In order not to pursue chimeras let us not forget what is appropriate to our situation. Humanity has its place in the order of things; childhood has its in the order of human life. The man must be considered in the man, and the child in the child. To assign each his place and settle him in it. to order the human passions according to man’s constitution is all that we can do for his well-being. The rest depends on alien causes which are in no way in our power.[Assigner à chacun sa place et l’y fixer, ordonner les passions humaines selon la constitution de l’homme, est tout ce que nous pouvons faire pour son bien-être. Le reste dépend de causes étrangères qui ne sont point en notre pouvoir.]
Ideas consume the ages as passions consume men. When man is cured, humanity may possibly cure itself.
Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the caveman had known how to laugh, History would have been different.
Humanity rolls out like a many-colored ribbon. See the diverse shades of that flower of the celestial gardens.
Civilization does not engross all the virtues of humanity: she has not even her full share of them. They flourish in greater abundance and attain greater strength among many barbarous people.
Atheism: It seeks to replace in itself the moral power of religion, in order to appease the spiritual thirst of parched humanity and save it; not by Christ, but by force.
Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of another, always at the same time as an end and never simply as a means.[Also known as:]Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.[Handle so, dass du die Menschheit sowohl in deiner Person, als in der Person eines jeden andern jederzeit zugleich als Zweck, niemals bloß als Mittel brauchst. ]
A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias.