To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human.
—Mouse, The Matrix (1999)
You’ll never be a first class human being or a first class woman until you’ve learned to have some regard for human frailty.
—C.J. Dexter Haven, Philadelphia Story (1940)
We must think not as individuals but as a species. We must confront the reality of interstellar travel.
—Dr. Brand, Interstellar (2014)
I play the stock market of the spirit and I sell short.
—Ellsworth Toohey, The Fountainhead (1949)
Human thought is so primitive it’s looked upon as an infectious disease in some of the better galaxies.
—Kay, Men in Black (1997)
There’s a conflict in every human heart between the rational and the irrational, between good and evil. And good does not always triumph. Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature. —General Corman, Apocalypse Now (1979)
What it means to be fully human is to strive to live by ideas and ideals and not to measure your life by what you’ve attained in terms of your desires but those small moments of integrity, compassion, rationality, even self-‐sacrifice. Because in the end, the only way that we can measure the significance of our own lives is by valuing the lives of others.
—David Gale, The Life of David Gale (2003)
In my practice, I’ve seen how people have allowed their humanity to drain away. Only it happens slowly instead of all at once. They didn’t seem to mind. But just some people. All of us—a little bit. We harden our hearts and grow callous. Only when we have to fight to stay human…do we realize how precious it is to us. —Dr. Bellini, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)