Some Quotations about Humanism

“Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.”

Kurt Vonnegut – Author


“Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethic based on human and other natural values in the spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. It is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality.”

IHEU (International Humanist and Ethical Union)


“When we speak of equality, of women and men, of Blacks and Whites, of all the world’s people, we are talking about humanism.”

Gloria Steinem – author


“Humanism is about the world, not about humanism.”

Harold Blackham – philosopher


“There is no humanist creed, no set of beliefs to which every humanist has to subscribe. Humanism is not a dogma or a sect. Nevertheless I believe that the humanism which I want to defend is one which others share. I shall seek to show that the things which we value in human life are not an illusion; that as human beings we can find from our own resources the shared moral values which we need in order to live together, and the means to create meaningful and fulfilling lives for ourselves; and that the rejection or religious belief need not be a cause for despair.”

Richard Norman, Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Kent


“The value of life lies not in its length, but in the use we make of it.”

Michel de Montaigne (1533-92) Essays


“Humanism, in all its simplicity, is the only genuine spirituality.”

Albert Schwietzer – accepting the Nobel Peace Prize


“Humanism is a most human philosophy of life. Its emphasis is on the human, the here-and-now, the humane. It is not a religion and it has no formal creed, though humanists have beliefs. Humanists are atheists or agnostics and do not expect an afterlife. It is essential to humanism that it brings values and meaning into life.”

Jim Herrick, Editor New Humanist Magazine


“Humanism is a philosophy of joyous service for the greater good of all humanity, of application of new ideas of scientific progress for the benefit of all.”

Linus Pauling – Nobel Prize winning scientist