->''"To aspire to be superhuman is a most discreditable admission that you lack the guts, the wit, the moderating judgment to be successfully and consummately human."''
-->--'''Aldous Huxley''', "Spinoza’s Worm"

->''“Is a man what he seems [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet to the astronomer,]] a tiny lump of impure carbon and water crawling impotently on a small and unimportant planet? Or is he what he appears to {{Theatre/Hamlet}}? Is he perhaps both as once?”''
-->--'''Bertrand Russell'''

->''"The authentic human being is one of us who instinctively knows what he should not do, and, in addition, he will balk at doing it. He will refuse to do it, even if this brings down dread consequences to him and to those whom he loves. This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance. Their deeds may be small, and almost always unnoticed, unmarked by history. Their names are not remembered, nor did these authentic humans expect their names to be remembered. I see their authenticity in an odd way: not in their willingness to perform great heroic deeds but in their quiet refusals. In essence, they cannot be compelled to be what they are not."''
-->--'''Creator/PhilipKDick''', ''How to Build a Universe''

->''"A machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."''
-->-- '''Elbert Hubbard'''

->''"Why, why did I lose?" Edward screamed, desperate for an answer. "I am a Vampire! You are just a human!" \\
"No, Edward. [[WrongGenreSavvy You got it backwards]]. I am a human. You are just a vampire."''
-->-- ''Literature/SherlockHolmes meets [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Edward Cullen]]''

->''"I wonder what they'll be like?" he mused. "Will they be nothing but wonderful engineers, with no art or philosophy? They're going to have such a surprise when Orostron reaches them—I expect it will be rather a blow to their pride. It's funny how all isolated races think they're the only people in the Universe. But they should be grateful to us; we're going to save them a good many hundred years of travel." \\
Alveron glanced at the Milky Way, lying like a veil of silver mist across the vision screen. He waved toward it with a sweep of a tentacle that embraced the whole circle of the galaxy, from the Central Planets to the lonely suns of the Rim. \\
"You know," he said to Rugon, "I feel rather afraid of these people. Suppose they don't like our little Federation?" He waved once more toward the star-clouds that lay massed across the screen, glowing with the light of their countless suns. \\
"Something tells me they'll be very determined people," he added. "We had better be polite to them. After all, we only outnumber them about a thousand million to one." \\
Rugon laughed at his captain's little joke. \\
Twenty years afterward, the remark didn't seem funny.''
-->-- '''ArthurCClarke''', "Rescue Party"

->''"Swans eat, crap and have sex. What else is left?"''
-->-- [[TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella Dana Price]], [[http://nonadventures.com/2009/04/25/swan-fake/ Swan FAKE]]

->''"Homo sapiens! What an inventive, invincible species. It's only a few million years since they crawled up out of the mud and learned to walk... Puny, defenseless bipeds. They've survived flood, famine and plague; they've survived cosmic wars and holocausts. And now here they are, out among the stars, waiting to begin a new life. Ready to outsit eternity... They're indomitable. Indomitable."''
-->-- '''The Doctor''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''The Ark In Space''

->''Since scientists are people, it is not surprising that comparable pretensions have insinuated themselves into the scientific worldview. Indeed, many of the central debates in the history of science seem to be, in part at least, contests over whether HumansAreSpecial. Almost always, the going-in assumption is that we ''are'' special. After the premise is closely examined, it turns out - in dishearteningly many cases - that [[SubvertedTrope we are not]]."
-->-- '''Carl Sagan''', ''Pale Blue Dot'' [[note]]Before spending the rest of the book climbing to a neat DoubleSubversion[[/note]]

->''"It may be irrational of me, but human beings are quite my favorite species."''
-->--'''The Doctor''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Ark in Space"

->''"Like us, humans are dinotastic!"''
-->-- ''VideoGame/RobotDinosaursThatShootBeamsWhenTheyRoar''

->''Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than man.''
-->-- '''{{Sophocles}}''', ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}''

->''David, I often felt a sort of envy of human beings, of that thing they called spirit. Human beings had created a million explanations of the meaning of life in art, in poetry, in mathematical formulas. Certainly humans must be the key to the meaning of existence. [[AfterTheEnd But human beings no longer existed]].''
-->-- '''[=SuperMecha=] leader''', ''AIArtificialIntelligence''

-> ''Kingdom: Animalia. Phylum: Chordata. Class is Mamalia (cuz boobies we gotta). Order is Primates, family Hominidae. Genus is Homo (but you know you're into me!) cuz I am the species known as Sapien - dogs used to eat me, but now they bring the paper in..."
-->-- '''Troy''' and '''Abed''', ''Series/{{Community}}''[[note]]Some minor inaccuracies, but too cute not to share[[/note]]

->'''Uriel:''' That's what they are: savages. Just plumbing on two legs.
->'''Castiel:''' You're close to blasphemy.
-->-- ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester"

->''"You hear our voice, New One. Now listen well. Long have we watched and waited. So many promising subjects, so many failed efforts. And now, after untold trials, the new one emerges to face the rigors of our collective. An enduring physical form, paired with an equally adept mental capacity....the rarest of traits, finally within our grasp..."''
-->--'''The Uber Ethereal''', on humanity, ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown''

->''"Amidst the chaos of an unforgiving planet, most species will fail. But for one, all of the pieces will fall into place. And a set of keys will unlock the path for Mankind to triumph. This is our story. The Story Of All Of Us."''
-->-- Opening Narration, '''Mankind: The Story of All Of Us'''

->''"I'd like to begin today with a remarkable story about the inhabitants of a rocky little ocean-covered world in orbit around an ordinary star, one of hundreds of billions of stars in an ordinary galaxy, in a universe filled with a hundred billion galaxies. This story goes that these beings, with soaring imagination and refusing to accept limitations, developed the languages of mathematics and science, became skilled technologists and eventually, flung themselves and their machines off their planet and into outer space. And they did this merely in response to an innate desire to explore and to learn and to secure their future and to seek the answers to questions that had vexed them and every generation of their ancestors before them."''
-->-- '''Dr. Carolyn Porco''', Planetary Scientist

->''"Damn right they're flawed. But a lot of them try to do better. To forgive. And you should see The Spearmint Rhino. I've been riding the pine for a long time but I'm in the game now. And I'm not on your side or Michael's. I'm on theirs (humans).
-->-- Gabriel, '''Supernatural''': Hammer of the Gods

->''"Because of our weakness, we trained our eyes, ears and the ability to think. Learning how to survive, that's our trait as humans! The human species can't use magic and can't even perceive it—but because we are weak, we have the wisdom to run away from magic and the intelligence to see through it! We don't have any extraordinary senses. But because we are weak, by learning and gaining experience, we gained the wisdom to achieve the unachievable—to predict the future...Rejoice! We are humans; we are the most talented people! Precisely because we were born without any ability, we can achieve anything. This is the will of the weakest race!"''
-->-- '''Sora''', ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife''