[PW] ? Loving Humanity and Hating People (Quotation Query #790)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Fri Dec 22 09:35:22 PST 2017


Excellent Dostoyevsky citation, S M Colowick; and fun Peanuts
citation, John Cowan.

Here is a version of the sentiment written in German in 1832 by Ludwig
Börne who was describing the attitude of the poet Lord Byron.

Year: 1832
Title: Briefe aus Paris
Author: Ludwig Börne
Volume 2
Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, Germany
Database: deutschestextarchiv.de

http://www.deutschestextarchiv.de/book/show/boerne_paris02_1832
http://www.deutschestextarchiv.de/book/view/boerne_paris02_1832/?hl=Byron&p=192

[Begin excerpt]
Byron haßte die Menschen, weil er die Menschheit, das Leben, weil er
die Ewigkeit liebte.
[End excerpt]

[Begin translation]
Byron hated men because he loved mankind, life, because he loved eternity.
[End translation]

Garson

On Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 3:01 PM, S M Colowick <colowick at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 11:18 AM, 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?
>
> "The more I love humanity in general, the less I love man in
> particular." - The Brothers Karamazov
>
> https://www.gutenberg.org/files/28054/28054.txt
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