„The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.“

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„Human civilization as we know it will end, sometime in the 21st century.“

—  David Goodstein American physicist 1939
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„Ignorance is a dreadful thing and has caused no end of damage to the human race.“

—  Lucian ancient Greek writer 120
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„Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Context: Here, then, is the problem which we present to you, stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war? People will not face this alternative because it is so difficult to abolish war. The abolition of war will demand distasteful limitations of national sovereignty. But what perhaps impedes understanding of the situation more than anything else is that the term "mankind" feels vague and abstract. People scarcely realize in imagination that the danger is to themselves and their children and their grandchildren, and not only to a dimly apprehended humanity. They can scarcely bring themselves to grasp that they, individually, and those whom they love are in imminent danger of perishing agonizingly. And so they hope that perhaps war may be allowed to continue provided modern weapons are prohibited. This hope is illusory. Whatever agreements not to use H-bombs had been reached in time of peace, they would no longer be considered binding in time of war, and both sides would set to work to manufacture H-bombs as soon as war broke out, for, if one side manufactured the bombs and the other did not, the side that manufactured them would inevitably be victorious.

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„The human race has improved everything but the human race.“

—  Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965
In "Wages are Going Lower!" (1951), William Joseph Baxter wrote, "One might almost say that the human race seems to have improved everything except people." Variations of this quote have appeared since both with and without attribution to Adlai Stevenson, but no documented connection to Stevenson is known.

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„If the Communists conquered the world, it would be very unpleasant for a while, but not forever. But if the human race is wiped out, that is the end.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Television interview on March 24, 1958, as quoted in The United States in World Affairs (1959), p. 12

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„Suppose atomic bombs had reduced the population of the world to one brother and one sister, should they let the human race die out?“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Context: Suppose atomic bombs had reduced the population of the world to one brother and one sister, should they let the human race die out? I do not know the answer, but I do not think it can be in the affirmative merely on the ground that incest is wicked. p. 47

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