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

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Fri Dec 22 09:47:28 PST 2017


Minor translation correction:  "die Menschen" means 'people, persons,
individuals'; it is not gendered, whereas English 'men' is ambiguous
between "die Menschen" and "die Männer" = 'male persons'.

On Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 12:35 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole <
adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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