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Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.
Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important.
Talking nonsense is man's only privilege that distinguishes him from all other organisms.
Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake. 
Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
Invention, using the term most broadly, and imitation, are the two legs, so to call them, on which the human race historically has walked.
I say that the world is a league of scoundrels against the men of good will, and of the petty against the generous.
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
Man's role is uncertain, undefined, and perhaps unnecessary.
Man (like the other animals) is not born to enjoy life, but only to perpetuate life, to communicate it to others who come after, to conserve it. Neither he himself, nor life, nor any object of this world is actually made for him, but, on the contrary, he exists completely for life. Terrifying, but a true proposition of all metaphysics.
We will leave this world stupid and evil as we have found it upon our arrival.
The important fact of the present time is not the struggle between capitalism and socialism but the struggle between industrial civilization and humanity.
THE BULLSHIT ASYMMETRY
"The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it." (Alberto Brandolini)
We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves to be like other people.
Man is a mystery: if you spend your entire life trying to puzzle it out, then do not say that you have wasted your time. I occupy myself with this mystery, because I want to be a man.
The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.
Man is the only animal that is to be dreaded.
To me, Mother Nature isn't nearly as scary as human nature.
Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.
When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.
When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.
Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.
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