#human-nature

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45 Greatest Quotes About Human Nature


Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive and potentially orderly and constructive. Margaret Mead
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups. George Carlin
Most times, it's just a lot easier not to let the world know what's wrong. Chuck Palahniuk
there is no shortage of fault to be found amid our stars. John Green
Truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations. Margaret Atwood
Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance. Kurt Vonnegut
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people. Isaac Newton
The idea that I can't share my problems with other people makes me not give a shit about their problems. Chuck Palahniuk
Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism. Blaise Pascal
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. William James
Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint. Alexander Hamilton
He is really not so ugly after all, provided, of course, that one shuts one's eyes, and does not look at him. Oscar Wilde
I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest. Henry David Thoreau
Human nature is not of itself vicious. Thomas Paine
Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary. Milan Kundera
Most people are far too much occupied with themselves to be malicious. Friedrich Nietzsche
Nature is as well adapted to our weakness as to our strength. Henry David Thoreau
Power in any Form . . . when directed only by human Wisdom and Benevolence is dangerous. John Adams
Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. Mark Twain
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is. Albert Camus
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. Albert Einstein
When all is said and done, the life of faith is nothing if not an unending struggle of the spirit with every available weapon against the flesh. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
We think we know what we are doing. We have always thought so. Michael Crichton
If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time. George Orwell
Human nature is not nearly as bad as it has been thought to be. Abraham Maslow
Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire. Dan Brown
And certainly, the mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fairly raise some wonder that we are so fond of it. George Eliot
Human nature is not black and white but black and grey. Graham Greene
The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend. Chuck Palahniuk
In the end, you have to choose whether or not to trust someone. Sophie Kinsella
We are never so defensless against suffering as when we love. Sigmund Freud
Avoidable human misery is more often caused not so much by stupidity as by ignorance, particularly our ignorance about ourselves. Carl Sagan
Sometimes it's more important to be human, than to have good taste. Bertolt Brecht
As a general rule...people ask for advice only in order not to follow it; or if they do follow it, in order to have someone to blame for giving it. Alexandre Dumas
It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it. Denis Diderot
I am Envy...I cannot read and therefore wish all books burned. Christopher Marlowe
Habituated from our Infancy to trample upon the Rights of Human Nature, every generous, every liberal Sentiment, if not extinguished, is enfeebled in our Minds. George Mason
To hope for a true change of human life without a change of human nature is an irrational and unspiritual proposition. Sri Aurobindo
Pliable human nature is relentlessly pressed upon by its physical environment. Jane Addams
Human nature is the one constant through human history. It is always there. Thucydides