->''"Oh, I know ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. And what he might say with irony, I say with conviction: 'What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form, in moving, how express and admirable! In action, how like an angel! In apprehension, how like a god!'"''
-->-- '''Jean-Luc Picard''', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "Hide and Q"

->''To Earth!\\
The very birthplace of my birth\\
The thought of Earth fills me with mirth\\
''(Hey, maybe we'll meet Creator/ColinFirth!)''\\
That is a possibility.''
-->-- '''Mike''', "To Earth" (''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'')

->You humans are so unpredictable! I've gotta tell you something: you guys did great.
-->-- '''Raiden''', ''Film/MortalKombat''

->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]]''

->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"

->'''Wilf:''' [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Nine hundred]] years [old]... We must look like ants to you.\\
'''The Doctor:''' I think you look like ''giants.''
-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The End of Time - Part 2"

->You guys messing around with evolution and the new human race and all that crap will never make it this far. The true power of us human beings is that we can change ourselves on our own!
-->-- '''Saitama''', ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan''

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

->Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than man.
-->-- '''Creator/{{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''', ''Film/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]]

->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.
-->-- '''Gabriel''', '''Series/{{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''', ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife''

->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, [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet 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?
-->-- '''Creator/BertrandRussell'''

->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'''

->And finally, I believe in my whole race. Yellow, white, black, red, brown. In the honesty, courage, intelligence, durability, and goodness of the overwhelming majority of my brothers and sisters everywhere on this planet. I am proud to be a human being. I believe that we have come this far by the skin of our teeth. That we always make it just by the skin of our teeth, but that we will always make it. Survive. Endure. I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching, oversize brain case and the opposable thumb, this animal barely up from the apes will endure. Will endure longer than his home planet -- will spread out to the stars and beyond, carrying with him his honesty and his insatiable curiosity, his unlimited courage and his noble essential decency. This I believe.
-->-- '''Creator/RobertAHeinlein''', ''This I Believe''

->'''[=GLaDOS=]''': Gentlemen, I've been looking over your case files, and I'm curious about something. Why aren't you insane?\\
'''Brock''': That's a funny question coming from a psychotic robot.\\
'''[=GLaDOS=]''': I'm an unfathomable artificial intelligence whose sanity cannot be measured by human standards. But you two are just meat and bone and water.\\
'''Ash''': Yeah, we're specks of lint in the belly button of the universe. What's your point?\\
'''[=GLaDOS=]''': My point is that, with all the horror the two of you have endured over the years, both of you should be gibbering lunatics. And yet here you are, playing cards and telling bad jokes. It's...anomalous.\\
'''Brock''': And that's why you will never get humanity, lady. We are just ''oozing'' with anomalies.\\
'''Ash''': [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne And I like my jokes!]]
-->-- ''Videogame/PokerNight2''

->To say that the Humans from Earth are nothing more than savage brutes is to ignore their legacy of heroism, their ability to overcome, and their absolute willingness to die for the benefit of others. In the hundred thousand years since the human species arose on that planet, Earth has produced over thirty different Green Lanterns, and all but two of them were members of the ''Homo sapiens'' species. Tell me, my brother -- can you name a single world in all the galaxy that can say the same?
-->-- '''[[ComicBook/GreenLanternCorps Ganthet, one of the Guardians of the Universe]]''', ''ComicBook/GreenLantern''

->But we have to consider this: some scientists believe that it's easy for nature to bring animals up to a clever level, where they might use tools and they might become masters of their environment. [[ContemplateOurNavels But the leap to being able to stare at the sky and imagine a cosmos, to be able to contemplate yourself, to be able to contemplate your own role in the Earth]]. This may be a leap that was a sheer accident for humanity. In which case, you're not talking about a complete recovery. You're talking about a planet that may continue, but nobody to talk about it. Nobody to think about it.
-->-- '''David Brin''', ''Series/LifeAfterPeople''

-> The [[BigGood Axiom]] tasked you humans with observing the universe. Humans have the power to assign an answer to phenomena without an answer. [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve The power of observation has the ability to make certain and whole what is uncertain and without form.]] The Axiom did not give gods the power of observation... Only humans have that power. Humans have the ability to change the answer they have found into faith, and eventually into truth. [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly This can invigorate the gods, but it can also kill them.]] This is why the gods [[CosmicChessGame goad humans to their side]], and make them observe things that are beneficial to them. This is the direct cause behind why gods fight over humans.
-->-- '''Stephen''' explaining how gods are powered in the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei SMT]]'' multiverse, ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse''