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Synonyms for human beings

all of the living human inhabitants of the earth

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Chicks follow their mother by instinct, but when they are quite young they will follow with equal readiness any moving object remotely resembling their mother, or even a human being (James, "Psychology," ii, 396).
Even human beings were affected by it, as if both it and they were realities.
This hurricane of human beings, the flux and reflux of living bodies, had the effect of leaving for a few short moments the whole bank of the Beresina deserted.
What human being could be upon such excellent terms with the gorilla-men?
If I am not now a human being," replied Bulan, "I intend to be one, and so I shall act as a human being should act.
London they had never heard of, and they assured me that I would find no human beings upon the mainland.
Then the service began--rightly-considered, the most terrible, surely, of all mortal ceremonies--the service which binds two human beings, who know next to nothing of each other's natures, to risk the tremendous experiment of living together till death parts them--the service which says, in effect if not in words, Take your leap in the dark: we sanctify, but we don't insure, it!
He saw only sullen, scowling, imbruted men, and feeble, discouraged women, or women that were not women,--the strong pushing away the weak,--the gross, unrestricted animal selfishness of human beings, of whom nothing good was expected and desired; and who, treated in every way like brutes, had sunk as nearly to their level as it was possible for human beings to do.
I am one of the ordinary human beings with whom the world is peopled, but I am not conscious of any of the usual weaknesses of sentiment or morality.
He had been with them so long that he had come to regard them as almost normal human beings.
He, the sovereign lord and master of a world which grinds the bodies and souls of human beings into dollars--if he could come into the world this day and see the things that men have made in his name, would it not blast his soul with horror?
Well, sir, they roosted around here on the housetop and the trees for an hour, and guffawed over that thing like human beings.
A single word from the white men was enough--against all our wishes, prayers, and entreaties--to sunder forever the dearest friends, dearest kindred, and strongest ties known to human beings.
What struck me as most remarkable about this assemblage and the hall in which they were congregated was the fact that the creatures were entirely out of proportion to the desks, chairs, and other furnishings; these being of a size adapted to human beings such as I, whereas the great bulks of the Martians could scarcely have squeezed into the chairs, nor was there room beneath the desks for their long legs.
Many human beings have gone to their graves unattended by as much real regret as followed that one gray pussy cat to his.