Inhuman Quotes

Inhuman Quotes by Moses Hess, Susan Sontag, Stefan Sagmeister, Bernardine Dohrn, Mahatma Gandhi, Spider Robinson and many others.

In the Jewish Quarter [Judengasse] was I born and educated; until my fifteenth year, they tried to beat the Talmud into me. My teachers were inhuman beings [Unmenschen], my colleagues were bad company, inducing me to secret sin; my body was frail, my spirit raw.
Moses Hess
The felt unreliability of human experience brought about by the inhuman acceleration of historical change has led every sensitive modern mind to the recording of some kind of nausea, of intellectual vertigo.
Susan Sontag
I think it’s ultimately inhuman to only see things for their functionality. We want things to be more than that. The desire for beauty is something that’s in us, and it’s not trivial.
Stefan Sagmeister
Killing a cop just because he’s a cop, that’ll happen. And that should happen. And there’s nothing inhuman about it at all. It’s survival. It’s the most human thing in the world.
Bernardine Dohrn
I must refuse to believe that the Germans contemplate with equanimity the evacuation of cities like London for fear of destruction to be wrought by man’s inhuman ingenuity.
Mahatma Gandhi
Quite frankly, I don’t like you humans. After what you all have done,
I find being ‘inhuman’ a compliment.
Spider Robinson
The Government is a servant and never should be anything but a servant. The moment the people become adjuncts to government, then the law of retribution begins to work, for such a relation is unnatural, immoral, and inhuman.
Henry Ford
Behavior of such cunning cruelty that only a human being could have thought of or contrived it we call ‘inhuman,’ revealing thus some pathetic ideal standard for our species that survives all betrayals.
Rose Macaulay
I’m sorry I’m young,” Deborah answered with a bitterness that was half prose. “We have a right to be as crazy as anyone else.” The second part was more a plea, and to her surprise the superbly inhuman fighter smiled softly and said, “Yes … I suppose that’s true, though I never thought of it in those terms before.
Joanne Greenberg
We are here to witness. There is nothing else to do with those mute materials we do not need. Until Larry teaches his stone to talk, until God changes his mind, or until the pagan gods slip back to their hilltop groves, all we can do with the whole inhuman array is watch it.
Annie Dillard
You must disobey an order, if the order is unfair, or inhuman. Disobedience is not something we are being taught.
Roselyne Bosch
War is a sin. War is the highest degree of immorality. War is inhuman insanity for it kills sacred human lives wholesale. How can there still be any war on our miraculous planet?
Robert Muller
the problem is not suffering itself or oblivion itself but the depraved meaninglessness of these things, the absolutely inhuman nihilism of suffering.
John Green
I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people.
Henry A. Kissinger
Man invents the most inhuman armaments to assault others so like himself that uniforms are needed to distinguish between friend and foe.
Thor Heyerdahl
Side by side with the human race there runs another race of beings, the inhuman ones, the race of artists who, goaded by unknown impulses, take the lifeless mass of humanity and by the fever and ferment with which they imbue it turn this soggy dough into bread and the bread into wine and the wine into song.
Henry Miller
If I didn’t forgive the people who took me into the barracks and beat me unconscious over a period of days during the period when the British state was indicted for inhuman and degrading treatment in 1971-72, or even the guys who shot me, if you don’t forgive them, you end up with unnecessary baggage.
Gerry Adams
No one must use the name of God to commit violence. To kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege. To discriminate in the name of God is inhuman.
Pope Francis
That which is inhuman cannot be divine.
Frederick Douglass
Can’t you recognize the human in the inhuman?
Ray Bradbury
To forgive all is as inhuman as to forgive none
Seneca the Younger
It’s a kind of de-familiarization in relation to the song: if she were to sing absolutely straight, right on the beat, because of the richness and intensity of her instrument – her voice – I think it could actually feel a little inhuman, too good somehow, separate from our concerns.
Matthew Zapruder
To all those who walk the path of human cooperation war must appear loathsome and inhuman.
Alfred Adler
Caste may be bad. Caste may lead to conduct so gross as to be called man’s inhumanity to man. All the same, it must be recognized that the Hindus observe Caste not because they are inhuman or wrong-headed. They observe Caste because they are deeply religious.
B. R. Ambedkar
This dream of absolute, universal equality is amazing, terrifying, and inhuman. And the moment it captures people’s minds, the result is mountains of corpses and rivers of blood.
Vladimir Bukovsky
Capitalism, racism and inhuman technocracy quietly develop in their own way. The causes of misery are no longer to be found in the inner attitudes of men, but have long been institutionalized.
JГјrgen Moltmann
Until I was about 7, I thought books were just there, like trees. When I learned that people actually wrote them, I wanted to, too, because all children aspire to inhuman feats like flying. Most people grow up to realize they can’t fly. Writers are people who don’t grow up to realize they can’t be God.
Fran Lebowitz
There are ups and downs in every relationship. But that does not mean that couples should separate or get down to inhuman behaviour.
Rishi Kapoor
I love acting; I love movie sets and movies, but, at the same time, there’s something about the position of women in that world that frightens me a lot. I find it nearly inhuman to be an actress.
Lou Doillon
He didn’t look insane or inhuman. He did look uncooperative.
Robin McKinley
Bourgeois political economy … never gets to see man who is its real subject. It disregards the essence of man and his history and is thus in the profoundest sense not a ‘science of people’ but of non-people and of an inhuman world of objects and commodities.
Herbert Marcuse
Acquaintance; companion;
One dear brilliant woman;
The best-endowed, the elect,
All by their youth undone,
All, all, by that inhuman
Bitter glory wrecked.
William Butler Yeats
One shouldn’t be afraid of the humans. Well, I am not afraid of the humans, but of what is inhuman in them.
Ivo Andric
I’ve always deplored bad heterosexual values that dictate the minute a marriage is over the former partners no longer speak to each other; only straights could be so cruel and inhuman as to reject totally the person with whom they’ve shared their life for 20 or 30 years.
Edmund White
The whole being-in-a-room interview thing, at a junket or a film festival, is very inhuman. You meet the person, have five or 10 minutes to talk, and it’s not like a conversation.
Paul Dano
Be human in this most inhuman of ages; guard the image of man for it is the image of God.
Thomas Merton
Kyoya: I don’t like this food. But do you think I’d be so inhuman as to complain after you treated me? That’s a rude assumption.
Bisco Hatori
Then once you get people locked up, it’s an incredibly inhuman system.
Jerry Brown
More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars – yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
It is not a question of observation which propels mankind forward as if toward a looking glass of great magnitude; it is an instance of aggrandized reflection that insinuates the human psyche to the inhuman.
Gaston Bachelard
This inhuman place makes human monsters.
Stephen King
I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without children, and what an inhuman world without the aged.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
One may say that mathematics talks about the things which are of no concern to men. Mathematics has the inhuman quality of starlight – brilliant, sharp but cold … thus we are clearest where knowledge matters least: in mathematics, especially number theory.
Hermann Weyl
We worship perfection because we can’t have it; if we had it, we would reject it. Perfection is inhuman, because humanity is imperfect.
Fernando Pessoa
The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.
Henry A. Kissinger
I think that human beings are capable of the worst things possible and they show that there were times, and there probably are times, that it is human to be inhuman.
Elie Wiesel
Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one’s beliefs, and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them, one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses.
James A. Baldwin
It is shameful and inhuman to treat men like chattels to make money by, or to regard them merely as so much muscle or physical power.
Pope Leo XIII
If you have appreciation for life, whether it is a planet or any wild species, if it’s a human or an elephant, death is really bad for all of us to adjust to. We are all going to die. When it happens in such a drastic, inhuman way, which we’ve been seeing in Africa, this is crime on its highest level.
Veronika Varekova
Nothing regarding man is ever inhuman. That’s why I make films, not iceboxes.
Michelangelo Antonioni
I think it’s a good idea to tie Peter Mandelson to a van. Such an act would be cruel and barbaric and inhuman. But it would at least cheer everyone up a bit.
Jeremy Clarkson
I hate all virtues based on food and bloated bellies; though food and drink are good, I’m better slaked and fed by that inhuman flame which burns in our black bowels. I like to name that flame which burns within me God!
Nikos Kazantzakis
When men are inhuman, take care not to feel towards them as they do towards other humans.
Marcus Aurelius
[W]e are the heirs of a past of rope, fire, and murder. I for one am not ashamed of this past. My shame is for those who became so inhuman that they could inflict this torture upon us.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Was it like this? (Jesse) (Jesse made an inhuman ghost noise.) That sounds like Darth Vader choking on a chicken bone. (Gloria)
Sherrilyn Kenyon
It is an act of insanity and national humiliation to have a law prohibiting the President from ordering assassination.
Henry A. Kissinger
Just because people think politically different to you doesn’t mean they’re inhuman.
John Lydon
Knowledge for the sake of knowledge! Truth for truth’s sake! This is inhuman.
Miguel de Unamuno
Our prison in Georgia is a very different place from this prison here in Berlin. The conditions there are inhuman.
Irakli Okruashvili
… without it (love), without, anyhow, the capacity for it, people didn’t seem to be much good. Dry as old bones, cold as stones, they seemed to become, when love was done; inhuman, indifferent, self-absorbed, numb.
Elizabeth von Arnim
We have not made cricket and football [soccer] professional because of any astonishing avarice or new vulgarity. We have made them professional because we would have them perfect. We have dedicated men to them as to some god of inhuman excellence. We care more for football than for the fun of playing football.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
I hight don Quixote, I live on peyote,
marijuana, morphine and cocaine.
I never know sadness, but only a madness
that burns at the heart and the brain.
I see each charwoman, ecstatic, inhuman,
angelic, demonic, divine.
Each wagon a dragon, each beer mug a flagon
that brims with ambrosial wine.
Jack Parsons
Men err when they think they can be inhuman exploiters in their business life, and loving husbands and fathers at home.
Smiley Blanton
There is no peace and no rest in the development of material interests. They have their law, and their justice. But it is founded on expediency, and is inhuman; it is without rectitude, without the continuity and the force that can be found only in a moral principle.
Joseph Conrad
Captain Hale, alone, without sympathy or support, save that from above, on the near approach of death asked for a clergyman to attend him. It was refused. He then requested a Bible; that too was refused by his inhuman jailer.
William Hull
All that separates, whether of race, class, creed, or sex, is inhuman, and must be overcome.
Kate Sheppard
If we are wrong, we will have destroyed a threat that, at its least is responsible for inhuman carnage and suffering. That is something I am confident history will forgive.
Tony Blair
It has been demonstrated that no system, not even the most inhuman, can continue to exist without an ideology.
Joe Slovo
I only knew one thing about policemen: they were inhuman beasts. The problem was how to turn them into likable, sympathetic human beings. The answer was simple. Give them head colds. And first names. And keep their dialogue homey and conversational.
Evan Hunter
I’m a human rights activist and it doesn’t make any sense not to treat everybody the exact same way. It just doesn’t make any sense, it’s counter intuitive, it’s inhuman and it has to stop.
Mehcad Brooks
What is called politics is comparatively something so superficial and inhuman, that practically I have never fairly recognized that it concerns me at all.
Henry David Thoreau
It is inhuman to bless where one is cursed.
Friedrich Nietzsche
It is inhuman to continue a war which could easily be ended
Friedrich Durrenmatt
Separate religion from morality, and you have the true energy for evil within man, the terrible, cruel, devastating, and inhuman principle which naturally lies in his spirit. Here the division of the indivisible punishes itself most awfully.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
I only want to protect animals from barbarous, cruel, inhuman and backward rituals.
Brigitte Bardot
To reject this inhuman Communist ideology is simply to be a human being. Such a rejection is more than a political act. It is a protest of our souls against those who would have us forget the concepts of good and evil.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman, and these hills, the softness of the sky, the outline of these trees at this very minute lose the illusory meaning with which we had clothed them, henceforth more remote than a lost paradise . . . that denseness and that strangeness of the world is absurd.
Albert Camus
I think the international community should unite to fight such inhuman phenomena as terror attacks and the murder of totally innocent people.
Vladimir Putin
Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters.
Stephen King
… the long-lasting humanitarian impact of these inhuman weapons continues to deny communities the opportunity to rebuild long after the end of the conflicts.
Kofi Annan
There is nothing inhuman, evil, or irrational which does not give some comfort, provided it is shared by a group.
Erich Fromm
One who uses coercion is guilty of deliberate violence. Coercion is inhuman.
Mahatma Gandhi
What a denial of our humanity that at the centers of power, where decisions are made, there is no room for nurturing, for love, and children. There is more to life than the ‘inhuman’ work place. It is terrible that many men do not know that: it is a tragedy if women follow them.
Dora Russell
You have to get over the color green; you have to quit associating beauty with gardens and lawns; you have to get used to an inhuman scale; you have to understand geological time.
Wallace Stegner
And sure enough, in seeking to become superhuman this foolhardy young man renders himself inhuman. The heart that he has locked away slowly shrivels and grows hair, symbolising his own descent to beasthood.
J. K. Rowling
You don’t have to teach people how to be human. You have to teach them how to stop being inhuman.
Eldridge Cleaver
To write about the monstrous sense of alienation the poet feels in this culture of polarized hatreds is a way of staying sane. With the poem, I reach out to an audience equally at odds with official policy, and I celebrate our mutual humanness in an inhuman world.
Maxine Kumin
An innocent man is a sin before God. Inhuman and therefore untrustworthy. No man should live without absorbing the sins of his kind, the foul air of his innocence, even if it did wilt rows of angel trumpets and cause them to fall from their vines.
Toni Morrison
The heavy trees,
The grunting, shuffling branches, the robust,
The nocturnal, the antique, the blue-green pines
Deepen the feelings to inhuman depths.
Wallace Stevens
It is inhuman to continue a war which could easily be ended.
Friedrich Durrenmatt
I have watched men suffer the anguish of imprisonment, defy appalling human cruelty… break for a moment, then recover inhuman strength to defy their enemies once more.
John McCain
In the same way that we today think that the slave trade and colonial exploitation were inhuman and inconceivably bestial ways of acquiring riches, there is no doubt that coming generations will think that our form of world trade and distribution of the world’s benefits were just as inconceivable and inhuman.
Erik Dammann
Though we endow them with human features – heads, faces, heels, toes – golf clubs are profoundly inhuman tools.
Steve Rushin
For a man so incredibly hairy and square, watching my dad get on a bike was like watching a penguin spread its wings and take flight. He’d take off at inhuman speed, a smile on his face, and never look back.
Zelda Williams
We know of our own knowledge that we are human beings, and, as such, imperfect. But we are bathed by the communications industry in a ceaseless tide of inhuman, impossible perfection.
Margaret Halsey
Mathematics has the inhuman quality of starlight, brilliant and sharp, but cold.
Hermann Weyl
you are absolutely the most ethereal, least sensual woman I ever knew to exist without inhuman sexlessness.
Thomas Hardy
I cannot help thinking that the menace of Hell makes as many devils as the severe penal codes of inhuman humanity make villains.
Lord Byron
Revenge is an inhuman word.
Seneca the Younger
Humanism is the only – I would go so far as saying the final- resistance we have against the inhuman practices and injustices that disfigure human history.
Edward Said
You are inhuman brutes determined to rob us of our spiritual consolations and sweep away the moral foundations of our civilization, and on the other: You are obscurantist ignoramuses who’d like to shut down progress and drag us all back to the 16th century, with kings and priests telling us what to think.
John Derbyshire
Poverty makes people sub-human Excess of wealth makes people inhuman
Groucho Marx
If people stopped looking on their emotions as ethereal, almost inhuman processes, and realistically viewed them as being largely composed of perceptions, thoughts, evaluations, and internalized sentences, they would find it quite possible to work calmly and concertedly at changing them.
Albert Ellis
In the United States, man does not feel that he has been torn from the center of creation and suspended between hostile forces. He has built his own world, and it is built in his own image: it is his mirror. But now he cannot recognize himself in his inhuman objects, nor in his fellows.
Octavio Paz
Our modern ideas of ‘functioning’ through things are really quite inhuman. We have this idea that no matter what is going on we still have to color between the lines, act normal.
Julia Cameron
You can perfect genius because genius is not perfection. On his level and his practice and his methodology, it’s almost inhuman. So, that’s been a fantastic arc to play, and boy does it go somewhere in this series.
Benedict Cumberbatch
To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony.
Frederick Douglass
Capitalism, racism and inhuman technocracy quietly develop in their own way. The causes of misery are no longer to be found in the inner attitudes of men, but have long been institutionalized.
Jurgen Moltmann
An indifference to suffering makes humans inhuman
Elie Wiesel
I’ve made my most horrible inhuman tendencies work for me.
Oneohtrix Point Never
History knew the truth. History was the most inhuman product of humanity.It scooped up the whole of human will and, like the goddess Kali in Calcutta, dripped blood from its mouth as it bit and crunched.
Yukio Mishima
We keep putting on programmes about famine in Ethiopia; that’s what’s happening. Too many people there. They can’t support themselves — and it’s not an inhuman thing to say. It’s the case. Until humanity manages to sort itself out and get a coordinated view about the planet it’s going to get worse and worse.
David Attenborough
We keep putting on programmes about famine in Ethiopia; that’s what’s happening. Too many people there. They can’t support themselves – and it’s not an inhuman thing to say. It’s the case. Until humanity manages to sort itself out and get a coordinated view about the planet it’s going to get worse and worse.
David Attenborough
“I believe that no characteristic is so distinctively human as the sense of indebtedness we feel, not necessarily for a favor received, but even for the slightest evidence of kindness; and there is nothing so boorish, savage, inhuman as to appear to be overwhelmed by a favor, let alone unworthy of it.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Art attests to what is inhuman in man.
Alain Badiou
I refuse to be. In
the madhouse of the inhuman
I refuse to live.
With the wolves of the market place
I refuse to howl.
Marina Tsvetaeva
Nothing in the nature around us is evil. This needs to be repeated since one of the human ways of talking oneself into inhuman acts is to cite the supposed cruelty of nature.
John Berger