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Understanding Human Nature quotes by George Eliot
#1. I think there are stores laid up in our human nature that our understandings can make no complete inventory of. #Quote by George Eliot
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Juliette Lewis
#2. Understanding human nature. Perception. That's how I see acting - perception and communication. #Quote by Juliette Lewis
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Bertrand Russell
#3. Understanding human nature must be the basis of any real improvement in human life. Science has done wonders in mastering the laws of the physical world, but our own nature is much less understood, as yet, than the nature of stars and electrons. When science learns to understand human nature, it will be able to bring a happiness into our lives which machines and the physical sciences have failed to create. #Quote by Bertrand Russell
Understanding Human Nature quotes by George Lucas
#4. George Orwell was right. There's no greater genius as far as I'm concerned in terms of understanding human nature. I think that a lot of people just believe anything you tell them, and no matter what it is, they just go along with the program. They're perfectly happy to take their pill every day and do what they're told, and work and buy things, and work and buy things, and stay out of any complex emotional situations. And whatever the authorities tell them to do, they do, and whatever the authorities say is the truth, they believe is the truth. #Quote by George Lucas
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Ai Weiwei
#5. Everyone wants an iPhone, but it would be impossible to design an iPhone in China because it's not a product; it's an understanding of human nature. #Quote by Ai Weiwei
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Daniel Keyes
#6. Shut up!Leave him alone! He cant understand. He cant help what he is ... but for God's sake, have some respect! He's a human being! #Quote by Daniel Keyes
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Jonathan Ames
#7. I was aware that I was acting atrociously but I couldn't stop myself. Rarely had I behaved in such a manner. But I guess when we're feeling lonely in life, we attack those who actually do love us. It's one of the things that characterizes human nature and can be summed up in one word: FLAWED. #Quote by Jonathan Ames
Understanding Human Nature quotes by C. JoyBell C.
#8. Oh, oh, no greater evil is there in this world, than the evil that lies in the hearts of those who repay good with evil. Oh no greater shame be upon anyone in this world, than the shame that be upon the heads of those who will not save the life that saved them. No greater evil, no greater shame. No greater trespass against God and angel and man; than a human who can say that they are entitled to repay good with evil. #Quote by C. JoyBell C.
Understanding Human Nature quotes by D.J. Molles
#9. It was the first and only fight of his childhood, but it had taught him a valuable lesson about human nature, how people were just another species of animal, and like any animal, from the biggest predators, to the smallest scavengers, most human beings could only be pushed so far before they lashed out. #Quote by D.J. Molles
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Michel De Montaigne
#10. We have no participation in Being, because all human nature is ever midway between being born and dying, giving off only a vague image and shadow of itself, and a weak and uncertain opinion. And if you chance to fix your thoughts on trying to grasp its essence, it would be neither more nor less than if your tried to clutch water. #Quote by Michel De Montaigne
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Camille Paglia
#11. Nature, I have constantly argued in my work, is the real superpower of this godless universe. It is the ultimate disposer of human fate, randomly recarving geography over 10,000-year epochs. #Quote by Camille Paglia
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Neil Postman
#12. Free human dialogue, wandering wherever the agility of the mind allows, lies at the heart of education. If teachers do not have the time, the incentive, or the wit to produce that; if students are too demoralized, bored, or distracted to muster the attention their teachers need of them, then THAT is the educational problem which has to be solved ... That problem ... is metaphysical in nature, not technical #Quote by Neil Postman
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Richard Engel
#13. It is a disturbing aspect of human nature that if there is a place where there are no consequences and where the most grotesque murders are tolerated in the name of a cult claiming to be a faith, a certain type of person will be attracted to it. #Quote by Richard Engel
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Christopher Ryan
#14. Still, the frequent absence of happiness is what keeps us pursuing it, and thus makes us productive."10 This is a curious notion of productivity - at once overtly political and yet presented innocently enough, as if there were only one possible meaning of "productivity." This perspective on life incorporates the Protestant work ethic (that "productivity" is what makes an animal "effective") and echoes the Old Testament notion that life must be endured, not enjoyed. These assumptions are embedded throughout the literature of evolutionary psychology. Ethologist/primatologist Frans de Waal, one of the more open-minded philosophers of human nature, calls this Calvinist sociobiology. #Quote by Christopher Ryan
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Stephen King
#15. but when you were down, some guys just seemed to feel an urge to walk up your back and plant a foot on your neck instead of helping you to stand. It was lousy, but so much of human nature was. #Quote by Stephen King
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Liu Xiaobo
#16. Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress truth. #Quote by Liu Xiaobo
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Albert Einstein
#17. ...I maintain that cosmic religiousness is the strongest and most noble driving force of scientific research. Only the man who can conceive the gigantic effort and above all the devotion, without which original scientific thought cannot succeed, can measure the strength of the feeling from which alone such work...can grow. What a deep belief in the intelligence of Creation and what longing for understanding, even if only of a meagre reflection in the revealed intelligence of this world, must have flourished in Kepler and Newton, enabling them as lonely men to unravel over years of work the mechanism of celestial mechanics....Only the man who devotes his life to such goals has a living conception of what inspired these men and gave them strength to remain steadfast in their aims in spite of countless failures. It is cosmic religiousness that bestows such strength. A contemporary has said, not unrightly, that the serious research scholar in our generally materialistic age is the only deeply religious human being. #Quote by Albert Einstein
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Leonardo Da Vinci
#18. The eye is the window of the human body through which it feels its way and enjoys the beauty of the world. #Quote by Leonardo Da Vinci
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Anna Sui
#19. Longing and desire goes further than instant satisfaction. That's human nature. #Quote by Anna Sui
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Abraham Joshua Heschel
#20. Human being is both being in the world and living in the world. Living involves responsible understanding of one's role in relation to all other beings. For living is not being in itself, but living of the world, affecting, exploiting, consuming, comprehending, deriving, depriving. #Quote by Abraham Joshua Heschel
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Arthur W. Pink
#21. Nothing but a miracle of grace can lead to the saving of any sinner. Oh, my reader, be not deceived on this vital matter; to mortify the lusts of the flesh, to be crucified unto the world, to overcome the Devil, to die daily unto sin and live unto righteousness, to be meek and lowly in heart, trustful and obedient, pious and patient, faithful and uncompromising, loving and gentle; in a word, to be a Christian, to be Christ-like, is a task far, far beyond the poor resources of fallen human nature. #Quote by Arthur W. Pink
Understanding Human Nature quotes by John Locke
#22. Few men think, yet all will have opinions. Hence men's opinions are superficial and confused. #Quote by John Locke
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Hallie Iglehart Auste
#23. Ultimately, I see the Goddess as incorporating the full spectrum of existence, not just what we call 'the feminine.' The latter is actually a construct of a culture that divides existence into compartments, and in particular into the dualities with which we are so familiar: light/dark, female/male, mind/body, earth/spirit and so on.

The true nature of existence, including true human nature, I believe, is not so split. Acting and living from the integration of all these components is what I call spirituality. Thus, the Goddess represents a unity and wholeness which is the birthright and potential of every human being. All of us, all of existence, are the Divine. In order to complete this whole by bringing back that which has been denied, I name the Divine the Goddess. #Quote by Hallie Iglehart Auste
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Ian McEwan
#24. Where the human need for order meets
the human tendency to mayhem, where civilization runs smack against its discontents, you find friction, and a great deal of general wear and tear. #Quote by Ian McEwan
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Freya Stark
#25. If I were asked to enumerate the pleasures of travel, this would be one of the greatest among them - that so often and so unexpectedly you meet the best in human nature, and seeing it so by surprise and often with a most improbable background, you come, with a sense of pleasant thankfulness, to realize how widely scattered in the world are goodness and courtesy and the love of immaterial things, fair blossoms found in every climate, on every soil. #Quote by Freya Stark
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Hattie Morahan
#26. I am fascinated by people's flaws and delusions: all the messy bits of human nature we all try to pretend we don't have. #Quote by Hattie Morahan
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Noam Chomsky
#27. So we know that human nature, and that includes our nature, yours and mine, can very easily turn people into quite efficient torturers and mass-murderers and slave-drivers...To the extent that the statement is true, and there is such an extent, it's just not relevant: human nature also has the capacity to lead to selflessness, and cooperation, and sacrifice, and support, and solidarity, and tremendous courage, and lots of other things too. #Quote by Noam Chomsky
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Eckhart Tolle
#28. The mind, to ensure that it remains in control, seeks continuously to cover up the present moment with past and future, and so, as the vitality and infinite creative potential of Being, which is inseparable from the Now, becomes covered up by time, your true nature becomes obscured by the mind. An increasingly heavy burden of time has been accumulating in the human mind. All individuals are suffering under this burden, but they also keep adding to it every moment whenever they ignore or deny that precious moment or reduce it to a means of getting to some future moment, which only exists in the mind, never in actuality. #Quote by Eckhart Tolle
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Neel Burton
#29. Rather than being medicalized or romanticized, mental disorders, or mental dis-eases, should be understood as nothing less or more than what they are, an expression of our deepest human nature. By recognizing their traits in ourselves and reflecting upon them, we may be able both to contain them and to put them to good use. This is, no doubt, the highest form of genius. #Quote by Neel Burton
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Agatha Christie
#30. Wherever there is human nature, there is drama. #Quote by Agatha Christie
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Abhijit Naskar
#31. Survive, survive and survive – these are the quintessential laws of Nature. But survive does not always mean being mean. #Quote by Abhijit Naskar
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Mahatma Gandhi
#32. Belief in non-violence is based on the assumption that human nature in the essence is one and therefore unfailingly responds to the advances of love ... #Quote by Mahatma Gandhi
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Norman Vincent Peale
#33. Personally, I believe that prayer is a sending out of vibrations from one person to another and to God. All of the universe is in vibration. There are vibrations in the molecules of a table. The air is filled with vibrations. The reaction between human beings is also in vibration. When you send out a prayer for another person, you employ the force inherent in a spiritual universe. You transport from yourself to the other person a sense of love, helpfulness, support - a sympathetic, powerful understanding - and in this process you awaken vibrations in the universe through which #Quote by Norman Vincent Peale
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Hannah Arendt
#34. The modern age, with its growing world-alienation, has led to a situation where man, wherever he goes, encounters only himself. All the processes of the earth and the universe have revealed themselves either as man-made or as potentially man-made. These processes, after having devoured, as it were, the solid objectivity of the given, ended by rendering meaningless the one over-all process which originally was conceived in order to give meaning to them, and to act, so to speak, as the eternal time-space into which they could all flow and thus be rid of their mutual conflicts and exclusiveness. This is what happened to our concept of history, as it happened to our concept of nature. In the situation of the radical world-alienation, neither history nor nature is at all conceivable. This twofold loss of the world - the loss of nature and the loss of human artifice in the widest sense, which would include all history, has left behind it a society of men who, without a common world which would at once relate and separate them, either live in desperate lonely separation or are pressed together into a mass. For a mass-society is nothing more than that kind of organized living which automatically establishes itself among human beings who are still related to one another but have lost the world once common to all of them. #Quote by Hannah Arendt
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Gregory David Roberts
#35. In all the things that really matter, we are one. Love and faith, trust and empathy, family and friendship, sunsets and songs of awe: in every wish born in our humanity we are one. Our humankind, at this moment in our destiny, is a child blowing on a dandelion, without thought or understanding. But the wonder in the child is the wonder in us, and there's no limit to the good we can do when human hearts connect. It's the truth of us. It's the story of us. It's the meaning of the word God: we are one. We are one. We are one. #Quote by Gregory David Roberts
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Ambrose Bierce
#36. LEXICOGRAPHER, n. A pestilent fellow who, under the pretense of recording some particular stage in the development of a language, does what he can to arrest its growth, stiffen its flexibility and mechanize its methods. For your lexicographer, having written his dictionary, comes to be considered "as one having authority," whereas his function is only to make a record, not to give a law. The natural servility of the human understanding having invested him with judicial power, surrenders its right of reason and submits itself to a chronicle as if it were a statue. Let the dictionary (for example) mark a good word as "obsolete" or "obsolescent" and few men thereafter venture to use it, whatever their need of it and however desirable its restoration to favor - whereby the process of improverishment is accelerated and speech decays. On the contrary, recognizing the truth that language must grow by innovation if it grow at all, makes new words and uses the old in an unfamiliar sense, has no following and is tartly reminded that "it isn't in the dictionary" - although down to the time of the first lexicographer (Heaven forgive him!) no author ever had used a word that was in the dictionary. In the golden prime and high noon of English speech; when from the lips of the great Elizabethans fell words that made their own meaning and carried it in their very sound; when a Shakespeare and a Bacon were possible, and the language now rapidly perishing at one end and slowly renewed at t #Quote by Ambrose Bierce
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Pamela Anderson
#37. Animals have always left me with a curiosity about human nature. I trust animals more than most people. #Quote by Pamela Anderson
Understanding Human Nature quotes by John C. Lilly
#38. All human beings, all persons who reach adulthood in the world today are programmed biocomputers. No one of us can escape our own nature as programmable entities. Literally, each of us may be our programs, nothing more, nothing less. #Quote by John C. Lilly
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Patch Adams
#39. For most of human history, we lived communally in groups, and it was part of the security and nature of groups to help each other and groom each other. #Quote by Patch Adams
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Ray Dalio
#40. ...human greatness and terribleness are not correlated with wealth or other conventional measures of success. I've also learned that judging people before really seeing things through their eyes stands in the way of understanding their circumstances--and that isn't smart. I urge you to be curious enough to want to understand how the people who see things differently from you came to see them that way. You will find that interesting and invaluable, and the richer perspective you gain will help you decide what you should do. #Quote by Ray Dalio
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Karen Armstrong
#41. Theologians in all the great faiths have devised all kinds of myths to show that this type of kenosis, of self-emptying, is found in the life of God itself. They do not do this because it sounds edifying, but because this is the way that human nature seems to work. We are most creative and sense other possibilities that transcend our ordinary experience when we leave ourselves behind. #Quote by Karen Armstrong
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Richard Eyre
#42. Change begins with understanding and understanding begins by identifying oneself with another person: in a word, empathy. The arts enable us to put ourselves in the minds, eyes, ears and hearts of other human beings. #Quote by Richard Eyre
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Zachary Rawlins
#43. Its complicated, on one level. On another, its the same old stupid story - we aren't enlightened. We disagree, fall in love, and hate eachother, the whole spectrum of human experience. We have differences of opinion, and sometimes, we can't resolve those differences peacefully. If a disagreement goes for long enough, and is important enough, people start to take sides. Once people start to take sides, conflict is inevitable. #Quote by Zachary Rawlins
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Olaf Stapledon
#44. Briefly, the mentality of the plant-men in every age was an expression of the varying tension between the two sides of their nature, between the active assertive, objectively inquisitive, and morally positive animal nature and the passive subjectively contemplative and devoutly acquiescent vegetable state nature. #Quote by Olaf Stapledon
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Honore De Balzac
#45. But does not happiness come from the soul within? #Quote by Honore De Balzac
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Jerome Lejeune
#46. To accept the fact that, after fertilization has taken place, a new human has come into being is no longer a matter of taste or opinion. The human nature of the human being from conception to old age is not a metaphysical conception. It is plain experimental evidence. #Quote by Jerome Lejeune
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Sam Shepard
#47. Character is an essential tendency. It can be covered up, it can be messed with, it can be screwed around with, but it can't be ultimately changed. It's the structure of our bones, the blood that runs through our veins. #Quote by Sam Shepard
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Abhijit Naskar
#48. If your spouse gets sick, who would you visit - your non-doctor neighbor or an actual doctor! Any sane person would visit a doctor over a non-doctor neighbor, even if that neighbor happens to be a celebrity, because it is common knowledge that fame or charisma is not equivalent to medical expertise, yet when it comes to choosing a doctor to treat the sickness of a nation, the masses most proudly elect any charismatic chimpanzee over a humble, wise and conscientious leader. #Quote by Abhijit Naskar
Understanding Human Nature quotes by Robert Green Ingersoll
#49. Christianity has such a contemptible opinion of human nature that it does not believe a man can tell the truth unless frightened by a belief in god. No lower opinion of the human race has ever been expressed. #Quote by Robert Green Ingersoll

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