It was the touch of the imperfect upon the would-be perfect that gave the sweetness, because it was that which gave the humanity.
~ Tess of the D'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
There were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why,—when it did not seem worth while to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead; when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation. She could not work on such a day, nor weave fancies to stir her pulses and warm her blood.
~ The Awakening
by Kate Chopin
He lived alone, and, so to speak, outside of every social relation; and as he knew that in this world account must be taken of friction, and that friction retards, he never rubbed against anybody.
~ Around the World in 80 Days
by Jules Verne
Fear makes us feel our humanity.
~ Vivian Grey
by Benjamin Disraeli
Sir John had his shareperhaps rather a large shareof the more harmless and amiable of the weaknesses incidental to humanity. Among these, I may mention as applicable to the matter in hand, an invincible reluctanceso long as he enjoyed his usual good healthto face the responsibility of making his will.
~ The Moonstone
by Wilkie Collins
But I am a blasted tree; the bolt has entered my soul; and I felt then that I should survive to exhibit what I shall soon cease to be--a miserable spectacle of wrecked humanity, pitiable to others and intolerable to myself.
by Mary Shelley