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MAN
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Be strong, and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight.
      - Bible, I Samuel (ch. V, v. 9)

But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.
      - Bible, I Samuel (ch. XIII, v. 14)

And Nathan said to David, Thou art the Man.
      - Bible, II Samuel (ch. XII, v. 7)

Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. II, v. 22)

Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
      - Bible, Job (ch. XIV, v. 1)

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. VIII, v. 5)

Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XXXVII, v. 37)

Of all the animals which fly in the air, walk on the land, or swim in the sea, from Paris to Peru, from Japan to Rome, the most foolish animal in my opinion is man.
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

All sorts and conditions of men.
      - Book of Common Prayer,
        Prayer for all Conditions of Men

Man is by nature weak; he is born in and to a state of dependence; he therefore naturally seeks and looks about for help, and where he observes the greatest power, it is there that he applies and prays for protection.
      - Henry Brooke

Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes and pompous in the grave.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Urn Burial (ch. V)

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
  Or what's a heaven for?
      - Robert Browning, Andrea del Sarto (l. 97)

I consider how little man is, yet, in his own mind, how great. He is lord and master of all things, yet scarce can command anything.
      - Edmund Burke

Man is an animal that cooks his victuals.
      - Edmund Burke

O man! while in thy early years,
  How prodigal of time,
    Misspending all thy precious hours,
      Thy glorious youthful prime!
        Alternate follies take the sway;
          Licentious passions burn;
            Which tenfold force give nature's law,
              That man was made to mourn.
      - Robert Burns

A man's a man for a' that!
      - Robert Burns, For A' That and A' That

A prince can mak a belted knight,
  A marquis, duke, and a' that;
    But an honest man's aboon his might:
      Guid faith, he maunna fa' that.
      - Robert Burns, For A' That and A' That

The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
  The man's the gowd for a' that.
      - Robert Burns, For A' That and A' That

Man,--whose heaven-erected face
  The smiles of love adorn,--
    Man's inhumanity to man
      Makes countless thousands mourn!
      - Robert Burns, Man Was Made to Mourn

For we are animals no less, although of different species.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

Born to be ploughed with years, and sown with cares, and reaped by Death, lord of the human soil.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Half dust, half deity, alike unfit to sink or soar.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Thou pendulum betwixt a smile and tear.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Man!
  Thou pendulum betwixt a smile and tear.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 109)

The precious porcelain of human clay.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto IV, st. 11)


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