Man Quotes From the Manliest of Men

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You might suffer from a quotephobia due to a number of images with “inspiring” texts posted on social media every day by gluten-free go-getters. That’s mostly because they offer little substance and are usually just one thing repackaged in a different way. These man quotes, on the other hand, are brilliant thoughts told by some of the greatest minds of humanity, and they all deal with the always significant topic of manhood.

Quotes about men come in very different shapes and sizes, coming to the subject from various angles, and while some of them are manly quotes, they don’t need to be.

Man Quotes

“I mean to make myself a man, and if I succeed in that, I shall succeed in everything else.” – James A. Garfield | 20th President of the United States

“A man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others.” – Marcus Aurelius | Emperor of Rome

“There is one rule, above all others, for a man. Whatever comes, face it on your feet.” – Robert Jordan | American author

“No man is more unhappy than he who never faces adversity. For he is not permitted to prove himself.” – Seneca | Roman Stoic philosopher

Being a Man Quotes
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“The strength of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special exertions but by his habitual acts.” – Blaise Pascal | French mathematician, physicist

“First find the man in yourself if you will inspire manliness in others.” – Amos Bronson Alcott | American teacher, writer, philosopher

“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.” –Marcus Aurelius | Emperor of Rome

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway | American novelist

“To be a man is, precisely, to be responsible.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery | French writer, poet

“There is a difference between being a good man and being good at being a man.” –Jack Donovan | American author

“There are two questions a man must ask himself: The first is ‘Where am I going?’ and the second is ‘Who will go with me?’ If you ever get these questions in the wrong order you are in trouble.” – Sam Keen | American author

Manhood Quotes

“Personally, I hold that a man, who deliberately and intelligently takes a pledge and then breaks it, forfeits his manhood.” – Mahatma Gandhi | Indian political leader

“In the modern techno-industrial culture, it is possible to proceed from infancy into senility without ever knowing manhood.” Edward Abbey | American author

“Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are, for it shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.” – Thomas Carlyle | Scottish philosopher, satirical writer

“We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood. We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, of power to do without shirking the rough that must always be done.” – Theodore Roosevelt |  26th president of the United States
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“Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea.” – Samuel Johnson | English writer (more than a meme, just like Drake)

“The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.” – George S. Patton | American general

“Do what thy manhood bids thee do, from none but self expect applause; He noblest lives and noblest dies who makes and keeps his self-made laws.” – Richard Francis Burton | English explorer, geographer

“No man has ever risen to the stature of spiritual manhood until he has found that it is finer to serve somebody else than it is to serve himself.” – Woodrow Wilson | 28th President of the United States

“When someone tells a man to be a man, they mean that there is a way to be a man. A man is not just a thing to be – it is also a way to be, a path to follow and a way to walk. Some try to make manhood mean everything. Others believe that it means nothing at all. Being good at being a man can’t mean everything, and it has always meant something.” – Jack Donovan | American author

“Genius is the power of carrying the feelings of childhood into the powers of manhood” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge | English poet, philosopher