human nature

A Quote by C. S. Lewis on right, wrong, law, human nature, nature, good, evil, and humankind

Now this Law or Rule about Right and Wrong used to be called the Law of Nature.  Nowadays, when we talk of the 'laws of nature' we usually mean things like gravitation, or heredity, or the laws of chemistry.  But when the older thinkers called the Law of Right and Wrong the 'Law of Nature', they really meant the Law of Human Nature. The idea was that, just as all bodies are governed by the law of gravitation, and organisms by biological laws, so the creature called man also had his law--with this great difference, that a body could not choose whether it obeyed the law of gravitation or not, but a man could choose either to obey the Law of Human Nature or to disobey it.

C. S. Lewis

Source: Mere Christianity

Contributed by: Crissy

A Quote by Mark Twain on journalism, human nature, and man

You want to understand men, run a country paper.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Eddie Vedder on eddie vedder, into the wild, society, greed, and human nature

It's a mystery to me;
We have a greed, with which we have agreed.
You think you have to want more than you need.
Until you have it all, you won't be free.

Eddie Vedder

Source: From the song "Society", part of the "Into The Wild" soundtrack.

Contributed by: quickSilver

A Quote by Sol Luckman on luke soloman, begging, money, survival, human, humanity, human nature, generosity, crisis, good samaritan, selfish, greedy, philanthropy, philanthropist, and goodwill

It takes money to make money, even begging. Humans are herd animals. If a stranger’s bleeding to death beside the road, most people won’t stop to offer a Band-Aid. But get the ball rolling with a couple Good Samaritans, and before you know it you’ve got more eager philanthropists than you know what to do with.

Sol Luckman

Source: Beginner's Luke: Book I of the Beginner's Luke Series, Pages: 76..77

Contributed by: Leigh

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, human nature, education, teaching, diversity, individualism, self-mastery, and self-criticism

What we actually learn from trying to carry out the program of philosophical education or teaching in the humanities or liberal arts (no matter how it may be done or via what materials), is demonstrably a lesson in diversification:  if there is anything "universalist" or "uniformitarian" about human nature, it defies being evidenced.  Students as individuals and as groups are very differentially susceptible to learning the arts of self-mastery and self-criticism:  if every human being were equitably competent to penetrate and discompose his own illusions and delusions, not just philosophy classes but education at large would be mostly superfluous.  People in general could just sit and think for themselves. 

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by W. Somerset Maugham on life, soul, human nature, and travel

I was a stray acquaintance whom he had never seem before and would never see again, a wandered for a moment through his monotonous life, and some starved impulse left him to lay bare his soul.  I have in this way learned more about men in a night than I could if I had known them for 10 years.  If you are interested in human nature, it is one of the greatest pleasures of travel.

W. Somerset Maugham

Source: THE GENTLEMAN IN THE PARLOUR: A Record Of a Journey from Rangoon to Haiphong

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A Quote by Mark Twain on human nature, life, and cruelty

Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: "The Lowest Animal"

Contributed by: James

A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on affection, trust, human nature, east, west, and humanity

I am not conscious of a single experience throughout my three months' stay in England and Europe that made me feel that after all East is East and West is West. On the contrary, I have been convinced more than ever that human nature is much the same, no matter under what clime it flourishes, and that if you approached people with trust and affection you would have ten-fold trust and thousand-fold affection returned to you.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Source: The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas (Vintage Spiritual Classics), Pages: 235

Contributed by: jess

A Quote by Emily Hilburn Sell on love, universe, human nature, and knowledge

Love is a force that connects us to every strand of the universe, an unconditional state that characterizes human nature, a form of knowledge that is always there for us if only we can open ourselves to it.

Emily Hilburn Sell

Contributed by: intrigue

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