Human Nature Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old human nature quotes, human nature sayings, and human nature proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.     

Anatole France

Human nature is not of itself vicious.     

Thomas Paine

There is a great deal of human nature in people.     

Mark Twain

Human nature is complex. Even if we do have inclinations toward violence, we also have inclination to empathy, to cooperation, to self-control.     

Steven Pinker

It is not to be expected that human nature will change in a day.     

Frank B. Kellogg

It is in human nature to relax, when not compelled by personal advantage or disadvantage.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It's human nature to want to be with other people.     

Zoe Lister-Jones

Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive and potentially orderly and constructive.     

Margaret Mead

You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back.     

William D. Tammeus

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.     

William James

Scenery is fine - but human nature is finer.     

John Keats

You can learn more about human nature by reading the Bible than by living in New York.     

William Lyon Phelps

We have not to construct human nature afresh, but to take it as we find it, and make the best of it.     

Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

Human nature is the same in all professions.     

Laurence Sterne

Human nature is not nearly as bad as it has been thought to be.     

Abraham Harold Maslow

Whoever wants to be a judge of human nature should study people's excuses.     


You cannot slander human nature; it is worse than words can paint it.     

Charles H. Spurgeon

Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed.     

Abraham Lincoln

Human nature is water, not stone.     

Marty Rubin

Human Nature is not a problem that can be fixed by rules and regulations. All solutions to the existing problems must be based on how people behave, not on how we think they should behave.     

Kirk Chisholm

Human nature is so constituted, that all see and judge better in the affairs of other men than in their own.     


Human nature is compassionate, is affectionate.     

Tenzin Gyatso

The more we study human nature, the less we think of men - the more of man.     

Theodore Tilton

There is no problem of human nature which is insoluble.     

Ralph J. Bunche

It is not in human nature for all men to tread the same path of development, as animals do of a single species.     

Maria Montessori

Human nature is above all things lazy.     

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Human nature is good, just as water seeks low ground. There is no man who is not good, just as there is no water that does not flow downward.     


Human nature is so constructed that it gives affection most readily to those who seem least to demand it.     

Bertrand Russell

Human nature refers to what is in people but which they cannot study or work at achieving.     

Xun Zi

It's human nature to always look at what your neighbor is doing.     

Richard Wilkinson

I got disappointed in human nature as well and gave it up because I found it too much like my own.     

J. P. Donleavy

That's human nature - the ups and downs.     

Jami Gertz

It's human nature to start taking things for granted again when danger isn't banging loudly on the door.     

David Hackworth

Nothing in human nature is so God-like as the disposition to do good to our fellow-creatures.     

Samuel Richardson

It is human nature to hate the man whom you have hurt.     


Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.     

Henry Adams

The words human nature can be the greatest obstacle to human growth.     

Eugene J. Martin

Human nature is the same everywhere; the modes only are different.     

Lord Chesterfield

Could we perfect human nature, we might also expect a perfect state of things.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Two purposes in human nature rule. Self- love to urge, and reason to restrain.     

Alexander Pope

There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish.     

John Keats

What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others.     

Georg C. Lichtenberg

Human nature is not a machine to be built after a model, and set to do exactly the work prescribed for it, but a tree, which requires to grow and develop itself on all sides, according to the tendency of the inward forces which make it a living thing.     

John Stuart Mill

There is nothing that can be changed more completely than human nature when the job is taken in hand early enough.     

George Bernard Shaw

We need more understanding of human nature, because the only real danger that exists is man himself.     

Carl Gustav Jung

Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature.     

Charles Dickens

Man has demonstrated that he is master of everything -- except his own nature.     

Henry Miller

Human nature is human nature, but it's a good system and a very reliable system.     

James Johnson

Human nature can find no there helper than love.     

Diotima's Speech

Human nature blames anyone except himself.     

Dale Carnegie