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"Homo sapiens! What an inventive, invincible species. It's only a few million years since they crawled up out of the mud and learned to walk... Puny, defenseless bipeds. They've survived flood, famine and plague; they've survived cosmic wars and holocausts. And now here they are, out among the stars, waiting to begin a new life. Ready to outsit eternity... They're indomitable. Indomitable."
—The Doctor, Doctor Who, The Ark In Space
"You know," he said to Rugon, "I feel rather afraid of these people. Suppose they don't like our little Federation?" He waved once more toward the star-clouds that lay massed across the screen, glowing with the light of their countless suns.
"Something tells me they'll be very determined people," he added. "We had better be polite to them. After all, we only outnumber them about a thousand million to one."
Rugon laughed at his captain's little joke.
Twenty years afterward, the remark didn't seem funny.
—"Rescue Party", Arthur C. Clarke
"Since scientists are people, it is not surprising that comparable pretensions have insinuated themselves into the scientific worldview. Indeed, many of the central debates in the history of science seem to be, in part at least, contests over whether Humans Are Special. Almost always, the going-in assumption is that we are special. After the premise is closely examined, it turns out - in dishearteningly many cases - that we are not."
—Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot (before spending the rest of the book climbing to a neat Double Subversion)
It may be irrational of me, but human beings are quite my favorite species.
—The Doctor, Doctor Who, The Ark in Space
Like us, humans are dinotastic
David, I often felt a sort of envy of human beings, of that thing they called spirit. Human beings had created a million explanations of the meaning of life in art, in poetry, in mathematical formulas. Certainly humans must be the key to the meaning of existence. But human beings no longer existed.
—SuperMecha leader, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
"Kingdom: Animalia. Phylum: Chordata. Class is Mamalia (cuz boobies we gotta). Order is Primates, family Hominidae. Genus is Homo (but you know you're into me!) cuz I am the species known as Sapien - dogs used to eat me, but now they bring the paper in..."
-- > Troy and Abed, Community. (Some minor inaccuracies, but too cute not to share).