100+ Best Man Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational man quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

Famous Man Quotes

I’m afraid this man will kill me some day. — Nicole Brown Simpson

Man needs colour to live; it’s just as necessary an element as fire and water. — Fernand Leger

How shall a man escape from that which is written; How shall he flee from his destiny? — Ferdowsi

Don’t think I am not homesick for America. I say ‘homesick’ advisedly because I am a man with two homes – America, which gave me hospitality for many happy years, and where my daughter was born; and my native England. — Leslie Howard

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

I’ve had 79 to 80 years of show business. I started when I was 5 with a man called Tom Mix. I didn’t have time to go to school because I was in silent movies, I was in radio, I was in burlesque, I worked with the circus. I’m all show business! — George Sidney

Since, therefore, no man is born without faults, and he is esteemed the best whose errors are the least, let the wise man consider everything human as connected with himself; for in worldly affairs there is no perfect happiness under heaven. — Giraldus Cambrensis

From the moment he is born to the moment he dies, man is subject to the activities of numerous microbes. — Selman Waksman

A wise man looks upon men as he does on horses; all their comparisons of title, wealth, and place, he consider but as harness. — Robert Cecil

I want to be a man who is truthful and who won’t let pride get in the way of my ripping myself open to my partner and saying, ‘Here I am. This is me.’ I feel there’s something powerful when a man reaches a point in his life when he can be completely vulnerable. — Dwayne Johnson

Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one’s better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act. — Maxwell Maltz

But in the life of every man there are influences of a far more real and penetrating character than those which come through the medium of schools or teachers. — Frederic William Farrar

We have big, big problems – flooding, earthquake, and many foolish things which now people are doing – I mean, these self-made catastrophes. We are able to give to every man on the street the possibilities to help himself. And to fight for this was one of my duties. — Frei Otto

Give a man a beer, waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and waste a lifetime! — Bill Owen

A Michigan man is going to coach Michigan. — Bo Schembechler

If you see a man who is so obviously impressed with his own appearance, then you wonder what his priorities are. — Edward N. Ney

They don’t know how the world is shaped. And so they give it a shape, and try to make everything fit it. They separate the right from the left, the man from the woman, the plant from the animal, the sun from the moon. They only want to count to two. — Emma Bull

There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience. — Hartley William Shawcross

It is harder for a poor man to be successful than it is for a rich man. — Gregory Nunn

You can pour holy oil and holy water on a thug until you have emptied buckets of both; but at the end he will be a consecrated thug, but a thug all the same unless interior intentions and a disciplined man are present. — William H. O’Connell

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

As the archeology of our thought easily shows, man is an invention of recent date. And one perhaps nearing its end. — Michel Foucault

A man ninety years old was asked to what he attributed his longevity. I reckon, he said, with a twinkle in his eye, it because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried. — Garson Kanin

If a man say, ‘I love God,’ and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. — John the Apostle

My bravery however was the effect of assurance for could I have believed the current report, I should have fled as fast as any man, no man can possibly have a greater reluctance to an intimacy with Sir William Howe than my Self. — Henry Laurens

This meeting was like many of the meetings that I would go to over the course of two years. The only way I can describe it is that, well, the president is like a blind man in a roomful of deaf people. There is no discernible connection. — Paul O’Neill

In properly organized groups no faith is required; what is required is simply a little trust and even that only for a little while, for the sooner a man begins to verify all he hears the better it is for him. — George Gurdjieff

I always like to have faith that an audience will suspend their disbelief, if you present it to them in the right way. I find it peculiar when people scoff at one bold idea, and yet they’ll then turn over and watch a man travel through time in a police phone box. I think it’s just how you present the idea. — Tom Mison

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. — Jean Arp

As a single parent, I had become tyrannical in order to survive, and anything I couldn’t control caused me enormous anxiety. As a naturally untidy, disorganised man who never made lists or kept receipts, morphing into someone who could take care of a toddler on his own may have caused me to overcompensate a little. — Simon Van Booy

The man with the real sense of humor is the man who can put himself in the spectator’s place and laugh at his own misfortune. — Bert Williams

Howard Hughes was able to afford the luxury of madness, like a man who not only thinks he is Napoleon but hires an army to prove it. — Ted Morgan

In the past the man has been first; in the future the system must be first… The first object of any good system must be that of developing first class men. — Frederick W. Taylor

No man should be in public office who can’t make more money in private life. — Thomas Dewey

In my first year, when I was driving in runs, winning games and making headlines, there was an old man who came to games at Seals Stadium, and one day he called me over, introduced himself and told me not to believe anything written about me or think too much of all the accolades. — Willie McCovey

It’s hard to put into words, shaking hands with the most powerful man in the world. — Buddy Rice

The man who dies rich, dies in disgrace. — Tom Hunter

A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses. — Hippocrates

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. — George A. Moore

The more the panic grows, the more uplifting the image of a man who refuses to bow to the terror. — Ernst Junger

I am hopeful that one day I will meet that right man and will have a very happy life partner. — Lara Giddings

On a good day I think I’m handsome, on an average day I’m average. I’m a man’s man so I don’t necessarily know how cute we’re supposed to be. — CeeLo Green

Haldeman is the only man in America in this generation who let his hair grow for a courtroom appearance. — Mary McGrory

Love of man for woman – love of woman for man. That’s the nature, the meaning, the best of life itself. — Zane Grey

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Every time someone tried to explain to me there are limits to what one man can do, I pointed to the boundless sky and said, ‘There is the limit’. — Jaiprakash Gaur

The true measure of a man is what he would do if he knew he would never be caught. — Lord Kelvin

Men may be popular without being ambitious, but there is hardly an ambitious man who does not try to be popular. — Lord North

Bill Clinton is not a hypocrite. If a man believes that it is just and moral to redistribute wealth, there is nothing hypocritical in his attempts to redistribute some of that wealth to himself. — P. J. O’Rourke

Ambition leads me not only farther than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it possible for man to go. — James Cook

My grandfather was an amazing man. You talk about character and integrity, everyone who knew him, whether they agreed with him or not, said, ‘George Romney is a good man, and he sticks to his principles: a man of honesty and hard work, integrity.’ — Tagg Romney

I am sick and tired of hearing that it is our moral duty to serve the state, because conservatives believe that it is our moral duty to serve our fellow man regardless of race, sex, affiliation or creed, and when we serve, we believe that it is the state’s duty to get out of the way. — Allen West

An ambassador is an honest man sent abroad to lie and intrigue for the benefit of his country. — Henry Wotton

The classic war movies of the post-Vietnam era have generally taken on grand, philosophical themes: the meaninglessness of war, the grinding down of man by the machine – the machine being war itself, represented by someone like Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ the sadistic marine who turns his boys into instruments of death. — Hanna Rosin

Man is born to live and not to prepare to live. — Boris Pasternak

Any man who has ever tried to use political power for the common good has felt an awful sense of powerlessness. — Robert Casey

The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry is like the potato – the best part under ground. — Thomas Overbury

Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare. — Frederick Henry Hedge

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

Honey, have you ever seen a man knitting socks? — Ezer Weizman

The presence of any humility in my life is purely and completely an evidence of God’s grace. From my perspective, I am not a humble man. I am a proud man pursuing humility by the grace of God. — C. J. Mahaney

Presumptions of guilt or innocence may sometimes be strengthened or weakened by the place of birth and kind of education and associates a man has grown up with, and good character may at times interpose, and justly save, under suspicion, one who is accused of crime on slight circumstances. — Levi Woodbury

‘The Man Who Never Was,’ by Ewen Montagu, remains the best book about wartime espionage written by an active participant – incomplete, and dry in parts, it nonetheless summons up the ingenuity and sheer eccentricity of those who played this strange and dangerous game. — Ben Macintyre

The journey of life is like a man riding a bicycle. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. We know that if he stops moving and does not get off he will fall off. — William Golding

A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether. — Roy H. Williams

I find that a man is as old as his work. If his work keeps him from moving forward, he will look forward with the work. — William Ernest Hocking

My man has to be more intelligent than I am, which is difficult to find. He should definitely be more successful than me, which is not so difficult to find. I’d be a fool to expect a better looking man than me, which is impossible to find. — Kangna Ranaut

My father believed a real man didn’t read, and my parents hoped I’d get some sense and find a job in insurance. — Ken Bruen

We do not discuss the anatomical, physiological, and mental characteristics of man considered as an individual; but we are interested in the diversity of these traits in groups of men found in different geographical areas and in different social classes. — Franz Boas

My parents lived a modest life, and their main concern was the education of their children. My father was a self-taught man but had a great intellectual curiosity, not only for biblical and talmudic texts, but also for philosophy, psychoanalysis and history. — Claude Cohen-Tannoudji

A rich man cannot enjoy a sound mind nor a sound body without exercise and abstinence; and yet these are truly the worst ingredients of poverty. — Henry Home

The active part of man consists of powerful instincts, some of which are gentle and continuous; others violent and short; some baser, some nobler, and all necessary. — Francis W. Newman

We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence. — Joseph Roux

Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors. — Eugene O’Neill

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I’m just a simple man trying to make his way in the universe. — Temuera Morrison

It takes a mighty good man to be better than no man at all. — Dixie Carter

If they take their children to doctors, they believe they are putting their faith in man instead of in God. — Bob Bartlett

I was a gay man living in the epicenter of 20th-century America’s worst health epidemic. — Robert Gober

A decent man who doesn’t consider himself a bigot can indeed be trained to behave like a bigot if he welcomes feedback exclusively from those who consider bigotry no big deal or, indeed, an attribute to be admired. — Adam-Troy Castro

A man man may dwell so long upon a thought that it may take him prisoner — George Savile

You can’t sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You’ve got to throw the ball over the damn plate and five the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game of them all. — Earl Weaver

A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm. — Charles Schwab

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot. — Robert Green Ingersoll

My father is actually a quarry man – he deals in stone. He also at one point had a lot of sheep, he owned a sheep farm, but primarily the family business was in stone. — P. J. Harvey

And when native man left off this form of development, his humanization was retarded in growth. — Standing Bear

The image of the scientist who puts the pursuit of truth before anything else has been shattered and replaced by a man on the make or a quasi-religious enthusiast who wants to prove his case at any cost. Science is becoming the tool of campaigning warfare, in which truth is the first casualty. — Paul Johnson

The man who can smile when things go wrong has thought of someone else he can blame it on. — Robert Bloch

The man who rows the boat seldom has time to rock it. — Bill Copeland

Young men, hear an old man to whom old men hearkened when he was young. — Augustus

There is a lust in man no charm can tame: Of loudly publishing his neighbor’s shame: On eagles wings immortal scandals fly, while virtuous actions are born and die. — William Harvey

No man is fit to be a Senator… unless he is willing to surrender his political life for great principle. — Henry F. Ashurst

But the worst of all is, according to the old phrase, while the grass grows, the horse starves, but the man of money is the man for Nova Scotia. Those may do extremely well. — Nathaniel Smith

If you’ve been running a business for 38 years, you’re approaching your 66th birthday, you’ve never owed a man a penny or done anyone any grievance in your life, and you feel hard done-by and try to protect yourself and your family, but go to prison, well if that’s the society we’re living in, I’m happy to accept that. — Sean Quinn

A bachelor is a man who never makes the same mistake once. — Ed Wynn

How, possibly, could the police have made the ‘mistake’ of charging the wrong man with the notorious Red Light Bandit crimes? That also is something that is fully revealed in the Pandora’s Box of facts I have prepared. — Caryl Chessman

The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought. — Leon Blum

Some smart man once said that on the most exalted throne in the world, we are seated on nothing but our own arse. — Wendell Mayes

Jesus was not born in a manger in central Pennsylvania. He was a man of color. And the fact that we have represented him for centuries literally as a white man speaks to the entire history of white supremacy. — Tim Wise

If no man could become rich in Peru, no man could become poor. — William Prescott

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