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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Man
 
A fence lasts three years, a dog lasts three fences, a horse three dogs, and a man three horses.  German.  1
A great man’s entreaty is a command.  Spanish.  2
A great man’s foolish sayings pass for wise ones.  3
A great man is one who affects his generation.  Benjamin Disraeli.  4
A great man will not trample on a worm nor sneak to an emperor.  5
A handsome man is not quite poor.  Spanish.  6
A great man must be happy in a state of slavery as well as in a state of freedom.  Plato.  7
A man among children will be long a child,
A child among men will be soon a man.
  8
A man apt to promise is apt to forget.  9
A man as he manages himself, may die old at thirty or young at eighty.  10
A man at five may be a fool at fifteen.  11
A man at sixteen will prove a child at sixty.  12
A man can do no more than he can.  13
A man can know nothing of mankind without knowing something of himself.  Benjamin Disraeli.  14
A man canna bear a’ his ain kin on his back.  15
A man cannot both ring the bell and walk in the procession.  Spanish.  16
A man cannot leave his wisdom and his experience to his heirs.  17
A man cannot live by the air.  18
A man cannot spin and reel at the same time.  19
A man conducts himself abroad as he has been taught at home.  Danish.  20
A man does not look behind the door unless he has stood there himself.  21
A man far from his good is near his harm.  22
A man has two ears and one mouth that he hear much and speak little.  German.  23
A man in distress or despair does as much as ten.  24
A man is a lion in his own cause.  25
A man is a man though he have never a cap to his crown.  26
A man is bound by his word and an ox by a hempen cord.  Danish.  27
A man is little the better for liking himself if nobody else like him.  28
A man is not a lord because he feeds off fine dishes.  29
A man is not always asleep when his eyes are shut.  30
A man is not better than his conversation.  German.  31
A man is not good or bad for one action.  32
A man is not known till he cometh to honor.  Dutch.  33
A man is not so soon healed as hurt.  34
A man is valued according to his own estimate of himself.  35
A man is one who is faithful to his word.  Turkish.  36
A man is weal or woe, as he thinks himself so.  37
A man like a watch is to be valued for his goings.  38
A man may be more vigorous than his luck, or he may be more bending than his good.  Chinese.  39
A man may be strong and yet not mow well.  40
A man may be young in years yet old in hours.  41
A man may hap to bring home with him what makes him weep.  Spanish.  42
A man may hold a candle to enlighten the people so as to burn his own fingers.  43
A man may live upon little but he cannot live upon nothing.  44
A man may love his house and yet not ride on the ridge.  45
A man must plough with such oxen as he hath.  46
A man must take as the spoon gives.  German.  47
A man of words and not of deeds
Is like a garden full of weeds.
  48
A man should take as companion one older than himself.  Wolofs (Africa).  49
A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong; it is but saying, “I am wiser to-day than yesterday.”  Pope.  50
 
 
A man’s best things are nearest him,
Lie close about his feet.  Houghton.
  51
A man takes his own wherever he finds it.  French.  52
A short man needs no stool to give a long lubber a box on the ear.  53
A short man and a long dinner.  French.  54
A tall man is a fool.  Aristotle.  55
A wise and good man can suffer no disgrace.  Diogenes.  56
According to the worth of the man is the worth of his land.  French.  57
All men have their price.  Walpole.  58
All men think all men mortal but themselves.  Young.  59
All men think their enemies ill men.  60
An old man hath the almanac in his body.  Italian.  61
An old man in a house is a good sign.  62
An old man never wants a tale to tell.  63
An old man’s sayings are seldom untrue.  64
*  *  Best men are moulded out of faults
And, for the most become much more the better
For being a little bad.  Shakespeare.
  65
Every man has his lot and a wide world before him.  Danish.  66
Every man has his value.  French.  67
Every man hath his own planet.  68
Every man hath his weak side.  69
Every man his own is not too much.  Danish.  70
Every man his way.  71
Every man is dearest to himself.  German.  72
Every man is important in his own eyes
And believes himself important to the public.  Dr. Johnson.
  73
Every man is not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.  74
Every man is occasionally what he ought to be perpetually.  75
Every man is the architect of his own fortune.  German, Danish.  76
Every man is the best interpreter of his own words.  German.  77
Every man is the son of his own works.  Spanish.  78
Every man judges of others by himself.  Latin.  79
Every man likes his own praise best.  Danish.  80
Every man must eat a peck of dirt before he dies.  81
For a man a word is sufficient.  Turkish.  82
For a man, what needs words of blame? a look is enough.  Turkish.  83
Forget not that you are a man.  Latin.  84
He is a man who acts like a man.  Danish.  85
He is not a man but the vaults of a bath, he makes an echo to what you say.  Turkish.  86
He that would rightly understand a man must read his whole story.  87
Man carries his superiority inside, animals theirs outside.  Russian.  88
Man is a two-legged animal without feathers.  Plato.  89
Man is a wolf to man.  Plautus.  90
Man is an animal that cooks his victuals.  Burke.  91
Man is an animal that writes.  Homer.  92
Man is born to do good.  Greek.  93
Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.  Bible.  94
Man is harsher than iron, harder than stone, and more delicate than a rose.  Turkish.  95
Man is the merriest species of the creation.  Addison.  96
Man learns to be wise by the folly of others.  Turkish Spy.  97
Man over man he made not lord.  Milton.  98
Man proposes and God disposes.  French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch.  99
Man raises, but time weighs.  Modern Greek.  100
Man’s extremity, God’s opportunity.  101
Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn.  Burns.  102
Man wrongs and time avenges.  103
Men and beasts are all alike.  Chinese.  104
Men are as the time is.  Shakespeare.  105
Men are blind i’ their ain cause.  106
Men are but children of a larger growth.  Dryden.  107
Men are neither suddenly rich nor suddenly good.  Libanius.  108
Men are not to be measured by inches.  109
Men are rare.  110
Men can bear all things except good days.  Dutch.  111
Men in society notwithstanding the diversity of their fortunes, depend the one upon the other.  French.  112
Men like cattle follow him who leads.  Byron.  113
Men may bear ’til their backs break.  114
Men may blush to hear what they were not ashamed to act.  115
Men may live fools, but fools they cannot die.  Young.  116
Men must sail while the wind serveth.  Dutch.  117
Men never think their fortune too great, nor their wit too little.  118
Men of wit and parts need never be driven to indirect courses.  Otway.  119
Men take less care of their conscience than their reputation.  120
Men talk wisely but live foolishly.  121
Men that have much business must have much pardon.  122
No living man all things can.  French.  123
No man is born wise or learned.  124
No man is more than another unless he does more than another.  Don Quixote.  125
No man is so tall that he need never stretch and none so small that he need never stoop.  Danish.  126
No man is the worse for knowing the worst of himself.  127
No man likes to be surpassed by men of his own level.  Livy.  128
One man is another’s devil.  German.  129
One man is no man. (We are mutually dependent.)  Greek.  130
One man is not bad because another is good.  Danish.  131
One man often talks another off his bench and seats himself on it.  Danish.  132
The man always feasts.  Turkish.  133
 
 
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