[Ads-l] Loving Humanity and Hating People

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 21 15:07:41 EST 2017

"The more I love humanity in general, the less I love man in particular."
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (1880, transl. by Constance
Garnett, 1912)

On Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 2:19 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>

> Edna St. Vincent Millay's 1919 play "Aria da Capo" has the line "I love
> humanity but I hate people."  The idea must be older than that.  Can anyone
> point me to earlier variants on this quotation?

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