Monday, 1 July 2013

Man / Great Men

‘Tis easy enough to be pleasant when life flows along like a song; But the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong. - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A drowning man will clutch at a straw. - Sir Thomas More 

A good mans life is never quite ended; something of it always remains to touch and illuminate other lives. - Edward H. White

A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done. - Vincent Lombardi

A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself. - Unknown

A man convinced against his will is not convinced. - Laurence Peter

A man is a sovereign unto himself, and may only be ruled by his own consent. - John Wilkes 

A man is great by deeds, not by birth. - Chanakya

A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity 'til he has tasted adversity. - Sa'Di

A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction.  - Unknown

A man is literally what he thinks. - James Allen

A man is more complex, infinitely more so, than his thoughts. - Paul Valery

A man is not good or bad for one action. - Thomas Fuller

A man is not what he thinks he is, but what he thinks, he is. - Max R. Hickerson

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. - John C. Maxwell

A man never tells you anything until you contradict him. - George Bernard Shaw

A man of courage is also full of faith. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce

A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds. - James Howell

A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants. - Joseph Addison

A man should be upright, not be kept upright. - Marcus Aurelius

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be. - Albert Einstein

A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. - James Allen

A man who has nothing can whistle in a robber’s face. - Juvenal

A man who has to be convinced to act before he acts is not a man of action. - Unknown

A man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away. - Charles M. Schwab

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. - Confucius 

A wise man knows everything, a shrewd one everybody. - Unknown

Abuse a man unjustly and you will make friends for him. - Edgar Watson Howe

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. - Max Lucado 

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. - Napoleon Bonaparte

A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder. - Thomas Carlyle

A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with – a man is what he makes of himself. - Alexander Graham Bell 

A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pleasures and pains of his species must become his own. - Percy Bysshe Shelly

A man’s action is only a picture book of his creed. - Arthur Helps

A man’s best reserves of strength diminish once he ceases to love his fellow man. - Unknown

A mans finest hour, his greatest fulfillment of all he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious. - Vincent Lombardi

A man’s individual life, circumstances and world are a reflection of his own thoughts and beliefs. All men are mirrors reflecting according to their own surface. All men, looking at the world of men and things, are looking into a mirror which gives back their own reflection. - Unknown

A man’s venom poisons himself more than his victim. - Charles Buxton

A mans worth is no greater than his ambitions. - Marcus Aurelius

A man's true delight is to do the things he was made for. - Marcus Aurelius

A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering. - Buddha

All mankind… being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions. - John Locke

An educated man is one who has finally discovered that there are some questions to which nobody has the answer. - Unknown

As men, we are all equal in the presence of death. - Publilius Syrus

As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking. - James Allen

At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice, he is the worst. - Aristotle

Until man understands that his individual world and circumstances are but the effect of his own thoughts and beliefs he remains a victim of circumstances. When, however, he realises this great truth, he will become free. - Unknown

Each man is the bard of his own existence. - Cormac McCarthy

Every man dies. Not every man lives. - Tom Robbins

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Every man has to seek his own way to make himself more noble and to realize his own true worth. - Albert Schweitzer

Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time. - Voltaire

Every man is a hero and an oracle to somebody, and to that person whatever he says has an enhanced value. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man is a volume if you know how to read him. - William Ellery Channing

Every man is valued in this world as he shows by his conduct that he wishes to be valued. - Jean de La Bruyere

Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the thoughts which he has built into his character have brought him there. - James Allen

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every man of action has a strong dose of egotism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be forgiven him, indeed, they will be regarded as high qualities, if he can make them the means to achieve great ends. - Charles De Gaulle

Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows. - Havelock Ellis

Every man reigns a king over the kingdom of – Self. He wears the crown of individuality that no hands but his can ever remove. He should not only reign, but – Rule. His individuality is his true self, his self victorious. His thoughts, his words, his acts, his feelings, his aims and his powers are his subjects. With gentle, firm strength he must command them or, they will finally take from the feeble fingers the reigns of government and rule in his stead. Man must first be true to himself or he will be false to all the world. - William Jordan

Fairly examined, truly understood, no man is wholly bad, nor wholly good. - Theognis of Megara

He who seizes the right moment, is the right man. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world. - Francis Bacon

If a man would move the world, he must first move himself. - Unknown

In every good man a God doth dwell. - Seneca

It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities. - Eric Hoffer

Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power. - Henry George

Let not a man do what his sense of right bids him not to do, nor desire what it forbids him to desire. - Mencius

Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. a man simply cannot conceal himself! - Confucius

Men are not moved by things, but the views they take of them. - Epitectus

Man has no greater enemy than himself. - Francesco Petrarch

Man has now conquered almost everything in nature except human nature. - Unknown

Man has subdued nature, conquered seas, conquered distance, and is now penetrating space, but he has not yet learned to conquer himself, nor is he even now putting forth comparable effort to subdue and master lingering animal tendencies and passions which, when dominant, may destroy him. - David McKay

Man is a being with free will; therefore, each man is potentially good or evil, and its up to him and only him (through his reasoning mind) to decide which he wants to be. - Ayn Rand

Man is a being in search of meaning. - Plato

Man is a tool-using animal. - Thomas Carlyle

Man is always worse than most people suspect, but also generally better than most people dream. - Reinhold Niebuhr

Man is an embodied paradox, a bundle of contradictions. - Charles Caleb Colton

Man is but a network of relationships and these alone matter to him. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Man is false and deceitful, not merely in relation to others, but to himself as well. We project the evil within us on to an innocent fellow man, and vent our hatred on that person. -  K. Sri Dhammananda

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. - Oscar Wilde

Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armory of thought, he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself. He also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. - James Allen

Man is not logical and his intellectual history is a record of mental reserves and compromises. He hangs on to what he can in his old beliefs even when he is compelled to surrender their logical basis. - John Dewey

Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish. - Jean De La Fontaine

Man is something more than what he knows of himself. He is not what he is simply once for all, but is a process; he is not merely an extant life, but is within that life, endowed with possibilities through the freedom he possesses to make of himself what he will by the activities on which he decides. - Karl Jaspers

Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another. - Joseph Addison

Man is the only kind of varmint who sets his own trap, baits it, then steps into it. - John Steinbeck

Man must be arched and buttressed from within, else the temple wavers to the dust. - Marcus Aurelius

Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, in fearing future. - Antoine Rivarol

Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true. - Napoleon Hill

Man's inability to realize his insignificance will be his demise. - Lannie C. Phifer

Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. Even the man whose object is to acquire wealth must be prepared to make great personal sacrifices before he can accomplish his object; and how much more so he who would realize a strong and well-poised life. - James Allen

Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age. - Pope John Xxiii

Men are men before they are lawyers, or physicians, or merchants, or manufacturers; and if you make them capable and sensible men, they will make themselves capable and sensible lawyers or physicians. - John Stuart Mill

Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine. - Sigmund Freud

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent. - Horace Walpole

Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked. - Niccolo Machiavelli

Men must try and try again. They must suffer the consequences of their own mistakes and learn by their own failures; and their own successes. - Lawson Purdy

Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted. - Alfred Adler 

Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Men who are resolved to find a way for themselves will always find opportunities enough; and if they do not find them, they will make them. - Unknown

Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom. - Henry Havelock Ellis

Men's natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart. - Confucius

Most men make use of the first part of their life to render the last part miserable. - Jean de La Bruyere

Never has a man who has bent himself been able to make others straight. - Mencius

No man can ever end with being superior who will not begin with being inferior. - Sydney Smith

No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach. - William Cowper

No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched. - Unknown

No man is demolished but by himself. - Richard Bently

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent. - John Donne

No man leaves the world in all things as he finds it. The way of life which he was instrumental in forging may go on from century to century as forces for good or evil, doing their work of happiness or misery, blessing or cursing that area that has now lost all record of his memory. - Unknown

No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself. - Lord Brook Fulke Greville

No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad. - Thomas Carlyle

No man, for any considerable time, can wear one face the himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

No two men are alike, and both of them are happy for it. - Morris Mandel

One man with courage is a majority. - Andrew Jackson

That man proved his worth who can make us listen when he is by, and think when he has gone. - Unknown

The broad general rule is that a man is about as big as the things that make him angry. - Unknown

The discontented man finds no easy chair. - Benjamin Franklin

The full measure of a man is not to be found in the man himself, but in the colours and textures that come alive in others because of him. - Albert Schweitzer

The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better. - John Dewey

The great man is he who does not lose his child-heart. He does not think beforehand that his words shall be sincere, nor that his acts shall be resolute; he simply abides in the right. - Mencius

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of the circumstances. - Aristotle

The man that blushes is not quite a brute. - Edward Young

The man that runs away lives to die another day. - Alfred Edward Housman

The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else. - Unknown

The man who goes furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. - Unknown

The man who in view of gain thinks of righteousness; who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life; and who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends – such a man may be reckoned a complete man. - Confucius

The man who has received a benefit ought always to remember it, but he who has granted it ought to forget the fact at once. - Demosthenes

The man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

The man who is asked by an author what he thinks of his work, is put to the torture, and is not obliged to speak the truth. - Samuel Johnson

The man who is always worrying whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn’t worth a damn. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

The man who is decisive shows that he is sure of himself and has the ability to lead others successfully in times of trouble. - Unknown

The man who sacrifices his life for a great purpose is a hero, but the man who sacrifices it to an insignificant one is a fool. - Unknown

The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty-stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man. - George Bernard Shaw

The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one. - Wilhelm Stekel

The man who lives only by hope will die with despair. - Italian Proverb

The man who thinks he can live without others is mistaken; the one who thinks others cannot live without him is even more deluded. - Unknown

The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection. - Unknown

The outer world or circumstance shapes itself to the inner world of thought, and both pleasant and unpleasant external conditions are factors which make for the ultimate good of the individual. As the reaper of his own harvest, man learns both by suffering and bliss. - James Allen

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. - Jack London  

The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself. - Henry Ward Beecher

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. - Thomas Paine

The strong calm man is always loved and revered. - James Allen

The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind. - Unknown

The strongest man in the world is the man who stands alone. - Thomas H. Huxley

The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby. - John Milton

The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him. - Unknown

The true portrait of a man is a fusion of what he thinks he is, what others think he is, what he really is and what he tries to be. - Dore Schary

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. - Martin Luther King Jr.

The world holds two classes of men – intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence. - Unknown

There are no extraordinary men... just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with. - Adam William Halsey

There are three things necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do. - St Thomas

There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory. - Marcel Proust

Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought. - Sallust

What does it profit a man, if in gaining the world he loses his own soul. - Unknown

What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him. - Louis L. Mann

What the superior man seeks is in himself: what the small man seeks is in others. - Confucius

Whatever difference there may appear to be in men's fortunes, there is still a certain compensation of good and ill in all, that makes them equal. - Pierre Charron

When a man begins to know himself a little he will see in himself many things that are bound to horrify him. So long as a man is not horrified at himself he knows nothing about himself. - P.D. Ouspensky

When a man has once brought himself to accept uncritically all the absurdities that religious doctrines put before him and even to overlook the contradictions between them, we need not be greatly suprised at the weakness of his intellect. - Sigmund Freud

When men understand what each other mean, they see, for the most part, that controversy is either superfluous or hopeless. - Cardinal John Henry Newman

When the fight begins within himself, A man’s worth something. - Robert Browning

When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. - Confucius

You cannot hold a man down without staying down with him. - Unknown

Great Man

A characteristic of great men is that they demand more of themselves than of others. - Unknown

A great man is always willing to be little. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A great man is he who has not lost the heart of a child. - Mencius

A great man reaches complete understanding of the main issues; a petty man reaches complete understanding of the minute details. - Unknown

A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men. - Unknown

Great men are not born great. Troubles and trials make them great. - Unknown

Great men are often those who have undergone great sorrows but have refused to give up. - Unknown

Great men suffer hours of depression through introspection and self-doubt. That is why they are great. That is why you will find modesty and humility the characteristics of such men. - Bruce Barton

It is those who concentrates on but one thing at a time who advance in this world. The great man or woman is the one who never steps outside his or her specialty or foolishly dissipates his or her individuality. - Og Mandino

Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great man. - Thomas Carlyle

The heights of great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their fellows slept were tolling upwards in the night. - H. W. Longfellow 

There would  be no great men if there were no little ones. - George Herbert

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