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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.

Rodin's Statue.)

God give us men. A time like this demands
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready

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.


19 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.

HOMERNiad. Bk. VI. L. 181. POPE's trans.


Stood I, O Naturel man alone in thee,
Then were it worth one's while a man to be.


10 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. GOETHE-Torquato Tasso. I. 2. 72.



Forget the brother and resume the man.
HOMER-Odyssey. Bk. IV. L. 732. POPE's



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. GOETHE-Torquato Tasso. I. 2. 85.

The fool of fate, thy manufacture, man.
HOMEROdyssey. Bk. XX. L. 254. POPE's

Pulvis et umbra sumus.

We are dust and shadow.
HORACE—Carmina. Bk. IV. 7. L. 16.



Lords of humankind.

GOLDSMITH-The Traveller. L. 327.

13 A king may spille, a king may save; A king may make of lorde a knave; And of a knave a lorde also. GOWER—Confessio Amantis. Bk. VII. I. 1,895.

(See also WYCHERLEY)

Metiri se quemque suo modulo ac pede verum est.

Every man should measure himself by his own standard. HORACEEpistles. I. 7. 98.

(See also JAMESON)













Ad unguem factus homo.

Before man made us citizens, great Nature A man polished to the nail.

made us men. HORACE-Satires. I. 5. 32.

LOWELLThe Capture of Fugitive Slaves Near

Man dwells apart, though not alone,
He walks among his peers unread;

The hearts of men are their books; events The best of thoughts which he hath known are their tutors; great actions are their eloquence. For lack of listeners are not said.

MACAULAY-Essays. Conversation Touching JEAN INGELOW—Afternoon at a Parsonage. the Great Civil War. Afterthought.

A man! A man! My kingdom for a man! Man passes away; his name perishes from MARSTON—Scourge of Villainy. record and recollection; his history is as a tale

(See also HOLLAND) that is told, and his very monument becomes a ruin.

Hominem pagina nostra sapit. WASHINGTON IRVINGThe Sketch Book. West- Our page (i.e. our book) has reference to man. minster Abbey.

MARTIAL-Epigrams. Bk. X. 4. 10. 4

18 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his

But in our Sanazarro 'tis not so, nostrils.

He being pure and tried gold; and any stamp Isaiah. II. 22.

Of grace, to make him current to the world,

The duke is pleased to give him, will add honour The only competition worthy a wise man is

To the great bestower; for he, though allow'd with himself.

Companion to his master, still preserves Mrs. JAMESON–Memoirs and Essays. Wash

His majesty in full lustre. ington Allston.

MASSINGER-Great Duke of Florence. Act I. (See also HORACE)

Sc. 1. (See also WYCHERLY) Man that is born of a woman is of few days,

Ah! pour être devot, je n'en suis pas moins and full of trouble.

humme. Job. XIV. 1.

Ah! to be devout, I am none the less human.

MOLIÈRE—Tartuffe. III. 3.
Where soil is, men grow,
Whether to weeds or flowers.

The mould is lost wherein was made
KEATSEndymion. Bk. II.

This a per se of all.

ALEXANDER MONTGOMERY. Though I've belted you and flayed you,

(See also ARIOSTO) By the livin' Gawd that made you, You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din.

I teach you beyond Man (Uebermensch; overKIPLING–Gunga Din.

man-superman). Man is something that shall

be surpassed. What have you done to surpass If you can keep your head when all about you him? Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

NIETZSCHE_Thus Spake Zarathustra. If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

(See also Shaw) But make allowance for their doubting too; 22

T'is but a Tent where takes his one day's rest Yours is the Earth and every thing that's in it, A Sultan to the realm of Death addrest. And—which is more you'll be a man, my son! A Sultan rises, and the dark Ferrash KIPLING-If. First and Last Lines.

Strikes, and prepares it for another Guest.

OMAR KHAYYAM-Rubaiyat. St. 45. FitzLimited in his nature, infinite in his desires,

GERALD's Trans. man is a fallen god who remembers the heavens. 23 LAMARTINE-Second Meditations.

Man's the bad child of the universe.

JAMES OPPENHEIM—Laughter. Il est plus aisé de connaître l'homme en 24 général que de connaître un homme en par- Os homini sublime dedit cælumque tueri ticulier.

Jussit; et erectos ad sidera tollere vultus. It is easier to know mankind in general God gave man an upright countenance to than man individually.

survey the heavens, and to look upward to LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maximes. 436.

the stars.

OVID-Metamorphoses. I. 85. As man; false man, smiling destructive man. NATHANIEL LEE--Theodosius. Act III. Sc. What a chimera, then, is man! what a novelty, 2. L. 50.

what a monster, what a chaos, what a subject 13

of contradiction, what a prodigy! A judge of all A man of mark.

things, feeble worm of the earth, depositary of LONGFELLOWTales of a Wayside Inn. Pt. I. the truth, doaca of uncertainty and error, the

The Musician's Tale. Saga of King Olaf. glory and the shame of the universe!
Pt. IX. St. 2.

PASCALThoughts. Ch. X.











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“How poor a thing is man!” alas 'tis true, I'd half forgot it when I chanced on you. SCHILLERThe Moral Poet.

(See also DANIEL) 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.

Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The

proper study of mankind is man. POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. II. L. 1. In

POPE's first ed. of Moral Essays it read “The only science of mankind is man.” For the last phrase see GROTE-History of Greece. Vol. IX. P. 573. Ascribed to SOCRATES;

also to XENOPHON—Memor. I. 1. (See also CHARRON,


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!

POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. II. L. 13.



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, nur woman neither, though by your smiling, you seem to say so.

Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 313.

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An honest man's the noblest work of God.

POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 248.

I have thought some of Nature's journeymen had made men and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably.

Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 37.

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Man's wretched state, That floures so fresh at morne, and fades at

evening late. SPENSERFaerie Queene. Bk. III. Canto

IX. St. 39. 17 Give us a man of God's own mould

Born to marshall his fellow-men; One whose fame is not bought and sold

At the stroke of a politician's 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. STEDMAN–Give us a Man.

(See also HOLLAND) Titles of honour are like the impressions on coin—which add no value to gold and silver, but only render brass current. STERNE-Koran. Pt. II.

(See also BURNS) A man's body and his mind, with the utmost reverence to both I speak it, are exactly like a jerkin and a jerkin's lining;-rumple the one,you rumple the other.

STERNE—Tristram Shandy. Bk. III. Ch. IV.



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 mix'd 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. So 2. 1. 60.

7 A proper man as one shall see in a summer's day. Midsummer Night's Dream. Act I. Sc. 2.

L. 89.

When I beheld this I sighed, and said within myself, Surely man is a Broomstick!

SWIFT-A Meditation upon a Broomstick.
Homo vitæ commodatus, non donatus est.

Man has been lent, not given, to life.




Are you good men and true?
Much Ado About Nothing. Act III. Sc. 3.

L. 1.
Why, he's a man of wax.

Romeo and Juliet, Act I. Sc. 3. L. 76.

10 I wonder men dare trust themselves with men.

Timon of Athens. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 42.

Man is man, and master of his fate.
TENNYSONEnid. Song of Fortune and Her

(See also HENLEY under SOUL)


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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, autocrat-one
Who can rule and dare not lie.
TENNYSON—Maud. X. 5.

(See also HOLLAND)



I am a part of all that I have met.
TENNYSONUlysses. L. 18.

(See also Byron under CITIES)

Every man is odd.

Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 5. L.42. 13

Nietzsche ... 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 SHAW-Man and Superman. Act.



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. RICORD's trans.

(See also POPE)



Man is of soul and body, formed for deeds
Of high resolve; on fancy's boldest wing.

SHELLEY-Queen Mab. Canto IV. L. 160.

Der edle Mensch ist nur ein Bild von Gott.

The noble man is only God's image.



Of the king's creation you may be; but he who makes a count, ne'er made a man. THOMAS SOUTHERNE—Sir Anthony Love. Act II. Sc. 1.

(See also BURNS)

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 SENECA-Apocolocamtosis. LUCAN Cha
















ron. 19. CARDINAL ARMELLINI's Epitaph in Revue des Deux Mondes, April 15, 1892. Das Betragen ist ein Spiegel in welchem jeder ERASMUS-Adagia.

sein Bild zeigt. (See also PETRONIUS)

Behavior is a mirror in which every one

shows his image. Silver is the king's stamp; man God's stamp, GOETHE-Die Wahlverwandtschaften. II. 5. and a woman is man's stamp; we are not cur- Aus Ottiliens Tagebuche. rent till we pass from one man to another. WEBSTER—Northward Hoe. I. 186. Haz

The mildest manners with the bravest mind. LITT's ed.

HOMER-Iliad. Bk. XXIV. L. 963. POPE's (See also WYCHERLY)

trans. I am an acme of things accomplished, and I am encloser of things to be.

He was so generally civil, that nobody thanked WALT WHITMAN—Song of Myself. 44.

him for it.

SAMUEL JOHNSONBoswell's Life of Johnson. When faith is lost, when honor dies,

(1777) The man is dead! WHITTIERIchabod. St. 8.

Ah, ah Sir Thomas, Honores mutant Mores.

MANNERS (Lord Rutland). To SIR THOS. I weigh the man, not his title: 'tis not the

MORE. king's inscription can make the metal better or

Not so, in faith, but have a care lest we transheavier.

late the proverb and say, 'Honours change ManWYCHERLYPlain Dealer. Act I. Sc. 1. (Al- ners.' tered by Bickerstaff.)


MARGARET MOREDiary. October, 1524. GER, STERNE, WEBSTER) How poor, how rich, how abject, how august,

My lords, we are vertebrate animals, we are

mammalia!' My learned friend's manner would How complicate, how wonderful, is man!

be intolerable in Almighty God to a black beetle. How passing wonder He, who made him such! YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night I. L. 68.

MAULE. To the Court. On the Authority of

Ah! how unjust to nature, and himself,
Is thoughtless, thankless, inconsistent man.

We call it only pretty Fanny's way.
YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night II. L. 112.

THOMAS PARNELL-An Elegy to an Old Beauty.

Compare LEIGH HUNT Trans. of Dulces

Amaryllidis Iræ.
He was the mildest manner'd man

Eye nature's walks, shoot folly as it flies,
That ever scuttled ship or cut a throat.

And catch the manners, living as they rise; BYRONDon Juan. Canto III. St. 41. Laugh where we must, be candid where we can,

But vindicate the ways of God to man. Now as to politeness . I would venture

POPEEssay on Man. Ep. I. L. 13. to call it benevolence in trifles. LORD CHATHAM-Correspondence. I. 79. “What sort of a doctor is he?” “Well, I

don't know much about his ability; but he's got Manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth a very good bedside manner." its way through the world. Like a great rough Punch, March 15, 1884, accompanying a drawdiamond, it may do very well in a closet by way ing by G. DU MAURIER. of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic value; but it will never be worn, nor shine, if it is not pol- Quæ fuerant vitia mores sunt. ished.

What once were vices, are now the manners CHESTERFIELDLetters. July 1, 1748.

of the day. 10

SENECAEpistolæ Ad Lucilium. XXXIX. A moral, sensible, and well-bred man Will not affront me, and no other can. COWPER—Conversation. L. 193.

Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues

We write in water. 11 Nobody ought to have been able to resist her

Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 46. coaxing manner; and nobody had any business


under LIFE) to try. Yet she never seemed to know it was

manner at all. That was the best of it. DICKENS-Martin Chuzzlewit. Vol. II. Ch.

Ecrivez les injures sur le sable, XIV.

Mais les bienfaits sur le marbre.

Write injuries in dust, Fine manners need the support of fine manners

But kindnesses in marble. in others.

French saying. EMERSONThe Conduct of Life. Behavior.

Fit for the mountains and the barb'rous caves, Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices. Where manners ne'er were preach'd. EMERSON-Letters and Social Aims.

Twelfth Night. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 52.






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