Quotes from “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari

Alexander Chorny
Alexander Chornyhas quoted3 years ago
Don’t believe tree-huggers who claim that our ancestors lived in harmony with nature. Long before the Industrial Revolution, Homo sapiens held the record among all organisms for driving the most plant and animal species to their extinctions. We have the dubious distinction of being the deadliest species in the annals of biology.
Коля Русин
Коля Русинhas quoted7 months ago
‘Happiness Begins Within.’ Money, social status, plastic surgery, beautiful houses, powerful positions – none of these will bring you happiness. Lasting happiness comes only from serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin.
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njjjjhgyjhas quotedlast year
The most important impact of script on human history is precisely this: it has gradually changed the way humans think and view the world.
Lindsay Foran-Harpe
Lindsay Foran-Harpehas quotedlast year
A human handprint made about 30,000 years ago, on the wall of the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in southern France. Somebody tried to say, ‘I was here!’
Anastasiya Matsulevitch
Anastasiya Matsulevitchhas quotedlast year
Consumerism has worked very hard, with the help of popular psychology (‘Just do it!’) to convince people that indulgence is good for you, whereas frugality is self-oppression.
Adi Safuan
Adi Safuanhas quoted3 years ago
The gossip theory might sound like a joke, but numerous studies support it. Even today the vast majority of human communication – whether in the form of emails, phone calls or newspaper columns – is gossip. It comes so naturally to us that it seems as if our language evolved for this very purpose.
Zauresh Amanzholova
Zauresh Amanzholovahas quoted3 years ago
One of history’s few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and to spawn new obligations. Once people get used to a certain luxury, they take it for granted. Then they begin to count on it. Finally they reach a point where they can’t live without i
Simon Dunlop
Simon Dunlophas quoted3 years ago
The White Australia policy which restricted immigration of non-white people to Australia remained in force until 1973.
Konstantin Perepelin
Konstantin Perepelinhas quoted3 years ago
Imagine how things might have turned out had the Neanderthals or Denisovans survived alongside Homo sapiens. What kind of cultures, societies and political structures would have emerged in a world where several different human species coexisted? How, for example, would religious faiths have unfolded? Would the book of Genesis have declared that Neanderthals descend from Adam and Eve, would Jesus have died for the sins of the Denisovans, and would the Qur’an have reserved seats in heaven for all righteous humans, whatever their species? Would Neanderthals have been able to serve in the Roman legions, or in the sprawling bureaucracy of imperial China? Would the American Declaration of Independence hold as a self-evident truth that all members of the genus Homo are created equal? Would Karl Marx have urged workers of all species to unite?
Simon Dunlop
Simon Dunlophas quoted4 years ago
Genus Homo’s position in the food chain was, until quite recently, solidly in the middle. For millions of years, humans hunted smaller creatures and gathered what they could, all the while being hunted by larger predators. It was only 400,000 years ago that several species of man began to hunt large game on a regular basis, and only in the last 100,000 years – with the rise of Homo sapiens – that man jumped to the top of the food chain.
Simon Dunlop
Simon Dunlophas quoted4 years ago
Whereas chimpanzees spend five hours a day chewing raw food, a single hour suffices for people eating cooked food.
Henrik Ulrik Anker Hansen
Henrik Ulrik Anker Hansenhas quoted5 hours ago
The modern age has witnessed the rise of a number of new natural-law religions, such as liberalism, Communism, capitalism, nationalism and Nazism. These creeds do not like to be called religions, and refer to themselves as ideologies. But this is just a semantic exercise. If a religion is a system of human norms and values that is founded on belief in a superhuman order, then Soviet Communism was no less a religion than Islam
Henrik Ulrik Anker Hansen
Henrik Ulrik Anker Hansenhas quoted16 hours ago
Religion can thus be defined as a system of human norms and values that is founded on a belief in a superhuman order. T
Henrik Ulrik Anker Hansen
Henrik Ulrik Anker Hansenhas quoted16 hours ago
et most of today’s cultures are based on imperial legacies. If empires are by definition bad, what does that say about us?
There are schools of thought and political movements that seek to purge human culture of imperialism, leaving behind what they claim is a pure, authentic civilisation, untainted by sin. These ideologies are at best naïve; at worst they serve as disingenuous window-dressing for crude nationalism and bigotry. Perhaps you could make a case that some of the myriad cultures that emerged at the dawn of recorded history were pure, untouched by sin and unadulterated by other societies. But no culture since that dawn can reasonably make that claim, certainly no culture that exists now on earth. All human cultures are at least in part the legacy of empires and imperial civilisations, and no academic or political surgery can cut out the imperial legacies without killing the patient.
Stephanie Walker
Stephanie Walkerhas quotedyesterday
One of history’s few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and to spawn new obligations. Once people get used to a certain luxury, they take it for granted. Then they begin to count on it. Finally they reach a point where they can’t live without it.
Adri Syamsoeyadi
Adri Syamsoeyadihas quotedyesterday
life of hunting and gathering
Adri Syamsoeyadi
Adri Syamsoeyadihas quotedyesterday
foraging, fighting and fornicating?
Adri Syamsoeyadi
Adri Syamsoeyadihas quotedyesterday
spend more time together
Adri Syamsoeyadi
Adri Syamsoeyadihas quotedyesterday
help one another in times of trouble
Adri Syamsoeyadi
Adri Syamsoeyadihas quotedyesterday
know each other intimately
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