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Man

Definition: An adult male human being.
Number of Quotes: 182

A man that hath friends
must shew himself friendly:
and there is a friend that
sticketh closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24, King James Version
Holy Bible

And again I say unto you, It
is easier for a camel to go through
the eye of a needle, than for a
rich man to enter into the king-
dom of God.

Matthew 19:24, King James Version
Holy Bible

For what shall it profit a man,
if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?

Mark 8:36, King James Version
Holy Bible

Every man according as he
purposeth in his heart, so let him
give; not grudgingly, or of neces-
sity: for God loveth a cheerful
giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7, King James Version
Holy Bible

Piano

At 66 Sandringham Crescent
an upright piano was being eased down
a long flight of stairs by three men
all wearing off-white overalls.
Backward, staccato, two stepped
descending
one
stair
at
a
time
till the taller of the two men
began to collapse in slow

slow slow motion
and the piano
leapt
to the hallway's rising floor
crashing its memories of music:
simple tunes such as 3 Blind Mice,
as well as great meaningful sonatas
of profundity and faraway,
into a scattered anarchic jigsaw
of free-loving volatile
meaningless sounds
fading
till the stricken piano
lost its memory entirely.

After the ambulance arrived (too late)
one removal man lit a cigarette
and sensing the wide-awake stare
of the householder

tapped the grey ash, with great delicacy,
into the cupped hollow of his left hand.

Running Late
Dannie Abse

Our struggle today is not to have a female Einstein get appointed as an assistant professor. It is for a woman schlemiel to get as quickly promoted as a male schlemiel.
Bella Abzug

The great corrupter of public man is the ego. Looking at the mirror distracts one's attention from the problem.
Dean Acheson

Any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
Douglas Adams

There must be a day or two in a man's life when he is the precise age for something important.
Franklin P. Adams

A man must now swallow more belief than he can digest.
Henry Adams

Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.
Henry Adams

Every man who has at last succeeded, after long effort, in calling up the divinity which lies hidden in a woman's heart, is startled to find that he must obey the God he summoned.
Henry Adams

Man is an imperceptible atom always trying to become one with God.
Henry Adams

No man, however strong, can serve ten years as schoolmaster, priest, or Senator, and remain fit for anything else.
Henry Adams

No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.
Henry Adams

No man should be in politics unless he would honestly rather not be there.
Henry Adams

Only on the edge of the grave can man conclude anything.
Henry Adams

Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man.
Henry Adams

The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong.
Henry Adams

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
John Adams

A molehill man is a pseudo-busy executive who comes to work at 9 a.m. and finds a molehill on his desk. He has until 5 p.m. to make this molehill into a mountain. An accomplished molehill man will often have his mountain finished before lunch.
Fred Allen

Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart.
Henri Frédéric Amiel

Some time when you're feeling important
Some time when your ego's in bloom
Some time when you feel you are
The best qualified man in the room,
Some time when you feel that your going
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow this simple instruction
And see how it humbles the soul.
Take a bucket and fill it with water
Place your hands in it up to your wrists
Take them out and the hole that remains
Is a measure of how you'll be missed.
You may splash all you like as they enter
You may stir up the water galore
But take them out and in just a moment
It will look just the same as before.
The moral of this is quite simple
Just do the best that you can.
Be proud of yourself but remember
There is no indispensable man.

Cassell's Humorous Quotations
Anonymous

There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go, if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.
Ronald Reagan's office.
Anonymous

Woe betide the man who dares to pay a woman a compliment today ... Forget the flowers, the chocolates, the soft word - rather woo her with a self-defence manual in one hand and a family planning leaflet in the other.
Alan Ayckbourn

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainty.
Francis Bacon

Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
Francis Bacon

If you look at films about becoming a man, coming-of-age movies are made with 12-, 16-, 40-, 50-year-olds... For a guy to feel like he's a 100 percent grown-up is almost like giving up. Like admitting that you're on your way into the grave.
Kevin Bacon

No man has ever yet discovered the way to give friendly advice to any woman, not even to his own wife.
Honoré de Balzac

When you apply the word power to a man, it means strong and bold - very positive attributes. When you use it to describe a woman, it suggests bitchy, insensitive, hard.
Jill Barad

For man's greatest crime is to have been born.
Pedro Calderón de la Barca

When you think about it, giving up your real personality is a small price to pay for the richness of living happily ever after with an actual man!
Lynda Barry

For now. But if I ever decide you're useless, you are a dead man. To be killed by you is to be desired more than a life excluded from your service. Bravo. Her Imperial Viciousness laughed with genuine feeling. Bravo!
Seeing Redd
Frank Beddor

Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
Henry Ward Beecher

Retirement is an illusion. Not a reward but a mantrap. The bankrupt underside of success. A shortcut to death. Golf courses are too much like cemetries.
Saul Bellow

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
Erma Bombeck

A good manager is a man who isn't worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him. My advice: Don't worry about yourself. Take care of those who work for you and you'll float to greatness on their achievements.
H. S. M. Burns

All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.
Samuel Butler (Author)

Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.
Samuel Butler (Author)

Each man the architect of his own fate.
Appius Claudius Caecus

What is a rebel? A man who says no.
Albert Camus

Give me the avowed, the erect, the manly foe,
Bold I can meet - perhaps may turn his blow!
But of all plagues, Good Heaven, thy wrath can send,
Save, save, Oh, save me from the candid friend!

George Canning

Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
Thomas Carlyle

The man who dies rich dies disgraced.
Andrew Carnegie

He was a man with a great future behind him.
Angela Carter

Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness - its opposite - never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
Cervantes

Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.
Nicolas Chamfort

A woman can become a man's friend only in the following stages - first an acquaintance, next a mistress, and only then a friend.
Anton Chekhov

Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now, he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined, and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.
Anton Chekhov

Tea, although an Oriental,
Is a gentleman at least;
Cocoa is a cad and coward,
Cocoa is a vulgar beast.

G. K. Chesterton

There is a great deal of difference between the eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
G. K. Chesterton

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations ... The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
Winston Churchill

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
Cicero

I am a man he told her, and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone woman, and bring me something brown.
City of Glass
Cassandra Clare

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
Charles Colton

A gentleman can withstand hardships; it is only the small man who, when submitted to them, is swept off his feet.
Confucius

The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
Confucius

The superior man is easy to serve, but difficult to please ... The inferior man is difficult to serve, but easy to please.
Confucius

Imprisoned in every fat man a thin one is wildly signalling to be let out.
Cyril Connolly

There is no hate without fear. Hate is crystallized fear, fear's dividend, fear objectivized. We hate what we fear and so where hate is, fear will be lurking. Thus we hate what threatens our person, our liberty, our privacy, our income, our popularity, our vanity and our dreams and plans for ourselves. If we can isolate this element in what we hate we may be able to cease from hating. Analyse in this way the hatred of ideas or of the kind of people whom we have once loved and whose faces are preserved in Spirits of Anger. Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate; a child who fears noises becomes the man who hates them.
Cyril Connolly

Better build schoolrooms for the boy,
Than cells and gibbets for the man.

Eliza Cook

The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
And proves by thumps upon your back
How he esteems your merit,
Is such a friend, that one had need
Be very much his friend indeed
To pardon or to bear it.

William Cowper

I would be married, but I'd have no wife, I would be married to a single life.
Richard Crashaw

Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.
Benjamin Disraeli

A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize the truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself as well as for others.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Many a man who thinks to found a home discovers that he has merely opened a tavern for his friends.
Norman Douglas

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.
Albert Einstein

When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute - and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity.
Albert Einstein

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.
George Eliot

Man tell us our lives are free of danger. We stay at home. They go to war. Rubbish. I'd rather face three assaults. In line of battle, than bear one child.
Euripides

A man shouldn't fool with booze until he's fifty; then he's a damn fool if he doesn't.
William Faulkner

One of the saddest things is that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. You can't eat ... nor make love for eight hours.
William Faulkner

No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work.
Mary Parker Follett

The stronger man's argument is always the best.
Jean de La Fontaine

To measure the man, measure his heart.
Malcolm Forbes

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
Victor Frankl

A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.
Benjamin Franklin

What is a man if he is not a thief who openly charges as much as he can for the goods he sells.
Mahatma Gandhi

Today, I consider myself, the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939.
Lou Gehrig

It is practically impossible for a top management man, or even middle management, to be doing the degree and level of work that he should be doing and, at the same time, have a clean desk.
Harold Geneen

I think a man is a business failure who lets his family life interfere with his business record ... business is no place for him.
Jean Paul Getty

No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

An expert is a man who knows some of the worst errors that can be made in the subject in question and who therefore understands how to avoid them.
Werner Heisenberg

Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
Ernest Hemingway

A man is known by the silence he keeps.
Oliver Herford

A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame and money, but even... without any hope of doing it well.
Oliver Herford

A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's; she changes it more often.
Oliver Herford

I can charge a man's battery and then recharge it again. But it is only when he has his own generator that we can talk about motivation. He then needs no outside stimulation. He wants to do it.
Frederick Herzberg

Cheers hearten a man. But jeers are just as essential. They help maintain his sense of balance and proportion.
Jay House

A man has his clothes made to fit him; a woman makes herself fit her clothes.
E. W. Howe

A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour.
Elbert Hubbard

A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.
Elbert Hubbard

A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.
David Hume

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Aldous Huxley

Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
Washington Irving

The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that operates with perfect equality.
Andrew Jackson

A new type of woman arises. She is called a career woman. A man is never a career man. That is his right and privilege. But the woman is called career woman because her career... demands that she ... even renounce normal life.
C. L. R. James

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
Thomas Jefferson

If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.
Samuel Johnson

A speech is a solemn responsibility. The man who makes a bad thirty-minute speech to two hundred people wastes only a half-hour of his own time. But he wastes one hundred hours of the audience's time - more than four days - which should be a hanging offense.
Jenkin Lloyd Jones

Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
Ben Jonson

Mistakes are, after all, the foundation of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.
Carl Jung

In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
Immanuel Kant

When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
John F. Kennedy

Being kissed by a man who didn't wax his moustache was - like eating an egg without salt.
Rudyard Kipling

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

The trouble with marriage is that, while every woman is at heart a mother, every man is at heart a bachelor.
E. V. Lucas

For a woman to attain a high level in a male-dominated profession, she has to work twice as hard and/or be twice as smart.
Elizabeth Mackay

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

Man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
John C. Maxwell

An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his non-entity with an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him.
Marshall McLuhan

A man must not always tell all, for that were folly; but what a man says should be what he thinks.
Michel de Montaigne

I just got to a point where I was lying to myself constantly, so I had to face up to that. It was a lot of... I don't want to use the words self sacrifice, but that's what it felt like. It was giving up who I thought I was and starting over from scratch and realizing the man that I am was good enough.
Ivan Moody

Show me the man who has enjoyed his schooldays and I will show you a bully and a bore.
Robert Morley

You do not have to be the son of a rich man to be an entrepreneur. Today kids are far more willing to take risks because they've seen high rewards.
Narayana Murthy

It's easier for a rich man to ride that camel through the eye of a needle directly into the Kingdom of Heaven, than for some of us to give up our cell phone.
Vera Nazarian

No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be than this - devoted and obedient. This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a horse. It would not do for a policeman.
Florence Nightingale

Defeat doesn't finish a man - quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.
Richard Nixon

I'm fat, but I'm thin inside. Has it ever struck you that there's a thin man inside every fat man, just as they say there's a statue inside every block of stone?
George Orwell

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
Charlie Parker

Man does not speak because he thinks; he thinks because he speaks. Or rather, speaking is no different than thinking: to speak is to think.
Octavio Paz

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
Octavio Paz

Misquotation is ... the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely-read man never quotes accurately for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely.
Hesketh Pearson

Short of genius, a rich man cannot imagine poverty.
Charles Péguy

Where there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same income.
Plato

God is the brave man's hope, and not the coward's excuse.
Plutarch

It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.
Plutarch

The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
Plutarch

Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Alexander Pope

Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never Is, but always To be blest.
Alexander Pope

Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hit man.
Ronald Reagan

Sing in the tones of prayer,
Sing till the soaring soul
Shall float above the world's control
In Freedom everywhere!
Sing for the good that is to be,
Sing for the eyes that are to see
The land where man at last is free,
O sing for Liberty!

James Riley

There is no indispensable man.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

For one man is my world of all the men
This wide world holds; O love, my world is you.

Christina Rossetti

No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection.
The Wise Man's Fear
Patrick Rothfuss

Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A bachelor gets tangled up with a lot of women in order to avoid getting tied up by one.
Helen Rowland

A Bachelor of Arts is one who makes love to a lot of women, and yet has the art to remain a bachelor.
Helen Rowland

It takes a woman twenty years to make a man of her son, and another woman twenty minutes to make a fool of him.
Helen Rowland

Never trust a husband too far or a bachelor too near.
Helen Rowland

I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?

Rumi

The man who accepts the laissez-faire doctrine would allow his garden to grow wild so that roses might fight it out with the weeds and the fittest might survive.
John Ruskin

Profits are the lifeblood of the economic system, the magic elixir upon which progress and all good things depend ultimately. But one man's lifeblood is another man's cancer.
Paul Samuelson

Crying is almost a ritual that male politicians must do to prove they are compassionate, but women are supposed to wear iron britches.
Pat Schroeder

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
Albert Schweitzer

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
Seneca

You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Seneca

Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian or an ordinary man has; but I am a great eater of beef, and I believe that does harm to my wit.
Twelfth Night
William Shakespeare

O powerful love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other, a man a beast.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
William Shakespeare

Oh! how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
As You Like It
William Shakespeare

Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

I have nothing to offer you but my strength for your defence, my honesty for your surety, my ability and industry for your livelihood, and my authority and position for your dignity. That is all it becomes a man to offer to a woman.
George Bernard Shaw

What God hath joined together no man shall ever put asunder; God will take care of that.
George Bernard Shaw

What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.
George Bernard Shaw

Gentlemen, you are now about to embark on a course of studies which will occupy you for two years. Together, they form a noble adventure. But I would like to remind you of an important point. Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life, save only this, that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education.
John Alexander Smith

One evil in old age is that as your time is come you think every little illness is the beginning of the end. When a man expects to be arrested every knock at the door is an alarm.
Sydney Smith

You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Trust that man in nothing who has not a conscience in everything.
Laurence Sterne

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
Adlai Stevenson

He was a bold man that first eat an oyster.
Jonathan Swift

There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a talking man having nothing to say.
Jonathan Swift

For Man is man and master of his fate.
Alfred Tennyson

In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
Margaret Thatcher

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau

Boys are perhaps beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of eighteen months and ninety years.
James Thurber

All the president is is a glorified PR man who spends his life flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.
Harry S. Truman

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.
Mark Twain

I became a newspaperman. I hated to do it, but I couldn't find honest employment.
Mark Twain

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
Mark Twain

That is just the way of the world; an enemy can partly ruin a man, but it takes a good-natured injudicious friend to complete the thing and make it perfect.
Mark Twain

The timid man yearns for full value and asks a tenth. The bold man strikes for double value and compromises on par.
Mark Twain

The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas. Tolerant like the sky, all-pervading like sunlight, firm like a mountain, supple like a tree in the wind, he has no destination in view and makes use of anything life happens to bring his way.
Lao Tzu

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
George Washington

A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye.
Carolyn Wells

By persistently remaining single a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation.
Oscar Wilde

Examinations are of no value whatsoever. If a man is a gentleman, he knows quite enough, and if he is not a gentleman, whatever he knows is bad for him.
Oscar Wilde

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. I have not one who is a fool. They are all men of some intellectual power, and consequently they all appreciate me.
Oscar Wilde

If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important.
E. O. Wilson

One man's wage increase is another man's price increase.
Harold Wilson

There is no such thing as a man being too proud to fight.
Woodrow Wilson

Think where man's glory most begins and ends,
And say my glory was I had such friends.

William Butler Yeats

When you are old and gray and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read ...

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

William Butler Yeats

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