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MAN
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Lord of himself;--that heritage of woe!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Lara (canto I, st. 2)

But we, who name ourselves its sovereigns, we,
  Half dust, half deity, alike unfit
    To sink or soar.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Manfred (act I, sc. 2, l. 39)

Sighing that Nature formed but one such man,
  And broke the die--in moulding Sheridan.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Monody on the Death of the Rt. Hon. R.B. Sheridan
         (l. 117)

Where the virgins are soft as the roses they twine,
  And all, save the spirit of man, is divine?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Bride of Abydos (canto I, st. 1)

Without our hopes, without our fears,
  Without the home that plighted love endears,
    Without the smile from partial beauty won,
      O! what were man?--a world without a sun.
      - Thomas Campbell

And say without our hopes, without our fears,
  Without the home that plighted love endears,
    Without the smile from partial beauty won,
      Oh! what were man?--a world without a sun.
      - Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope
         (pt. II, l. 21)

To lead, or brass, or some such bad
  Metal, a prince's stamp may add
    That value, which it never had.
      But to the pure refined ore,
        The stamp of kings imparts no more
          Worth, than the metal held before.
      - Thomas Carew,
        To T.H.--A Lady Resembling My Mistress

A pygmy standing on the outward crust of this small planet, his far-reaching spirit stretches outward to the infinite, and there alone finds rest.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one rascal less in the world.
      - Thomas Carlyle

The Highest Being reveals himself in man.
      - Thomas Carlyle

The older I grow--and I now stand upon the brink of eternity--the more comes back to me that sentence in the Catechism which I learned when a child, and the fuller and deeper its meaning becomes, " What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and enjoy Him forever."
      - Thomas Carlyle

We are the miracle of miracles, the great inscrutable mystery of God.
      - Thomas Carlyle

"We touch heaven when we lay our hand on a human body!" This sounds much like a mere flourish of rhetoric; but it is not so. If well meditated, it will turn out to be a scientific fact; the expression, in such words as can be had, of the actual truth of the thing. We are the miracle of miracles,--the great inscrutable mystery of God. We cannot understand it, we know not how to speak of it; but we may feel and know, if we like, that it is verily so.
      - Thomas Carlyle

No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship
         (lecture 1)

Man was sent into the world to be a growing and exhaustless force. The world was spread out around him to be seized and conquered. Realms of infinite truth burst open above him, inviting him to tread those shining coasts along which Newton dropped his plummet, and Herschel sailed,--a Columbus of the skies.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Sent into `the world to be a growing and exhaustless force.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

The proper Science and Subject for Man's Contemplation is Man himself.
  [Fr., La vraie science et le vrai etude de l'homme c'est l'homme.]
      - Pierre Charron, Of Wisdom (bk. I, ch. I),
        (Stanhope's translation)

Men the most infamous are fond of fame,
  And those who fear not guilt, yet start at shame.
      - Charles Churchill, The Author (l. 233)

A man would have no pleasures in discovering all the beauties of the universe, even in heaven itself, unless he had a partner to whom he might communicate his joys.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Man was born for two things--thinking and acting.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

A self-made man? Yes--and worships his creator.
      - Henry Clapp, Jr.,
        describing Horace Greely, said also by John Bright describing Disraeli

He is compounded of two very different ingredients, spirit and matter; but how such unallied and disproportioned substances should act upon each other, no man's learning yet could tell him.
      - Jeremy Collier

Man, if he compare himself with all that he can see, is at the zenith of power; but if he compare himself with all that he can conceive, he is at the nadir of weakness.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

To despise our species is the price we must often pay for our knowledge of it.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

While some animals exhibit individual powers in higher perfection, man stands for their superior, not only in combining in his own body all the senses and faculties which they possess, but in being endowed with moral and intellectual powers which are denied to them, and which at once place him at the head of the living creation, and constitute him a moral, religious, intelligent, and responsible being.
      - George Combe


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