the very beginning of my creative life I loved humanity. I wanted to do something good for mankind. Soon I understood that it isn’t possible to save mankind.
Mankind have their local attachments. They have a particular regard for the spot, in which they were born and nurtured.
The true basis of morality is utility; that is, the adaptation of our actions to the promotion of the general welfare and happiness; the endeavour so to rule our lives that we may serve and bless mankind.
How could you fear a dearth? Have not mankind tho’ slain by millions, millions left behind?