Human nature Quotes

Quotes related to Human nature.


  • “Someone who thinks well of himself is said to have a healthy self-concept and is envied. Someone who thinks well of his country is called a patriot and is applauded. But someone who thinks well of his species is regarded as hopelessly naïve and is dismissed.”
    o Alfie Kohn, The Brighter Side of Human Nature: Altruism and Empathy in Everyday Life, 1990.

  • o ‘Father, I stretch my hand to thee!’

    Why do I stretch my hand to him? Because their weak hands,their weak hands, and their feeble hands, I know What I’m talking about, children. My hands are weak, My hands are feeble ; But His hands are strong, His hands are secure, His hands are stable.

    Father I stretch My hand to thee,
    None other power I know

    I can’t do enough for myself. I can’t do enough for my children. I can’t do enough for you. And You can’t do enough for the people around you, You can’t do enough for your family, You can do all you can do BUT YOU NEED GOD!

    If thou withdraw thyself from me
    where there shall I go?
    What did Thine only Son endure
    Before I drew my breath?
    What pain, what labor, to secure
    My soul from endless death!.

    I need GOD in the morning!
    I need Him in the noonday!
    I need Him late at night!
    I need Him in my going in and in my coming out!
    I need Him in rising and in my falling!”

  • o Archbishop LeRoy Bailey Jr., Senior Pastor w:The First Cathedral From a sermon entitled: We Need GODDelivered June 14th,2007 at The First Cathedral


  • “But a conception of human nature, and its connections to other fields such as politics and the arts, have been there from time immemorial.” ~ Steven Pinker
  • “Human nature, as manifested in tribalism and nationalism, provides the momentum of the machinery of human evolution.” ~ Arthur Keith
  • “Human nature is not of itself vicious.” ~ Thomas Paine
  • “Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.” ~ Jane Austen
  • “Human nature is the same now as when Adam hid from the presence of God; the consciousness of wrong makes us unwilling to meet those whom we have offended.” ~ Matthew Simpson
  • “Is there a random when there was no topic to begin with?” ~ Alex K on how conversations wander.
  • “It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured.” ~ Tacitus
  • “It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.” ~ Anatole France
  • “It’s human nature to be curious about people, and to be more curious about young people than old people. We want to cheer something on at the same time we want to tear it down. That’s just so normal.” ~ Amy Grant
  • “It’s human nature to start taking things for granted again when danger isn’t banging loudly on the door.” ~ David Hackworth
  • “Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.” ~ Henry B. Adams
  • “Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  • “Poor human nature, what horrible crimes have been committed in thy name!” ~ Emma Goldman
  • “Race hate isn’t human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.” ~ Orson Welles
  • “Shakespeare reveals human nature brilliantly: he shines a light on our instinctive desire to dominate each other.” ~ Edward Hall
  • “Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment.” ~ Ross Perot
  • “Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.” ~ Karl Kraus
  • “The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful.” ~ Noam Chomsky
  • “To the intelligent man with an interest in human nature it must often appear strange that so much of the energy of the scientific world has been spent on the study of the body and so little on the study of the mind.” ~ Edward Thorndike
  • “What sick ridiculous puppets we are / and what gross little stage we dance on / What fun we have dancing and fucking / Not a care in the world / Not knowing that we are nothing / We are not what was intended.” ~ John Doe (Se7en)
  • “…and that is what it means to be Human. To make yourself more than you are” ~ Captain Picard (Star Trek: Nemesis)
  • “Many of our moral and political policies are designed to preempt what we know to be the worst features of human nature. The checks and balances in a democracy, for instance, were invented in explicit recognition of the fact that human leaders will always be tempted to arrogate power to themselves. Likewise, our sensitivity to racism comes from an awareness that groups of humans, left to their own devices, are apt to discriminate and oppress other groups, often in ugly ways. History also tells us that a desire to enforce dogma and suppress heretics is a recurring human weakness, one that has led to recurring waves of gruesome oppression and violence. A recognition that there is a bit of Torquemada in everyone should make us wary of any attempt to enforce a consensus or demonize those who challenge it.” ~ What is Your Dangerous Idea? (2007) ed., John Brockman, “Introduction,” Steven Pinker, p. xxxi.
  • “A recognition that there is a bit of Torquemada in everyone should make us wary of any attempt to enforce a consensus or demonize those who challenge it.” ~ What is Your Dangerous Idea? (2007) ed., John Brockman, “Introduction,” Steven Pinker, p. xxxi.


  • “We’re just like other people: We love to sing, we love to dance, we admire beautiful women. We are human, and sometimes very human.” ~ Something sampled in Wax Tailor’s song “Ungodly Fruit.”
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