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The Paleolithic Hunters Who Painted The Unsurpassed Animal Murals On The Ceiling Of The Cave At Altamira Had Only Rudimentary Tools. Art Is Older Than Production For Use, And Play Older Than Work. Man Was Shaped Less By What He Had To Do Than By What He Did In Playful Moments. It Is The Child In Man That Is The Source Of His Uniqueness And Creativeness, And The Playground Is The Optimal Milieu For The Unfolding Of His Capacities.
~ Eric Hoffe
Man Is A Rational Animal Who Always Loses His Temper When He Is Called Upon To Act In Accordance With The Dictates Of Reason.
~ Oscar Wilde
Man Is A Gregarious Animal And Much More So In His Mind Than In His Body. A Golden Rule; Judge Men Not By Their Opinions But By What Their Opinions Have Made Of Them.
~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Man Is The Only Animal That Can Remain On Friendly Terms With The Victims He Intends To Eat Until He Eats Them.
~ Samuel Butle
The Happiness And Unhappiness Of The Rational, Social Animal Depends Not On What He Feels But On What He Does Just As His Virtue And Vice Consist Not In Feeling But In Doing.
~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Man Is The Only Animal That Learns By Being Hypocritical. He Pretends To Be Polite And Then, Eventually, He _becomes_ Polite.
~ Jean Ke
One Is Tempted To Define Man As A Rational Animal Who Always Loses His Temper When He Is Called Upon To Act In Accordance With The Dictates Of Reason.
~ Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, part 2, 1891
The Animals Of The Planet Are In Desperate Peril... Without Free Animal Life I Believe We Will Lose The Spiritual Equivalent Of Oxygen.
~ Alice Walker, Living by the Word, 1988
We Have Enslaved The Rest Of The Animal Creation, And Have Treated Our Distant Cousins In Fur And Feathers So Badly That Beyond Doubt, If They Were Able To Formulate A Religion, They Would Depict The Devil In Human Form.
~ William Ralph Inge
Liberty Is To Faction, What Air Is To Fire, An Ailment Without Which It Instantly Expires. But It Could Not Be A Less Folly To Abolish Liberty, Which Is Essential To Political Life, Because It Nourishes Faction, Than It Would Be To Wish The Annihilation Of Air, Which Is Essential To Animal Life, Because It Imparts To Fire Its Destructive Agency.
~ James Madison, Federalist 10
Man... Is A Tame Or Civilized Animal Never The Less, He Requires Proper Instruction And A Fortunate Nature, And Then Of All Animals He Becomes The Most Divine And Most Civilized But If He Be Insufficiently Or Ill- Educated He Is The Most Savage Of Earthly Creatures.
~ Plato
From One Soul Of The Universe Are All Souls Derived... Of These Souls There Are Many Changes, Some Into A More Fortunate Estate, And Some Quite Contrary... Not All Human Souls But Only The Pious Ones Are Divine. Once Separated From The Body, And After The Struggle To Acquire Piety, Which Consists In Knowing God And Injuring None, Such A Soul Becomes All Intelligence. The Impious Soul, However, Punishes Itself By Seeking A Human Body To Enter Into, For No Other Body Can Receive A Human Soul It Cannot Enter The Body Of An Animal Devoid Of Reason. Divine Law Preserves The Human Soul From Such Infamy... The Soul Passeth From Form To Form And The Mansions Of Her Pilgrimage Are Manifold. Thou Puttest Off Thy Bodies As Raiment And As Vesture Dost Thou Fold Them Up. Thou Art From Old, O Soul Of Man Yea, Thou Art From Everlasting.
~ Hermes
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