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Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Rutger Bregman
#1. Free money works. Already, research has correlated unconditional cash disbursements with reductions in crime, child mortality, malnutrition, teenage pregnancy, and truancy, and with improved school performance, economic growth, and gender equality.13 "The big reason poor people are poor is because they don't have enough money," notes economist Charles Kenny, "and it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that giving them money is a great way to reduce that problem. #Quote by Rutger Bregman
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Rutger Bregman
#2. Rousseau already observed that this form of government is more accurately an 'elective aristocracy' because in practice the people are not in power at all. Instead we're allowed to decide who holds power over us. It's also important to realise this model was originally designed to exclude society's rank and file. Take the American Constitution: historians agree it 'was intrinsically an aristocratic document designed to check the democratic tendencies of the period'. It was never the American Founding Fathers' intention for the general populace to play an active role in politics. Even now, though any citizen can run for public office, it's tough to win an election without access to an aristocratic network of donors and lobbyists. It's not surprising that American 'democracy' exhibits dynastic tendencies - think of the Kennedys, the Clintons, the Bushes.

Time and again we hope for better leaders, but all too often those hopes are dashed. The reason, says Professor Keltner, is that power causes people to lose the kindness and modesty that got them elected, or they never possessed those sterling qualities in the first place. In a hierarchically organised society, the Machiavellis are one step ahead. They have the ultimate secret weapon to defeat their competition.

They're shameless. #Quote by Rutger Bregman
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Rutger Bregman
#3. Whether it's the growth of the economy, audience shares, publications – slowly but surely, quality is being replaced by quantity. ... And driving it all is a force sometimes called "liberalism," an ideology that has been all but hollowed out. ... Freedom may be our highest ideal, but ours has become an empty freedom. Our fear of moralizing in any form has made morality a taboo in the public debate. The public arena should be "neutral," after all – yet never before has it been so paternalistic. On every street corner we're baited to booze, binge, borrow, buy, toil, stress, and swindle. Whatever we may tell ourselves about freedom of speech, our values are suspiciously close to those touted by precisely the companies that can pay for prime-time advertising. #Quote by Rutger Bregman
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Tamuna Tsertsvadze
#4. You humans can be such funny creatures, thinking yourselves kings and gods when you are but some miserly dust in this universe. #Quote by Tamuna Tsertsvadze
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Anne Rice
#5. There are ways to live this life, and my way has always been one of inclusion - of our own kind, of all humankind, of all spirits, of all things under the sun. It's not a virtue with me. I don't know any other way to move through the world. #Quote by Anne Rice
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by J.K. Rowling
#6. Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe. HARRY #Quote by J.K. Rowling
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by John Dos Passos
#7. I wonder if any of you have ever noticed that it is sometimes those who find most pleasure and amusement in their fellow man, and have most hope in his goodness, who get the reputation of being his most carping critics. Maybe it is that the satirist is so full of the possibilities of humankind in general, that he tends to draw a dark and garish picture when he tries to depict people as they are at any particular moment. The satirist is usually a pretty unpopular fellow. The only time he attains even fleeting popularity is when his works can be used by some political faction as a stick to beat out the brains of their opponents. Satirical writing is by definition unpopular writing. Its aim is to prod people into thinking. Thinking hurts.
(John Dos Passos, 1957, from the speech he delivered upon accepting the Gold Medal for Eminence in Fiction from the National Institute of Arts and Letters) #Quote by John Dos Passos
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Leo Tolstoy
#8. Love alone is the only reasonable activity or pursuit of humankind ... Fo r Love not only annihilates our fear of meaninglessness but empowers us to seek the happiness of others. And this indeed is our greatest happiness. #Quote by Leo Tolstoy
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Charlie Brooker
#9. I wish I enjoyed the World Cup, if only for some fleeting sense of common unity with the rest of humankind. But I simply don't get it. A huge number of my fellow citizens tune in and witness a glorious contest of ecstatic highs and heartbreaking lows. I see twenty-two millionaires fucking up a lawn. #Quote by Charlie Brooker
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#10. What a mighty nation, we will be, if we encourage one another? #Quote by Lailah Gifty Akita
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Charles Darwin
#11. In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by David Wolfe
#12. It seems the whole works of humankind are backwards. Most are trying to convince, instruct, and purify everyone else - without first purifying themselves. To enlighten others we have to enlighten ourselves. #Quote by David Wolfe
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Israel Regardie
#13. According to the traditional philosophy of the Magicians, every man is a unique autonomous center of individual consciousness, energy, and will - a soul, in a word. Like a star shining and existing by its own inward light, it pursues its way in the star-spangled heavens, solitary, uninterfered with, except in so far as its heavenly course is gravitationally modified by the presence, near or far, of other stars. Since in the vast stellar spaces seldom are there conflicts between the celestial bodies, unless one happens to stray from its appointed course - a very rare occurrence - so in the realms of humankind there would lie no chaos, little conflict, and no mutual disturbance were each individual content to be grounded in the reality of his own high consciousness, aware of his ideal nature In the his true purpose in life, and eager to pursue the road which he must follow. Because men have strayed from the dynamic sources inhering within themselves and the universe, and have forsaken their true spiritual wills, because they have divorced themselves from the celestial essences, betrayed by a mess of more sickly pottage than ever Jacob did sell to Esau, the world in this day presents a people with so hopeless an aspect, and a humanity impressed with so despondent a mien. Ignorance of the course of the celestial orbit, and the significance of that orbit inscribed in the skies forever, is the root which is at the bottom of universal dissatisfaction, unhappiness, and race-nostalgia #Quote by Israel Regardie
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Kim J. Vicente
#14. Technology - with all its promise and potential - has gotten so far beyond human control that its threatening the future of humankind. #Quote by Kim J. Vicente
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Chris Colfer
#15. I've always thought fairies were better than witches - and I liked feeling better than something else. It helped me cope with all the hatred the world sent us. Believing I was born that way made me feel valuable - like the universe was on my side."
"Me too," Skylene said. "And we hated witches just like humankind hates us. But now we know we're not better than witches - and we're not any better than humankind, either."
Brystal knelt in front of her troubled friends and placed a hand on both of their knees.
"We're all just a couple of mistakes away from becoming the people we despise," she said. "So don't think worse of yourself, but let this change how you think of yourself. Start valuing who you are, more than what you are. Prove you're better than most people by showing more acceptance and empathy. And fuel your pride with what you earn and create, instead of what you're born with. #Quote by Chris Colfer
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Jane Velez-Mitchell
#16. There is a severe horse overpopulation crisis caused by overbreeding in the racing industry. It's time for that industry to accept responsibility for its castoffs and take dramatic action to protect a species that has so loyally served humankind. #Quote by Jane Velez-Mitchell
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#17. At the inauguration of each sentence, the writer commences with an optimistic sense of curiosity. Similar to an inquisitive explorer, a writer begins each thoughtful decree with an appreciative sense of the unknown and ends with a reverent regard for the unanswerable. Repeating this instigating act of discovery by placing a combination of sentences down on paper creates a unique verdict. The writer's compilation of pronouncements expresses their interpretation of life. Replicating this creative endeavor in the futile effort to say it all imitates the revolving mystery of life where physical reality and mysterious forces of nature operate upon humankind. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Rutger Hauer
#18. I run; I am a coward at heart. I swear, when I smell violence or aggression the coward comes out in me. I have no desire to fight anybody except myself. #Quote by Rutger Hauer
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Kenneth Bayes
#19. Steiner's teachings begin and end with man but in between is humankind, the earth, the cosmos. Architecture is the same: it too begins and ends with individual man, with everything else within it. #Quote by Kenneth Bayes
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Plotinus
#20. Mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts. #Quote by Plotinus
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Billy Corgan
#21. I'm passionate about creating new systems that are more holistic to humankind. What do I mean by that? I mean, create new systems of business so that people with ethics both exploit their goods and their gifts while not exploiting the earth, exploiting one another. #Quote by Billy Corgan
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Rutger Hauer
#22. The funny thing is most people don't approach me because they are scared, and that's fine, I want to keep it that way. But the thing is if you're not scared or get over it you learn that sometimes what you're scared of is really what you shouldn't be scared of. #Quote by Rutger Hauer
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Bruce Bawer
#23. Clearly, Channing had not taught her young charges that the Declaration and Constitution, while two of the noblest documents in the history of humankind, were also, naturally, products of their time that reflected the limitations of their time (which, needless to say, is why the Constitution has been amended so many times since its ratification); no, she had taught them to revile the founding fathers - men whose vision, courage, and sacrifice made possible the freedom these students have known (and taken for granted) all their lives. These young women were incapable of grasping that the very criteria by which they presumed to judge the author of the Declaration and Constitution would not be available to them if not for those men's efforts. To say this, of course, is not to blame these students for their ignorance, but to underscore just how profoundly ill-served they are by courses of this sort. #Quote by Bruce Bawer
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Janvier Chouteu-Chando
#24. The writer is the cursed artist of the soul. The expression of his art is a reflection of his quest to understand man by unraveling the mysteries that have been haunting humankind from time immemorial. In the end of his journey to understand man, the writer becomes more human even though his soul ends up finding less peace. #Quote by Janvier Chouteu-Chando
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Salman Rushdie
#25. This may be the curse of human race . Not that we are different from one anther , but we are so alike . #Quote by Salman Rushdie
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Peter Wessel Zapffe
#26. As long as humankind recklessly proceeds in the fateful delusion of being biologically fated for triumph, nothing essential will change. #Quote by Peter Wessel Zapffe
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Mitt Romney
#27. I would explain to my children very simply that the defense of liberty is a cause that exacts a very high price in the history of humankind. #Quote by Mitt Romney
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Yuval Noah Harari
#28. Yet the greatest impact of the rise of great gods was not on sheep or demons, but upon the status of Homo sapiens. Animists thought that humans were just one of many creatures inhabiting the world. Polytheists, on the other hand, increasingly saw the world as a reflection of the relationship between gods and humans. Our prayers, our sacrifices, our sins and our good deeds determined the fate of the entire ecosystem. A terrible flood might wipe out billions of ants, grasshoppers, turtles, antelopes, giraffes and elephants, just because a few stupid Sapiens made the gods angry. Polytheism thereby exalted not only the status of the gods, but also that of humankind. Less fortunate members of the old animist system lost their stature and became either extras or silent decor in the great drama of man's relationship with the gods. #Quote by Yuval Noah Harari
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Red Haircrow
#29. Men can have an obvious display of heroics or strength or accomplishment, but it is the unsung women throughout all ages of humankind who have endured with superlative strength, beauty and love, often with secret suffering, that deserve absolute respect and acknowlegement. They are the true heroes of humanity. They are the champions who have birthed and nurtured us, who have held us together at the most integral level, when men seemed intent only on tearing apart the fabric of life for irrelevant ideals. #Quote by Red Haircrow
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Deyth Banger
#30. Stupidy is everwhere, what so far suprises me is that it's from humankind, not from the animals but from mankind??
THAT's a fact, what suprises me why the powerful creatures on this planet will do the stupidity, if we are cabable of doing stupidity let's call itself, people which aren't able... (SOunds clevera isn't it?) #Quote by Deyth Banger
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Mark Rubinstein
#31. Tell me a story" is as old as humankind. It's a prehistoric request, going back to when people sat around fires in caves. A novelist's first goal, above all, is to tell a story. #Quote by Mark Rubinstein
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Richelle E. Goodrich
#32. I wish the hearts of human beings pumped with kind desires.
I wish every gaze landed on the eyes of others compassionately.
I wish hatred, envy, and vengeance were alien concepts to humankind.
I wish the precious worth of every soul was universally understood. #Quote by Richelle E. Goodrich
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Yuval Noah Harari
#33. In contrast, humankind ascended to the top so quickly that the ecosystem was not given time to adjust. Moreover, humans themselves failed to adjust. Most top predators of the planet are majestic creatures. Millions of years of dominion have filled them with self-confidence. Sapiens by contrast is more like a banana republic dictator. Having so recently been one of the underdogs of the savannah, we are full of fears and anxieties over our position, which makes us doubly cruel and dangerous. Many historical calamities, from deadly wars to ecological catastrophes, have resulted from this over-hasty jump. #Quote by Yuval Noah Harari
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Dan Brown
#34. Over the last fifty years," the tall man declared, "our sins against Mother Nature have grown exponentially." He paused. "I fear for the soul of humankind. #Quote by Dan Brown
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by L. Neil Smith
#35. Human rights are an aspect of natural law, a consequence of the way the universe works, as solid and as real as photons or the concept of pi. The idea of self- ownership is the equivalent of Pythagoras' theorem, of evolution by natural selection, of general relativity, and of quantum theory. Before humankind discovered any of these, it suffered, to varying degrees, in misery and ignorance. #Quote by L. Neil Smith
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned
#36. The right to a quality education is, I believe, the perfect path to bridge the gap between different cultures and to reconcile various civilizations. Without such a right, the values of liberty, justice and equality will have no meaning. Ignorance is by far the biggest danger and threat to humankind. #Quote by Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Pope John Paul II
#37. United with the angels and saints of the heavenly Church, let us adore the most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. Prostrate, we adore this great mystery that contains God's new and definitive covenant with humankind in Christ. #Quote by Pope John Paul II
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Dale McGowan
#38. Spread your arms out to your sides, like a plane. Your wingspan is a timeline. Your left fingertip represents the time of the first single-celled life on earth. And your right fingertip is right this minute. Between the two is 3.7 billion years of time, the history of life on earth.

From your left fingertip, all the way up your arm, past your left shoulder, across your chest, and past your right shoulder, life on earth is nothing but bacteria. By the time you reach your right wrist, the most impressive form of life on earth, the king of beasts, is the worm. In the middle of your right palm you finally get your dinosaurs, and they're extinct by your last finger joint.

Run your eyes along that history again so far. All that history, all that life, and still no appearance by the Main Attraction, the species for whom everything is supposedly made - humankind.

So when do humans finally show up at the party? Well it's more than fashionably late. Homo sapiens fits in one fingernail clipping. #Quote by Dale McGowan
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Umberto Guidoni
#39. For the first time in history all the major countries in the world are pushing together to reach this goal ... building something in space that is really for all humankind. #Quote by Umberto Guidoni
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Mark Bowden
#40. You could send in your bleeding-heart do-gooders, you could hold hands and pray and sing hootenanny songs and invoke the great gods CNN and BBC, but the only way to finally open the roads to the big-eyed babies was to show up with more guns. And in this real world, nobody had more or better guns than America. If the good-hearted ideals of humankind were to prevail, then they needed men who could make it happen. #Quote by Mark Bowden
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by A. Bartlett Giamatti
#41. The gods have fled, I know. My sense is the gods have always been essentially absent. I do not believe human beings have played games or sports from the beginning merely to summon or to please or to appease the gods. If anthropologists and historians believe that, it is because they believe whatever they have been able to recover about what humankind told the gods humankind was doing. I believe we have played games, and watched games, to imitate the gods, to become godlike in our worship of eachother and, through those moments of transmutation, to know for an instant what the gods know. #Quote by A. Bartlett Giamatti
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Rachel Hartman
#42. And I realized a wondrous truth: that knowledge could be our treasure, that there were things humankind knew that we did not, that our conquest need not comprise taking and killing, but could consist of our mutual conquest of ignorance and distrust. #Quote by Rachel Hartman
Rutger Bregman Humankind quotes by Michael Rutger
#43. Whose side are you on?

The side of not getting killed. For future reference, that's the side I'm always on. #Quote by Michael Rutger

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