|The man forget not, though in rags he lies,|
And know the mortal through a crowns disguise.
AkensideEpistle to Curio.
|Man only,rash, refined, presumptuous Man|
Starts from his rank, and mars Creations plan!
Born the free heir of natures wide domain,
To arts strict limits bounds his narrowd reign;
Resigns his native rights for meaner things,
For Faith and Fetters, Laws and Priests and Kings.
Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin. The Progress of Man. L. 55.
|Non è un si bello in tante altre persone,|
Natura il fece, e poi roppa la stampa.
There never was such beauty in another man.
Nature made him, and then broke the mould.
AriostoOrlando Furioso. Canto X. St. 84. Lon peut dire sans hyperbole, que la nature, que la après lavoir fait en cassa la moule. Angelo ConstantiniLa Vie de Scaramouche. L. 107. (Ed. 1690).
|Ye children of man! whose life is a span|
Protracted with sorrow from day to day,
Naked and featherless, feeble and querulous,
Sickly, calamitous creatures of clay.
AristophanesBirds. Trans. by John Hookham Frere.
|Let each man think himself an act of God.|
His mind a thought, his life a breath of God.
BaileyFestus. Proem. L. 162.
|Man is the nobler growth our realms supply|
And souls are ripened in our northern sky.
Anna Letitia BarbauldThe Invitation.
|Thou wilt scarce be a man before thy mother.|
Beaumont and FletcherLoves Cure. Act II. Sc. 2.
|All sorts and conditions of men.|
Book of Common Prayer. Prayer for all Conditions of Men.
| Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes and pompous in the grave.|
Sir Thomas BrowneUrn Burial. Ch. V.
|A mans a man for a that!|
BurnsFor A That and A That.
|A prince can mak a belted knight,|
A marquis, duke, and a that;
But an honest mans aboon his might:
Guid faith, he maunna fa that.
BurnsFor A That and A That.
|The rank is but the guineas stamp,|
The mans the gowd for a that.
BurnsFor A That and A That.
|Man,whose heaven-erected face|
The smiles of love adorn,
Mans inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!
BurnsMan Was Made to Mourn.
|Where the virgins are soft as the roses they twine,|
And all, save the spirit of man, is divine?
ByronBride of Abydos. Canto I. St. 1.
Thou pendulum betwixt a smile and tear.
ByronChilde Harold. Canto IV. St. 109.
|The precious porcelain of human clay.|
ByronDon Juan. Canto IV. St. 11.
|Lord of himself;that heritage of woe!|
ByronLara. Canto I. St. 2.
|But we, who name ourselves its sovereigns, we,|
Half dust, half deity, alike unfit
To sink or soar.
ByronManfred. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 39.
|Sighing that Nature formed but one such man,|
And broke the diein moulding Sheridan.
ByronMonody on the Death of the Rt. Hon. R. B. Sheridan. L. 117.
|And say without our hopes, without our fears,|
Without the home that plighted love endears,
Without the smile from partial beauty won,
Oh! what were man?a world without a sun.
CampbellPleasures of Hope. Pt. II. L. 21.
|To lead, or brass, or some such bad|
Metal, a princes stamp may add
That value, which it never had.
But to the pure refined ore,
The stamp of kings imparts no more
Worth, than the metal held before.
Thomas CarewTo T. H. A Lady Resembling My Mistress.
| No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.|
CarlyleHeroes and Hero Worship. Lecture 1.
| Charms and a man I sing, to wita most superior person,|
Myself, who bear the fitting name of George Nathaniel Curzon.
Charma Virumque Cano. Pub. in Poetry of the Crabbet Club, 1892. P. 36.
| La vraie science et le vrai étude de lhomme cest lhomme.|
The proper Science and Subject for Mans Contemplation is Man himself.
CharronOf Wisdom. Bk. I. Ch. I. Stanhopes trans.
|Men the most infamous are fond of fame:|
And those who fear not guilt, yet start at shame.
ChurchillThe Author. L. 233.
| A self-made man? Yesand worships his creator.|
Henry Clapp. Said also by John Bright of Disraeli.
|I am made all things to all men.|
I Corinthians. IX. 22.
|The first man is of the earth, earthy.|
I Corinthians. XV. 47.
|An honest man, close-buttoned to the chin,|
Broadcloth without, and a warm heart within.
CowperEpistle to Joseph Hill.
|But strive still to be a man before your mother.|
CowperMotto of No. III. Connoisseur.
|So man, the moth, is not afraid, it seems,|
To span Omnipotence, and measure might
That knows no measure, by the scanty rule
And standard of his own, that is to-day,
And is not ere to-morrows sun go down.
CowperThe Task. Bk. VI. L. 211.
|A sacred spark created by his breath,|
The immortal mind of man his image bears;
A spirit living midst the forms of death,
Oppressed, but not subdued, by mortal cares.
Sir H. DavyWritten After Recovery from a Dangerous Illness.
|His tribe were God Almightys gentlemen.|
DrydenAbsalom and Achitophel. Pt. I. L. 645.
|Men are but children of a larger growth,|
Our appetites as apt to change as theirs,
And full of cravings too, and full as vain.
DrydenAll for Love. Act IV. Sc. 1.
|This is the porcelain clay of humankind.|
DrydenDon Sebastian. Act I. Sc. 1.
|How dull, and how insensible a beast|
Is man, who yet would lord it oer the rest.
DrydenEssay on Satire. 1. 1. Written by Dryden and the Earl of Mulgrave.
|There is no Theam more plentiful to scan,|
Then is the glorious goodly Frame of Man.
Du BartasDivine Weekes and Workes. First Week, Sixth Day. L. 421.
| Mens men: gentle or simple, theyre much of a muchness.|
George EliotDaniel Deronda. Bk. IV. Ch. XXXI.
| A man is the whole encyclopedia of facts. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn, and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie folded already in the first man.|
|Man is his own star, and the soul that can|
Render an honest and a perfect man,
Commands all light.
John FletcherUpon an Honest Mans Fortune. L. 33.
|Man is a tool making animal.|
|Aye, think! since time and life began,|
Your mind has only feared and slept;
Of all the beasts they called you man
Only because you toiled and wept.
Arturo GiovannittiThe Thinker. (On Rodins Statue.)
|Stood I, O Nature! man alone in thee,|
Then were it worth ones while a man to be.
|Die Menschen fürchtet nur, wer sie nicht kennt|
Und wer sie meidet, wird sie bald verkennen.
He only fears men who does not know them, and he who avoids them will soon misjudge them.
GoetheTorquato Tasso. I. 2. 72.
|Lass uns, geliebter Bruder, nicht vergessen,|
Dass von sich selbst der Mensch nicht scheiden kann.
Beloved brother, let us not forget that man can never get away from himself.
GoetheTorquato Tasso. I. 2. 85.
|Lords of humankind.|
GoldsmithThe Traveller. L. 327.
|A king may spille, a king may save;|
A king may make of lorde a knave;
And of a knave a lorde also.
GowerConfessio Amantis. Bk. VII. I. 1,895.
|We are coming we, the young men,|
Strong of heart and millions strong;
We shall work where you have trifled,
Cleanse the temple, right the wrong,
Till the land our fathers visioned
Shall be spread before our ken,
We are through with politicians;
Give us Men! Give us Men!
Arthur GuitermanChallenge of the Young Men. In Life, Nov. 2, 1911.
|What though the spicy breezes|
Blow soft oer Ceylons isle;
Though every prospect pleases,
And only man is vile.
Reginald HeberMissionary Hymn. (Java in one version.)
| Man is all symmetrie,|
Full of proportions, one limbe to another,
And all to all the world besides:
Each part may call the farthest, brother:
For head with foot hath privite amitie,
And both with moons and tides.
HerbertTemple. The Church Man.
| Man is one world, and hath|
Another to attend him.
HerbertTemple. The Church Man.
|God give us men. A time like this demands|
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands!
Men whom the lust of office does not kill,
Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy,
Men who possess opinions and a will,
Men who love honor, men who cannot lie.
J. G. HollandWanted.
|Like leaves on trees the race of man is found,|
Now green in youth, now withering on the ground;
Another race the following spring supplies;
They fall successive; and successive rise.
HomerIliad. Bk. VI. L. 181. Popes trans.
|Forget the brother and resume the man.|
HomerOdyssey. Bk. IV. L. 732. Popes trans.
|The fool of fate, thy manufacture, man.|
HomerOdyssey. Bk. XX. L. 254. Popes trans.
|Pulvis et umbra sumus.|
We are dust and shadow.
HoraceCarmina. Bk. IV. 7. L. 16.
| Metiri se quemque suo modulo ac pede verum est.|
Every man should measure himself by his own standard.
HoraceEpistles. I. 7. 98.
|Ad unguem factus homo.|
A man polished to the nail.
HoraceSatires. I. 5. 32.
|Man dwells apart, though not alone,|
He walks among his peers unread;
The best of thoughts which he hath known
For lack of listeners are not said.
Jean IngelowAfternoon at a Parsonage. Afterthought.
| Man passes away; his name perishes from record and recollection; his history is as a tale that is told, and his very monument becomes a ruin.|
Washington IrvingThe Sketch Book. Westminster Abbey.
| Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils.|
Isaiah. II. 22.
| The only competition worthy a wise man is with himself.|
Mrs. JamesonMemoirs and Essays. Washington Allston.
| Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.|
Job. XIV. 1.
| Where soil is, men grow,|
Whether to weeds or flowers.
KeatsEndymion. Bk. II.
|Though Ive belted you and flayed you,|
By the livin Gawd that made you,
Youre a better man than I am, Gunga Din.
|If you can keep your head when all about you|
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
* * * * * *
Yours is the Earth and every thing thats in it,
Andwhich is moreyoull be a man, my son!
KiplingIf. First and Last Lines.
| Limited in his nature, infinite in his desires, man is a fallen god who remembers the heavens.|
| Il est plus aisé de connaître lhomme en général que de connaître un homme en particulier.|
It is easier to know mankind in general than man individually.
La RochefoucauldMaximes. 436.
|As man; false man, smiling destructive man.|
Nathaniel LeeTheodosius. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 50.
|A man of mark.|
LongfellowTales of a Wayside Inn. Pt. I. The Musicians Tale. Saga of King Olaf. Pt. IX. St. 2.
| Before man made us citizens, great Nature made us men.|
LowellThe Capture of Fugitive Slaves Near Washington.
| The hearts of men are their books; events are their tutors; great actions are their eloquence.|
MacaulayEssays. Conversation Touching the Great Civil War.
|A man! A man! My kingdom for a man!|
MarstonScourge of Villainy.
|Hominem pagina nostra sapit.|
Our page (i.e. our book) has reference to man.
MartialEpigrams. Bk. X. 4. 10.
|But in our Sanazarro tis not so,|
He being pure and tried gold; and any stamp
Of grace, to make him current to the world,
The duke is pleased to give him, will add honour
To the great bestower; for he, though allowd
Companion to his master, still preserves
His majesty in full lustre.
MassingerGreat Duke of Florence. Act I. Sc. 1.
| Ah! pour être devot, je nen suis pas moins homme.|
Ah! to be devout, I am none the less human.
MolièreTartuffe. III. 3.
|The mould is lost wherein was made|
This a per se of all.
| I teach you beyond Man [Uebermensch; overman-superman]. Man is something that shall be surpassed. What have you done to surpass him?|
NietzscheThus Spake Zarathustra.
|Tis but a Tent where takes his one days rest|
A Sultan to the realm of Death addrest.
A Sultan rises, and the dark Ferrash
Strikes and prepares it for another Guest.
Omar KhayyamRubaiyat. St. 45. FitzGeralds Trans.
|Mans the bad child of the universe.|
|Os homini sublime dedit clumque tueri|
Jussit; et erectos ad sidera tollere vultus.
God gave man an upright countenance to survey the heavens, and to look upward to the stars.
OvidMetamorphoses. I. 85.
| 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!|
PascalThoughts. Ch. X.
|Nos non pluris sumus quam bullæ.|
We are not more than a bubble.
|Piper, non homo.|
He is pepper, not a man.
I am in search of a man.
PhædrusFables. Bk. III. 19. 9.
| Man is the plumeless genus of bipeds, birds are the plumed.|
PlatoPoliticus. 266. Diogenes produced a plucked cock, saying, Here is Platos man. Diogenes Laertius. Bk. VI. 2.
|Homo homini lupus.|
Man is a wolf to man.
PlautusAsinaria. II. 4. 88.
|A minister, but still a man.|
PopeEpistle to James Craggs.
|So man, who here seems principal alone,|
Perhaps acts second to some sphere unknown
Touches some wheel, or verges to some goal;
Tis but a part we see, and not a whole.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. I. L. 57.
|Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;|
The proper study of mankind is man.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. II. L. 1. In Popes first ed. of Moral Essays it read The only science of mankind is man. For the last phrase see GroteHistory of Greece. Vol. IX. P. 573. Ascribed to Socrates; also to XenophonMemor. I. 1.
|Chaos of thought and passion, all confused;|
Still by himself abused and disabused;
Created half to rise, and half to fall;
Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all;
Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled;
The glory, jest and riddle of the world!
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. II. L. 13.
|Virtuous and vicious every man must be,|
Few in the extreme, but all in the degree.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. II. L. 231.
|An honest mans the noblest work of God.|
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 248.
|No more was seen the human form divine.|
PopeHomers Odyssey. Bk. X. L. 278.
|So, if unprejudiced you scan|
The going of this clock-work, man,
You find a hundred movements made
By fine devices in his head;
But tis the stomachs solid stroke
That tells his being whats oclock.
PriorAlma. Pt. III. L. 272.
|Man is the measure of all things.|
Protagoras. Quoted as his philosophical principle.
| Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels.|
Psalms. VIII. 5.
|Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright.|
Psalms. XXXVII. 37.
|Man is mans A, B, C. Theres none that can|
Read God aright, unless he first spell man.
QuarlesHieroglyptics of the Life of Man.
|Quit yourselves like men.|
I Samuel. IV. 9.
|A man after his own heart.|
I Samuel. XIII. 14.
|Thou art the man.|
II Samuel. XII. 7.
|Der Mensch ist, der lebendig fühlende,|
Der leichte Raub des mächtgen Augenblicks.
Man, living, feeling man is the easy prey of the powerful present.
SchillerDie Jungfrau von Orleans. III. 4. 54.
|How poor a thing is man! alas tis true,|
Id half forgot it when I chanced on you.
SchillerThe Moral Poet.
| Men have died from time to time and worms have eaten them, but not for love.|
As You Like It. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 105.
|He was a man, take him for all in all,|
I shall not look upon his like again.
Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 187.
| What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And, yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not me: no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling, you seem to say so.|
Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 313.
| I have thought some of Natures journeymen had made men and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably.|
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 37.
| Give me that man|
That is not passions slave, and I will wear him
In my hearts core, ay, in my heart of heart
As I do thee.
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 76.
| What is a man,|
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed?
Hamlet. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 33.
|This is the state of man: to-day he puts forth|
The tender leaves of hope; to-morrow blossoms,
And bears his blushing honours thick upon him:
The third day comes a frost, a killing frost,
And, when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root,
And then he falls, as I do.
Henry VIII. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 352.
| Men that make|
Envy and crooked malice nourishment,
Dare bite the best.
Henry VIII. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 43.
|Men at some time are masters of their fates:|
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
Julius Cæsar. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 139.
|The foremost man of all this world.|
Julius Cæsar. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 22.
|His life was gentle, and the elements|
So mixd in him that Nature might stand up,
And say to all the world, This was a man!
Julius Cæsar. Act V. Sc. 5. L. 73.
|God made him, and therefore let him pass for a man.|
Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 60.
|A proper man as one shall see in a summers day.|
Midsummer Nights Dream. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 89.
|Are you good men and true?|
Much Ado About Nothing. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 1.
|Why, hes a man of wax.|
Romeo and Juliet. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 76.
|I wonder men dare trust themselves with men.|
Timon of Athens. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 42.
| For men, like butterflies,|
Show not their mealy wings but to the summer.
Troilus and Cressida. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 78.
|Every man is odd.|
Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 5. L. 42.
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.|
Bernard ShawMan and Superman. Act III.
|Man is of soul and body, formed for deeds|
Of high resolve; on fancys boldest wing.
ShelleyQueen Mab. Canto IV. L. 160.
| Of the kings creation you may be; but he who makes a count, neer made a man.|
Thomas SoutherneSir Anthony Love. Act II. Sc. 1.
| Mans wretched state,|
That floures so fresh at morne, and fades at evening late.
SpenserFaerie Queene. Bk. III. Canto IX. St. 39.
|Give us a man of Gods own mould|
Born to marshall his fellow-men;
One whose fame is not bought and sold
At the stroke of a politicians 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.
E. C. StedmanGive us a Man.
| Titles of honour are like the impressions on coinwhich add no value to gold and silver, but only render brass current.|
SterneKoran. Pt. II.
| A mans body and his mind, with the utmost reverence to both I speak it, are exactly like a jerkin and a jerkins lining;rumple the one,you rumple the other.|
SterneTristram Shandy. Bk. III. Ch. IV.
| When I beheld this I sighed, and said within myself, Surely man is a Broomstick!|
SwiftA Meditation upon a Broomstick.
|Homo vitæ commodatus, non donatus est.|
Man has been lent, not given, to life.
|Man is man, and master of his fate.|
TennysonEnid. 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, autocratone
Who can rule and dare not lie.
TennysonMaud. X. 5.
|I am a part of all that I have met.|
TennysonUlysses. L. 18.
|Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto.|
I am a man, nothing that is human do I think unbecoming in me.
TerenceHeauton timoroumenos. Act I. Sc. 1. F. W. Ricords trans.
|Der edle Mensch ist nur ein Bild von Gott.|
The noble man is only Gods image.
|Quod, ut dictur, si est homo bulla, eo magis senex.|
What, if as said, man is a bubble.
VarroPreface to De Re Rustica. Found also in SenecaApocolocyntosis. LucanCharron. 19. Cardinal Armellinis Epitaph in Revue des Deux Mondes, April 15, 1892. ErasmusAdagia.
| Silver is the kings stamp; man Gods stamp, and a woman is mans stamp; we are not current till we pass from one man to another.|
WebsterNorthward Hoe. I. 186. Hazlitts ed.
| I am an acme of things accomplished, and I am encloser of things to be.|
Walt WhitmanSong of Myself. 44.
|When faith is lost, when honor dies,|
The man is dead!
WhittierIchabod. St. 8.
| I weigh the man, not his title: tis not the kings inscription can make the metal better or heavier.|
WycherlyPlain Dealer. Act I. Sc. 1. (Altered by Bickerstaff.)
|How poor, how rich, how abject, how august,|
How complicate, how wonderful, is man!
How passing wonder He, who made him such!
YoungNight Thoughts. Night I. L. 68.
|Ah! how unjust to nature, and himself,|
Is thoughtless, thankless, inconsistent man.
YoungNight Thoughts. Night II. L. 112.