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humanism

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Definition the doctrine emphasizing a person's capacity for self-realization through reason; rejects religion and the supernatural
  • She describes herself as a secular humanist.
  • He wiped the oily killer juice off on his gown, saying, "Did you work up that Italian Renaissance stuff for me about the p-princes and the h-humanists?
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Shay Bourne is not a Muslim, or a Wiccan; he's not a secular humanist or a member of the Baha'i faith.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • So I backed up and shifted to the classic-romantic split that I think underlies the whole humanist-technological problem.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • BERENGER: I mean the human individual, humanism ....
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • It is the quarrel between the religious and the humanist attitudes towards life.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • At the root of his art was a passionate humanism and an unflinching exploration of man's relationship with his God.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • It was he who formed the very concept of "humanism"—that is, a view of life that has the individual as its central focus.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • In this respect our townsfolk were like everybody else, wrapped up in themselves; in other words they were humanists: they disbelieved in pestilences.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • We humanists all have a pedagogic streak.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • , 1958), an influential humanist reading of the work.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • My colleagues would probably be greatly offended that a humanist crossed the windbreak into their field, and would bark like dogs until I crossed back.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Hence the encouragement we have given to all those schemes of thought such as Creative Evolution, Scientific Humanism, or Communism, which fix men's affections on the Future, on the very core of temporality.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • From youthful enthusiasm he had moved to a position that he himself defined as fatalistic humanism: "Each man is master of his own death, and all that we can do when the time comes is to help him die without fear of pain."
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Gerald is both an individual and someone corrupted by the values of industry (Lawrence identifies him as a "captain of industry"), while Gudrun loses much of her initial humanism through association with the "corrupt" sort of modern artists.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • But because Lincoln never attached himself to an organized religion as an adult, his ability to combine the secular and the religious in the way he goes about his life will later have everyone from atheists to humanists to Calvinists claiming that he is one of theirs.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • On the way Don Quixote asked the cousin of what sort and character his pursuits, avocations, and studies were, to which he replied that he was by profession a humanist, and that his pursuits and studies were making books for the press, all of great utility and no less entertainment to the nation.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He would have been an awkward member of the party; for, though the most appreciative humanist, the most ideal religionist, even the best-versed Christologist of the three, there was alienation in the standing consciousness that his squareness would not fit the round hole that had been prepared for him.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • A member of the moderate wing of the party, Professor Bieganski, then a rising young faculty star in his thirties, wrote an article in a leading Warsaw political journal deploring these assaults, which caused Sophie a number of years later to wonder—when she happened upon the essay—whether he hadn't suffered a spasm of radical-utopian humanism.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • The humanist was annoyed.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain

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