Top 191 Human Nature Quotes

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“Human nature is not nearly as bad as it has been thought to be.”

― Abraham Maslow

“But this Christ or Redeemer took not upon him the nature of angels, but the seed of Abraham, that is, human nature, that in the nature which sinned he might make the expiation required.”

― Adam Clarke

“To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.”

― Adam Smith

“Corruption, embezzlement, fraud, these are all characteristics which exist everywhere. It is regrettably the way human nature functions, whether we like it or not. What successful economies do is keep it to a minimum. No one has ever eliminated any of that stuff.”

― Alan Greenspan

“Every economy exists, no matter what the level of democracy, has elements of crony capitalism. It’s – given human nature and given the democratic structures, which we all, I assume, adhere to, that is an inevitable consequence.”

― Alan Greenspan

“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.”

― Alexander Hamilton

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.”

― Alexander Hamilton

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased.”

― Alexander Hamilton

“Modern reality TV sets up these competitive situations to show us real human nature.”

― Alexander Ludwig

“In the days of Gary Cooper, James Stewart etc, film stars personified the better aspects of human nature.”

― Alexander Walker

“Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language.”

― Alfred North Whitehead

“It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.”

― Anatole France

“I am, as are most writers, just hugely obsessive, and so are many of my closest friends, who tend to be writers or scientists. It’s a trait of human nature that I’m particularly in touch with. So I tend to project it onto my characters.”

― Andrea Barrett

“War is so complex; human nature is so complex. There’s no filmmaker who has ever figured it out perfectly.”

― Angelina Jolie

“Longing and desire goes further than instant satisfaction. That’s human nature.”

― Anna Sui

“I have way more bravery than common sense, but you always assume things are going to be so difficult, and then when you’re actually faced with them, you prevail. It’s human nature.”

― Annabelle Wallis

“Human nature is weak.”

― Anthony Fauci

“In a culture fueled by burnout, a culture that has run itself down, our national resilience becomes compromised. And when our collective immune system is weakened, we become more susceptible to viruses that are part of every culture because they’re part of human nature – fear-mongering, scapegoating, conspiracy theories, and demagoguery.”

― Arianna Huffington

“I haven’t lost faith in human nature and I haven’t decided to be less compassionate to strangers.”

― Armistead Maupin

“Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Filmmakers tell stories to explore human nature, which is always a flawed thing.”

― Ben Whishaw

“There surely is in human nature an inherent propensity to extract all the good out of all the evil.”

― Benjamin Haydon

“Human nature means that institutions at some point lose their sense of mission. That sense of vulnerability drives Pimco.”

― Bill Gross

“Part of our human nature is finding new ways of being.”

― Bozoma Saint John

“Lincoln was a supreme politician. He understood politics because he understood human nature.”

― Charles A. Beard

“Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you’ve conquered human nature.”

― Charles Dickens

“There is a great deal of human nature in man.”

― Charles Kingsley

“One of the things I believe in is a sense of human nature.”

― Chris Hondros

“I believe that the writers of Genesis had detected the inherent selfishness in human nature that I propose is in our genes, and invented the myth of original sin to account for it. It’s an image. I am not acting as an exegete – I don’t interpret scripture.”

― Christian de Duve

“It would be completely laughable if I claimed I was always motivated by the pure craft of acting and that recognition doesn’t play a part. Of course it does – that’s human nature.”

― Christoph Waltz

“Atrocities are human nature – they don’t have political beliefs, color, creed or anything like that. They just happen, it’s human.”

― Clancy Brown

“Human nature doesn’t include all human beings. There are human beings who are indifferent to politics, religion, virtually anything.”

― Conor Cruise O’Brien

“It’s human nature to wonder.”

― Conor Oberst

“It’s our human nature to explore. Tens of thousands of years ago, our species walked out of Africa, traveling far and wide across the entire planet, from the Arctic to the tip of Tierra Del Fuego, making us the most geographically diversified species on Earth.”

― Conrad Anker

“Of course, when I say that human nature is gentleness, it is not 100 percent so. Every human being has that nature, but there are many people acting against their nature, being false.”

― Dalai Lama

“Literature at its fullest takes human nature as its theme. That’s the kind of writing that interests me.”

― Damon Galgut

“People who have expertise just love to share it. That’s human nature.”

― David Baldacci

“Human nature is you get carried away, so we have to protect ourselves from ourselves.”

― David Blunkett

“It is human nature to favor individuals and institutions who we know or for whom we feel responsible.”

― David Boies

“It’s human nature to start taking things for granted again when danger isn’t banging loudly on the door.”

― David Hackworth

“There is a very remarkable inclination in human nature to bestow on external objects the same emotions which it observes in itself, and to find every where those ideas which are most present to it.”

― David Hume

“Human Nature is the only science of man; and yet has been hitherto the most neglected.”

― David Hume

“The pull, the attraction of history, is in our human nature. What makes us tick? Why do we do what we do? How much is luck the deciding factor?”

― David McCullough

“But human nature dictates that there will always be cheaters. That’s inevitable. Where there’s money involved and glory, there are going to be people that cheat, and there will always be ways to cheat.”

― David Millar

“There will always be cheaters. It is human nature. It will never be 100 percent clean, in any sport.”

― David Millar

“It’s human nature to want to help and soothe and save with your love, but it’s also arrogant.”

― Deb Caletti

“It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it.”

― Denis Diderot

“People have always wanted to be recognized, and that’s human nature. But people used to want to be recognized for their accomplishments, and now they simply want to be visible.”

― Diablo Cody

“Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you’ve conquered human nature .”

― Dorothy Canfield Fisher

“A theme I’m obsessed with is the tension between human nature and the frameworks designed to curb the worst and promote the best of it.”

― Douglas Brunt

“England has always been disinclined to accept human nature.”

― E. M. Forster

“I have a deep fascination with human nature, with all its virtues and all its defects.”

― Edgar Ramirez

“Love is a strange master, and human nature is still stranger.”

― Edgar Rice Burroughs

“Theories that go counter to the facts of human nature are foredoomed.”

― Edith Hamilton

“No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.”

― Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“Shakespeare reveals human nature brilliantly: he shines a light on our instinctive desire to dominate each other.”

― Edward Hall

“It will, of course, be understood that directly or indirectly, soon or late, every advance in the sciences of human nature will contribute to our success in controlling human nature and changing it to the advantage of the common weal.”

― Edward Thorndike

“In the ancient world and, above all, among the Greeks, human nature was held in high esteem.”

― Elie Metchnikoff

“I actually think that secrets are just a part of human nature and that everybody should have some.”

― Elizabeth Banks

“All of us want to be better. Human nature is always seeking advancement.”

― Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey

“One of the funniest things about Mr. Kaufman is that all of his filmed scripts – ‘Being John Malkovich,’ ‘Human Nature,’ ‘Adaptation’ and now ‘Sunshine’ – sound like titles from REM’s ‘Reckoning.’”

― Elvis Mitchell

“It’s human nature to gripe, but I’m going ahead and doing the best I can.”

― Elvis Presley

“The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets.”

― Eric Hoffer

“If you can’t sit in a cafe quietly and be ignored, how can you observe human nature and write a story?”

― Evangeline Lilly

“Technology changes all the time; human nature, hardly ever.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“I think human nature is eternal and constant.”

― Felicity Jones

“It is not to be expected that human nature will change in a day.”

― Frank B. Kellogg

“To study consumer behavior is to explore human nature at its most fundamental level using the modern world as its backdrop.”

― Gad Saad

“What’s so wonderful about ‘The Walking Dead’ is that we’re able to explore human nature in its most depraved as well as its most humanitarian in each episode.”

― Gale Anne Hurd

“The Greeks possessed a knowledge of human nature we seem hardly able to attain to without passing through the strengthening hibernation of a new barbarism.”

― Georg C. Lichtenberg

“Habituated from our Infancy to trample upon the Rights of Human Nature, every generous, every liberal Sentiment, if not extinguished, is enfeebled in our Minds.”

― George Mason

“The novelist must ground his work in faithful study of human nature.”

― Goldwin Smith

“I’m interested in the psychological exploration of human nature, and it just happens to come in the form of film-making.”

― Guy Pearce

“Human nature is above all things lazy.”

― Harriet Beecher Stowe

“It is my deliberate opinion that the one essential requisite of human welfare in all ways is scientific knowledge of human nature.”

― Harriet Martineau

“To destroy a standing crop goes against the soundest instincts of human nature.”

― Henry Cantwell Wallace

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”

― Henry Ward Beecher

“The Republican form of government is the highest form of government: but because of this it requires the highest type of human nature, a type nowhere at present existing.”

― Herbert Spencer

“I believe that any auteur categorised in terms of an -ist or an -ism wouldn’t be able to capture the complex essence of human nature.”

― Hirokazu Kore-eda

“Fraternity among nations, however, touches the deepest desire of human nature.”

― Hjalmar Branting

“Every so often, we pass laws repealing human nature.”

― Howard Lindsay

“I got disappointed in human nature as well and gave it up because I found it too much like my own.”

― J. P. Donleavy

“What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?”

― James Madison

“That’s human nature – the ups and downs.”

― Jami Gertz

“Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.”

― Jane Austen

“English majors understand human nature better than economists do.”

― Jane Smiley

“There can never be such a thing as a free market, because it is human nature to cheat, monopolize, and buy off others so as to corner the market.”

― Jane Smiley

“I’m an advocate of human nature.”

― Jaron Lanier

“Human nature says that you want a bargain, whether you want the goods or not. You think that something is a steal, you’ll buy it.”

― Jason Statham

“I learned a lot about human nature. So much, in fact, that human nature will be my specialist subject on ‘Mastermind’.”

― Jasper Carrott

“All the great novels, all the great films, all the great dramas are fictions that actually tell us the truth about us or about human nature or about human situations without being tied into the minutia of documentary events. Otherwise we might as well just make documentaries.”

― Jeremy Northam

“The communism of Karl Marx would probably be actually the best for everybody as a whole. But what he didn’t figure into was human nature, and that’s what corrupts it.”

― Jesse Ventura

“It’s one of the most basic laws of human nature, isn’t it? The more we are denied something, the more we want it. The more silence given to this or that topic, the more power.”

― Jill McCorkle

“How many thorns of human nature are bristling conceits, buds of promise grown sharp for want of congenial climate.”

― John Burroughs

“And all men are ready to pass judgement on the priest as if he was not a being clothed with flesh, or one who inherited a human nature.”

― John Chrysostom

“Scenery is fine – but human nature is finer.”

― John Keats

“We are always creating new tools and techniques to help people, but the fundamental framework is remarkably resilient, which means it must have something to do with the nature of organizations or human nature.”

― John P. Kotter

“It’s not just human nature to associate in tribes. It’s deeper than that.”

― Jordan Peterson

“Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.”

― Joseph Addison

“Thus self-love as one part of human nature, and the several particular principles as the other part, are, themselves, their objects and ends, stated and shown.”

― Joseph Butler

“It’s just human nature to try and figure things out. So, when we’re in the midst of a situation, we usually try to reason our way through it.”

― Joyce Meyer

“The flesh, or human nature, is generally lazy and self-centered.”

― Joyce Meyer

“Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.”

― Karl Kraus

“I believe that when people have an occupation that allows them to provide for their families, the social dimension of human nature will emerge instinctively and lead people to help and organize others less privileged.”

― Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao

“Shakespeare has great ability to skirt around a subject and portray human nature.”

― Kelli O’Hara

“All my work is always that exploration of human nature.”

― Kelly Masterson

“It’s human nature when you first make your big fortune to want to show off a bit. I don’t begrudge that whatsoever.”

― Kevin Kwan

“Hackers are becoming more sophisticated in conjuring up new ways to hijack your system by exploiting technical vulnerabilities or human nature. Don’t become the next victim of unscrupulous cyberspace intruders.”

― Kevin Mitnick

“I’m interested in human nature. That’s why I chose to become an actor.”

― Laura Dern

“Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.”

― Laurence Sterne

“Human nature is to blame for everything, innit? We’re just a disease on this planet.”

― Lemmy

“I have three stepfamilies as well as my family of origin. I’ve had to adjust to them and also go back and forth among them. I became an observer of human nature because when you are in those situations you have to be.”

― Lily King

“But little white lies here and there is human nature. Everybody does that.”

― Lucy Hale

“Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive and potentially orderly and constructive.”

― Margaret Mead

“The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.”

― Margot Asquith

“It is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing.”

― Marianne Moore

“Criminality is a basic part of human nature.”

― Mark Frost

“Thus first of all in His own person He sanctified, restored, and blessed human nature.”

― Martin Chemnitz

“Psychology keeps trying to vindicate human nature. History keeps undermining the effort.”

― Mason Cooley

“Human nature is the same now as when Adam hid from the presence of God; the consciousness of wrong makes us unwilling to meet those whom we have offended.”

― Matthew Simpson

“To me, part of the fascinating profession of acting is to participate in all these strange situations, to try to understand all these interesting characters, fictitious or real, their human nature… It’s extraordinarily fascinating.”

― Max von Sydow

“All nations that throw their military weight around, occupying neighboring lands and treating the residents with callous and humiliating disregard, are already sliding towards the dark possibilities in human nature.”

― Michael Leunig

“This is part of human nature, the desire to change consciousness.”

― Michael Pollan

“Everybody is vulnerable to being in relationships where they get fooled. I’m no different. It’s just human nature.”

― Michelle Pfeiffer

“Essentially, all expressions of human nature ever produced, from a caveman’s paintings to Mozart’s symphonies and Einstein’s view of the universe, emerge from the same source: the relentless dynamic toil of large populations of interconnected neurons.”

― Miguel Nicolelis

“I’m pro-human. And I think recognizing the human nature of migration is very important.”

― Mohsin Hamid

“Envy is human nature.”

― Monica Bellucci

“It’s human nature that we come in our own flavours, and it doesn’t make any sense to write a monochromatic or monocultural story unless you’re doing something extremely small – a locked room-style story.”

― N. K. Jemisin

“Between the ages of 24 and 27, I read Freud’s complete works, everything that had been translated into English. It was very stimulating intellectually. But I did not accept his view of neurosis or of human nature.”

― Nathaniel Branden

“For the same reason we have the Brad Pitts and the George Clooneys, it’s just part of human nature to idolize stereotypes.”

― Neri Oxman

“Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.”

― Noam Chomsky

“Humans have certain properties and characteristics which are intrinsic to them, just as every other organism does. That’s human nature.”

― Noam Chomsky

“Race hate isn’t human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.”

― Orson Welles

“My fascination is not for cinema; it’s for human nature and human beings because I find it quite difficult being one at times.”

― Paddy Considine

“I have found human nature a bit contradictory in my living of it. Human life is incredibly strange.”

― Pat Conroy

“I want to lift the audience to the miraculous in human nature. After all, we shouldn’t be here, with all the odds against us in nature. It’s kind of unusual and wonderful!”

― Paul Taylor

“There will always be people treated badly, which I feel is basic human nature and difficult to eliminate.”

― Peter F. Hamilton

“I think it’s part of human nature, that we want to achieve. It’s definitely a kind of cosmopolitan nature, wanting to achieve in the fast lane.”

― Phoebe Waller-Bridge

“Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature.”

― Phyllis Schlafly

“Democratic institutions are based on a reality of human nature: that those with power, however benign or even noble their intentions, will do what they can to keep it.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“It’s human nature to make the complex manageable and determine things that fit your conclusions. That’s bias.”

― Richard Burr

“I think we simply all like to project ourselves into somebody else – somebody who is better-looking, richer, smarter. It’s comforting. It’s escapism, and that, of course, is what the movies are supposed to be all about. Ultimately, I think it’s just part of human nature to pretend.”

― Richard D. Zanuck

“War does horrible things to human beings, to societies. It brings out the best, but most often the worst, in our human nature.”

― Richard Engel

“People want to hear about the extremes of human nature. They want things that are larger than their own lives, and more romantic, and not necessarily of their own experiences.”

― Richard Thompson

“I’m a big believer in human nature.”

― Robert Agostinelli

“Quetzalcoatl is a primal idea of the duality of human nature. The serpent is the embodiment of Heaven and Earth. It scares people in many ways.”

― Robert Graham

“It’s human nature to blame someone else for your shortcomings or upsets.”

― Robert Kiyosaki

“With these vast advantages, ordinary and extraordinary, one would have supposed the North would have been content, and would have at least respected the security and tranquility of such obedient and profitable brethren; but such is not human nature.”

― Robert Toombs

“Cruelty is a part of nature, at least of human nature, but it is the one thing that seems unnatural to us.”

― Robinson Jeffers

“If people are shooting at you, it’s human nature to be afraid. I was afraid. I’ll be quite blunt about that.”

― Rodney Frelinghuysen

“Racism is a part of human nature, and you’re not going to eradicate it; all you can do is try to keep it in check.”

― Ron Stallworth

“You can get an idea of human nature only when you can see the relationship of the individual human being to the whole cosmos.”

― Rudolf Steiner

“Human nature fascinates me.”

― Rush Limbaugh

“Any hit films, impact-creating films, leave their mark on the industry. It is in human nature to try to follow something that is creating an impact.”

― S. S. Rajamouli

“I do think that there is such a thing as human nature, and that the things that we have in common are perhaps greater than the things that divide us.”

― Salman Rushdie

“I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man’s virtues the means of deceiving him.”

― Samuel Johnson

“Nothing in human nature is so God-like as the disposition to do good to our fellow-creatures.”

― Samuel Richardson

“Human nature is such that monogamy is a really hard thing to achieve.”

― Sienna Miller

“People want to typecast you; it’s human nature.”

― Stacy Keach

“Human nature is complex. Even if we do have inclinations toward violence, we also have inclination to empathy, to cooperation, to self-control.”

― Steven Pinker

“With violence, as with so many other concerns, human nature is the problem, but human nature is also the solution.”

― Steven Pinker

“My opinions about human nature are shared by many psychologists, linguists, and biologists, not to mention philosophers and scholars going back centuries.”

― Steven Pinker

“Evolutionary psychology is one of four sciences that are bringing human nature back into the picture.”

― Steven Pinker

“Many artists and scholars have pointed out that ultimately art depends on human nature.”

― Steven Pinker

“People want to learn how other people live. It’s just human nature.”

― Steven Van Zandt

“I’m insatiably curious about human nature.”

― Susan Cain

“It is human nature that rules the world, not governments and regimes.”

― Svetlana Alliluyeva

“It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured.”

― Tacitus

“We can’t legislate human nature.”

― Taya Kyle

“It is human nature to instinctively rebel at obscurity or ordinariness.”

― Taylor Caldwell

“The trifle now inscribed with your name. was occasioned by a particular fact; but to the disgrace of human nature, the subject is sufficiently general to interest every heart not totally impenetrable.”

― Thomas Day

“I think that human nature is scared of change and justifies it in all sort of ways.”

― Thomas Heatherwick

“Human nature is not of itself vicious.”

― Thomas Paine

“Loki in ‘Thor’ is the most incredible springboard into a sort of excavation of the darker aspects of human nature. So that was thrilling, coming back knowing that I’d built the boat and now I could set sail into choppier waters.”

― Tom Hiddleston

“I think… the history of civilization is an attempt to codify, classify and categorize aspects of human nature that hardly lend themselves to that process.”

― Tom Stoppard

“The longer you remain silent, the longer you don’t turn over documents, a presumption begins to build that you’re withholding something. That’s human nature. That may not be a legal presumption, but that’s a common sense presumption.”

― Trey Gowdy

“Defiance in itself is a sign of strength, and strength is a light side of human nature – when at all present, that is.”

― Varg Vikernes

“Really I don’t like human nature unless all candied over with art.”

― Virginia Woolf

“The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it.”

― Walter Bagehot

“One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.”

― Walter Bagehot

“Any theory intended to describe and analyze socio-historical reality cannot restrict itself to the human spirit and disregard the totality of human nature.”

― Wilhelm Dilthey

“The parental, and filial affections seem to be as ardent, their sensibility and attachment, as active and faithful, as those observed to be in human nature.”

― William Bartram

“It is insight into human nature that is the key to the communicator’s skill. For whereas the writer is concerned with what he puts into his writings, the communicator is concerned with what the reader gets out of it. He therefore becomes a student of how people read or listen.”

― William Bernbach

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”

― William James

“Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity.”

― Xun Kuang

“I say that human nature is the original beginning and the raw material, and deliberate effort is what makes it patterned, ordered, and exalted.”

― Xun Kuang

“Mencius said that human nature is good. I disagree with that.”

― Xun Kuang

“Human nature is what Heaven supplies.”

― Xun Kuang

“If there were no human nature, then there would be nothing for deliberate effort to be applied to. If there were no deliberate effort, then human nature would not be able to beautify itself.”

― Xun Kuang

“Human nature refers to what is in people but which they cannot study or work at achieving.”

― Xun Kuang

“It’s human nature to want to be with other people.”

― Zoe Lister-Jones
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