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MAN
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The way of the superior man is threefold, but I am not equal to it. Virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from perplexities; bold, he is free from fear.
      - Confucius

Man is too near all kinds of beasts,--a fawning dog, a roaring lion, a thieving fox, a robbing wolf, a dissembling crocodile, a treacherous decoy, and a rapacious vulture.
      - Abraham Cowley

An honest man, close-button'd to the chin,
  Broadcloth without, and a warm heart within.
      - William Cowper, Epistle to Joseph Hill

But strive still to be a man before your mother.
      - William Cowper,
        Motto of No. III--Connoisseur

So man, the moth, is not afraid, it seems,
  To span Omnipotence, and measure might
    That knows no measure, by the scanty rule
      And standard of his own, that is to-day,
        And is not ere to-morrow's sun go down.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. VI, l. 211)

In that vast march, the van forgets the rear; the individual is lost; and yet the multitude is many individuals. He faints and falls and dies; man is forgotten; but still mankind move on, still worlds revolve, and the will of God is done in earth and heaven.
      - George William Curtis

Charms and a man I sing, to wit--a most superior person,
  Myself, who bear the fitting name of George Nathaniel Curzon.
      - Lord George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Marquess of Kedleston,
        Charma Virumque Cano,
        published in "Poetry of the Crabbet Club", 1892, p. 36

A sacred spark created by his breath,
  The immortal mind of man his image bears;
    A spirit living 'midst the forms of death,
      Oppressed, but not subdued, by mortal cares.
      - Sir Humphrey Davy,
        Written After Recovery from a Dangerous Illness

That crawling insect, who from mud began, warmed by my beams, and kindled into man!
      - John Dryden

His tribe were God Almighty's gentlemen.
      - John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
         (pt. I, l. 645)

Men are but children of a larger growth,
  Our appetites as apt to change as theirs,
    And full of cravings too, and full as vain.
      - John Dryden, All for Love (act IV, sc. 1)

This is the porcelain clay of humankind.
      - John Dryden, Don Sebastian (act I, sc. 1)

How dull, and how insensible a beast
  Is man, who yet would lord it o'er the rest.
      - John Dryden, Essay on Satire (I, 1),
        written by Dryden and the Earl of Mulgrave

There is no Theam more plentifull to scan,
  Then is the glorious goodly frame of Man.
      - Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas,
        Divine Weekes and Workes--First Week, Sixth day
         (l. 421), translated by Joshuah Sylvester

Men's men: gentle or simple, they're much of a muchness.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Daniel Deronda (bk. IV, ch. XXXI)

A man is a god in ruins.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

An individual man is a fruit which it cost all the foregoing ages to form and ripen. He is strong, not to do, but to live; not in his arms, but in his heart; not as an agent, but as a fact.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

He is the whole encyclop‘dia of facts. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn; and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie folded already in the first man.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I like man, but not men.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man is a piece of the universe made alive.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mankind divides itself into two classes,--benefactors and malefactors. The second class is vast; the first a handful.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

O rich and various man! thou palace of sight and sound, carrying in thy senses the morning and the night, and the unfathomable galaxy; in thy brain, the geometry of the city of God; in thy heart, the power of love and the realms of right and wrong. An individual man is a fruit which it cost all the foregoing ages to form and ripen. He is strong, not to do, but to live; not in his arms, but in his heart; not as an agent, but as a fact.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is the whole encyclopedia of facts. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn, and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie folded already in the first man.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--History

Man is to man a god or a wolf.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

Man doom'd to care, to pain, disease, and strife,
  Walks his short journey through the vale of life,
    Watchful, attends the cradle and the grave,
      And passing generations longs to save:
        Last dies himself; yet wherefore should we mourn?
          For man must to his kindred dust return;
            Submit to the destroying hand of fate,
              As ripen'd ears the harvest-sickle wait.
      - Euripides


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