"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. You got it backwards. I am a human. You are just a vampire."
"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.
— Arthur C. Clarke, "Rescue Party"
"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
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 Humans Are Special. 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 we are not."
— Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot note
"It may be irrational of me, but human beings are quite my favorite species."
—The Doctor, Doctor Who, "The Ark in Space"
"Like us, humans are dinotastic!"
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
Uriel: That's what they are: savages. Just plumbing on two legs.
Castiel: You're close to blasphemy.
— 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, 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