Humanity

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The salvation of mankind lies only in making everything the concern of all.
Once a man has found himself there is nothing in this world that he can lose. And once he has understood the humanity in himself, he will understand all human beings.

Fantastic Night & Other Stories
Even from the abyss of horror in which we try to feel our way today, half-blind, our hearts distraught and shattered, I look up again and again to the ancient constellations that shone on my childhood, comforting myself with the inherited confidence that, some day, this relapse will appear only an interval in the eternal rhythm of progress onward and upward.

The World of Yesterday
The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.
Vast sections of the world's population are inspired by the same desires and live for common interests that bind them together far more than they separate them.
If you�re in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.
In the world of the present, in our time, we feel that suffering, anguish, the torments of body and soul, are greater than ever before in the history of mankind.
A new generation forgets the specters that may have tormented the old� And yet, always, to all eternity, it is the same specter assailing the same man century after century.
The human species was given dominion over the earth and took the opportunity to exterminate other species and warm the atmosphere and generally ruin things in its own image, but it paid this price for its privileges: that the finite and specific animal body of this species contained a brain capable of conceiving the infinite and wishing to be infinite itself.

The Corrections
The man who is forever disturbed about the condition of humanity either has no problems of his own or has refused to face them.

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