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Man is all symmetrie,
  Full of proportions, one limbe to another,
    And all to all the world besides:
      Each part may call the farthest, brother:
        For head with foot hath privite amitie,
          And both with moons and tides.
      - George Herbert, Temple--The Church Man

Man is one world, and hath
  Another to attend him.
      - George Herbert, Temple--The Church Man

Man is a central creature between the animals, that is to say, the most perfect form, which unites the traits of all in the most complete epitome.
      - Johann Gottfried von Herder

The more intense man's awareness of his greatness and misery, the nearer he is to becoming either saint, poet, or anarchist.
      - James Hogan

'Tis man's pride,
  His highest, worthiest, noblest boast,
    The privilege he prizes most,
      To stand by helpless woman's side.
      - Margaret Holford (a/k/a Margaret Hodson)

Every man's powers have relation to some kind of work; and whenever he finds that kind of work which he can do best--that to which his powers are best adapted--he finds that which will give him the best development, and that by which he can best build up, or make, his manhood.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

It is better to be a self-made man,--filled up according to God's original pattern,--than to be half a man, made after some other man's pattern.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

God give us men. A time like this demands
  Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands!
    Men whom the lust of office does not kill,
      Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy,
        Men who possess opinions and a will,
          Men who love honor, men who cannot lie.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb),

Let us not undervalue the dignity of human nature. Man although fallen, still retains some traces of his primeval glory and excellence--broken columns of a celestial temple, magnificent, even in its ruins.
      - John McClellan Holmes

Like leaves on trees the race of man is found,--
  Now green in youth, now withering on the ground;
    Another race the following spring supplies;
      They fall successive; and successive rise.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. VI, l. 181), (Pope's translation)

Forget the brother and resume the man.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. IV, l. 732), (Pope's translation)

The fool of fate, thy manufacture, man.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XX, l. 254), (Pope's translation)

Man has wants deeper than can be supplied by wealth or nature or domestic affections. His great relations are to his God and to eternity.
      - Mark Hopkins

We are dust and shadow.
  [Lat., Pulvis et umbra sumus.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (bk. IV, 7, l. 16)

Every man should measure himself by his own standard.
  [Lat., Metiri se quemque suo modulo ac pede verum est.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 7, 98)

A man polished to the nail.
  [Lat., Ad unguem factus home.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 5, 32)

Creation lives, grows, and multiplies; man is but a witness.
      - Victor Hugo

The finest fruit earth holds up to its Maker is a finished man.
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

Art may make a suit of clothes; but nature must produce a man.
      - David Hume

Man dwells apart, though not alone,
  He walks among his peers unread;
    The best of thoughts which he hath known
      For lack of listeners are not said.
      - Jean Ingelow,
        Afternoon at a Parsonage--Afterthought

Man passes away; his names perishes from record and recollection; his history is as a tale that is told, and his very monument becomes a ruin.
      - Washington Irving,
        The Sketch Book--Westminster Abbey

God's creature is one. He makes man, not men. His true creature is unitary and infinite, revealing himself, indeed, in every finite form, but compromised by none.
      - Henry James, Jr.

Man, biologically considered, and whatever else he may be in the bargain, is simply the most formidable of all the beasts of prey, and, indeed, the only one that preys systematically on its own species.
      - William James

The only competition worthy a wise man is with himself.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson,
        Memoirs and Essays--Washington Allston

The history of mankind is little else than a narrative of designs which have failed, and hopes that have been disappointed.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

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