86+ Best Being A Man Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Being A Man Quotes

To have done no man a wrong…to walk and live, unseduced, within arm’s length of what is not your own, with nothing between your desire and its gratification but the invisible law of rectitude this is to be a man. – Horace Mann

You have to be a man before you can be a gentleman. – John Wayne

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Manliness means perfect manhood, as womanliness implies perfect womanhood. Manliness is the character of a man as he ought to be, as he was meant to be. – James Freeman Clarke

We do not admire the man of timid peace. We admire the man who embodies victorious effort; the man who never wrongs his neighbor, who is prompt to help a friend, but who has those virile qualities necessary to win in the stern strife of actual life. – Theodore Roosevelt

Because there is very little honor left in American life, there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men. – Norman Mailer

It takes a real man to make a true confession a Chocolate Soldier will excuse or cloak his sin. – Charles Studd

In the end, my story, in Iraq and afterward, is about more than just killing people or even fighting for my country. It’s about being a man. And it’s about love as well as hate. – Chris Kyle

This part of being a man, changing the way we parent, happens only when we want it to. It changes because we are determined for it to change, and the motive for changing often comes out of wanting to be the kind of parent we didn’t have. – Augustus Y. Napier

Remember those black-and-white films with Frank Sinatra? Those guys looked like men and they were only 27! Listen to Otis Redding singing ‘Try A Little Tenderness’. That was a man who understood what a man has to know in the world. Show me a real man now! Where are they? – Chrissie Hynde

To have done no man a wrong to walk and live, unseduced, within arms length of what is not your own, with nothing between your desire and its gratification but the invisible law of rectitude this is to be a man. – Horace Mann

He understood well enough how a man with a choice between pride and responsibility will almost always choose pride if responsibility robs him of his manhood. – Stephen King

A male was transformed into a man by the willful expenditure of energy. Above all, a man willed himself to be expendable. Like the sun, a man fed the fire of his honor on his own substance. The magnus animus, the animus virilis, squandered itself in contempt of its own dear life. – Carlin A. Barton

Acting is just being a man. Being human. Not forcing it. – Peter O’Toole

A man does not die of love or his liver or even of old age; he dies of being a man. – Miguel de Unamuno

You can’t relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs but only after a struggle. – Timothy Dalton

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. – Bob Dylan

A man’s ledger does not tell what he is, or what he is worth. Count what is in man, not what is on him, if you would know what he is worth whether rich or poor. – Henry Ward Beecher

The ideal man doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink, doesn’t do drugs, doesn’t swear, doesn’t get angry, doesn’t exist. – Unknown

I’m sick of very white teeth and lots of gymnasium practice. I’m bored, you know, send in the next one. I wanted a real man that I could believe was my brother, my father, you know, my next-door neighbor – a real person. – Tim Roth

Part of being a man is learning to take responsibility for your successes and for your failures. You can’t go blaming others or being jealous. Seeing somebody else’s success as your failure is a cancerous way to live. – Kevin Bacon

I know that I am a singer and an actor, yet in order to give the public the impression that I am neither one nor the other, but the real man conceived by the author, I have to feel and to think as the man the author had in mind. – Enrico Caruso

It is not what he has, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is. – Henri-Frederic Amiel

Being a good actor isn’t easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I’m done. – James Dean

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The stronger a man is, the more gentle he can afford to be. – Elbert Hubbard

You act at being a man, and before you know it, you are one. – Richard Madden

He understood well enough how a man with a choice between pride and responsibility will almost always choose pride—if responsibility robs him of his manhood. – Stephen King

There is nothing noble being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. – Winston Churchill

People ask for this life, but they don’t really understand what comes with it. People just see the outside and that looks good – big houses, cars, girls, but you never see how the person is feeling deep down inside. Me personally, being a man, I’m going to feel better displaying all of this and pouring my heart out on each record. – Bow Wow

It takes a great man to be a good listener. – Calvin Coolidge

A man’s ledger does not tell what he is, or what he is worth. Count what is in man, not what is on him, if you would know what he is worth—whether rich or poor. – Henry Ward Beecher

To have done no man a wrong…to walk and live, unseduced, within arm’s length of what is not your own, with nothing between your desire and its gratification but the invisible law of rectitude—this is to be a man. – Horace Mann

A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers, and pressures — and that is the basis of all human morality. – John Kennedy

The major break in the understanding of manliness is not between, say, the nineteenth century and any particular preceding era but between my generation of Baby Boomers and the entire proceeding complex of teachings. In some ways, TR and Churchill have more in common with Homer and Shakespeare than they do with us. – Waller Newell

Contemporaries appreciate the man rather than the merit; but posterity will regard the merit rather than the man. – Charles Caleb Colton

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

It is not what he has, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is. – Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Relieved of moral pretense and stripped of folk costumes, the raw masculinity that all men know in their gut has to do with being good at being a man within a small, embattled gang of men struggling to survive. – Jack Donovan

It is not titles that make men illustrious, but men who make titles illustrious. – Machiavelli

A gentleman makes commitments. A loser makes promises – Unknown

Who only let him be a man and intent upon honor—is not eager for the honorable ordeal and prompt to assume perilous duties? To what energetic man is not idleness a punishment? – Seneca

Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is. – Albert Camus

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

Private and public life are subject to the same rules—truth and manliness are two qualities that will carry you through this world much better than policy or tact of expediency or other words that were devised to conceal a deviation from a straight line. – Robert E. Lee

Men have discovered their distinctive virtues and vices through grappling with the perennial dilemmas and demands of love, courage, pride, family, and country the five paths whose proper ordering gives us the key to the secret of happiness for a man. – Waller Newell

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder. – George Washington

It is of dangerous consequence to represent to man how near he is to the level of beasts, without showing him at the same time his greatness. It is likewise dangerous to let him see his greatness without his meanness. It is more dangerous yet to leave him ignorant of either; but very beneficial that he should be made sensible of both. – Blaise Pascal

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. – Oscar Wilde

For a long time, I felt instinctively irritated – sometimes repelled – by scientific friends’ automatic use of the word ‘mechanism’ for automatic bodily processes. A machine was man-made; it was not a sentient being; a man was not a machine. – A. S. Byatt

If a man’s mind becomes pure, his surroundings will also become pure. – Buddha

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all. – Oscar Wilde

A man may conquer a million men in battle but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors. – Buddha

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive. – Albert Einstein

I love watching Marty Scorsese’s films, but they always make me feel terrible about being a man. – Martin Donovan

Have you never seen a strange unconnected deformed representation of a figure, which seen in another point of view, became proportioned and agreeable? It is the picture of man. – Fulke Greville

There have been many changes in the gender roles over the past 30 or more years. As a result, the idea of being a “real man” has changed but one thing is for sure — there are some traits that define masculinity that most men and women would still agree upon.”-Unknown

Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments. – John Steinbeck

A real man is hard to find but that can change with a couple of small adjustments. Let these real man quotes be the guide to becoming a stronger, better person.”“A real man is hard to find but that can change with a couple of small adjustments. Let these real man quotes be the guide to becoming a stronger, better person. – Unknown

A man ought to carry himself in the world as an orange tree would if it could walk up and down in the garden–swinging perfume from every little censer it holds up to the air. – Henry Ward Beecher

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. – Thomas Paine

The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between men between the feeble and the powerful, the great and the insignificant is energy, invincible determination a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory! That quality will do anything that can be done in this world, and no talents, no circumstances, no opportunities, will make a two-legged creature a man without it. – Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

Men aren’t really complicated … They are very simple, literal

creatures. They usually mean what they say. And we spend hours trying to analyze what they’ve said, when really it’s obvious. – E. L. James

We don’t need to reinvent manliness. We only need to will ourselves to wake up from the bad dream of the last few generations and reclaim it, in order to extend and enrich that tradition under the formidable demands of the present. – Waller R. Newell

In every real man, a child is hidden that wants to play. – Friedrich Nietzsche

A strong man doesn’t have to be dominant toward a woman. He doesn’t match his strength against a woman weak with love for him. He matches it against the world. – Marilyn Monroe

The way of a superior man is three-fold: virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from perplexities; bold, he is free from fear. – Confucius

I live, like every real man, in my work. – Max Frisch

How poor, how rich, how abject, how august, how complicate, how wonderful is man! Distinguished link in being’s endless chain! Midway from nothing to the Deity! Dim miniature of greatness absolute! An heir of glory! A frail child of dust! Helpless immortal! Insect infinite! A worm! A God! – Edward Young

There is one rule, above all others, for being a man. Whatever comes, face it on your feet. – Larissa Ione

For the man who makes everything that leads to happiness, or near to it, to depend upon himself, and not upon other men … has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation; this is the man of manly character and of wisdom. – Plato

A man must at times be hard as nails: willing to face up to the truth about himself, and about the woman he loves, refusing compromise when compromise is wrong. But he must also be tender. No weapon will breach the armor of a woman’s resentment like tenderness. – Elisabeth Elliot

If you want to be a real human being – a real woman, a real man – you cannot tolerate things which put you to indignation, to outrage. You must stand up. I always say to people, ‘Look around; look at what makes you unhappy, what makes you furious, and then engage yourself in some action.’ – Stephane Hessel

A man should be able to hear, and to bear, the worst that could be said of him. – Saul Bellow

A real man won’t date the most beautiful girl in the world, he’ll date the girl that makes his world beautiful. – Unknown

You can’t measure manhood with a tape line around his biceps. – Billy Sunday

It’s a real man who can go out with a woman who’s taller than he is. That’s an alpha male right there. – Miranda Hart

The teaching of one true man will carry further and deeper then that would dozen white Babus. – C.S. Lewis

You can’t be a real man if you don’t look out for your kids. They need you. – Bill O’Reilly

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, – Titus 2:7

Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live. – Marcus Aurelius

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. – 1 Timothy 6:11

The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself. – Henry Ward Beecher

Civilization comes at a cost of manliness. It comes at a cost of wildness, of risk, of strife. It comes at a cost of strength, of courage, of mastery. It comes at a cost of honor. Increased civilization exacts a toll of virility, forcing manliness into further redoubts of vicariousness and abstraction. – Jack Donovan

Manhood is the defeat of childhood narcissism. – David Gilmore

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