Most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has. That’s not stupidity or weakness, that’s just human nature.
The true champions of a nation’s freedom are those who reject the limitations of stereotypes and affirm the rich diversity of human nature to be found.
Only humans can hurt one another, Ada thought; only humans falter and betray one another with a stunning, fearsome frequency. As David’s family had done to him; as David had done to her. And Ada would do it too. She would fail other people throughout her life, inevitably, even those she loved best.
But, ah me! where is the faultless human creature who can persevere in a good resolution, without sometimes failing and falling back?
Our sins describe us, and our prohibitions describe our sins.
There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human- in not having to be just happy or just sad- in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.
The more one judges, the less one loves.
There is no doubt that we are a very cruel people,’ Winston Churchill wrote home from the front. ‘Severity always,’ went the British motto, ‘justice when possible.
In today’s society, the animals known as Homo sapiens have become conditioned to elicit the same kind of fearful response whenever the bell of Islam is rung.
It is fundamental to both Taoist and Confucian thought that the natural man is to be trusted, and from their standpoint it appears that the Western mistrust of human nature-whether theological or technological-is a kind of schizophrenia. It would be impossible, in their view, to believe oneself innately evil without discrediting the very belief, since all the notions of a perverted mind would be perverted notions.