Virtuvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci Public Domain
By Richard Girard
"Man knows only when he is satisfied and when he suffers, and only his sufferings and his satisfactions instruct him concerning himself, teach him what to seek and what to avoid. For the rest, man is a confused creature; he knows not whence he comes or whither he goes, he knows little of the world, and above all, he knows little of himself."
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749--1832) Quoted in: John Peter Eckermann, Conversations with Goethe (1836).
"What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god--the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!"
William Shakespeare (1564--1616) Hamlet, in Hamlet , act 2, scene 2.
"We say nothing essential about the cathedral when we speak of its stones. We say nothing essential about Man when we seek to define him by the qualities of men."
Antoine de Saint-Exupe'ry (1900--1944) Flight to Arras , chapter 23, (1942).
What is a Human Being? And why must we both ask and answer this question?