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Man is a being endowed with noble sentiments, capable of acquiring virtue and drawn to eternity. Even in an apparently most wretched person, there is some intimation of eternity, some love of beauty and impulses to virtue. If man can develop these most basic elements of his being, inherent in him, he can rise to the highest ranks of humanity and attain to eternity.– M. Fethullah Gulen

A man is a true human being not in the mortal, material aspect of his existence but in the attraction of his spirit to eternity and in his efforts to find it. For this reason, in disregard of his spiritual aspect, no man, considered only in terms of his physical existence, can ever find true peace and contentment.– M. Fethullah Gulen

The happiest and most fortunate of human beings are those who are always intoxicated with ardent desire for the worlds beyond. Those who have confined themselves within the narrow and suffocating limits of their bodily existence, are really in prison, even though they may be living in palaces.– M. Fethullah Gulen

It is the first and foremost duty of a man that he should discover himself and then turn towards his Lord through the illuminated prism of his nature. The unfortunate ones who are unaware of their true nature and therefore unable to get in contact with their Most High Creator, spend their lives like load-carrying porters unaware of the worth of the treasures on their backs.– M. Fethullah Gulen

Essentially, man is a helpless being, but he discovers an extraordinary competence by depending on the Infinitely Powerful One. As he depends. on that Infinitely Powerful One, he grows from being a drop into a waterfall, from being a particle into a sun, and from being a beggar into a king.– M. Fethullah Gulen

To the degree of being familiar with the ‘book’ of existence and events and establishing a unity between himself and that book, a man feels sparks of wisdom to appear in his heart. He comes to recognize his essential nature and obtains knowledge of God through the light of those sparks and, finally, reaches God. Nevertheless, in order to attain this goal, his mental journeying must not be a blind following in the footsteps of heresy and denial.– M. Fethullah Gulen

A truly human being carries his relations with other living beings in the consciousness of his duty to them and within the limits of need. One who is abandoned to his bodily desires and pleasures infringes the limits and therefore cannot maintain the proper distance or balance between duties and desires. – M. Fethullah Gulen

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  • Non è un si bello in tante altre persone,
    Natura il fece, e poi roppa la stampa.

    • There never was such beauty in another man.
      Nature made him, and then broke the mould.
    • Ludovico Ariosto, Orlando Furioso (1516), Canto X, Stanza 84. L’on peut dire sans hyperbole, que la nature, que la après l’avoir fait en cassa la moule, Angelo Constantini, La Vie de Scaramouche, line 107. (Ed. 1690)
  • Let each man think himself an act of God.
    His mind a thought, his life a breath of God.

    • Philip James Bailey, Festus (1813), Proem, line 162
  • Thou wilt scarce be a man before thy mother.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher, Love’s Cure (c. 1612–13; revised c. 1625; published 1647), Act II, scene 2
  • MALE, n. A member of the unconsidered, or negligible sex. The male of the human race is commonly known (to the female) as Mere Man. The genus has two varieties: good providers and bad providers.
    • Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1911).
  • MAN, n. An animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be. His chief occupation is extermination of other animals and his own species, which, however, multiplies with such insistent rapidity as to infest the whole habitable earth and Canada.
    • Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1911).
  • Make no more giants, God!
    But elevate the race at once!

    • Robert Browning, “Paracelsus,” part 1, Poems (1850), vol. 1, p. 29
  • See the sun set in the hand of the man.
    • Kate Bush, in The Dreaming”, on The Dreaming (1982)
  • Man!
    Thou pendulum betwixt a smile and tear.

    • Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto IV (1818), Stanza 109
  • The precious porcelain of human clay.
    • Lord Byron, Don Juan (1818-24), Canto IV, Stanza 11
  • No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.
    • Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship (1840), Lecture 1
  • Manhood begins when we have in any way made truce with Necessity; begins even when we have surrendered to Necessity, as the most part only do; but begins joyfully and hopefully only when we have reconciled ourselves to Necessity; and thus, in reality, triumphed over it, and felt that in Necessity we are free.
    • Thomas Carlyle, “Burns,” Critical and Miscellaneous Essays (1899, reprinted 1969), vol. 1 (vol. 29 of The Works of Thomas Carlyle, ed. H. D. Traill), p. 295. Book review in the Edinburgh Review, no. 96, 1828
  • The male standard for hot dog excellence is color and difficulty, not gracefulness, smoothness, continuity. The way hot dog contests are judged now, The women are competing in a Mr. America contests with male judges.
    • Suzy Chaffee, Male chauvinism on the hot dog circuit? “Give the chicks a break!” says Suzy Ski, October, 1973
  • Men do not stumble over mountains, but over molehills
    • Attributed to Confucius in: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Agriculture (1973) Hearings Before the Committee on Agriculture, House of Representatives, Ninety-second Congress. p. 21
  • A man is not really a true man until he owns his own home, and they that own their homes are made more honorable and honest and pure, true and economical and careful, by owning the home.
    • Russell Conwell, Acres of Diamonds (1915)
  • So man, the moth, is not afraid, it seems,
    To span Omnipotence, and measure might
    That knows no measure, by the scanty rule
    And standard of his own, that is to-day,
    And is not ere to-morrow’s sun go down.

    • William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book VI, line 211
  • Man is a ribald—Man’s a rake,
    Man is Nature’s sole mistake!

    • W. S. Gilbert, Princess Ida, Act II.
  • Plato had defined Man as an animal, biped and featherless, and was applauded. Diogenes plucked a fowl and brought it into the lecture-room with the words, “Behold Plato’s man!
    • Diogenes Laërtius, vi. 40
  • No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
    • John Donne (1572–1631) Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation XVII (1624)
  • Man is about to be an automaton; he is identifiable only in the computer. As a person of worth and creativity, as a being with an infinite potential, he retreats and battles the forces that make him inhuman.The dissent we witness is a reaffirmation of faith in man; it is protest against living under rules and prejudices and attitudes that produce the extremes of wealth and poverty and that make us dedicated to the destruction of people through arms, bombs, and gases, and that prepare us to think alike and be submissive objects for the regime of the computer.
    • William O. Douglas, Points of Rebellion (1970), p. 32–33
  • His tribe were God Almighty’s gentlemen.
    • John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel (1681), Part I, line 645
  • I decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal simply because he will endure: that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.
    • William Faulkner, address upon receiving the Nobel Prize for literature, Stockholm, Sweden (December 10, 1950); reprinted in Faulkner’s Essays, Speeches & Public Letters (1951), p. 120
  • At all times man approached his surroundings with wide open senses and a fertile intelligence, at all times he made incredible discoveries, at all times we can learn from his ideas.
    • Paul Feyerabend, Against Method (1975) pp. 306-307
  • A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.
    • Mahatma Gandhi In Ethical Religion, (Madras: S. Ganesan, 1922), Chapter 6, p. 61
  • Lords of humankind.
    • Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (1764), line 327
  • We are coming we, the young men,
    Strong of heart and millions strong;
    We shall work where you have trifled,
    Cleanse the temple, right the wrong,
    Till the land our fathers visioned
    Shall be spread before our ken,
    We are through with politicians;
    Give us Men! Give us Men!

    • Arthur Guiterman, Challenge of the Young Men, in Life (Nov. 2, 1911)
  • Man is a make believe animal—he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part.
    • William Hazlitt (1778-1830). Notes of a Journey through France and Italy (1826)
  • What tho’ the spicy breezes
    Blow soft o’er Ceylon’s isle;
    Though every prospect pleases,
    And only man is vile?

    • Reginald Heber, “From Greenland’s Icy Mountains” (hymn), From Greenland’s Icy Mountains (1884), p. 23
  • But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
    • Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961) The Old Man and the Sea (1952), p. 113
  • It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.
    • Jeremiah 10:23
  • Where soil is, men grow,
    Whether to weeds or flowers.

    • John Keats, Endymion (1818), Book II
  • Man has come by his great gifts not by any effort of his own, but… has fallen heir to a fortune for which he has never laboured.
    • Sir Arthur Keith, Concerning Man’s Origin (1927)
  • Racial and national contentions are not restricted to any particular people or land; we find them in every country.The politician is too near to these… to see them in their proper light; even the historian is not far enough away from them to see them in their right perspective. …For the anthropologist there are only two well-marked phases in human history. The first phase is that of Natural subsistence—an infinitely long and monotonous chapter, stretching over a million of years or more. The second is the phase of Artificial subsistence—a short chapter covering a period of 10,000 or 12,000 years at the utmost… In the first or long phase mankind was broken into small and scattered groups which gained as best they could a sparse, uncertain, and coarse sustenance from the natural produce of shore and stream, moorland and woodland. In the second or short phase man conquered nature; by means of cultivation and domestication he forced from the soil a sure and abundant supply of food, thus rendering possible the existence of our modern massed populations. …In that immense first phase of our history an elaborate mental machinery had been evolved for binding small groups of mankind into social units. …The mental adaptations which modern man has inherited from the immensity of his past we may briefly describe as part of Nature’s tribal machinery. …in our modern racial strifes and national agitations we see man’s inherited tribal instincts at war with his present-day conditions of life. We have broken up, or are attempting to break up, Nature’s ancient tribal machinery and at the present time are striving to replace her designs by others evolved in the minds of modern statesmen and politicians. …We cannot understand the nature of our modern racial and national problems until we perceive that in these days we are endeavouring to build a new world out of the wreckage of an old.
    • Sir Arthur Keith, Nationality and Race from an Anthropologist’s Point of View Robert Boyle Lecture (Nov 17, 1919)
  • There is a great deal of human nature in man.
    • Charles Kingsley, At Last (1880–1885, reprinted 1969), chapter 2 (The Works of Charles Kingsley, vol. 14), p. 49. Kingsley attributes this to “the wise Yankee”. This may refer to Artemus Ward , “Thrilling Scenes from Dixie”, Artemus Ward: His Book (1862, reprinted 1964), p. 202: “There’s considerable human nater in a man”.
  • No one has any right to be angry with me, if I think fit to enumerate man among the quadrapeds. Man is neither a stone nor a plant, but an animal, for such is his way of living and moving; nor is he a worm, for then he would have only one foot; nor an insect, for then he would have antennae; nor a fish, for he has no fins; nor a bird, for he has no wings. Therefore, he is a quadraped, had a mouth like that of other quadrapeds, and finally four feet, on two of which he goes, and uses the other two for prehensive purposes.
    • Carl Linnaeus, Fauna Suecica (1746) as quoted by Jeffrey H. Schwartz, Sudden Origins: Fossils, Genes, and the Emergence of Species (1999)
  • As a natural historian according to the principles of science, up to the present time I have been not been able to discover any character by which man can be distinguished from the ape; for there are somewhere apes which are less hairy than man, erect in position, going just like him on two feet, and recalling the human species by the use they make of their hands and feet, to such an extent, that the less educated travellers have given them out as a kind of man.
    • Carl Linnaeus, Fauna Suecica (1746) as quoted by Jeffrey H. Schwartz, Sudden Origins: Fossils, Genes, and the Emergence of Species (1999)
  • I demand of you, and of the whole world, that you show me a generic character—one that is according to generally accepted principles of classification, by which to distinguish between Man and Ape. I myself most assuredly know of none. …But, if I had called man an ape, or vice versa, I should have fallen under the ban of all the ecclesiastics. It may be that as a naturalist I ought to have done so.
    • Carl Linnaeus Letter to J. G. Gmelin (1747) as quoted by Jeffrey H. Schwartz, Sudden Origins: Fossils, Genes, and the Emergence of Species (1999)
  • A man of mark.
    • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863-1874), Part I. The Musician’s Tale. Saga of King Olaf, Part IX, Stanza 2
  • No particular man is necessary to the state. We may depend on it that, if we provide the country with popular institutions, those institutions will provide it with great men.
    • Thomas Babington Macaulay, speech on parliamentary reform (March 2, 1831); in The Complete Writings of Lord Macaulay (1900), vol. 17, p. 14
  • In a museum in London there is an exhibit called “The Value of Man”: a long coffinlike box with lots of compartments where they’ve put starch—phosphorus—flour—bottles of water and alcohol—and big pieces of gelatin. I am a man like that.
    • Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), French symbolist poet and critic. Letter dated 17th May 1867
  • We all are blind until we see
    That in the human plan
    Nothing is worth the making if
    It does not make the man.
    Why build these cities glorious
    If man unbuilded goes?
    In vain we build the world, unless
    The builder also grows.

    • Edwin Markham, “Man-Making,” Poems of Edwin Markham (1950), p. 6
  • Most men – not just the men in Brentwood – are scared of powerful women with brains. There’s something in a man that makes him want to have power over a woman – whether it’s in the bedroom or because they earn more money. It boosts their egos.
    • Jodie Marsh interview in The Metro, undated.
  • But in our Sanazarro ’tis not so,
    He being pure and tried gold; and any stamp
    Of grace, to make him current to the world,
    The duke is pleased to give him, will add honour
    To the great bestower; for he, though allow’d
    Companion to his master, still preserves
    His majesty in full lustre.

    • Philip Massinger, Great Duke of Florence (1627), Act I, scene 1
  • T’is but a Tent where takes his one day’s rest
    A Sultan to the realm of Death addrest.

    • A Sultan rises, and the dark Ferrash
      Strikes and prepares it for another Guest.
    • Omar Khayyam, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (1120), Stanza 45. FitzGerald’s Trans.
  • Man is no thing, but a drama… Man, in a word, has no nature; what he has is… history.
    • José Ortega y Gasset, History as a System (1935)
  • So man, who here seems principal alone,
    Perhaps acts second to some sphere unknown
    Touches some wheel, or verges to some goal;
    ‘Tis but a part we see, and not a whole.

    • Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle I, line 57
  • Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;
    The proper study of mankind is man.

    • Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle II, line 1. In Pope’s first ed. of Moral Essays it read “The only science of mankind is man.” For the last phrase see Grote, History of Greece, Volume IX, p. 573. Ascribed to Socrates; also to Xenophon, Memor., I, 1
  • Chaos of thought and passion, all confused;
    Still by himself abused and disabused;
    Created half to rise, and half to fall;
    Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all;
    Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled;
    The glory, jest and riddle of the world!

    • Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle II, line 13
  • Virtuous and vicious every man must be,
    Few in the extreme, but all in the degree.

    • Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle II, line 231
  • An honest man’s the noblest work of God.
    • Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle IV, line 248
  • No notion of primitive man’s concept of the external world, his analysis of himself, of the nature of the godhead, etc., is possible unless it be recognized that, as among us, there exist, roughly speaking, two general types of temperament: the man of action and the thinker. …the man of action predominates overwhelmingly. But this predomination carries with it a far greater significance among primitive people than among us for the very simple reason that the population in any specific group is so small. …neither the man of action nor the thinker has much understanding of and still less sympathy for the other… The man of action, broadly characterized, is oriented toward the object, interested primarily in practical results, and indifferent to the claims and stirrings of his inner self. …The thinker …although he, too, is definitely desirous of practical results …is nevertheless impelled by his whole nature to spend considerable time in analyzing his subjective states and attaches great importance both to their influence upon his actions and to the explanations …The former is satisfied that the world exists and that things happen. Explanations are of secondary importance. …He prefers an explanation in which the purely mechanical relation …is specifically stressed. His mental rhythm …is characterized by a demand for endless repetition …or, at best, of events all of which are of the same general level. Change for him means essentially some abrupt transformation. Monotony holds no terrors for him. …his mentality is written over the vast majority of myths and magical incantations. …Now the rhythm of the thinker is quite different. …He insists on a description couched either in terms of a gradual progress and evolution from one to many and from simple to complex, or on the postulation of a cause and effect relation.
    • Paul Radin, Primitive Man as Philosopher (1927)
  • Every actual animal is somewhat dull and somewhat mad. He will at times miss his signals and stare vacantly when he might well act, while at other times he will run off into convulsions and raise a dust in his own brain to no purpose. These imperfections are so human that we should hardly recognise ourselves if we could shake them off altogether. Not to retain any dulness would mean to possess untiring attention and universal interests, thus realising the boast about deeming nothing human alien to us; while to be absolutely without folly would involve perfect self-knowledge and self-control. The intelligent man known to history flourishes within a dullard and holds a lunatic in leash. He is encased in a protective shell of ignorance and insensibility which keeps him from being exhausted and confused by this too complicated world; but that integument blinds him at the same time to many of his nearest and highest interests. He is amused by the antics of the brute dreaming within his breast; he gloats on his passionate reveries, an amusement which sometimes costs him very dear. Thus the best human intelligence is still decidedly barbarous; it fights in heavy armour and keeps a fool at court.
    • George Santayana, The Life of Reason (1905), vol. 1, chapter 2, p. 50–51
  • Men have died from time to time and worms have eaten them, but not for love.
    • William Shakespeare, As You Like It (c.1599-1600), Act IV, scene 1, line 105
  • He was a man, take him for all in all,
    I shall not look upon his like again.

    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act I, scene 2, line 187
  • What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And, yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not me: no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling, you seem to say so.
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act II, scene 2, line 313
  • I have thought some of Nature’s journeymen had made men and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably.
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act III, scene 2, line 37
  • Give me that man
    That is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him
    In my heart’s core, ay, in my heart of heart
    As I do thee.

    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act III, scene 2, line 76
  • What is a man,
    If his chief good and market of his time
    Be but to sleep and feed?

    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act IV, scene 4, line 33
  • This is the state of man: to-day he puts forth
    The tender leaves of hope; to-morrow blossoms,
    And bears his blushing honours thick upon him:
    The third day comes a frost, a killing frost,
    And, when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
    His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root,
    And then he falls, as I do.

    • William Shakespeare, Henry VIII (c. 1613), Act III, scene 2, line 352
  • Men that make
    Envy and crooked malice nourishment,
    Dare bite the best.

    • William Shakespeare, Henry VIII (c. 1613), Act V, scene 3, line 43
  • Men at some time are masters of their fates:
    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
    But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

    • William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar (1599), Act I, scene 2, line 139
  • The foremost man of all this world.
    • William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar (1599), Act IV, scene 3, line 22
  • This was the noblest Roman of them all.
    All the conspirators, save only he,
    Did that they did in envy of Caesar;
    He only, in a general honest thought
    And common good to all, made one of them.
    His life was gentle, and the elements
    So mix’d in him that Nature might stand up
    And say to all the world, “This was a man!”

    • William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar (1599), Act V, scene 5, line 73
  • … man, proud man, Dress’d in a little brief authority,…
    • William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, act II, scene ii, lines 117–18. Isabella is speaking
  • God made him, and therefore let him pass for a man.
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (late 1590s), Act I, scene 2, line 60
  • A proper man as one shall see in a summer’s day.
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (c. 1595-96), Act I, scene 2, line 89
  • Are you good men and true?
    • William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing (1598-99), Act III, scene 3, line 1
  • Why, he’s a man of wax.
    • William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (1597), Act I, scene 3, line 76
  • I wonder men dare trust themselves with men.
    • William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens (date uncertain, published 1623), Act I, scene 2, line 42
  • For men, like butterflies,
    Show not their mealy wings but to the summer.

    • William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida (c. 1602), Act III, scene 3, line 78
  • Every man is odd.
    • William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida (c. 1602), Act IV, scene 5, line 42
  • Nietzsche … he was a confirmed Life Force worshipper. It was he who raked up the Superman, who is as old as Prometheus; and the 20th century will run after this newest of the old crazes when it gets tired of the world, the flesh, and your humble servant.
    • Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903), Act III
  • Man is of soul and body, formed for deeds
    Of high resolve; on fancy’s boldest wing.

    • Percy Bysshe Shelley, Queen Mab (1813), Canto IV, line 160
  • But man is above all a social and political animal; his relations with his fellow human beings form his most absorbing and important interest.
    • Logan Pearsall Smith.’Introduction’, p. 49, A Treasury of English Aphorisms (1943)
  • Man’s wretched state,
    That floures so fresh at morne, and fades at evening late.

    • Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene (1589-96), Book III, Canto IX, Stanza 39
  • A man’s body and his mind, with the utmost reverence to both I speak it, are exactly like a jerkin and a jerkin’s lining;—rumple the one,—you rumple the other.
    • Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760-1767), Book III, Chapter IV
  • For, indeed, while we were still weak, Christ died for ungodly men at the appointed time. For hardly would anyone die for a righteous man; though perhaps for a good man someone may dare to die. But God recommends his own love to us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
    • Paul of Tarsus, Romans 5:6-8, NWT
  • However, the spiritual man examines all things, but he himself is not examined by any man.
    • Paul of Tarsus, 1 Corinthians 2:15, NWT
  • I am a part of all that I have met.
    • Alfred Tennyson, Ulysses (1842), line 18
  • Ah God, for a man with heart, head, hand,
    Like some of the simple great gone
    Forever and ever by,
    One still strong man in a blatant land,
    Whatever they call him, what care I,
    Aristocrat, democrat, autocrat—one
    Who can rule and dare not lie.

    • Alfred Tennyson, Maud; A Monodrama (1855), X. 5
  • A man is made by the quality of his enemies.
    • Loghain Mac Tir, Dragon Age: Origins (video game)
  • Mankind which began in a cave and behind a windbreak will end in the disease-soaked ruins of a slum.
    • H. G. Wells, The Fate of Man (1939, reprinted 1970), chapter 26, p. 247
  • It must have required enormous effort for man to overcome his natural tendency to live like the animals in a continual present. Moreover, the development of rational thought actually seems to have impeded man’s appreciation for the significance of time. …Belief that the ultimate reality is timeless is deeply rooted in human thinking, and the origin of rational investigation of the world was the search for permanent factors that lie behind the ever-changing pattern of events.
    • Gerald James Whitrow, Time in History: Views of Time from Prehistory to the Present Day (1988)
  • How poor, how rich, how abject, how august,
    How complicate, how wonderful, is man!
    How passing wonder He, who made him such!

    • Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night I, line 68
  • Ah! how unjust to nature, and himself,
    Is thoughtless, thankless, inconsistent man.

    • Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night II, line 112
  • Because both man and woman have roles indispensable for life, without them the world cannot endure even a day. Their capabilities are about the same, but men are generally stronger than women. If a strong man fights a woman he will always win.
    • Fukuzawa Yukichi, An Encouragement of Learning (2013)
  • The man forget not, though in rags he lies,
    And know the mortal through a crown’s disguise.

    • Mark Akenside, Epistle to Curio
  • Man only,—rash, refined, presumptuous Man—
    Starts from his rank, and mars Creation’s plan!
    Born the free heir of nature’s wide domain,
    To art’s strict limits bounds his narrow’d reign;
    Resigns his native rights for meaner things,
    For Faith and Fetters, Laws and Priests and Kings.

    • Poetry of the Anti-JacobinThe Progress of Man, line 55
  • Ye children of man! whose life is a span
    Protracted with sorrow from day to day,
    Naked and featherless, feeble and querulous,
    Sickly, calamitous creatures of clay.

    • Aristophanes, Birds; translation by John Hookham Frere
  • Man is the nobler growth our realms supply
    And souls are ripened in our northern sky.

    • Anna Letitia Barbauld, The Invitation
  • All sorts and conditions of men.
    • Book of Common Prayer. Prayer for all Conditions of Men
  • Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes and pompous in the grave.
    • Sir Thomas Browne, Urn Burial, Chapter V
  • A man’s a man for a’ that!
    • Robert Burns, For A’ That and A’ That
  • A prince can mak a belted knight,
    A marquis, duke, and a’ that;
    But an honest man’s aboon his might:
    Guid faith, he maunna fa’ that.

    • Robert Burns, For A’ That and A’ That
  • The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
    The man’s the gowd for a’ that.

    • Robert Burns, For A’ That and A’ That
  • Man,—whose heaven-erected face
    The smiles of love adorn,—
    Man’s inhumanity to man
    Makes countless thousands mourn!

    • Robert Burns, Man Was Made to Mourn
  • Where the virgins are soft as the roses they twine,
    And all, save the spirit of man, is divine?

    • Lord Byron, Bride of Abydos (1813), Canto I, Stanza 1
  • Lord of himself;—that heritage of woe!
    • Lord Byron, Lara, A Tale (1814), Canto I, Stanza 2
  • But we, who name ourselves its sovereigns, we,
    Half dust, half deity, alike unfit
    To sink or soar.

    • Lord Byron, Manfred, Act I, scene 2, line 39
  • Sighing that Nature formed but one such man,
    And broke the die—in moulding Sheridan.

    • Lord Byron, Monody on the Death of the Rt. Hon. R. B. Sheridan, line 117
  • And say without our hopes, without our fears,
    Without the home that plighted love endears,
    Without the smile from partial beauty won,
    Oh! what were man?—a world without a sun.

    • Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope, Part II, line 21
  • To lead, or brass, or some such bad
    Metal, a prince’s stamp may add
    That value, which it never had.
    But to the pure refined ore,
    The stamp of kings imparts no more
    Worth, than the metal held before.

    • Thomas Carew, To T. H. A Lady Resembling My Mistress
  • Charms and a man I sing, to wit—a most superior person,
    Myself, who bear the fitting name of George Nathaniel Curzon.

    • Charma Virumque Cano. Pub. in Poetry of the Crabbet Club, 1892, p. 36
  • La vraie science et le vrai étude de l’homme c’est l’homme.
    • The proper Science and Subject for Man’s Contemplation is Man himself.
    • Pierre Charron, Of Wisdom, Book I, Chapter I. Stanhope’s translation
  • Men the most infamous are fond of fame:
    And those who fear not guilt, yet start at shame.

    • Charles Churchill, The Author, line 233
  • A self-made man? Yes—and worships his creator.
    • Henry Clapp, said also by John Bright of Disraeli
  • I am made all things to all men.
    • I Corinthians, IX. 22
  • The first man is of the earth, earthy.
    • I Corinthians, XV. 47
  • An honest man, close-buttoned to the chin,
    Broadcloth without, and a warm heart within.

    • William Cowper, Epistle to Joseph Hill
  • But strive still to be a man before your mother.
    • William Cowper, Motto of No, III. Connoisseur
  • A sacred spark created by his breath,
    The immortal mind of man his image bears;
    A spirit living ‘midst the forms of death,
    Oppressed, but not subdued, by mortal cares.

    • Sir H. Davy, Written After Recovery from a Dangerous Illness
  • Men are but children of a larger growth,
    Our appetites as apt to change as theirs,
    And full of cravings too, and full as vain.

    • John Dryden, All for Love, Act IV, scene 1
  • This is the porcelain clay of humankind.
    • John Dryden, Don Sebastian, Act I, scene 1
  • How dull, and how insensible a beast
    Is man, who yet would lord it o’er the rest.

    • John Dryden, Essay on Satire, line 1. Written by Dryden and the Earl of Mulgrave
  • There is no Theam more plentiful to scan,
    Then is the glorious goodly Frame of Man.

    • Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas, Divine Weekes and WorkesFirst Week, Sixth Day, line 421
  • Men’s men: gentle or simple, they’re much of a muchness.
    • George Eliot, Daniel Deronda (1876), Book IV, Chapter XXXI
  • A man is the whole encyclopedia of facts. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn, and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie folded already in the first man.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, History
  • Man is his own star, and the soul that can
    Render an honest and a perfect man,
    Commands all light.

    • John Fletcher, Upon an Honest Man’s Fortune, line 33
  • Man is a tool making animal.
    • Benjamin Franklin
  • Aye, think! since time and life began,
    Your mind has only feared and slept;
    Of all the beasts they called you man
    Only because you toiled and wept.

    • Arturo Giovannitti, The Thinker (On Rodin’s Statue)
  • Stood I, O Nature! man alone in thee,
    Then were it worth one’s while a man to be.

    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
  • Die Menschen fürchtet nur, wer sie nicht kennt
    Und wer sie meidet, wird sie bald verkennen.

    • He only fears men who does not know them, and he who avoids them will soon misjudge them.
    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Torquato Tasso. I. 2. 72
  • Lass uns, geliebter Bruder, nicht vergessen,
    Dass von sich selbst der Mensch nicht scheiden kann.

    • Beloved brother, let us not forget that man can never get away from himself.
    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Torquato Tasso. I. 2. 85
  • A king may spille, a king may save;
    A king may make of lorde a knave;
    And of a knave a lorde also.

    • John Gower, Confessio Amantis, Book VII. I. 1,895
  • What though the spicy breezes
    Blow soft o’er Ceylon’s isle;
    Though every prospect pleases,
    And only man is vile.

    • Reginald Heber, Missionary Hymn (“Java” in one version)
  • Man is all symmetrie,
    Full of proportions, one limbe to another,
    And all to all the world besides:
    Each part may call the farthest, brother:
    For head with foot hath privite amitie,
    And both with moons and tides.

    • George Herbert, The TempleThe Church Man
  • Man is one world, and hath
    Another to attend him.

    • George Herbert, The TempleThe Church Man
  • God give us men. A time like this demands
    Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands!
    Men whom the lust of office does not kill,
    Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy,
    Men who possess opinions and a will,
    Men who love honor, men who cannot lie.

    • Josiah Gilbert Holland, Wanted
  • Like leaves on trees the race of man is found,—
    Now green in youth, now withering on the ground;
    Another race the following spring supplies;
    They fall successive; and successive rise.

    • Homer, The Iliad, Book VI, line 181. Pope’s translation
  • Forget the brother and resume the man.
    • Homer, The Odyssey, Book IV, line 732. Pope’s translation
  • The fool of fate, thy manufacture, man.
    • Homer, The Odyssey, Book XX, line 254. Pope’s translation
  • Pulvis et umbra sumus.
    • We are dust and shadow.
    • Horace, Carmina, Book IV. 7, line 16
  • Metiri se quemque suo modulo ac pede verum est.
    • Every man should measure himself by his own standard.
    • Horace, Epistles, I. 7. 98
  • Ad unguem factus homo.
    • A man polished to the nail.
    • Horace, Satires, I. 5. 32
  • Man dwells apart, though not alone,
    He walks among his peers unread;
    The best of thoughts which he hath known
    For lack of listeners are not said.

    • Jean Ingelow, Afternoon at a ParsonageAfterthought
  • Man passes away; his name perishes from record and recollection; his history is as a tale that is told, and his very monument becomes a ruin.
    • Washington Irving, The Sketch BookWestminster Abbey
  • Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils.
    • Isaiah, II. 22
  • The only competition worthy a wise man is with himself.
    • Mrs. Jameson, Memoirs and EssaysWashington Allston
  • Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
    • Job, XIV. 1
  • Though I’ve belted you and flayed you,
    By the livin’ Gawd that made you,
    You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din.

    • Rudyard Kipling, Gunga Din
  • If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;Yours is the Earth and every thing that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a man, my son!

    • Rudyard Kipling, If, first and last lines
  • Limited in his nature, infinite in his desires, man is a fallen god who remembers the heavens.
    • Alphonse de Lamartine, Second Meditations
  • Il est plus aisé de connaître l’homme en général que de connaître un homme en particulier.
    • It is easier to know mankind in general than man individually.
    • François de La Rochefoucauld, Maximes, 436
  • As man; false man, smiling destructive man.
    • Nathaniel Lee, Theodosius, Act III, scene 2, line 50
  • Before man made us citizens, great Nature made us men.
    • James Russell Lowell, The Capture of Fugitive Slaves Near Washington
  • The hearts of men are their books; events are their tutors; great actions are their eloquence.
    • Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, EssaysConversation Touching the Great Civil War
  • A man! A man! My kingdom for a man!
    • John Marston, Scourge of Villainy
  • Hominem pagina nostra sapit.
    • Our page (i.e. our book) has reference to man.
    • Martial, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), Book X. 4. 10
  • Ah! pour être devot, je n’en suis pas moins homme.
    • Ah! to be devout, I am none the less human.
    • Molière, Tartuffe (1664), III. 3
  • The mould is lost wherein was made
    This a per se of all.

    • Alexander Montgomery
  • I teach you beyond Man [Uebermensch; overman-superman]. Man is something that shall be surpassed. What have you done to surpass him?
    • Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra
  • Man’s the bad child of the universe.
    • James Oppenheim, Laughter
  • Os homini sublime dedit cœlumque tueri
    Jussit; et erectos ad sidera tollere vultus.

    • God gave man an upright countenance to survey the heavens, and to look upward to the stars.
    • Ovid, Metamorphoses, I. 85
  • What a chimera, then, is man! what a novelty, what a monster, what a chaos, what a subject of contradiction, what a prodigy! A judge of all things, feeble worm of the earth, depositary of the truth, cloaca of uncertainty and error, the glory and the shame of the universe!
    • Blaise Pascal, Thoughts, Chapter X
  • Nos non pluris sumus quam bullæ.
    • We are not more than a bubble.
    • Petronius. 42
  • Piper, non homo.
    • He is pepper, not a man.
    • Petronius
  • Hominem quæro.
    • I am in search of a man.
    • Phaedrus, Fables, Book III. 19. 9
  • Man is the plumeless genus of bipeds, birds are the plumed.
    • Plato, Politicus, 266. Diogenes produced a plucked cock, saying, “Here is Plato’s man.” Diogenes Laertius, Book VI. 2
  • Homo homini lupus.
    • Man is a wolf to man.
    • Plautus, Asinaria, II. 4. 88
  • A minister, but still a man.
    • Alexander Pope, Epistle to James Craggs
  • No more was seen the human form divine.
    • Alexander Pope, Homer’s Odyssey, Book X, line 278
  • So, if unprejudiced you scan
    The going of this clock-work, man,
    You find a hundred movements made
    By fine devices in his head;
    But ’tis the stomach’s solid stroke
    That tells his being what’s o’clock.

    • Matthew Prior, Alma, Part III, line 272
  • Man is the measure of all things.
    • Protagoras, quoted as his philosophical principle
  • Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels.
    • Psalms, VIII. 5
  • Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright.
    • Psalms, XXXVII. 37
  • Man is man’s A, B, C. There’s none that can
    Read God aright, unless he first spell man.

    • Francis Quarles, Hieroglyptics of the Life of Man
  • Quit yourselves like men.
    • I Samuel, IV. 9
  • A man after his own heart.
    • I Samuel, XIII. 14
  • Thou art the man.
    • II Samuel, XII. 7
  • Der Mensch ist, der lebendig fühlende,
    Der leichte Raub des mächt’gen Augenblicks.

    • Man, living, feeling man is the easy prey of the powerful present.
    • Friedrich Schiller, Die Jungfrau von Orleans, III. 4. 54
  • “How poor a thing is man!” alas ’tis true,
    I’d half forgot it when I chanced on you.

    • Friedrich Schiller, The Moral Poet
  • Of the king’s creation you may be; but he who makes a count, ne’er made a man.
    • Thomas Southerne, Sir Anthony Love, Act II, scene 1
  • Give us a man of God’s own mould
    Born to marshall his fellow-men;
    One whose fame is not bought and sold
    At the stroke of a politician’s pen.
    Give us the man of thousands ten,
    Fit to do as well as to plan;
    Give us a rallying-cry, and then
    Abraham Lincoln, give us a Man.

    • Edmund Clarence Stedman, Give us a Man
  • Titles of honour are like the impressions on coin—which add no value to gold and silver, but only render brass current.
    • Laurence Sterne, Koran, Part II
  • When I beheld this I sighed, and said within myself, Surely man is a Broomstick!
    • Jonathan Swift, A Meditation upon a Broomstick
  • Homo vitæ commodatus, non donatus est.
    • Man has been lent, not given, to life.
    • Syrus, Maxims
  • Man is man, and master of his fate.
    • Alfred Tennyson, EnidSong of Fortune and Her Wheel
  • Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto.
    • I am a man, nothing that is human do I think unbecoming in me.
    • Terence, Heauton timoroumenos, Act I, scene 1. F. W. Ricord’s translation
  • Der edle Mensch ist nur ein Bild von Gott.
    • The noble man is only God’s image.
    • Ludwig Tieck, Genoveva
  • Quod, ut dictur, si est homo bulla, eo magis senex.
    • What, if as said, man is a bubble.
    • Marcus Terentius Varro, preface to De Re Rustica. Found also in Seneca—Apocolocyntosis. Lucan—Charron. 19. Cardinal Armellini’s Epitaph in Revue des Deux Mondes, April 15, 1892. Erasmus—Adagia
  • Silver is the king’s stamp; man God’s stamp, and a woman is man’s stamp; we are not current till we pass from one man to another.
    • John Webster, Northward Hoe, I, 186. Hazlitt’s ed
  • I am an acme of things accomplished, and I am encloser of things to be.
    • Walt Whitman, Song of Myself, 44
  • When faith is lost, when honor dies,
    The man is dead!

    • John Greenleaf Whittier, Ichabod, Stanza 8
  • I weigh the man, not his title: ’tis not the king’s inscription can make the metal better or heavier.
    • William Wycherley, The Plain Dealer (1677), Act I, scene 1 (altered by Bickerstaff)
  • The older I grow — and I now stand upon the brink of eternity — the more comes back to me that sentence in the Catechism which I learned when a child, and the fuller and deeper its meaning becomes, “What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
    • Thomas Carlyle, p. 402
  • In that vast march, the van forgets the rear; the individual is lost; and yet the multitude is many individuals. He faints and falls and dies; man is forgotten; but still mankind move on, still worlds revolve, and the will of God is done in earth and heaven.
    • G. W. Curtis, p. 403
  • Man is the crowning of history and the realization of poetry, the free and living bond which unites all nature to that God who created it for Himself.
    • Frédéric Louis Godet, p. 402
  • Let us not undervalue the dignity of human nature. Man. although fallen, still retains some traces of his primeval glory and excellence — broken columns of a celestial temple, magnificent, even in its ruins.
    • John McClellen Holmes, p. 402
  • Man has wants deeper than can be supplied by wealth or nature or domestic affections. His great relations are to his God and to eternity.
    • Mark Hopkins, p. 403
  • But if, indeed, there be a nobler life in us than in these strangely moving atoms; if, indeed, there is an eternal difference between the fire which inhabits them, and that which animates us,— it must be shown, by each of us in his appointed place, not merely in the patience, but in the activity of our hope, not merely by our desire, but our labor, for the time when the dust of the generations of men shall be confirmed for foun: dations of the gates of the city of God.
    • John Ruskin, p. 403
  • The Divine government of the world is like a stream that rolls under us; men are only as bubbles that rise on its surface; some are brighter and larger, and sparkle longer in the sun than others; but all must break; whilst the mighty current rolls on in its wonted majesty!
    • David Thomas, p. 403
  • Who is wise? He that learns from every One. Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
    • Benjamin Franklin, “Poor Richard’s Almanack” (July 1755), The Complete Poor Richard Almanacks (1970), facsimile ed., vol. 2, p. 270
  • Men are men before they are lawyers, or physicians, or merchants, or manufacturers; and if you make them capable and sensible men, they will make themselves capable and sensible lawyers or physicians.
    • John Stuart Mill, inaugural address to the University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland, February 1, 1867. Dissertations and Discussions, vol. 4, p. 335 (1868)
  • Man, created to God’s image and likeness (Gen. 1:26–27), is not just flesh and blood. The sexual instinct is not all that he has. Man is also, and pre-eminently, intelligent and free; and thanks to these powers he is, and must remain, superior to the rest of creation; they give him mastery over his physical, psychological and affective appetites.
    • Pope Paul VI, encyclical on priestly celibacy (Sacerdotalis Caelibatus), paragraph 53, June 24, 1967. Catholic Mind (October 1967), p. 56–57.
  • A great man left a watchword that we can well repeat: “There is no indispensable man”.
    • Franklin D. Roosevelt, governor of New York, campaign address before the Republican-for-Roosevelt League, New York City, November 3, 1932. The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1928–1932, p. 860 (1938). The man whom Roosevelt quotes is probably Macaulay
  • It is said that Napoleon lost the battle of Waterloo because he forgot his infantry—he staked too much upon the more spectacular but less substantial cavalry. The present administration in Washington provides a close parallel. It has either forgotten or it does not want to remember the infantry of our economic army. These unhappy times call for the building of plans that rest upon the forgotten, the unorganized but the indispensable units of economic power, for plans like those of 1917 that build from the bottom up and not from the top down, that put their faith once more in the forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid.
    • Franklin D. Roosevelt, governor of New York, radio address, Albany, New York, April 7, 1932. The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1928–1932, p. 624–25 (1938)
  • When I die, my epitaph or whatever you call those signs on gravestones is going to read: “I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I never met a man I dident like”. I am so proud of that I can hardly wait to die so it can be carved. And when you come to my grave you will find me sitting there, proudly reading it.
    • Will Rogers, reported in Paula McSpadden Love, The Will Rogers Book (1972), p. 166–67. “One of his most famous and most quoted remarks. First printed in the Boston Globe, June 16, 1930, after he had attended Tremont Temple Baptist Church, where Dr. James W. Brougher was minister. He asked Will to say a few words after the sermon. The papers were quick to pick up the remark, and it stayed with him the rest of his life. He also said it on various other occasions” (p. 167). The author was a niece of Will Rogers’s and curator of the Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore, Oklahoma
  • The awareness that we are all human beings together has become lost in war and through politics.
    • Albert Schweitzer, radio appeal for peace, Oslo, Norway, April 30, 1958. Schweitzer, Peace or Atomic War?, p. 44 (1972). This was the third of three appeals broadcast April 28, 29, and 30, 1958
  • Every man will be a poet if he can; otherwise a philosopher or man of science. This proves the superiority of the poet.
    • Henry David Thoreau, journal entry, April 11, 1852. The Heart of Thoreau’s Journals, ed. Odell Shepard, p. 126 (1927)
  • Keep five yards from a carriage, ten yards from a horse, and a hundred yards from an elephant; but the distance one should keep from a wicked man cannot be measured.
    • Indian proverb, The Little Red Book of Horse Wisdom, p. 71

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