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But there are no absolutes in human misery and things can always get worse.

The most accomplished monkey cannot draw a monkey, this only man can do; just as it is also only man who regards his ability to do this as a distinct merit
Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood - we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we
I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them
Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender
Sacrifice still exists everywhere, and everywhere the elect of each generation suffers for the salvation of the rest
The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule
Do not overestimate the decency of the human race
I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world
If human beings were shown what they're really like, they'd either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."