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Nietzche . . . he was a confirmed Life Force worshipper. It was he who raked up the Superman, who is as old as Prometheus; and the 20th century will run after this newest of the old crazes when it gets tired of the world, the flesh, and your humble servant.
- George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Man is of soul and body, formed for deeds
Of high resolve; on fancy's boldest wing.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Queen Mab
(canto IV, l. 160)
Obedience, submission, discipline, courage--these are among the characteristics which make a man.
- Samuel Smiles
Man is an animal that makes bargains; no other animal does this,--one dog does not change a bone with another.
- Adam Smith (1)
Of the king's creation you may be; but he who makes a count, ne'er made a man.
- Thomas Southerne (Southern),
Sir Anthony Love (act II, sc. 1)
Man's wretched state,
That floures so fresh at morne, and fades at evening late.
- Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
(bk. III, canto IX, st. 39)
A Christian is the gentlest of men; but then he is a man.
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Give us a man of God's own mould
Born to marshall his fellow-men;
One whose fame is not bought and sold
At the stroke of a politician's pen.
Give us the man of thousands ten,
Fit to do as well as to plan;
Give us a rallying-cry, and then
Abraham Lincoln, give us a Man.
- Edmund Clarence Stedman, Give us a Man
A man that is temperate, generous, valiant, chaste, faithful, and honest, may, at the same time, have wit, humour, mirth, good breeding, and gallantry. While he exerts these latter qualities, twenty occasions might be invented to show he is master of the other noble virtues.
- Sir Richard Steele
Man is a substance clad in shadows.
- John Sterling
Titles of honour are like the impressions on coin--which add no value to gold and silver, but only render brass current.
- Laurence Sterne, Koran (pt. II)
A man's body and his mind, with the utmost reverence to both I speak it, are exactly like a jerkin and a jerkin's lining;--rumple the one,--you rumple the other.
- Laurence Sterne,
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
(bk. III, ch. IV)
When I beheld this I sighed, and said within myself, Surely man is a Broomstick!
- Jonathan Swift,
A Meditation upon a Broomstick
Man has been lent, not given, to life.
- Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims
Man is man, and master of his fate.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson,
Enid--Song of Fortune and Her Wheel
Ah God, for a man with heart, head, hand,
Like some of the simple great gone
Forever and ever by,
One still strong man in a blatant land,
Whatever they call him, what care I,
Aristocrat, democrat, autocrat--one
Who can rule and dare not lie.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson, Maud (X, 5)
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
Gleams that untravl'd world whose margin fades
Forever and forever when I move.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson, Ulysses (l. 18)
I am a man, nothing that is human do I think unbecoming in me.
[Lat., Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto.]
- Terence (Publius Terentius Afer),
Heauton timoroumenos (act I, sc. 1),
(F.W. Ricord's translation)
What were unenlightened man? A savage, roaming through the woods and wilds in quest of prey.
- James Thomson (1)
Man's moral nature is a riddle which only eternity can solve.
- Henry David Thoreau
The noble man is only God's image.
[Ger., Der edle Mensch ist nur ein Bild von Gott.]
- Ludwig Tieck, Genoveva
What, if as said, man is a bubble.
[Lat., Quod, ut dictur, si est homo bulla, eo magis senex.]
- Marcus Terentius Varro,
Preface to De Re Rustica
Oh, we are ridiculous animals; and if the angels have any fun in them, how we must divert them!
- Horace (Horatio) Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford
The very substance which last week was grazing in the field, waving in the milk pail, or growing in the garden, is now become part of the man.
- Isaac Watts
Every want, not of a low kind, physical as well as moral, which the human breast feels, and which brutes do not feel, and cannot feel, raises man by so much in the scale of existence, and is a clear proof, and a direct instance, of the favor of God toward his so much favored human offspring.
- Daniel Webster
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