Human Nature
Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

People, like sheep, tend to follow a leader – occasionally in the right direction

- Alexander Chase


One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.

- Walter Bagehot

We are to consider mankind not as we wish them, but as we find them, frequently corrupt and always fallible.

- Samuel Johnson

Considering how bad men are, it is wonderful how well they behave.

- Salvador De Madariaga


What men value in this world is not rights, but privileges.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

We go on fancying that each man is thinking of us, but he is not; he is like us: he is thinking of himself.

- Charles Reade


Man is a credulous animal and must believe something. In the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.

- Bertrand Russell

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.

- Albert Schweitzer


There is no such things as a situation so intolerable that human beings must nevessarily rise up against it. People can bear anything, and the longer it exists the more placidly they will bear it.

- Philip Slater


All of us are hybrids of circumstance, habit and genetics, mysterious compounds who bend toward the light or the darkness according to no plan or rule.

- Rosellen Brown


In man, ambition is the common'st thing 
Each one, by nature, loves to be a King.

- Robert Herrick


Man's chief enemy is his own unruly nature and the dark forces pent up within him.

- Ernest Jones


The human tendency prefers familiar horrors to unknown delights.

- Fred Woodworth