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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
Man Is The Only Animal Whose Desires Increase As They Are Fed; The Only Animal That Is Never Satisfied.
~ Henry George
A Human Being Is An Animal Suspended In Webs Of Significance Which He Himself Has Spun.
~ Clifford Geertz, "Cultural Anthropology" by Nanda
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
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 Blushes. Or Needs To.
~ Mark Twain, Following the Equator (1897)
It Is Not In Giving Life But In Risking Life That Man Is Raised Above The Animal That Is Why Superiority Has Been Accorded In Humanity Not To The Sex That Brings Forth But To That Which Kills.
~ Simone de Beauvoi
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
Society Expects Man To Be A Passive Social Animal Who Believes Like The People Of The Field In Jurgen That To Do What You Always Have Done And What Is Expected Of You Are The Twin Rules Of Life. This, Is Course, Is Not True. The Wanton Crucifixion Of Impulses, The Unnecessary Blocking And Frustration Of The Drives And Urges, Are An Evil That Reflects Itself In Sophistication, Ennui And Boredom, Dissatisfaction, Melancholy, Fatigue, Anxiety And Neurosis.
~ Abraham Myerson
Man Is A Clever Animal Who Behaves Like An Imbecile.
~ Albert Schweitze
About The Rhinoceros Here Is An Animal With A Hide Two Feet Think And No Apparent Interest In Politics. What A Waste.
~ Randolph Silliman Bourne
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