humans

God loves the plagiarist. And so it is written, ‘God created humankind in His image, in the image of God He created them.’ God is the original plagiarizer. With a lack of reasonable sources from which to filch – man created in the image of what? the animals? – the creation of man was an act of reflexive plagiarizing; God looted the mirror. When we plagiarize, we are likewise creating in the image and participating in the completion of Creation.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

Much of what we think of as human evolved long after the use of tools. It is probably more correct to think of much of our structure as the result of culture than it is to think of men anatomically like ourselves slowly developing culture.

Sherwood Washburn

In general, human societies are not innovative. They are hierarchical and ritualistic. Suggestions for change are greeted with suspicion: they imply an unpleasant future variation in ritual and hierarchy: an exchange of one set of rituals for another, or perhaps for a less structured society with fewer rituals. And yet there are times when societies must change.

Carl Sagan, Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

But absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Carl Sagan, Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

And after we returned to the savannahs and abandoned the trees, did we long for those great graceful leaps and ecstatic moments of weightlessness in the shafts of sunlight of the forest roof?

Carl Sagan, Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

In what direction did lost men veer?

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

Who is anybody?

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

I believe humans have souls, and I believe in the conservation of souls.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Stupid human voices always ruining everything.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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