Phrases with "humanity"

H. G. Wells Which is just what our theoretical breeders of humanity cannot venture to do. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Algernon Blackwood In the lower ranges of humanitycertainly in animal and insect life — one soul is shared by many. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

George Meredith Fleetwood had almost a desire to see the small dot of humanity which drew the breath from him;—and was indistinguishably the bubbly grin and gurgle of the nurses, he could swear. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Robert Green Ingersoll These are the highest titles humanity can bear — and every title you add, belittles them. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

No calamity so touches the common heart of humanity as does the straying of a little child. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Margaret Oliphant He, too, had all the sense of dignity which comes from fine feeling misunderstood, and felt himself elevated in the scale of humanity by his superior powers of understanding. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Anatole France The laws of humanity are based on utility, and that can only be an apparent and illusory utility, for nobody knows naturally what is useful to mankind, nor what is really appropriate to them. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

D. H. Lawrence It all seemed to him the preposterous pretentiousness of a megalomaniac — one whom, after a while, humanity would probably have the satisfaction of putting into prison, or into a lunatic asylum. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling After an interval measurable by centuries, sowar, driver, and Thakur’s tonga reappeared; the latter full to the brim and bubbling over with humanity and bedding. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

But for non-Russian readers, Turgenev’s Russia is but a canvas on which the incomparable artist of humanity lays his colours and his forms in the great light and the free air of the world. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

John Stuart Mill There is a different type of human excellence from the Calvinistic; a conception of humanity as having its nature bestowed on it for other purposes than merely to be abnegated. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

H. G. Wells Quite as much as Roots and Holbank, who had realised the limits set to vegetable growth by soil insufficiency, he found he had to begin the new crop of humanity from the ground upward. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Jack London A more scrawny, pitiful specimen of humanity one could hardly conceive. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Anthony Trollope The character reproduces itself from generation to generation; and as it does so, becomes shorn in a wonderful way of those little touches of humanity which would be destructive of its purposes. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Nature is so pervaded with human life, that there is something of humanity in all, and in every particular. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

H. G. Wells With one last touch of humanity I turned the blade back and struck him with the butt. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Virginia Woolf It was this combination of decision and humanity that endeared Sir William so greatly to the relations of his victims. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

G. K. Chesterton For the humanitarians certainly asked of humanity what can be asked of no other creature; no man ever required a dog to understand a cat or expected the cow to cry for the sorrows of the nightingale. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

George Meredith It does not become an atom of humanity to dwell on it beyond a point where students of the human condition may see him passing through the experiences of the flesh and the brain. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

T. E. Lawrence A convict had licence to hate the rule which confined him, and all humanity outside, if he were greedy in hate: but the sulking soldier was a bad soldier; indeed, no soldier. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

All humanity will be extinguished in you. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Watkin Tench Had their marauding career terminated here, humanity would have been anxious to plead in their defence; but the natives continued to complain of being robbed of spears and fishing tackle. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

They are informed with a high purpose, and a genuine love of humanity and the truth. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

The sorrows of humanity are no one’s sorrows, as newspaper readers long ago found out. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Arthur Conan Doyle The ship was breaking rapidly, and some effort must be made to save the poor, sodden group of humanity who implored our assistance. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Tobias Smolle Unchristian do I call it? I am sure the Moors in Barbary have more humanity than to leave their little ones to want. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Olaf Stapledon It was not only that her face was lit up with merriment and tenderness; but in that fleeting expression the very spirit of humanity seemed to regard me. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

The wrongs he has committed against himself, his friends, humanity — these, indeed, remain, and are remembered. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Let them compare the good I have done in the cause of humanity and science with the Duke of Kent’s debts. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

H. G. Wells If it doesn’t come pretty soon, there won’t be much of humanity left to liberate. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

H. G. Wells So eager was the situation that all humanity leapt to accept and glorify Wilson — for a phrase, for a gesture. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Robert Green Ingersoll Through the dim long years that have fled, humanity has suffered more than can be conceived. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Susanna Rowson He was beloved for his humanity and benevolence by all who knew him, but he was easy and unsuspicious himself, and became a dupe to the artifice of others. Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson [1791]

He was as ready to fall in love with the painted beauty of the ill-paid ballet-girls, as the veriest child in the wide circle of humanity about him. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Maria Edgeworth The election was decided in favour of humanity and justice. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Edmund Burke Indeed, the theatre is a better school of moral sentiments than churches where the feelings of humanity are thus outraged. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Slower, slower glided the dusty train, then stopped, jolting; eddying circles of humanity closed around the cars, through which descending passengers pushed. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

I shuddered, — I cried aloud, though conscious that my voice would be echoed by no friendly answering tones in a community of sixty persons, — such is the sterility of humanity in a convent. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

H. G. Wells It is the greatest, most comprehensive complex of controls, protections, guidance that humanity has ever evolved. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Maria Edgeworth Lord Colambre, however impatient, had now too much humanity to hurry the old gentleman: he only ran for the spectacles, which he espied on the chimney-piece, rubbed them bright, and held them ready. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

Elizabeth Gaskell I try to trace in the features common to humanity some expression of the crimes by which they have distinguished themselves from their kind. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Kenneth Grahame When you are bent on throwing stones at something, humanity seems obtrusive and better away. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

D. H. Lawrence But humanity never gets beyond the caterpillar stage — it rots in the chrysalis, it never will have wings. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Couthon. (The law, whose reign terrifies you, has its sword raised against you; it will strike you all: humanity has need of this example. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

You will be delighted to see the charming picture of humanity which this presents. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

H. G. Wells Benham’s first intervention was on behalf of a crouching and yelping bundle of humanity that was being dragged about and kicked at a street corner. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Yet did each flash shoot a ray of humanity and sympathy into the thick black supernatural horror. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Charles Dickens All that could be done for these poor people by the great compassion and humanity of the captain and officers was done, but they require much more. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I followed—not you but the unit of humanity who felt as you felt. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman As soon as the shameful pressure of poverty was taken off humanity it rose like a freed spring. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

H. G. Wells But I hated all humanity during the time that the quap was near me. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

H. G. Wells There is a necessary variety in humanity which no one now desires to diminish. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

George Meredith Not such of the crowned discrowned Can Earth or humanity spare; Such not the God let die. Odes in Contribution to the Song of French History by George Meredith [1898]

H. G. Wells Nevertheless, with the help of organizers from Russia, the protest of humanity against the prolongation of the New Warfare took for a time the form of communist risings. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Charles Dickens Crush humanity out of shape once more, under similar hammers, and it will twist itself into the same tortured forms. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

I expatiated on the small proportion of the available ability that is really serving humanity to-day. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Maria Edgeworth Never shall I forget the humanity with which he treated me. Lame Jervas by Maria Edgeworth

Sigmund Freud Perhaps we hardly dare permit ourselves to perceive that the greater part of humanity neglects to obey the fifth commandment. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Algernon Blackwood Alone, cut off from his own kind, alien and derelict amid the conditions of a humanity strange, perhaps unknown to him, he sought companionship where he could. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Algernon Blackwood They work for humanity in a way, are in other space and time, deathless, of course, yet in some strange way, always eager to cross the gulf fixed between the two and so find a soul. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

The spray of the approaching waves of humanity mingled; the first fugitives passed each other and soon began to call out, and heard how they fled not towards safety but towards new danger. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Until these missions were established, and in every part of the peninsula which is not included in the territory of the missions, the savages were the most degraded specimens of humanity existing. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

William Hazlitt That humanity and sincerity which dispose men to resist injustice and tyranny render them unfit to cope with the cunning and power of those who are opposed to them. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

As theology has provided no hereafter for gray people, it is hard to imagine where the bulk of humanity will go. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

G. K. Chesterton We are looking at humanity too close, and see only the details and not the vast and dominant features. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

The garrison was now so much diminished, that it was evident that the city could easily have been carried by storm; but both humanity and policy dictated a slower mode of proceeding. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Charles Dudley Warner The well-known humanity of our tars, however, induces me to the former conclusion. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Goldwin Smith A life of action is more favourable to virtue, as a rule, than a life of retirement, and the development of humanity is higher and richer, as a rule, in the town than in the country. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle The man, if indeed he was of the same humanity as ourselves, had a transparent envelope all round him which enveloped his head and body, while his arms and legs were free. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Olaf Stapledon I know you’re horribly misunderstood at home and you still retain a glorious faith in humanity in spite of everything. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

When I say your patience, I might, indeed, say more; I might have said your humanity — your compassion; for I have been and am a great sufferer. The Familiar by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H. G. Wells Immature humanity has indeed, Norvel was forced to admit, an insatiable craving for exaggerated personalities, for vast effigies publicised about a core of fact. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Jules Verne Yes, these men were worthy to reconcile Captain Nemo with that humanity which they represented so nobly in the island. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

George Gissing The event excited no less astonishment than horror, contrasting as it did with Totila’s humanity throughout the war. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

I must acknowledge we were treated with great humanity and consideration. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Alfred Ainger It belonged in fact to the profound humanity of its author, to the circumstance that with him, as with all true humorists, humour was but one side of an acute and almost painful sympathy. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

John Galsworthy The tent they entered was warm with humanity and perfume, though the day was damp and cool. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

David Hume Let us allow that, when we resolve the pleasure, which arises from views of utility, into the sentiments of humanity and sympathy, we have embraced a wrong hypothesis. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

G. K. Chesterton When humanity is going to hell, the poor are always nearest to heaven. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

H. G. Wells He thought of the millions and millions of humanity following each other unceasingly for ever out of the darkness of non-existence into the darkness of death. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Gertrude Stein Let us consider the french nation, let us watch its growth its order its humanity its care, its elaboration its thought its celebrated singing and nearly best nearly best with it. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

M. P. Shiel Farther in the future this music of our Father will discourse perhaps, and mourn, Arthur, to a humanity that will have outlived this outer ear, and hoarded up an inward hearing and harmony. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

As the dreamer looked, and shivered, she beheld that even there the two phantoms of humanity were not alone. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Robert Green Ingersoll Adam Smith said he was as near perfect as the frailty incident to humanity would allow human being to be. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Splendour of fabric, wood and marble, colour and gilding, showed on every side; but of humanity there was no sign. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Ralph Waldo Emerson He has a probity, a native reverence for justice and honor, and a humanity which makes him tender for the superstitions of the people. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If we would understand humanity we must not start by despising any part of it. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle To go on and on and on while the endless procession of humanity goes past you. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

D. H. Lawrence It must have been something like this in the streets of imperial Rome, where no chariots might drive and humanity was all on foot. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Sinclair Lewis She says it’s like a whip-lash; it just takes all the humanity out of her and she becomes an animal. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells On its present mental levels humanity can do no better than what it is doing now. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Abraham Merri What have they been doing — why haven’t they been ready to strike — if Ventnor’s right — at humanity until now?” “I don’t know,” I answered, helplessly. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Rudyard Kipling It danced and it danced, and it danced the dance which bit all humanity in the leg for half a year, and it wound up with the lockstep finale that mowed the house down in swathes, sobbing and aching. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

H. G. Wells For a time naive humanity swamped the conventions of warfare altogether; the interest of the millions below and of the thousands above alike was spectacular. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Algernon Blackwood She was intensely patriotic in the insular sense; my soul, I mean, belonged to the British Empire rather than to humanity and the world at large. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Your notion of a humanity universally putting out the tongue and taking the pill from pole to pole at the bidding of a few solemn jokers is worthy of the prophet. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Of course I know that the proceedings of the best machine-made humanity are employed with judicious care and so on. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Olaf Stapledon In you, humanity is precarious; and so, in dread and in shame, you kill the animal in you. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Henry Fielding And this I am convinced was true, from the humanity of the lady, though she was entirely unknown to me. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

H. G. Wells It boldly and flatly denied the existence of any broad and essential differences in humanity sufficient to justify privilege, enslavement or control. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Failing any thorough-going reform of this kind, we see nothing for it but the old division of humanity into men potentially, or actually, fathers, and women potentially, if not actually, mothers. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

David Hume These two requisite circumstances belong alone to the sentiment of humanity here insisted on. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

He used every argument that common sense or humanity could suggest to show the folly of the war, but his arguments were thrown away on spirits too fierce for reasoning. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Fashions in monsters do change, but the truth of humanity goes on for ever, unchangeable and inexhaustible in the variety of its disclosures. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

A man for whom champagne suppers or dinners at Richmond were as nothing; a man for whom it was easier to lend a five-pound note than it is for the common ruck of humanity to advance half-a-crown. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

And I’m not suggesting that the whole of humanity could spend the whole of their lives wandering round picking primroses and so forth. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

H. G. Wells Scores of thousands of unhappy fragments of humanity had to be hidden away in special institutions until they died, they were at once so terrifying and so pitiful and hopeless. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Ford Madox Ford And a consideration of the virtues of humanity does not omit the other side. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Wilkie Collins The marked peculiarity which singles him out from the rank and file of humanity lies entirely, so far as I can tell at present, in the extraordinary expression and extraordinary power of his eyes. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

E. F. Benson In one second the very aspect of humanity was stripped from his face. The China Bowl by E. F. Benson

For in Savoy it was not humanity only that was outraged, it was a deliberate assault of the Papal half of Europe upon an outpost of the Protestant cause. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Mrs. Gaskell It would be against both propriety and humanity were I to allow it. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

D. H. Lawrence You will learn that mankind is a great body of which you are one useful member, you will take your own place at the great task which humanity is trying to fulfil. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf Hence, says Professor Peck, from this union of poetry and humanity springs the true value of Shelley’s poetry. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

William Hope Hodgson And all that I have told should bring to those of this Age something of the yet unbegotten terror of that; and a quiet and sound thankfulness to God, that we suffer not as humanity shall yet suffer. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

H. G. Wells More and more of the two thousand million or so who constituted humanity were falling into very much the same line of thought and feeling as that along which he was drifting. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

The air was Haydn’s “New-Created World,” and, old and drooping as humanity had become, the world yet fresh as at creation’s day, might still be worthily celebrated by such an hymn of praise. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

My humanity was pleased to discover he had so much kick left in him, but I was not comforted in the least. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Between that threat and its fulfilment stood the girl’s slender figure, and the warm hands of humanity in hers met the invasion and turned it. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Alfred Ainger He sees more of humanity and sweetness in what affects him than is actually present. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

No doubt he was bound and swaddled out of even such small semblance to humanity as one may reasonably expect in a child of six or seven weeks old, and by no means an agreeable being. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Olaf Stapledon The historical and prehistorical ages of humanity crowded his t memory. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Thomas Paine In contemplating a subject that embraces with equatorial magnitude the whole region of humanity it is impossible to confine the pursuit in one single direction. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

G. K. Chesterton Their brooding and raving can be forgiven, can in truth be loved and reverenced, for it is humanity on fire; hatred can be genial, madness can be homely. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

David Hume Our modern education and customs instil more humanity and moderation than the ancient; but have not as yet been able to overcome entirely the disadvantages of that form of government. Of Civil Liberty by David Hume

Edith Wharton His Highness is not incapable of generous impulses and his occasional acts of humanity might endear him to his people were it not that they despise him for being the creature of his favourites. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle Our idea is to elevate them in the scale of humanity and to refine their tastes. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

George Gissing Common humanity constrains go Rouen. Will explain Thursday. No time add another word. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Meredith He remembered Dr. Shrapnel’s written words: ‘Rebellion against society and advocacy of humanity run counter. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

H. G. Wells He is concerned by the fatuity with which the mass of humanity watched the preparation of its own destruction during this period. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Wilkie Collins My experience of humanity has been a varied one, and Mrs. Lecount is not the first sharp practitioner in petticoats whom I have had to deal with. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Guy de Maupassant Let us protest and let us be angry, let us be indignant or let us be enthusiastic, Schopenhauer has marked humanity with the seal of his disdain and of his disenchantment. Beside a Dead Man (Beside Schopenhauer’s Corpse) (Auprès d'un Mort) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

H. G. Wells It qualified our mutual love not at all, since now in our changed world love is unstinted; it is a golden net about our globe that nets all humanity together. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

And if those who have power and leisure now, and freedom to respond to imaginative appeals, cannot be won to the idea of collective self-development, then the whole of humanity cannot be won to that. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle There are two people seated in front of the blaze, both of the gentler sex, and it would take no very profound student of humanity to pronounce at a glance that they were mother and daughter. The Tragedians by Arthur Conan Doyle

Anthony Trollope But by each, equally, may true honour, true love; true worship, and true humanity be inculcated; and that will be the greatest teacher who will spread such truth the widest. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope The cruelty of his enemies was unable to stifle the humanity of his heart; even a soldier and a servant of the republic became his friend as soon as he was vanquished. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

There are some most interesting heads of Christ, painted, as Guercino always painted the Saviour, with a great degree of humanity in the face. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Thomas Wolfe More and more George was coming to believe that the real divisions of humanity cut across these barriers and arise out of differences in the very souls of men. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Anthony Trollope It is unfitted for that condition of humanity to which we are coming, and if so, the change must be for good. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Machen Perhaps for the first time he realized that he had lost the art of humanity for ever. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

He was only angry with things he could not understand, but for the weaknesses of humanity he could find a contemptuous tolerance. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

James Joyce You have no cities nor no wealth: our cities are hives of humanity and our galleys, trireme and quadrireme, laden with all manner merchandise furrow the waters of the known globe. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

David Hume Good laws may beget order and moderation in the government, where the manners and customs have instilled little humanity or justice into the tempers of men. That Politics may be reduced to a Science by David Hume

We are all equipped with a fund of humanity which is not exhausted without many and repeated provocations — and this man had done him no evil. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

G. K. Chesterton The love of humanity is a thing supposed to be professed only by vulgar and officious philanthropists, or by saints of a superhuman detachment and universality. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

SUETONIUS. We were discussing the vagaries of ambition, and decided that most of the old prizes that humanity contended for had had their gilt rubbed off. “Divus” Johnston by John Buchan

Washington Irving I now repented sorely I had not given the poor woman the other half crown, as I thought all my bills of humanity would be punctually answered by this worthy man. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

But don’t give my humanity more credit than it deserves. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

G. K. Chesterton There are inland tracts of London where, in the very heart of artificial civilization, humanity has almost become nomadic once more. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Thomas Hardy In this illimitable ocean of humanity there was a unit of existence, his Avice, wandering alone. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

The unknown and the known mingled, as if those two great parents of humanity allowed their mingled powers to be evident to whoever watched. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

It was full of twists and turns and at this hour as empty of humanity as the moor. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

And, owing mainly to their efforts also, the spirit of humanity has come to be an abiding influence in the world. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Wilkie Collins It revealed to me the horrible isolation among humanity of the deaf, as I had never understood it yet. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Ford Madox Ford Of humanity she perceived only the top of a three-cornered grey hat and a grey panniered skirt in downward perspective. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Drink had deprived him of the power of arranging all other ideas; his intellect was sunk to the level of the brute’s; but he clung to humanity by the one last link of the popular cry. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Leon Trotsky If victims are generally to be permitted — but whose permission could one ask? — it is certainly victims that move humanity forward. My Life by Leon Trotsky

John Lewis Burckhard Indeed every thing discreditable to humanity is found in their character, but treachery and avidity predominate over their other bad qualities. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

H. G. Wells The Modern State could not arrive as an empty form with all humanity left behind it. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Leon Trotsky To a certain extent, it really was: European humanity broken out of the medieval monastery. My Life by Leon Trotsky

At the next station he tested a snob’s humanity instead of a gentleman’s. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

H. G. Wells I saw enough of human incapacity to disbelieve in the ability of any sort of intelligent management of our affairs with the normal badly trained stuff of humanity we have today. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

Rudyard Kipling There were no more incidents till I reached the Palace Hotel, a seven-storied warren of humanity with a thousand rooms in it. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Arnold Bennett They passed Snaggs’ Theatre, and from its green, wooden walls came the obscure sound of humanity in emotion. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

That substance, entering into the composition of Molière, gave him his broad-based solidity, and brought him into kinship with the wide humanity of the world. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Anthony Trollope I used to think that such a newspaper might be produced, but I now sadly acknowledge to myself the fact that humanity is not capable of any work so divine. North America by Anthony Trollope

Robert Green Ingersoll Consequently humanity is the only real religion. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

An imperfect intelligence, imperfectly taught — and this is the condition of our finite humanity — will certainly fail to keep all these laws perfectly. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Thomas Wolfe This observation led George to realise that academic life has created its own race of men who are set apart from the rest of humanity by the affinity of their souls. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

The incurable “Sehnsucht” of humanity found not its only expression in that great Symphony where “all the mightier strings assembling, fell a trembling. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

H. G. Wells He would lie awake thinking of the Black Death and the pitiful behaviour to which tormented humanity can sink. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Theodore Dreiser The poor General! He was neither very happy nor very unhappy — a doubting Thomas without faith or hope in humanity and without any particular affection for anybody. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Algernon Blackwood Just beyond, me, through that door of frosted glass, lay in its most loathsome form the remnant of humanity left behind by death. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Marjorie Bowen And his last whisper was for her — an appeal to someone’s humanity to see that Visconti should not look upon his victim’s face, should not defile her with his touch. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

H. G. Wells I want a humanity chastened and informed and disciplined. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

D. H. Lawrence But if the old ideal had still a logical leaf to put forth, it was this last leaf of communism — before the lily-tree of humanity rooted in love died its final death. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

He was far too long sighted in his view of humanity to heed the casualties of the day, and lived in the midst of contagion unconscious of its existence. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope The letter to the squire he did write, under certain threats; and, as we have seen, was considered to have degraded himself to the vermin rank of humanity by the meanness of his production. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Jack London Violent death ever stalked in their midst; bomb and knife and bullet were looked upon as so many fangs of the roaring abysmal beast they must dominate if humanity were to persist. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

H. G. Wells These germs of disease have taken toll of humanity since the beginning of things — taken toll of our prehuman ancestors since life began here. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Edith Wharton In the crib lay a child, a year old, the nurse affirmed, but to Lethbury’s eye a mere dateless fragment of humanity projected against a background of conjecture. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Charles Kingsley What matter? Every fresh specimen of humanity which he examined was so much gained in general knowledge. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Parents and nurses know well that children by nature are cruel, and that humanity has to be acquired by education. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Marie Corelli To take gifts and ignore the Giver is surely the blackest ingratitude, yet that is what the greater part of humanity is guilty of in these days. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Algernon Blackwood The figure in the valley, it flashed to him, was, of course, “N.H.” in all his natural splendour, but a figure unknown surely to all records of humanity as such. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

The benefactors of humanity are covered with mud up to their middle like dogs, unless they have a carriage. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Edmund Burke Their humanity is savage and brutal. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

George Gissing It was the bitterness of his mere humanity that he could not hope to live alone and faithful. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Algernon Blackwood The whole experience whose verge we touched was unknown to humanity at all. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

H. G. Wells For the purposes of revolutionary theory the rest of humanity matters only as the texture of mud matters when we design a steam dredger to keep a channel clear. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Davidson was examining the shore through his glasses with his unwearied and punctual humanity as he steamed past Samburan. I saw a man in white. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Walter Scott I have not so far forgotten the days of my youth, or those affections which bind poor frail humanity but too much to the things of this world. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Wilkie Collins I expect you to do a deal more in the way of degrading your humanity before you come to me, and I offer you a safe passage back to the nearest settlement. The Devil’s Spectacles by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anthony Trollope There were two or three narrow footpaths through and across the space, up to the cabins behind the house, but other marks of humanity were there none. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

H. G. Wells And meanwhile these cosmic rays fly noiselessly about me — the arrows of the Martians — and by a birth here and a birth there — humanity undergoes — dehumanization. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

G. K. Chesterton Those who called me a failure shall own I have succeeded where all humanity has failed. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

G. K. Chesterton He had an unutterable sense of epic importance, as if he were somehow lifting all humanity into a prouder and more passionate region of the air. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Wilkie Collins Seeing her as I saw her now, it would have been cruel to think of anything but the necessity and the humanity of restoring her composure. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]