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Man, in sooth, marvelous, vain, fickle, and unstable subject.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The mould is lost wherein was made
  This a per se of all.
      - Alexander Montgomery

So weak is man, so ignorant and blind, that did not God sometimes withhold in mercy what we ask, we should be ruined at our own request.
      - Hannah More

Man, an ingenious assembly of portable plumbing.
      - Christopher Darlington Morley

To say, for example, that a man is made up of certain chemical elements is a satisfactory description only for those who intend to use him as a fertilizer.
      - Herman Joseph Muller,
        Science and Criticism

Men, in general, are but great children.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

We are like sailors who must rebuild their ship on the open sea, never able to dismantle it in dry-dock and to reconstruct it there out of the best materials.
      - Otto Neurath, in "Current History"

He divines remedies against injuries; he knows how to turn serious accidents to his own advantage; whatever does not kill him makes him stronger.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Man is more ape than many of the apes.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Man, a hybrid of plant and ghost.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

I teach you beyond Man [Uebermensch; overman-superman]. Man is something that shall be surpassed. What have you done to surpass him?
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche,
        Thus Spake Zarathustra

We touch heaven when we lay our hand on a human body!
      - Novalis (pseudonym of Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg)

Man's the bad child of the universe.
      - James Oppenheim, Laughter

God gave man an upright countenance to survey the heavens, and to look upward to the stars.
  [Lat., Os homini sublime dedit coelumque tueri
    Jussit; et erectos ad sidera tollere vultus.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (I, 85)

Nature ne'er meant her secrets to be found,
  And man's a riddle which man can't expound.
      - Robert Treat Paine

Man is the highest product of his own history. The discoverer finds nothing so grand or tall as himself, nothing so valuable to him. The greatest star is at the small end, of the telescope,--the star that is looking, not looked after nor looked at.
      - Theodore Parker

Man is the jewel of God, who has created this material world to keep his treasure in.
      - Theodore Parker

All true manliness grows around a core of divineness.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

If man should commence by studying himself, he would see how impossible it is to go further.
      - Blaise Pascal

It is of dangerous consequence to represent to man how near he is to the level of beasts, without showing him at the same time his greatness. It is likewise dangerous to let him see his greatness without his meanness. It is more dangerous yet to leave him ignorant of either; but very beneficial that he should be made sensible of both.
      - Blaise Pascal

What a chimera, then, is man! what a novelty, what a monster, what a chaos, what a subject of contradiction, what a prodigy! A judge of all things, feeble worm of the earth, depositary of the truth, cloaca of uncertainty and error, the glory and the shame of the universe!
      - Blaise Pascal, Thoughts (ch. X)

He is pepper, not a man.
  [Lat., Piper, non homo.]
      - Petronius (Caius Petronius Arbiter)

We are not more than a bubble.
  [Lat., Nos non pluris sumus quam bullae.]
      - Petronius (Caius Petronius Arbiter) 42

I am in search of a man.
  [Lat., Hominem quaero.]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia), Fables
         (bk. III, 19, 9)

Of all the things which a man has, next to the gods his soul is the most divine and most truly his own.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

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