„Only man has dignity; only man, therefore, can be funny.“

—  Ronald Knox, Essays in Satire, Introduction (1928)
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„Honor and dignity of man is only in virtue and piety.“

—  Husayn ibn Ali The grandson of Muhammad and the son of Ali ibn Abi Talib 626 - 680
Majlisi, Bihārul Anwār, vol.78, p. 128

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„Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.“

—  George Santayana 20th-century Spanish-American philosopher associated with Pragmatism 1863 - 1952

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„Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.“

—  G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
Context: It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down. No one sees anything funny in a tree falling down. No one sees a delicate absurdity in a stone falling down. No man stops in the road and roars with laughter at the sight of the snow coming down. The fall of thunderbolts is treated with some gravity. The fall of roofs and high buildings is taken seriously. It is only when a man tumbles down that we laugh. Why do we laugh? Because it is a grave religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified. "Spiritualism"

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„Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace.“

—  George Santayana 20th-century Spanish-American philosopher associated with Pragmatism 1863 - 1952
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„In the kingdom of ends everything has either a price or a dignity. What has a price can be replaced by something else as its equivalent; what on the other hand is raised above all price and therefore admits of no equivalent has a dignity.“

—  Immanuel Kant German philosopher 1724 - 1804
Im Reiche der Zwecke hat alles entweder einen Preis oder eine Würde. Was einen Preis hat, an dessen Stelle kann auch etwas anderes als Äquivalent gesetzt werden; was dagegen über allen Preis erhaben ist, mithin kein Äquivalent verstattet, das hat eine Würde. 434:32, M. Gregor, trans. (Cambridge: 1998), p. 42

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„Nothing but the most exemplary morals can give dignity to a man of small fortune.“

—  Adam Smith Scottish moral philosopher and political economist 1723 - 1790
Chapter I, Part III, Article III, p. 874.

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„Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.“

—  Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902
As quoted in 1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (1988) by Robert Byrne

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„That soul that can
Be honest is the only perfect man.“

—  John Fletcher English Jacobean playwright 1579 - 1625
Epilogue. Compare: "An honest man's the noblest work of God", Alexander Pope, Essay on Man, epistle iv. line 248.

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„Leader of the Chorus: An insult directed at the wicked is not to be censured; on the contrary, the honest man, if he has sense, can only applaud.“

—  Aristophanés Athenian playwright of Old Comedy -446 - -385 a.C.
tr. O'Neill 1938, Perseus http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text.jsp?doc=Aristoph.+Kn.+1274 Knights, line 1274-1275

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