Humanism and me

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)