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14 quotes about manhood

There’s a lot of debate these days about manhood. From the role of men in the modern world to the relevance of old stereotypes and countless other topics, it seems everyone has a different take. Many of the famed quotes about what a man is supposed to be would be considered unhealthy now, but there’s still some gems out there that stand the test of time.


14 quotes about manhood

“Ultimate vulnerability. That’s manly.”

– Cameron Conaway, cage fighter


“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”

– Michael Jordan, athlete


“The heart of man is very much like the sea; it has its storms, it has its tides, and in its depths, it has its pearls too.”

– Vincent Van Gogh, artist


“Life is so damn short. For f***’s sake, just do what makes you happy.”

– Bill Murray, actor


“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein, scientist

“The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.”

– Albert Einstein, scientist


“A man may conquer a million men in battle but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors.”

– Buddha, spiritual figure


“The greatest thing a man can possibly do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success, and there is no other…”

– Orison Swett Marden, author and publisher


“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.”

– Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor and philosopher


“No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.”

– Abraham Lincoln, US President


“First find the man in yourself if you will inspire manliness in others.”

– Amos-Bronson-Alcott, teacher and philosopher


“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

– Ernest Hemingway, author


“It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more ‘manhood’ to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.”

– Alex Karras, athlete, actor and author


“An acorn is not an oak tree when it is sprouted. It must go through long summers and fierce winters, and endure all that frost, and snow, and thunder, and storms, and side-striking winds can bring, before it is a full grown oak. So a man is not a man when he is created; he is only begun. His manhood must come with years. He who goes through life prosperous, and comes to his grave without a wrinkle, is not half a man. Difficulties are God’s errands and trainers, and only through them can one come to fullness of manhood.”

– Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman and social reformer



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