Quotes with mankind
Property monopolized or in the possession of a few is a curse to mankind.
Religious discord has lost her sting; the cumbrous weapons of theological warfare are antiquated: the field of politics supplies the alchymists of our times with materials of more fatal explosion, and the butchers of mankind no longer travel to another world for instruments of cruelty and destruction.
Oration at Plymouth (December 22, 1802)
In charity to all mankind, bearing no malice or ill will to any human being, and even compassionating those who hold in bondage their fellow men, not knowing what they do.
Letter to A. Bronson (July 30, 1838)
To furnish the means of acquiring knowledge is ... the greatest benefit that can be conferred upon mankind. It prolongs life itself and enlarges the sphere of existence.
About establishment of Smithsonian Institution.
The most melancholy of human reflections, perhaps, is that, on the whole, it is a question whether the, benevolence of mankind does most good or harm.
Physics and Politics (1869)
If they dare to come out in the open field and defend the gold standard as a good thing, we will fight them to the uttermost. Having behind us the producing masses of this nation and the world, supported by the commercial interests, the laboring interests and the toilers everywhere, we will answer their demand for a gold standard by saying to them: You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns, you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.
Cross of Gold Speech (1896)
Money is the symbol of duty. It is the sacrament of having done for mankind that which mankind wanted.
All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of Books. They are the chosen possession of men.
All mankind rules its women, and we rule all mankind, but our women rule us.
Quoted in Plutarch's Apophthegmata regum et imperatorum.
Fortune, you have accomplished nothing by resisting all my endeavours. I have fought, till now, for my country's freedom, and not for my own, I did not strive so doggedly to be free, but only to live among the free. Now, since the affairs of mankind are beyond hope, let Cato be withdrawn to safety.
According to Seneca's Epistulae morales ad Lucilium, Cato the Younger cried out these words prior to stabbing himself with the sword and eventually taking his own life.
I think that all ambitions are lawful except those which climb upwards on the miseries or credulities of mankind. All intellectual and artistic ambitions are permissible, up to and even beyond the limit of prudent sanity.
Some Reminiscences (1912)
True prayer is not asking God for love; it is learning to love, and to include all mankind in one affection.
Any power must be an enemy of mankind which enslaves the individual by terror and force, whether it arises under the Fascist or the Communist flag. All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded to the individual.
Statement, England, September 15, 1933
A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move towards higher levels.
"Atomic Education Urged By Einstein", The New York Times, May 25, 1946.
A human being is part of the whole called by us universe , a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty...We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
There is an urge and rage in people to destroy, to kill, to murder, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated and grown, will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again.
All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
History ... is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
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 or obscured by mortal power.
The history of mankind is a romance, a mask, a tragedy, constructed upon the principles of POETICAL JUSTICE; it is a noble or royal hunt, in which what is sport to the few is death to the many, and in which the spectators halloo and encourage the strong to set upon the weak, and cry havoc in the chase, though they do not share in the spoil.
Characters of Shakespeare's Plays
Mankind is a great, an immense family. This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.
As I know more of mankind, I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man, upon easier terms than I was formerly.
Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) by James Boswell
I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project...will be more exciting, or more impressive to mankind, or more important...and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish...
It is my earnest hope, and indeed the hope of all mankind, that from this solemn occasion a better world shalll emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past.
Nearly every great discovery or invention that has blessed mankind has had to fight its way to recognition, even against the opposition of the most progressive men.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
There is nothing which all mankind venerate and admire so much as simple truth, exempt from artifice, duplicity, and design.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
The truth, indeed, is something that mankind, for some mysterious reason, instinctively dislikes. Every man who tries to tell it is unpopular, and even when, by the sheer strength of his case, he prevails, he is put down as a scoundrel.
Chicago Tribune (23 May 1926)
The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.
A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949)
If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly; let him rejoice.
Speech, Dec. 23, 1965
A state arises,as I conceive,out of the needs of mankind;no one is self-sufficing,but all of us have many wants
Whatever difference may appear in the fortunes of mankind, there is, nevertheless, a certain compensation of good and evil which makes them equal.
God gave me my money. I believe the power to make money is a gift from God -- to be developed and used to the best of our ability for the good of mankind.
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell (1967-1969)
The only thing that will redeem mankind is co-operation.
Human Society in Ethics and Politics (1954)
The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.
If Nature had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented architecture, and I prefer houses to the open air.
The Decay of Lying (1889)
History...is not [merely] the past. It is an intellectual process...[the function of which is] to cleanse the story of mankind from the deceiving visions of [a] purposeful past.
When the interests of mankind are at stake, they will obey with joy the man whom they believe to be wiser than themselves. You may prove this on all sides: you may see how the sick man will beg the doctor to tell him what he ought to do, how a whole ship’s company will listen to the pilot.