Human nature refers to the distinguishing characteristics, including ways of thinking, feeling and acting, that humans tend to have naturally, independently of the influence of culture. .
- Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.
- Jane Austen (1841) Emma: A Novel. p. 159
- Il est dans la nature humaine de penser sagement et d'agir d'une façon absurde.
- Human nature, as manifested in tribalism and nationalism, provides the momentum of the machinery of human evolution.
- Arthur Keith (1946) Essays on Human Evolution. p. 68
- Someone who thinks well of himself is said to have a healthy self-concept and is envied. Someone who thinks well of his country is called a patriot and is applauded. But someone who thinks well of his species is regarded as hopelessly naïve and is dismissed.
- Alfie Kohn, The Brighter Side of Human Nature: Altruism and Empathy in Everyday Life, 1990.
- Human nature is not of itself vicious.
- Thomas Paine The Rights of Man: 1779 - 1792, p. 149 (2007)
- The needs of man, if life is to survive, are usually said to be four -- air, water, food, and in the severe climates, protection. But it is becoming clear today that the human organism has another absolute necessity... This fifth need is the need for novelty -- the need, throughout our waking life, for continuous variety in the external stimulation of our eyes, ears, sense organs, and all our nervous network.
- John R. Platt (1959) "The Fifth Need of Man," in: Horizon 1 (July 1959), p. 109.
- Human nature is governed by general self-interest and affected by genetic predisposition, which implies that there are likely to be limits to our moral sensitivities.
- Nayef Al-Rodhan (2008) “emotional amoral egoism:” A Neurophilosophical Theory of Human Nature and its Universal Security Implications. Berlin: LIT, p. 15
- Human nature is the same now as when Adam hid from the presence of God; the consciousness of wrong makes us unwilling to meet those whom we have offended.
- Matthew Simpson (1885) Sermons. p. 202
- It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured.
- Tacitus as cited in: William Shepard Walsh (1909) Handy-book of Literary Curiosities. p. 392
- We're just like other people: We love to sing, we love to dance, we admire beautiful women. We are human, and sometimes very human.
- Professor Siletsky in To Be or Not to Be" (1942)