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Men don’t want anything they get too easy. But on the other hand, men lose interest quickly.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, A Streetcar Named Desire

Men are but children of a larger growth.


Man, n. An animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be. His chief occupation is extermination of other animals and his own species, which, however, multiplies with such insistent rapidity as to infest the whole habitable earth and Canada.

AMBROSE BIERCE, The Devil's Dictionary

The sexiest thing about men is how they are with kids... If they are great with kids they are real men ... selfless, powerful, comforting ... Too bad so many men suck!


A Man in the house is worth two in the street.

MAE WEST, Belle of the Nineties

If the heart of man is deprest with cares,
The mist is dispell'd when a woman appears.

JOHN GAY, The Beggar's Opera

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.

JOHN GRAY, Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus

Where man had been, in every place he left, garbage remained. Even in his pursuit of the ultimate truth and quest for his God, he produced garbage. By his garbage, which lay stratum upon stratum, he could always -- one had only to dig -- be known. For more long-lived than man is his refuse. Garbage alone lives after him.


In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Family Circle Magazine, Aug. 9, 2005

Man must be disciplined, for he is by nature raw and wild.


Man, only -- rash, refined, presumptuous man,
Starts from his rank, and mars creation's plan.

GEORGE CANNING, Progress of Man

Of all that Heaven produces and nourishes, there is none so great as man.

CONFUCIUS, The Wisdom of Confucius

Man is something to be surpassed.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Thus Spake Zarathustra

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Man does not control his own fate. The women in his life do that for him.

GROUCHO MARX, as quoted in Woman's Day Magazine, May 8, 2007

Man is Nature's sole mistake.

W.S. GILBERT, Princess Ida

Aggression is part of the masculine design, we are hardwired for it.... Little girls do not invent games where large numbers of people die, where bloodshed is a prerequisite for having fun. Hockey, for example, was not a feminine creation. Nor was boxing. A boy wants to attack something -- and so does a man, even if it's only a little white ball on a tee.

JOHN ELDREDGE, Wild at Heart

Men are cowards before women until they become tyrants.

ANTHONY TROLLOPE, The Small House at Allington

Who hail thee, Man! the pilgrim of the day,
Spouse of the worm, and brother of the clay.

THOMAS CAMPBELL, Pleasures of Hope

Men deal with life as children with their play,
Who first misuse, then cast their toys away.


Man is an imitative animal. This quality is the germ of all education in him. From his cradle to his grave he is learning to do what he sees others do.

THOMAS JEFFERSON, Notes on Virginia

A woman likes a strong, silent man because she thinks he is listening.

CROFT M. PENTZ, The Complete Book of Zingers

Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite of him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.

THOMAS CARLYLE, Sartor Resartus

Men are foolish to expect us to revere them, when, in the end, they amount to almost nothing.

PAULINE RÉAGE, introduction, The Image

But man crouches and blushes,
Absconds and conceals;
He creepeth and peepeth,
He palters and steals;
Infirm, melancholy,
Jealous glancing around,
An oaf, an accomplice,
He poisons the ground.


All the windy ways of men
Are but dust that rises up,
And is lightly laid again.

ALFRED TENNYSON, The Vision of Sin

Women cry. Men laugh. Whiners moan. Men laugh. Wimps complain. Men laulgh.

LISA GARDNER, The Perfect Husband

Ah, race of mortal men,
How as a thing of nought
I count ye, though ye live;
For who is there of men
That more of blessing knows,
Than just a little while
To seem to prosper well,
And, having seemed, to fall?

SOPHOCLES, Oedipus the King

A man is nothing but breath and shadow.

SOPHOCLES, Ajax the Locrian [fragment]

It always amazes me how many women like dangerous men. Men who almost from the moment you meet them, you know are bad news. Me, I prefer my men kinder, gentler, nice. Niceness is highly underrated by most people.

LAURELL K. HAMILTON, Obsidian Butterfly

Even the most staid and respectable husband likes for his wife to think he is a devil among the women.


Man is concentric: you have to take fold after fold off of him before you get to the centre of his personality. You must get below his animal nature, habits, customs, affections, daily life, and sometimes go away down into the heart of the man, before you know what is really in him. But when you get into the last core of these concentric rings of personality you find a sense of the infinite--a consciousness of immortality linked to something higher and better.

E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words

Wherever comes man comes tragedy and comedy also.


Man is at the bottom an animal, midway a citizen, and at the top divine. But the climate of this world is such that few ripen at the top.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Man is a living lie--a bitter jest
Upon himself--a conscious grain of sand
Lost in a desert of unconsciousness.

HENRY VAN DYKE, "The Grand Canyon"

Man, if he compare himself with all that he can see, is at the zenith of power; but if he compare himself with all that he can conceive, he is at the nadir of weakness.


But man he made of angel form erect,
To hold communion with the heavens above,
And on his soul impressed his image fair,
His own similitude of holiness,
Of virtue, truth, and love; with reason high
To balance right and wrong, and conscience quick
To choose or to reject; with knowledge great,
Prudence and wisdom, vigilance and strength,
To guard all force or guile; and last of all,
The highest gift of God's abundant grace,
With perfect, free, unbias'd will. Thus man
Was made upright, immortal made, and crown'd
The king of all.

ROBERT POLLOK, The Course of Time

Man is a means for turning things into spirit and turning spirit into things.

JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit Redux

When God made man the devil was at his elbow. A creature that can do anything. Make a machine. And a machine to make the machine. And evil that can run itself a thousand years, no need to tend it.


If sense was gunpowder ever one of you men put together wouldn't have enough to load a round of birdshot.

WILLIAM GAY, Provinces of Night

Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed. The entire universe need not arm itself to crush him. A vapour, a drop of water suffices to kill him. But if the universe were to crush him, man would still be more noble than that which killed him, because he knows that he dies and the advantage which the universe has over him; the universe knows nothing of this.

REBECCA WEST, The Thinking Reed

I don't know what a man is. Only that every man has his price.

BERTOLD BRECHT, The Exception and the Rule

Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.

JOHN STEINBECK, The Grapes of Wrath

Man the sum of what have you. A problem in impure properties carried tediously to an unvarying nil: stalemate of dust and desire.

WILLIAM FAULKNER, The Sound and the Fury

Man hovers between Paradise and the Pit.

ARIANA FRANKLIN, Mistress of the Art of Death

One can't love man without hating most of the creatures who pretend to bear his name.

AYN RAND, The Fountainhead

Men would make love with any number of women ... even total strangers, while females were selective. They were catering to the demands of one small egg. While males had millions of frantic sperms screaming: "Let us out, let us out!"

WOODY ALLEN, Husbands and Wives

Men and melons are hard to know.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1733

Man is the only animal that refuses to be what he is.


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