C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Humanity is the Son of God.

Theodore Parker.

Humanity is the equity of the heart.


The still, sad music of humanity.


Christianity is the highest perfection of humanity.


Humanity always becomes a conqueror.


Every human heart is human.


Poor humanity!—so dependent, so insignificant, and yet so great.

Mme. Swetchine.

So much to pardon, so much to pity, so much to admire!


I am a man; I count nothing human foreign to me.


Our humanity were a poor thing but for the divinity that stirs within us.


One sole God; one sole ruler. His law; one sole interpreter of that law—humanity.


The gods are immortal men, and men are mortal gods.


True men and women are all physicians to make us well.

C. A. Bartol.

What a vile and abject thing is man if he do not raise himself above humanity.


There is nothing on earth divine beside humanity.


I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.


When I touch a human hand, I touch heaven.


The age of chivalry has gone; the age of humanity has come.

Charles Sumner.

Human life is God’s outer church. Its needs and urgencies are priests and pastors.

Henry Ward Beecher.

The ingratitude of the world can never deprive us of the conscious happiness of having acted with humanity ourselves.


  • Love, hope, fear, faith—these make humanity;
  • These are its sign and note and character.
  • Robert Browning.

    I love my country better than my family; but I love human nature better than my country.


    Woman, above all other educators, educates humanly. Man is the brain, but woman is the heart, of humanity.

    Samuel Smiles.

    I never knew a young man remarkable for heroic bravery whose very aspect was not lighted up by gentleness and humanity.

    Lord Erskine.

    Humanity is about the same the world over; and while the earth has its uniformity, with slight differences in mountain and plain, so its products are very nearly alike.

    Donn Piatt.

    Humanity has won its suit (in America), so that liberty will nevermore be without an asylum.


    Man is the will, and woman the sentiment. In this ship of humanity, Will is the rudder, and Sentiment the sail; when woman affects to steer, the rudder is only a masked sail.


    There is a book into which some of us are happily led to look, and to look again, and never tire of looking. It is the Book of Man. You may open that book whenever and wherever you find another human voice to answer yours, and another human hand to take in your own.

    Walter Besant.

    No piled-up wealth, no social station, no throne, reaches as high as that spiritual plane upon which every human being stands by virtue of his humanity.


    Humanity is the peculiar characteristic of great minds; little vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the exact pleasure of forgiving their enemies.


    I own that there is a haughtiness and fierceness in human nature which will cause innumerable broils, place men in what situation you please.


    What proposition is there respecting human nature which is absolutely and universally true? We know of only one,—and that is not only true, but identical,—that men always act from self-interest.


    Humanity is much more shown in our conduct towards animals, where we are irresponsible except to heaven, than towards our fellow-creatures, where we are restrained by the laws, by public opinion, and fear of retaliation.


    There is but one temple in the world, and that is the body of man. Nothing is holier than this high form. Bending before men is a reverence done to this revelation in the flesh. We touch heaven when we lay our hand on a human body.


    True humanity consists not in a squeamish ear; it consists not in starting or shrinking at tales of misery, but in a disposition of heart to relieve it. True humanity appertains rather to the mind than to the nerves, and prompts men to use real and active endeavors to execute the actions which it suggests.

    Charles James Fox.

    The great duty of God’s children is to love one another. This duty on earth takes the name and form of the law of humanity. We are to recognize all men as brethren, no matter where born, or under what sky, or institution or religion they may live. Every man belongs to the race, and owes a duty to mankind. Every nation belongs to the family of nations, and is to desire the good of all. Nations are to love one another.***Men cannot vote this out of the universal acclamation.***Men cannot, by combining themselves into narrower or larger societies, sever the sacred, blessed bond which joins them to their kind.***The law of humanity must reign over the assertion of all human rights.

    William Ellery Channing.