Quotations on Human nature

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Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Inconsistency, Temper, Weakness)

The science of the mind can only have for its proper goal the understanding of human nature by every human being, and through its use, brings peace to every human soul.
- Alfred Adler
(Keywords: Nature, Peace, Science, Soul, Goal, Being, Human nature, Mind, Understanding)

It is human nature that rules the world, not governments and regimes.
- Svetlana Alliluyeva
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Rules, World)

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
- Walter Bagehot
(Keywords: Nature, Idea, Human nature, Pain)

The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it.
- Walter Bagehot
(Keywords: Nature, People, Being, Human nature, Opinion, Will)

Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps.
- Honore de Balzac
(Keywords: Men, Nature, Ideas, Cure, Human nature, Will)

I actually think that secrets are just a part of human nature and that everybody should have some.
- Elizabeth Banks
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Secrets)

The parental, and filial affections seem to be as ardent, their sensibility and attachment, as active and faithful, as those observed to be in human nature.
- William Bartram
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Sensibility)

It is insight into human nature that is the key to the communicator's skill. For whereas the writer is concerned with what he puts into his writings, the communicator is concerned with what the reader gets out of it. He therefore becomes a student of how people read or listen.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Nature, People, Human nature, Key, Skill, Writer)

Fraternity among nations, however, touches the deepest desire of human nature.
- Hjalmar Branting
(Keywords: Nature, Desire, Human nature, Nations)

Thus self-love as one part of human nature, and the several particular principles as the other part, are, themselves, their objects and ends, stated and shown.
- Joseph Butler
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Principles, Self)

It is human nature to instinctively rebel at obscurity or ordinariness.
- Taylor Caldwell
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Obscurity)

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
- Dale Carnegie
(Keywords: Nature, Garden, Human nature, Living, Roses, Today, Windows)

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
(Keywords: History, Nature, Human nature, Manipulation, Nothing)

Psychology keeps trying to vindicate human nature. History keeps undermining the effort.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: History, Nature, Effort, Human nature, Psychology, Trying)

It is clear that this essential Christian doctrine gives a new value to human nature, to human history and to human life which is not to be found in the other great oriental religions.
- Christopher Dawson
(Keywords: History, Life, Nature, Christian, Doctrine, Human nature, Value)

For humanism also appeals to man as man. It seeks to liberate the universal qualities of human nature from the narrow limitations of blood and soil and class and to create a common language and a common culture in which men can realize their common humanity.
- Christopher Dawson
(Keywords: Men, Nature, Blood, Class, Culture, Human nature, Humanism, Humanity, Language, Limitations)

I find it strange the way human nature wants heroes and yet wants to destroy their heroes. It's a kind of mass insecurity people want something to look up to and get a buzz off but, at the same time, want to destroy it because it makes them feel insecure.
- Danielle Dax
(Keywords: Nature, Time, People, Heroes, Human nature, Insecurity, Want)

The trifle now inscribed with your name. was occasioned by a particular fact; but to the disgrace of human nature, the subject is sufficiently general to interest every heart not totally impenetrable.
- Thomas Day
(Keywords: Nature, Heart, Disgrace, Fact, Human nature, Interest, Name, Now, Trifle)

Any theory intended to describe and analyze socio-historical reality cannot restrict itself to the human spirit and disregard the totality of human nature.
- Wilhelm Dilthey
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Reality, Spirit, Theory)

He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick
(Keywords: Love, Nature, Courage, Calamity, Faces, Human nature, Will)

The most beautiful as well as the most ugly inclinations of man are not part of a fixed biologically given human nature, but result from the social process which creates man.
- Erich Fromm
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Result, Ugly)

My sentiments for the American cause, from the Stamp Act downward, have never changed... I am still of opinion that it is the cause of liberty and of human nature.
- Christopher Gadsden
(Keywords: Nature, Act, American, Cause, Human nature, Liberty, Opinion)

There is something mean in human nature that prefers to think evil, that gives a willing ear and a ready welcome to calumny, a sort of jealousy of goodness and greatness and things of good report.
- Richard Le Gallienne
(Keywords: Nature, Greatness, Calumny, Evil, Goodness, Human nature, Jealousy)

We should meet abuse by forbearance. Human nature is so constituted that if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse, the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Anger, Nature, Abuse, Human nature, Will)

Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been know to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Nature, Love, Despair, Evil, Human nature, Influence, Yield)

Law is born from despair of human nature.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset
(Keywords: Nature, Despair, Human nature, Law)

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
(Keywords: Nature, Time, People, Human nature, Old, Want)

Human nature means that institutions at some point lose their sense of mission. That sense of vulnerability drives Pimco.
- Bill Gross
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Mission, Sense, Vulnerability)

I believe that when people have an occupation that allows them to provide for their families, the social dimension of human nature will emerge instinctively and lead people to help and organize others less privileged.
- Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao
(Keywords: Nature, People, Help, Human nature, Occupation, Will)

Shakespeare reveals human nature brilliantly: he shines a light on our instinctive desire to dominate each other.
- Edward Hall
(Keywords: Nature, Desire, Human nature, Light, Shakespeare)

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Nature, Enthusiasm, Bravery, Heroism, Human nature, Liberty)

The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Nature, Divinity, Rights, Human nature, Mankind, Old)

In the general course of human nature, A power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Power, Nature, Human nature, Will)

Theories that go counter to the facts of human nature are foredoomed.
- Edith Hamilton
(Keywords: Nature, Facts, Human nature, Theories)

Wars will remain while human nature remains. I believe in my soul in cooperation, in arbitration; but the soldier's occupation we cannot say is gone until human nature is gone.
- Rutherford B. Hayes
(Keywords: Nature, Soul, Cooperation, Human nature, Occupation, Will)

What breadth, what beauty and power of human nature and development there must be in a woman to get over all the palisades, all the fences, within which she is held captive!
- Alexander Herzen
(Keywords: Beauty, Nature, Power, Development, Human nature, Woman)

Physical nature lies at our feet shackled with a hundred chains. What of the control of human nature? Do not point to the triumphs of psychiatry, social services or the war against crime. Domination of human nature can only mean the domination of every man by himself.
- Johan Huizinga
(Keywords: Nature, War, Control, Crime, Feet, Human nature, Lies, Psychiatry)

War seems to be one of the most salutary phenomena for the culture of human nature; and it is not without regret that I see it disappearing more and more from the scene.
- Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt
(Keywords: War, Nature, Culture, Human nature, Regret)

There is a very remarkable inclination in human nature to bestow on external objects the same emotions which it observes in itself, and to find every where those ideas which are most present to it.
- David Hume
(Keywords: Nature, Ideas, Emotions, Human nature, Present, Remarkable)

The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour.
- William James
(Keywords: Power, Nature, Alcohol, Earth, Facts, Human nature, Mankind)

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.
- Samuel Johnson
(Keywords: Happiness, Life, Nature, Knowledge, Human nature, Waste, Will)

I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man's virtues the means of deceiving him.
- Samuel Johnson
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Treason)

There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify - so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish.
- John Keats
(Keywords: Nature, Fire, Heroism, Human nature, Pity, Wonder)

It is not to be expected that human nature will change in a day.
- Frank B. Kellogg
(Keywords: Change, Nature, Day, Human nature, Will)

Horrifying as it was to crack up in the public eye, it made me look at myself and fix it. People were exploitative; that's human nature.
- Margot Kidder
(Keywords: Nature, People, Eye, Human nature, Public)

Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
- Karl Kraus
(Keywords: Nature, Crime, Human nature, Justice, Will)

What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg
(Keywords: Nature, Knowledge, Human nature, Nothing)

Every so often, we pass laws repealing human nature.
- Howard Lindsay
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Laws)

It's human nature to keep doing something as long as it's pleasurable and you can succeed at it - which is why the world population continues to double every 40 years.
- Peter Lynch
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Population, Succeed, World, Years)



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