Quotes to Live By

  • It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep may be. – Virgil
  • What the superior man seeks is in himself. What the small man seeks is in others. – Confucius
  • There’s no need to take revenge on mediocre people. Their mediocrity is their own punishment.- John Hawkins
  • You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honor.  – Miyamoto Musashi
  • Do what thy manhood bids thee do, from none but self expect applause; He noblest lives and noblest dies who makes and keeps his self-made laws. – Richard Francis Burton
  • Genius is the power of carrying the feelings of childhood into the powers of manhood.- Samuel Taylor
  • The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.- Thomas Carlyle
  • A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job. – John Wayne

  • If unwilling to rise in the morning, say to thyself, ‘I awake to do the work of a man.’–Marcus Aurelius

  • The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.— Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • For the man who makes everything that leads to happiness, or near to it, to depend upon himself, and not upon other men … has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation; this is the man of manly character and of wisdom. –Plato
  • Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so. For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her. –Charles De Gaulle
  • Men have discovered their distinctive virtues and vices through grappling with the perennial dilemmas and demands of love, courage, pride, family, and country—the five paths whose proper ordering gives us the key to the secret of happiness for a man.– Waller Newell
  • It is not what he has, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.- Henri-Frédéric Amiel
  • A man should be able to hear, and to bear, the worst that could be said of him.― Saul Bellow
  • Because there is very little honor left in American life, there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men. – Norman Mailer
  • I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.- George S. Patton

  • Man is so made that when anything fires up his soul, impossibilities vanish. -Jean de la Fontaine
  • A man should be upright, not be kept upright. -Marcus Aurelius
  • When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. -Alexander Graham Bell
  • Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. – John Muir
  • When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.-Plato

  • I came. I saw. I conquered.-Julius Caesar

  • If you’re going through hell, keep going.-Winston Churchill
  • Somewhere along the line I am going to meet with an arm of this octopus, and when I do it will lead me to a head, and when I find that I shall cut it off. – John Drake in “You Are Not in Any Trouble, Are You?”
  • A man is not merely a man but a man among men, in a world of men. Being good at being a man has more to do with a man’s ability to succeed with men and within groups of men than it does with a man’s relationship to any woman or any group of women. When someone tells a man to be a man, they are telling him to be more like other men, more like the majority of men, and ideally more like the men whom other men hold in high regard. -Jack Donovan, The Way of Men
  • Keep company with those who make you better. –English Proverb
  • We are what we consistently do. Excellence is defined by our habits. –Aristotle
  • Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right. –Isaac Asimov
  • Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. –Confucius
  • A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. –Francis Bacon
  • A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what a ship is built for. –William Shedd
  • A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner. –English Proverb
  • He who conquers others is strong. He who conquers himself is mighty. –Lao Tzu
  • We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features. – John Muir
  • Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. –Theodore Roosevelt
  • In order to be effective you need not only virtue but also mental strength. – Aristotle
  • Character is destiny. –Heracltius


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