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[ Also see Acting Action Being Brotherhood Character Evolution Gentlemen Humanity Husbands Inhumanity Life Manhood Mankind Matrimony Men Middle Age Mortality People Public Society Women World ]

Where soil is, men grow,
  Whether to weeds or flowers.
      - John Keats (1), Endymion (bk. II)

T'is but a Tent where takes his one day's rest
  A Sultan to the realm of Death addrest.
    A Sultan rises, and the dark Ferrash
      Strikes, and prepares it for another Guest.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat (st. 45),
        (FitzGerald's translation)

It is a painful fact, but there is no denying it, the masts are the tools of circumstances; thistle-down on the breeze, straw on the river, their course is shaped for them by the currents and eddies of the stream of life; but only in proportion as they are things, not men and women. Man was meant to be not the slave, but the master, of circumstances, and in proportion as he recovers his humanity, in every sense of the great obsolete word,--in proportion as he gets back the spirit of manliness, which is self-sacrifice, affection, loyalty to an idea beyond himself, a God above himself, so far will he rise above circumstances, and wield them at his will.
      - Charles Kingsley

Though I've belted you and flayed you,
  By the livin' Gawd that made you,
    You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din.
      - Rudyard Kipling, Gunga Din

If you can keep your head when all about you
  Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
      But make allowance for their doubting too;
        . . . .
          Yours is the Earth and every thing that's in it,
            And--which is more--you'll be a man, my son!
      - Rudyard Kipling, If, first and last lines

There are but three general events which happen to mankind: birth, life, and death. Of their birth they are insensible, they suffer when they die, and neglect to live.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Bounded in his nature, infinite in his desires, man is a fallen god who has a recollection of heaven.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Limited in his nature, infinite in his desires, man is a fallen god who remembers the heavens.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine, Second Meditations

It is easier to know mankind in general than man individually.
  [Fr., Il est plus aise de connaitre l'homme en general que de connaitre un homme en particulier.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes
         (436)

There are but three classes of men, the retrograde, the stationary, and the progressive.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

As man; false man, smiling destructive man.
      - Nathaniel Lee, Theodosius
         (act III, sc. 2, l. 50)

The history of the race is but that of the individual "writ large."
      - George Henry Lewes

The four stages of man are infancy, childhood, adolescence and obsolescence.
      - Art Linkletter,
        A Child's Garden of Misinformation
         (ch. 8)

A man of mark.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Tales of a Wayside Inn
         (pt. I, The Musician's Tale--Saga of King Olaf, pt. IX, st. 2)

Before man made us citizens, great Nature made us men.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        The Capture of Fugitive Slaves Near Washington

The hearts of men are their books; events are their tutors; great actions are their eloquence.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        Essays--Conversation Touching the Great Civil War

Man is improvable. Some people think he is only a machine, and that the only difference between a man and a mill is, that one is carried by blood and the other by water.
      - Horace Mann

A man! A man! My kingdom for a man!
      - John Marston, Scourge of Villainy

Our page (i.e. our book) has reference to man.
  [Lat., Hominem pagina nostra sapit.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. X, 4, 10)

But in our Sanazarro 'tis not so,
  He being pure and tried gold; and any stamp
    Of grace, to make him current to the world,
      The duke is pleased to give him, will add honour
        To the great bestower; for he, though allow'd
          Companion to his master, still preserves
            His majesty in full lustre.
      - Philip Massinger, Great Duke of Florence
         (act I, sc. 1)

Among the works of man, which human life is rightly employed in perfecting, the first in importance surely is man himself.
      - John Stuart Mill

In the sweat of thy face thou shalt eat bread,
  Till thou return unto the ground; for thou
    Out of the ground wast taken; know thy birth,
      For dust thou art, and shalt to dust return.
      - John Milton

In their looks divine
  The image of their glorious Maker shone,
    Truth, wisdom, sanctitude serene and pure.
      - John Milton

Ah! to be devout, I am none the less human.
  [Fr., Ah! pour etre devot, je n'en suis pas moins homme.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Tartuffe (III, 3)

Can anything be imagined so ridiculous that this miserable and wretched creature, who is not so much as master of himself, but subject to the injuries of all things, should call himself master and emperor of the world, of which he has not power to know the least part, much less to command the whole?
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne


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