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Man only,--rash, refined, presumptuous Man--
  Starts from his rank, and mars Creation's plan!
    Born the free heir of nature's wide domain,
      To art's strict limits bounds his narrow'd reign;
        Resigns his native rights for meaner things,
          For Faith and Fetters, Laws and Priests and Kings.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin--The Progress of Man
         (l. 55)

Look what a little vain dust we are!
      - Joseph Addison

Man is the merriest species of the creation; all above or below him are serious.
      - Joseph Addison

The man forget not, though in rags he lies,
  And know the mortal through a crown's disguise.
      - Mark Akenside, Epistle to Curio

There never was such beauty in another man.
  Nature made him, and then broke the mould.
    [Fr., Non e un si bello in tante altre persone,
      Natura il fece, e poi roppa la stampa.]
      - Ludovico Ariosto, Orlando Furioso
         (canto X, st. 84)

Ye children of man! whose life is a span
  Protracted with sorrow from day to day,
    Naked and featherless, feeble and querulous,
      Sickly, calamitous creatures of clay.
      - Aristophanes, Birds,
        translation by John Hookham Frere

Man is the metre of all things, the hand is the instrument of instruments, and the mind is the form of forms.
      - Aristotle

Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law and without justice. If he finds himself an individual who cannot live in society, or who pretends he has need of only his own resources do not consider him as a member of humanity; he is a savage beast or a god.
      - Aristotle

Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.
      - Aristotle

He is a man who knows how to die for his God and his country; his heart, his lips, his arms, are faithful unto death.
      - Ernst Moritz Arndt

There is the supreme and indissoluble consanguinity between men, of which the heathen poet saith, we are all His generation.
      - Francis Bacon

Let each man think himself an act of God.
  His mind a thought, his life a breath of God.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus--Proem
         (l. 162)

Man is the nobler growth our realms supply
  And souls are ripened in our northern sky.
      - Mrs. Anna Letitia Barbauld, The Invitation

Thou wilt scarce be a man before thy mother.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Love's Cure (act II, sc. 2)

A man in old age is like a sword in a shop window. Men that look upon the perfect blade do not imagine the process by which it was completed. Man is a sword, daily life is the workshop, and God is the artificer; and those cares which beat upon the anvil, and file the edge, and eat in, acid-like, the inscription upon his hilt,--these are the very things that fashion the man.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

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

God never made anything else so beautiful as man.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

God's men are better than the devil's men, and they ought to act as though they thought they were.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Man is that name of power which rises above them all, and gives to every one the right to be that which God meant he should be.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Trouble teaches men how much there is in manhood.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. III, v. 20)

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      - Bible, Genesis (ch. I, v. 26)

To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
      - Bible, I Corinthians (ch. IX, v. 22)

For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
      - Bible, I Corinthians (ch. XI, v. 7)

The first man is of the earth,
  earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
      - Bible, I Corinthians (ch. XV, v. 47)

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