Humanitarian Quotes

Anthropology is the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities.

It is not true, as is sometimes said, that man cannot organize the world without God. What is true is that, without God, he can ultimately organize it only against man. Exclusive humanism is inhuman humanism.

People may find values and meaning in life through either humanistic or religious worldviews. But religions claim that meaning is based on a god or the supernatural, while humanists derive their meaning and values from the natural world. Secular humanism is a naturalistic, nonreligious worldview.

The obvious fact that human beings are not naturally humane – that they take a keen delight in cruelty whenever it seems to be safe.

A scientific humanism frequently offends the dignity of man, which it ostensibly extols, by regarding human beings as subject to manipulation and as mere instruments of some “socially approved” ends.

Now, our increasingly humanistic laws, courts, and legislators are giving us a new morality. They tell us, as they strike down laws resting upon Biblical foundations, that morality cannot be legislated, but what they offer is not only legislated morality but salvation by law, and no Christian can accept this. Wherever we look now, whether […]

Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing a human being to a purpose.

The ideologue cries, “Follow me, and I will lead you to the Earthly Paradise!” But no Earthly Paradise exists, or can exist. It is entirely possible, nevertheless, to contrive an Earthly Hell. Once in power, the ideologue becomes the humanitarian with the guillotine. For this ideologue, in the line of George Orwell, is the man […]

The label Humanism is odd… but it is not arbitrary: it originally described the style of the ancients: Litterae humaniores, the more human letters, meaning a literature less abstract than mediaeval philosophy and expressed in a more elegant grammar and concise vocabulary… Their negative view was unfair; the Humanists owed more to the past than […]

He was humane but not human