Quotes: Humans Are Special

"What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason; how infinite in faculty, in form and moving; how express and admirable in action; how like an angel in apprehension; how like a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals...."
William Shakespeare, Hamlet note 

To Earth!
The very birthplace of my birth
The thought of Earth fills me with mirth
(Hey, maybe we'll meet Colin Firth!)
That is a possibility.
Mike, "To Earth" (Mystery Science Theater 3000)

You humans are so unpredictable! I've gotta tell you something: you guys did great.
Raiden, Mortal Kombat

Why, why did I lose?" Edward screamed, desperate for an answer. "I am a Vampire! You are just a human!"
"No, Edward. You got it backwards. I am a human. You are just a vampire."

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, Doctor Who, The Ark In Space

Like us, humans are dinotastic!

Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than man.

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. But human beings no longer existed.
SuperMecha leader, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

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, Communitynote 

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, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

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.
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 itóbut 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 unachievableóto 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, No Game No Life

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, "Spinozaís Worm"

Is a man what he seems 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 Hamlet? Is he perhaps both as once?

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.
Philip K Dick, 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