There’s nothing I can say about humanist values that hasn’t been said before, so I make no apologies for the quotes below. George Eliot comes first because it was through her novels that I first started thinking about humanism, before I realised it had a name.
“Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?” – Attributed to George Eliot
“The value of life lies not in its length, but in the use we make of it.”
– Michel de Montaigne (1533-92), Essays
“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”
– Attributed to Marie Curie (1867-1934)