Humanity Sayings and Quotes

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

A crust in comfort is better than a feast in fear.      


A day is lost if one has not laughed.      

French (on the conduct of life)

A friend in need is a friend indeed.      

James Ray

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A good spouse and health is a person's best wealth.      

Benjamin Franklin

A man's house is his castle.      

Sir Edward Coke

A place for everything and everything in its place.      

Samuel Smiles

A smile is a window in your face to show your heart is at home.      


A trouble shared is a trouble halved.      


All of us, the great and the little have need of each other.      


Any port in a storm.      


As the day lengthens, the cold strengthens.      

E. Pellham

As the spokes of a wheel are attached to the hub, so all things are attached to life.     

Sanskrit (on life and living)

Bread, oil, Salt and Heart      


Bury the hatchet beneath the root of the tree.      

Native American Saying (on war and peace)

Character building begins in infancy and continues until death.      

Eleanor Roosevelt

Cold hands, warm heart.      

V.S. Lean

Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.      

Benjamin Franklin

Curses like chickens, come home to roost.      


Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.      


Don't bypass a town where there's a friend.     

Malagasy (on journeys)

Don't let the grass grow on the path of friendship.      

Blackfoot (Native American) (on friendship)

Eat coconuts while you have teeth.      

Singhalese (on youth and age)

Every day of your life is a page of your history.     

Arabic (on life and living)

Everyone wants to live long but no one wants to be called old.      

Icelandic (on youth and age)

Fact is stranger than fiction.      

Thomas Chandler Haliburton

Follow your dreams.      


For every bow there is an arrow. (For everyone there is someone.)      


Glass, china and reputation are easily crack'd and never well mended.      

Benjamin Franklin

Good memories are our second chance at happiness.      

Queen Elizabeth II

Great oaks from little acorns grow.      


He lives long who lives well.      

J. Wilson

He that would govern others, first should be the master of himself.      

Phillip Massinger

Hold fast to the words of your ancestors.      

Maori (on proverbs)

Honor is better than honors.      

Flemish (on the conduct of life)

In time we hate that which we often fear.      


Industry pays debts, despair encreases them.      

Benjamin Franklin

It takes all kinds to make a world go round.      

T. Shelton

Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.      

Mother Teresa

Laugh and the world laughs with you; cry and you cry alone.      


Laugh every day; it's like inner jogging.      


Laughter is the best medicine.      


Life has its little ups and downs.      


Life is one big experiment.      


Life is short and full of blisters.     

African-American (on life and living)

Life is the greatest bargain; we get it for nothing.     

Yiddish (on life and living)

Life is too short to waste.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Make a meal and contention will cease.     

Hebrew (on the human comedy)

May the outward and inward man be at one.      


No one is good at everything but everyone is good at something.      


Nothing goes on forever.      


Observe all men; thyself most.      

Benjamin Franklin

One hand washes the other.      


People are architects of their own fortune.      

Spanish (on fortune)

Praise the young and they will blossom.      

Irish Proverb

Small children give you a headache, big children a heartache.      

Russian Proverb

Spring is in the air.      


Take life as it comes.      


The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.      

Edmund Burke

The best things in life are free.      

B.G. DeSilva

The company makes the feast.      

J. Warton

The discontented man finds no easy chair.      

Benjamin Franklin

The easiest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your pocket.      


The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.      

Edward John Phelps

The memories of youth make for long, long thoughts.      

Lapp (on youth and age)

The mind is willing, but the flesh is weak.      


The old one who is loved, is winter with flowers.      

German (on youth and age)

The person sins, then blames Satan for it.     

Afghan (on the human comedy)

The stargazer's toe is often stubbed.     

Russian (on the human comedy)

The worst prison is a closed heart.      

Pope John Paul II

Vices are their own punishment.      


We'll never know the worth of water 'till the well goes dry.      

Scottish Proverb

When the apple is ripe it will fall.      

Irish Proverb

When the tiger kills, the jackel profits.      

Afghan (on business)

Where is there a tree not shaken by the wind.      

Armenian (on basic truths)

While the cat's away, the mice will play.      

James Ray

Who are a little wise, the best fools be.      

John Donne

You cannot carve rotten wood.      


You can't teach an old dog new tricks.      


You can't win them all.      


You may delay but time will not.      

Benjamin Franklin

Your success and happiness lie in you...resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.      

Helen Keller