„Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.“

"On Wit and Humour"
Lectures on the English Comic Writers (1819)

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William Hazlitt6
englischer Essayist und Schriftsteller 1778 - 1830

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„Man is the animal who weeps and laughs — and writes.“

—  John Cowper Powys British writer, lecturer and philosopher 1872 - 1963

If the first Prometheus brought fire from heaven in a fennel-stalk, the last will take it back — in a book.
The Pleasures of Literature (1938), p. 17

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„Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.“

—  Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902

As quoted in 1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (1988) by Robert Byrne

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„Man is the animal who weeps and laughs — and writes. If the first Prometheus brought fire from heaven in a fennel-stalk, the last will take it back — in a book.“

—  John Cowper Powys British writer, lecturer and philosopher 1872 - 1963

The Pleasures of Literature (1938), p. 17 <!-- London: Cassell -->

„Man is more than an animal only in that he finds expression for the beautiful.“

—  John Carroll Australian professor and author 1944

Quelle: Break-Out from the Crystal Palace (1974), p. 92

„Man is the only animal that contemplates death, and also the only animal that shows any sign of doubt of its finality.“

—  William Ernest Hocking American philosopher 1873 - 1966

The Meaning of Immortality in Human Experience (1957), p. 5.
Kontext: Man is the only animal that contemplates death, and also the only animal that shows any sign of doubt of its finality. This does not mean that he doubts it as a future fact. He accepts his own death, with that of others, as inevitable; plans for it; provides for the time when he shall be out of the picture. Yet, not less today than formerly, he confronts this fact with a certain incredulity regarding the scope of its destruction.

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„Man only is endowed with wisdom so as to understand religion, and this is the principal if not the only difference betwixt him and dumb animals; for other things that seem peculiar to him, though they are not the same in them, yet they appear to be alike … What is there more peculiar to man than reason, and foresight? Yet there are animals which make several different ways of retiring from their dens; that when in danger they may escape; which without understanding and forethought they could not do. Others make provision for the future.“
Solus (homo) sapientia instructus est ut religionem solus intellegat, et haec est hominis atque mutorum vel praecipua, vel sola distantia; nam caetera quae videntur hominis esse propria, etsi non sint talia in mutis, tamen similia videri possunt … Quid tam proprium homini quam ratio, et providentia futuri? Atqui sunt animalia, quae latibulis suis diversos, et plures exitus pandant; ut si quod periculum inciderit, fuga pateat obsessis; quod non facerent, nisi inesset illis intelligentia, et cogitatio. Alia provident in futurum.

—  Lactantius Early Christian author 250 - 325

De Ira Dei (c. 313), Chap. VII; as quoted in Pierre Bayle, Historical and Critical Dictionary (1697), London, 1737, Vol. 4, Chap. Rorarius, p. 903 https://books.google.it/books?id=JmtXAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA903.

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„I have a theory, that there is a terrific link between what is funny and what is scary. I think there is a very close connection between what frightens people and what makes them laugh. Laughter is a kind of nervousness. Animals don't laugh. Smiling is, anthropologists agree, directly linked to the baring of the teeth.“

—  Christopher Walken American actor 1943

Jan Moir (March 11, 2002) "'You're not scared of me, are you?': Christopher Walken has cornered the market in movie menace. But, as Jan Moir discovers, he is just as unsettling in real life", The Daily Telegraph, p. 18.

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„Man is the Only Animal that Blushes. Or needs to.“

—  Mark Twain, buch Following the Equator

Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar, Ch. XXVII
Following the Equator (1897)

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„The Sun-Paul must consider only one thing: what is the relation of this or that external reaction of the animal to the phenomena of the external world?“

—  Ivan Pavlov Russian physiologist 1849 - 1936

Scientific Study of So-Called Psychical Processes in the Higher Animals (1906).

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„Man is not a rational animal. He is only truly good or great when he acts from passion.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881

Book 6, chapter 12.
Books, Coningsby (1844), Henrietta Temple (1837)

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„The difference between a great soul and an ordinary man is this: the latter weeps while leaving this body, whereas the former laughs. Death seems to him a mere play.“

—  Sarada Devi Hindu religious figure, spiritual consort of Ramakrishna 1853 - 1920

[Swami Tapasyananda, Swami Nikhilananda, Sri Sarada Devi, the Holy Mother; Life and Conversations, 253]

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„You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.“

—  Mary Oliver American writer 1935 - 2019

"Wild Geese"
Dream Work (1986)
Kontext: You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

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