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


Man delights not me,—nor woman neither.


Let the misanthrope shun men and abjure; the most are rather lovable than hateful.


  • I am misanthropos, and hate mankind,
  • For thy part, I do wish thou wert a dog,
  • That I might love thee something.
  • Shakespeare.

    Men possessing minds which are morose, solemn, and inflexible, enjoy, in general, a greater share of dignity than of happiness.


    The opinions of the misanthropical rest upon this very partial basis, that they adopt the bad faith of a few as evidence of the worthlessness of all.


    There cannot live a more unhappy creature than an ill-natured old man, who is neither capable of receiving pleasures, nor sensible of doing them to others.

    Sir W. Temple.

    Sombre thoughts and fancies often require a little real soil or substance to flourish in; they are the dark pine-trees which take root in, and frown over the rifts of the scathed and petrified heart, and are chiefly nourished by the rain of unavailing tears, and the vapors of fancy.

    J. F. Boyes.

    We readily excuse paralytics from labor; and shall we be angry with a hypochondriac for not being cheerful in company? Must we stigmatize such an unfortunate person as peevish, positive, and unfit for society? His disorder may no more suffer him to be merry, than the gout will suffer another to dance. The advising a melancholic to be cheerful is like bidding a coward to be courageous, or a dwarf be taller.


    Out of the ashes of misanthropy benevolence rises again; we find many virtues where we had imagined all was vice, many acts of disinterested friendship where we had fancied all was calculation and fraud—and so gradually from the two extremes we pass to the proper medium; and, feeling that no human being is wholly good or wholly base, we learn that true knowledge of mankind which induces us to expect little and forgive much. The world cures alike the optimist and the misanthrope.