„Writing…is an art; and artists…are human beings. As a human being stands, so a human being is….“

The Enormous Room (1922)

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American poet 1894 - 1962

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„The artist stands on the human being as a statue does on a pedestal.“

—  Novalis German poet and writer 1772 - 1801

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„It’s not right. A human being is a human being. A human being is not a toy.“

—  Adam Roberts, book Jack Glass: The Story of a Murderer

“We cannot help but use the people below us as a resource, my love,” said her two MOHmies, as one. “That is what it means to be in power. Your choice is to relinquish power forever, or to accept that and use people for good.”...
“If we are powerful,” sang her MOHmies, “we can make things better, but we are made unclean by the fact that we have power. If we are powerless we remain clean, but we cannot make things better.”
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„Art should help you to navigate the real challenges of being a human being.“

—  Martin Firrell British artist and activist 1963

Quoted in the documentary Art in a Word by Vera Baghiroli, qoob tv (22 July 2008).

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„What can art accomplish? The purpose of art is to accumulate the human within the human being.“

—  Svetlana Alexievich Belarusian investigative journalist and non-fiction prose writer 1948

Speech at the Nobel Banquet https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2015/alexievich-speech_en.html (10 December 2015)

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„One does not paint for design students or historians but for human beings, and the reaction in human terms is the only thing that is really satisfactory to the artist.“

—  Mark Rothko American painter 1903 - 1970

in conversation with W.C. Seitz
Quote of Rothko in Abstract Expressionist Painting in America, W.C, Seitz, Cambridge Massachusetts, 1983, p. 116
after 1970, posthumous

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„Dogs and horses, for example, are naturally subservient to human beings. But no human being is naturally subservient to another human being. No human being has a right to rule another without the other's consent“

—  Harry V. Jaffa American historian and collegiate professor 1918 - 2015

2000s, The Central Idea (2006)
Context: The equality of mankind is best understood in light of a two-fold inequality. The first is the inequality of mankind and of the subhuman classes of living beings that comprise the order of nature. Dogs and horses, for example, are naturally subservient to human beings. But no human being is naturally subservient to another human being. No human being has a right to rule another without the other's consent. The second is the inequality of man and God. As God's creatures, we owe unconditional obedience to His will. By that very fact however we do not owe such obedience to anyone else. Legitimate political authority—the right of one human being to require obedience of another human being—arises only from consent. The fundamental act of consent is, as the 1780 Massachusetts Bill of Rights states, "a social compact by which the whole people covenants with each citizen and each citizen with the whole people that all shall be governed by certain laws for the common good." The "certain laws for the common good" have no other purpose but to preserve and protect the rights that each citizen possesses prior to government, rights with which he or she has been "endowed by their Creator." The rights that governments exist to secure are not the gift of government. They originate in God.

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„We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.“

—  Stephen R. Covey American educator, author, businessman and motivational speaker 1932 - 2012

Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, in The Phenomenon of Man [Le Phénomène Humain] (1955); Covey quotes this in Living the 7 Habits : Stories of Courage and Inspiration (2000), p. 47
Variant: We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.
A paraphrase of De Chardin's statement which has also become misattributed to Covey.
Misattributed
Variant: We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

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„Evolution brings human beings. Human beings, through a long and painful process, bring humanity.“

—  Dan Simmons, book Hyperion

Source: Endymion (1996), Chapter 44 (p. 449)
Source: Hyperion
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„Only by being cultivated does a human being … become altogether human and permeated by humanity.“

—  Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel German poet, critic and scholar 1772 - 1829

Nur durch die Bildung wird der Mensch, der es ganz ist überall menschlich und von Menschheit durchdrungen.
“Ideas,” Lucinde and the Fragments, P. Firchow, trans. (1991), § 65

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„Art’s true purpose is to be human as opposed to some rarefied activity set away from real life. I think art should help you to navigate the real challenges of being a human being.“

—  Martin Firrell British artist and activist 1963

Quoted in the documentary The Question Mark Inside broadcast in the UK by Sky Arts (30 October 2009).

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„All human suffering concerns each human being“

—  Václav Havel playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and 1st President of the Czech Republic 1936 - 2011

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