However exquisitely human nature may have been described by writers, the true practical system can be learned only in the world.
—Henry Fielding (1707–54) English Novelist, Dramatist
Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.
—Joseph Addison (1672–1719) English Essayist, Poet, Playwright, Politician
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
—Warren Buffett (b.1930) American Investor
We are all murderers and prostitutes –no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.
—R. D. Laing (1927–89) Scottish Psychiatrist
Are you appalled at existing conditions? Don’t waste your energy trying to change conditions from without! Change the Human Heart from within.
—William J. H. Boetcker (1873–1962) American Presbyterian Minister
Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn’t –it’s human.
—Desiderius Erasmus (c.1469–1536) Dutch Humanist, Scholar
The man of power is ruined by power, the man of money by money, the submissive man by subservience, the pleasure seeker by pleasure.
—Hermann Hesse (1877–1962) German-born Swiss Novelist, Poet
I have never, in all my various travels, seen but two sorts of people I mean men and women, who always have been, and ever will be, the same. The same vices and the same follies have been the fruit of all ages, though sometimes under different names.
—Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762) English Aristocrat, Poet, Novelist, Writer
It is almost impossible to smile on the outside without feeling better on the inside.
It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.
—Anatole France (1844–1924) French Novelist