[Ads-l] Loving Humanity and Hating People

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Dec 21 15:24:51 EST 2017


cf. “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog”—
—attributed, no doubt incorrectly, to Mark Twain

> On Dec 21, 2017, at 3:07 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> "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)
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> On Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 2:19 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>
> wrote:
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>> 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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