[Ads-l] Loving Humanity and Hating People

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 23 00:14:47 EST 2017


Niggers and flies
I do despise
The more I see niggers
The more I like flies

On Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 3:24 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> 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:
> >
> > "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>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> 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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-- 
-Wilson
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All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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