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It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

— Frederick Douglass

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.

— Anais Nin

Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.

— Oscar Wilde

Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?

— Confucius

Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.

— Mahatma Gandhi

I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects.

— Oscar Wilde

A man’s kiss is his signature.

— Mae West

The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.

— Confucius

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.

— Francis of Assisi

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.

— Henry David Thoreau

When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets another one.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.

— Henry David Thoreau

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

— George Bernard Shaw

One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven’t and don’t.

— George Bernard Shaw

A gentleman is simply a patient wolf.

— Lana Turner

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

— Leonardo da Vinci

I only have ‘yes’ men around me. Who needs ‘no’ men?

— Mae West

Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

A bachelor is a guy who never made the same mistake once.

— Phyllis Diller

I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.

— Margaret Thatcher

I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.

— Mae West

Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.

— Charlie Chaplin

Honor is simply the morality of superior men.

— H. L. Mencken

Men must know their limitations.

— Clint Eastwood

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.

— Kin Hubbard

Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.

— Napoleon Bonaparte

Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love.

— Leo Tolstoy

Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.

— Chuck Norris

Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.

— George Orwell

There are only two forces that unite men – fear and interest.

— Napoleon Bonaparte

For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.

— John Locke

‘Tis easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows along like a song But the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.

— George Orwell

Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.

— Leonardo da Vinci

Treat all men alike. Give them the same law. Give them an even chance to live and grow.

— Chief Joseph

Women prefer to talk in twos, while men prefer to talk in threes.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

Men become much more attractive when they start looking older. But it doesn’t do much for women, though we do have an advantage: make-up.

— Bette Davis

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

— Jane Austen

Beauty makes idiots sad and wise men merry.

— George Jean Nathan

Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms nature.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.

— Charles Dickens

Men do not quit playing because they grow old they grow old because they quit playing.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Men get to be a mixture of the charming mannerisms of the women they have known.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

The first rule of business is: Do other men for they would do you.

— Charles Dickens

I am an agnostic I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.

— Clarence Darrow

Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.

— Francis Bacon

By indignities men come to dignities.

— Francis Bacon

Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.

— Charles Spurgeon

All men were made by the Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers.

— Chief Joseph

Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence.

— Democritus

Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.

— Kin Hubbard

When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions their reasons are always different.

— George Santayana

Those men get along best with women who can get along best without them.

— Charles Baudelaire

There is no such thing as justice in the abstract it is merely a compact between men.

— Epicurus

In life we shall find many men that are great, and some that are good, but very few men that are both great and good.

— Charles Caleb Colton

The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them.

— Moliere

Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men’s judgments of one another.

— Desiderius Erasmus

Men’s arguments often prove nothing but their wishes.

— Charles Caleb Colton

Pride, envy, avarice – these are the sparks have set on fire the hearts of all men.

— Dante Alighieri

Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.

— E. B. White

Men are freest when they are most unconscious of freedom. The shout is a rattling of chains, always was.

— David Herbert Lawrence

Men won’t read any email from a woman that’s over 200 words long.

— Doug Coupland

All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.

— Walter Scott

There would be no great men if there were no little ones.

— George Herbert

It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little.

— Diogenes

When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.

— Ezra Pound

Men aren’t necessities. They’re luxuries.

— Cher

Men and women have strengths that complement each other.

— Edwin Louis Cole

It’s at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.

— Emil Zatopek

Most men, when they think they are thinking, are merely rearranging their prejudices.

— Knute Rockne

One must judge men not by their opinions, but by what their opinions have made of them.

— Georg C. Lichtenberg

He was one of those men who possess almost every gift, except the gift of the power to use them.

— Charles Kingsley

Circumstances rule men men do not rule circumstances.

— Herodotus

Men, as well as women, are much oftener led by their hearts than by their understandings.

— Lord Chesterfield

Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.

— Daniel Webster

Men should strive to think much and know little.

— Democritus

Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.

— Charles de Gaulle

Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest.

— Laurence Sterne

Men often act knowingly against their interest.

— David Hume

The less men think, the more they talk.

— Charles de Montesquieu

Men tend to feel threatened women tend to feel guilty.

— Edwin Louis Cole

Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be.

— Quintilian

Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.

— Charles de Gaulle

Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened.

— Lawrence Durrell

For tis not in mere death that men die most.

— Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Men do not fail they give up trying.

— Elihu Root

Men are like sheep, of which a flock is more easily driven than a single one.

— Richard Whately

I have always supported measures and principles and not men.

— Davy Crockett

Time takes away the grief of men.

— Desiderius Erasmus

If the world were a logical place, men would ride side saddle.

— Rita Mae Brown

By nature, men love newfangledness.

— Geoffrey Chaucer

Human misery is too great for men to do without faith.

— Heinrich Heine

Italian men do appreciate beautiful women. They’re not afraid of the beauty, which is nice.

— Eva Herzigova

Men may live fools, but fools they cannot die.

— Edward Young

There is always a type of man who says he loves his fellow men, and expects to make a living at it.

— E. W. Howe

Men have as exaggerated an idea of their rights as women have of their wrongs.

— E. W. Howe

Law describes the way things would work if men were angels.

— Christopher Dawson

A lot of times, women don’t get the male perspective in regards to a relationship, what men go through when they’re not really dealing well.

— Morris Chestnut

Men are different. When they are in love they may also have other girlfriends.

— Zhang Ziyi

Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.

— Walter Lippmann

All men’s gains are the fruit of venturing.

— Herodotus

All men have an instinct for conflict: at least, all healthy men.

— Hilaire Belloc

We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.

— Charles de Montesquieu

I have 20,000 girlfriends, all around the world.

— Justin Timberlake

The beauty of a strong, lasting commitment is often best understood by men incapable of it.

— Murray Kempton

Commitment means that it is possible for a man to yield the nerve center of his consent to a purpose or cause, a movement or an ideal, which may be more important to him than whether he lives or dies.

— Howard Thurman

Men are actually the weaker sex.

— George Weinberg

Either men will learn to live like brothers, or they will die like beasts.

— Max Lerner

Men, who are rogues individually, are in the mass very honorable people.

— Charles de Secondat

No gentleman ever discusses any relationship with a lady.

— Keith Miller

Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets.

— Anthony Burgess

Men are not against you they are merely for themselves.

— Gene Fowler

Culture makes all men gentle.

— Menander

When a man is no longer anxious to do better than well, he is done for.

— Benjamin Haydon

Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.

— Matthew Arnold

You can’t keep changing men, so you settle for changing your lipstick.

— Heather Locklear

Neutral men are the devil’s allies.

— Edwin Hubbel Chapin

I think men are afraid to be with a successful woman, because we are terribly strong, we know what we want and we are not fragile enough.

— Shirley Bassey

Stronger by weakness, wiser men become.

— Edmund Waller

Whenever ideas fail, men invent words.

— Martin H. Fischer

No nice men are good at getting taxis.

— Katharine Whitehorn

Men are often biased in their judgment on account of their sympathy and their interests.

— George William Norris

For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.

— Clifton Paul Fadiman

That common cold of the male psyche, fear of commitment.

— Richard Schickel

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

— Abraham Lincoln

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

— Abraham Lincoln

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities.

— Thomas Jefferson

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

— T. E. Lawrence

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

— Edmund Burke

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

— William Shakespeare

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

— Helen Keller

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

— George Orwell

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.

— Buddha

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.

— John F. Kennedy

Wise men speak because they have something to say Fools because they have to say something.

— Plato

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.

— Helen Keller

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.

— Oscar Wilde

We have guided missiles and misguided men.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Force always attracts men of low morality.

— Albert Einstein

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.

— Buddha

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.

— Abraham Lincoln

If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.

— Confucius

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

— Abraham Lincoln

There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.

— Will Rogers

All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.

— Socrates

There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.

— Ernest Hemingway

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

— Plato

Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.

— Ronald Reagan

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.

— Abraham Lincoln

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

— Thomas Jefferson

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.

— William Shakespeare

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.

— Ronald Reagan

Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

— George Washington

The assertion that ‘all men are created equal’ was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.

— Abraham Lincoln

Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.

— Abraham Lincoln

These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.

— Abraham Lincoln

I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything.

— Oscar Wilde

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

— Winston Churchill

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.

— Henry David Thoreau

It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.

— Aristotle

The evil that men do lives after them the good is oft interred with their bones.

— William Shakespeare

The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.

— George Washington

Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results.

— William James

Men are what their mothers made them.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

— Henry David Thoreau

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

— Robert A. Heinlein

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.

— Confucius

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.

— Thomas Jefferson

It has always seemed strange to me… the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.

— John Steinbeck

The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.

— George Edward Moore

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.

— Socrates

The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.

— Dalai Lama

All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.

— Brian Tracy

As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.

— Maya Angelou

As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.

— Thomas Jefferson

Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do.

— Napoleon Hill

Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn’t seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.

— William Shakespeare

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

— Saint Augustine

It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.

— Samuel Adams

An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.

— Thomas Jefferson

I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.

— Thomas Jefferson

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.

— Thomas Jefferson

A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.

— Plato

Men marry because they are tired women, because they are curious both are disappointed.

— Oscar Wilde

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.

— Andrew Carnegie

Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.

— George S. Patton

I have no ambition to govern men it is a painful and thankless office.

— Thomas Jefferson

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.

— George Washington

Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.

— Helen Keller

It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.

— Thomas Jefferson

Men are so willing to respect anything that bores them.

— Marilyn Monroe

Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land the great ones eat up the little ones.

— William Shakespeare

Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy.

— Aristotle

Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.

— Benjamin Franklin

All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.

— Maya Angelou

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

— George S. Patton

There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.

— Thomas Jefferson

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.

— William Shakespeare

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.

— William Shakespeare

Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.

— Katharine Hepburn

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

— Confucius

The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.

— John F. Kennedy

But men are men the best sometimes forget.

— William Shakespeare

Trust men and they will be true to you treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor.

— William Shakespeare

Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne’er loved them.

— William Shakespeare

Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.

— Oscar Wilde

If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottage princes’ palaces.

— William Shakespeare

What we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.

— C. S. Lewis

Too often the great decisions are originated and given form in bodies made up wholly of men, or so completely dominated by them that whatever of special value women have to offer is shunted aside without expression.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.

— Coco Chanel

Content makes poor men rich discontent makes rich men poor.

— Benjamin Franklin

Men’s vows are women’s traitors!

— William Shakespeare

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne’er loved them.

— William Shakespeare

Long before history began we men have got together apart from the women and done things. We had time.

— C. S. Lewis

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

— Ayn Rand

Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Men shut their doors against a setting sun.

— William Shakespeare

Measures must always in a progressive society be held superior to men, who are after all imperfect instruments, working for their fulfilment.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.

— Saint Augustine

Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!

— William Shakespeare

Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.

— Muhammad Ali

Clever and attractive women do not want to vote they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.

— George Bernard Shaw

Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force – that thoughts rule the world.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!

— Coco Chanel

I will not be concerned at other men’s not knowing meI will be concerned at my own want of ability.

— Confucius

There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.

— John F. Kennedy

All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’

— John F. Kennedy

We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work.

— John F. Kennedy

The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.

— Khalil Gibran

A man is a god in ruins. When men are innocent, life shall be longer, and shall pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

All men by nature desire knowledge.

— Aristotle

Heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight but, while their companions slept, they were toiling upward in the night.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.

— Hunter S. Thompson

When men and woman die, as poets sung, his heart’s the last part moves, her last, the tongue.

— Benjamin Franklin

Observe all men, thyself most.

— Benjamin Franklin

Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.

— Aristotle

In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.

— Benjamin Franklin

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bad men are full of repentance.

— Aristotle

Nine men in ten are would be suicides.

— Benjamin Franklin

All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.

— Plato

Men’s actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a blessed necessity by which the interest of men is always driving them to the right and, again, making all crime mean and ugly.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.

— Katharine Hepburn

Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action.

— Fidel Castro

Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

It was pride that changed angels into devils it is humility that makes men as angels.

— Saint Augustine

Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good men must not obey the laws too well.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The reason why men do not obey us, is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves.

— Aristotle

He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.

— Immanuel Kant

It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who cannot write well under other circumstances.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great men or men of great gifts you shall easily find, but symmetrical men never.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.

— Aristotle

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.

— Aristotle

It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition.

— Aristotle

Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men.

— Quintus Ennius

Bachelors know more about women than married men if they didn’t they’d be married too.

— H. L. Mencken

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.

— Plato

Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.

— Aristotle

Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.

— Aristotle

All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner.

— Red Skelton

The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.

— Aristotle

Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men’s imperfections, and conceal your own.

— George Bernard Shaw

All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.

— Henry David Thoreau

Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.

— Aristotle

It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.

— James Madison

Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.

— Voltaire

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Stupid as a man, say the women: cowardly as a woman, say the men. Stupidity in a woman is unwomanly.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.

— Aristotle

Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?

— Lao Tzu

Not necessity, not desire – no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything – health, food, a place to live, entertainment – they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

A great value of antiquity lies in the fact that its writings are the only ones that modern men still read with exactness.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.

— Norman Schwarzkopf

‘Evil men have no songs.’ How is it that the Russians have songs?

— Friedrich Nietzsche

I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.

— Henry David Thoreau

Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The truth is, I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let men sometimes fool themselves.

— Marilyn Monroe

The fact is that I find more most men are more open, more generous, and much more stimulating than the majority of females I know.

— Marilyn Monroe

Men who think that a woman’s past love affairs lessen her love for them are usually stupid and weak.

— Marilyn Monroe

If you spend your life competing with business men, what do you have? A bank account and ulcers!

— Marilyn Monroe

When it comes to gossip, I have to readily admit men are as guilty as women.

— Marilyn Monroe

I have noticed… that men usually leave married women alone and are inclined to treat all wives with respect. This is no great credit to married women.

— Marilyn Monroe

Girls shouldn’t worry about being the equal of men in the business world.

— Marilyn Monroe

Marriage destroyed my relationship with two wonderful men.

— Marilyn Monroe

I’ve found men are less likely to let petty things annoy them.

— Marilyn Monroe

I think one of the basic reasons men make good friends is that they can make up their minds quickly.

— Marilyn Monroe

Black men don’t like to be called ‘boys,’ but women accept being called ‘girls.’

— Marilyn Monroe

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

— Marilyn Monroe

Sometimes I’ve been to a party where no one spoke to me for a whole evening. The men, frightened by their wives or sweeties, would give me a wide berth. And the ladies would gang up in a corner to discuss my dangerous character.

— Marilyn Monroe

The working men, I’ll go by and they’ll whistle. At first they whistle because they think, ‘Oh, it’s a girl. She’s got blond hair and she’s not out of shape,’ and then they say, ‘Gosh, it’s Marilyn Monroe!’

— Marilyn Monroe

Justice means minding one’s own business and not meddling with other men’s concerns.

— Plato

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.

— Henry David Thoreau

There are people who want to make men’s lives more difficult for no other reason than the chance it provides them afterwards to offer their prescription for alleviating life their Christianity, for instance.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

If women were particular about men’s characters, they would never get married at all.

— George Bernard Shaw

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.

— George Orwell

All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.

— Voltaire

Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.

— Napoleon Hill

All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.

— Sun Tzu

The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reasons. They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin.

— Jay Leno

Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.

— Jean de La Fontaine

Great indebtedness does not make men grateful, but vengeful and if a little charity is not forgotten, it turns into a gnawing worm.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Little men with little minds and little imaginations go through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds.

— Zig Ziglar

Great men, unknown to their generation, have their fame among the great who have preceded them, and all true worldly fame subsides from their high estimate beyond the stars.

— Henry David Thoreau

Regarding life, the wisest men of all ages have judged alike: it is worthless.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Whoever has provoked men to rage against him has always gained a party in his favor, too.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings.

— Henry David Thoreau

When women go wrong, men go right after them.

— Mae West

Men have become the tools of their tools.

— Henry David Thoreau

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is the most sensual men who need to flee women and torment their bodies.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.

— Ayn Rand

In the course of history, men come to see that iron necessity is neither iron nor necessary.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Mothers – especially single mothers – are heroic in their efforts to raise our nation’s children, but men must also take responsibility for their children and recognize the impact they have on their families’ well-being.

— Evan Bayh

Being the boss anywhere is lonely. Being a female boss in a world of mostly men is especially so.

— Robert Frost

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.

— Henry David Thoreau

I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others.

— Marcus Aurelius

Power does not corrupt men fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.

— George Bernard Shaw

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

— George Washington

It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.

— Henry David Thoreau

Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I’m tired.

— Mae West

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.

— Henry David Thoreau

The law will never make a man free it is men who have got to make the law free.

— Henry David Thoreau

Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.

— Bertrand Russell

We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.

— Henry David Thoreau

Instead of noblemen, let us have noble villages of men.

— Henry David Thoreau

Men have a respect for scholarship and learning greatly out of proportion to the use they commonly serve.

— Henry David Thoreau

I have thought there was some advantage even in death, by which we mingle with the herd of common men.

— Henry David Thoreau

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

— Elbert Hubbard

All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.

— Voltaire

Things that I felt absolutely sure of but a few years ago, I do not believe now. This thought makes me see more clearly how foolish it would be to expect all men to agree with me.

— Jim Rohn

I’m supposed to have a Ph.D. on the subject of women. But the truth is I’ve flunked more often than not. I’m very fond of women I admire them. But, like all men, I don’t understand them.

— Frank Sinatra

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

— Harry S. Truman

An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.

— Charles Darwin

Until the men of action clear out the talkers we who have social consciences are at the mercy of those who have none.

— George Bernard Shaw

Old men are dangerous: it doesn’t matter to them what is going to happen to the world.

— George Bernard Shaw

Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.

— George Bernard Shaw

Men and women belong to different species and communications between them is still in its infancy.

— Bill Cosby

Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.

— George Bernard Shaw

We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.

— George Bernard Shaw

Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability.

— George Bernard Shaw

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.

— George Bernard Shaw

Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.

— Albert Camus

Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.

— Lucinda Franks

I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.

— Henry Ford

A woman who is willing to be herself and pursue her own potential runs not so much the risk of loneliness, as the challenge of exposure to more interesting men – and people in general.

— Lorraine Hansberry

The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.

— Ayn Rand

We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.

— George Orwell

Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.

— George S. Patton

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Men are only as great as they are kind.

— Elbert Hubbard

Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death.

— Albert Camus

Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.

— George Washington

If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.

— Ayn Rand

Reputation is what men and women think of us character is what God and angels know of us.

— Thomas Paine

Many of these powerful quotes about men are the result of a collection from various sources; such as newspapers, magazines, bible, other speakers, write-ups, seminars, articles and websites and every effort has been made to give credit where it is due for the material contained herein.

Most of these powerful quotes about men’ meanings are straight forward and easy to understand probably due to their simplicity or nature of their authors, and other powerful quotes about men may sound like parables or proverbs which might be difficult to understand their meanings. When you come across difficult quotes, Please read the quote more than once or repeatedly until you get the meaning.

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