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MAN
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It would be equally reasonable to say that sheep are born carnivorous, and everywhere nibble grass.
      - Emile Faguet,
        said in response to Rousseau, i.e., man being born free, but everywhere in chains

Omit a few of the most abstruse sciences, and mankind's study of man occupies nearly the whole field of literature. The burden of history is what man has been; of law, what he does; of physiology, what he is; of ethics, what he ought to be; of revelation, what he shall be.
      - George Finlayson

Man is his own star, and the soul that can
  Render an honest and a perfect man,
    Commands all light, all influence, all fate,
      Nothing to him falls early or too late.
        Our acts, our angles are, or good or ill,
          Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.
      - John William Fletcher,
        Upon an Honest Man's Fortune (l. 33)

Man is a tool making animal.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Man is greater than a world, than systems of worlds; there is more mystery in the union of soul with the physical than in the creation of a universe.
      - Henry Giles

The record of life runs thus: Man creeps into childhood,--bounds into youth,--sobers into manhood,--softens into age,--totters into second childhood, and slumbers into the cradle prepared for him,--thence to be watched and cared for.
      - Henry Giles

Whenever I contemplate man in the actual world or the ideal, I am lost amidst the infinite multiformity of his life, but always end in wonder at the essential unity of his nature.
      - Henry Giles

Aye, think! since time and life began,
  Your mind has only feared and slept;
    Of all the beasts they called you man
      Only because you toiled and wept.
      - Arturo Giovannitti, The Thinker,
        on Rodin's Statue

Man himself is the crowning wonder of creation; the study of his nature the noblest study the world affords.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

Man is the crowning of history and the realization of poetry, the free and living bond which unites all nature to that God who created it for Himself.
      - Frederic L. Godet

A man may twist as he pleases, and do what he pleases, but he inevitably comes back to the track to which nature has destined him.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Stood I, O Nature! man alone in thee
  Then were it worth one's while a man to be.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust

He only fears men who does not know them, and he who avoids them will soon misjudge them.
  [Ger., Die Menschen furchtet nur, wer sie nicht kennt
    Und wer sie meidet, wird sie bald verkennen.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Torquato Tasso
         (I, 2, 72)

Beloved brother, let us not forget that man can never get away from himself.
  [Ger., Lass uns, geliebter Bruder, nicht vergessen,
    Dass von sich selbst der Mensch nicht scheiden kann.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Torquato Tasso
         (I, 2, 85)

Lords of humankind.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 327)

A king may spille, a king may save;
  A king may make of lorde a knave;
    And of a knave a lorde also.
      - John Gower ("The Moral Gower"),
        Confessio Amantis (bk. VII, l. 1,895)

We are coming we, the young men,
  Strong of heart and millions strong;
    We shall work where you have trifled,
      Cleanse the temple, right the wrong,
        Till the land our fathers visioned
          Shall be spread before our ken,
            We are through with politicians;
              Give us Men! Give us Men!
      - Arthur Guiterman,
        Challenge of the Young Men,
        in "Life", Nov. 2, 1911

It has always struck me that there is a far greater distinction between man and man than between many men and most other animals.
      - Basil Hall

Man is a reasoning rather than a reasonable animal.
      - Alexander Hamilton

Man is not an organism; he is an intelligence served by organs.
      - Sir William Hamilton (3)

Mankind are earthen jugs with spirits in them.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

What though the spicy breezes
  Blow soft o'er Ceylon's isle;
    Though every prospect pleases,
      And only man is vile;
        In vain with lavish kindness
          The gifts of God are strown;
            The heathen in his blindness
              Bows down to wood and stone.
      - Reginald Heber,
        From Greenland's Icy Mountains--Missionary Hymn

Man,--the aristocrat amongst the animals.
      - Heinrich Heine

Man is on earth as in an egg.
      - Heraclitus of Ephesus


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