Man, of all the animals, is probably the only one to regard himself as a great delicacy.
It is not in giving life but in risking life that man is raised above the animal; that is why superiority has been accorded in humanity not to the sex that brings forth but to that which kills.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
No intelligent man believes that anybody ever willingly errs or willingly does base and evil deeds; they are well aware that all who do base and evil things to them unwillingly.
No sooner does man discover intelligence than he tries to involve it in his own stupidity.
Nothing is so silly as the expression of a man who is being complimented.
It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.
Woman is a vulgar animal from whom man has created an excessively beautiful ideal.
Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals.
If a man has nothing to eat, fasting is the most intelligent thing he can do.
The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.
There can be no two opinions as to what a highbrow is. He is the man or woman of thoroughbred intelligence who rides his mind at a gallop across country in pursuit of an idea.
Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman - a rope over an abyss.
As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
I know at last what distinguishes man from animals; financial worries.
Man is by nature a political animal.
Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to.
A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.
If you have this enormous talent, it's got you by the balls, it's a demon. You can't be a family man and a husband and a caring person and be that animal. Dickens wasn't that nice a guy.
It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming.
A man that is ashamed of passions that are natural and reasonable is generally proud of those that are shameful and silly.
Man is naturally a political animal.
I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.