Manliness Quotes

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Augustine of Hippo
“[Y]ou are not ashamed of your sin [in committing adultery] because so many men commit it. Man's wickedness is now such that men are more ashamed of chastity than of lechery. Murderers, thieves, perjurers, false witnesses, plunderers and fraudsters are detested and hated by people generally, but whoever will sleep with his servant girl in brazen lechery is liked and admired for it, and people make light of the damage to his soul. And if any man has the nerve to say that he is chaste and faithful to his wife and this gets known, he is ashamed to mix with other men, whose behaviour is not like his, for they will mock him and despise him and say he's not a real man; for man's wickedness is now of such proportions that no one is considered a man unless he is overcome by lechery, while one who overcomes lechery and stays chaste is considered unmanly.”
Augustine of Hippo, Sermons 1-19

Nick Hornby
“Look at all the things that can go wrong for men. There’s the nothing-happening-at-all problem, the too-much-happening-too-soon problem, the dismal-droop-after-a-promising-beginning problem; there’s the size-doesn’t-matter-except-in-my-case problem, the failing-to-deliver-the-goods problem…and what do women have to worry about? A handful of cellulite? Join the club. A spot of I-wonder-how-I-rank? Ditto.”
Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

Criss Jami
“Wise men are not pacifists; they are merely less likely to jump up and retaliate against their antagonizers. They know that needless antagonizers are virtually already insecure enough.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Plato
“The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.”
Plato

Georgette Heyer
“I liked that young man, did not you? There was something particularly pleasing about his manners, which I thought very easy and frank. He has an air of honest manliness, too, which, in these days of fribbles and counter-coxcombs, I own I find refreshing!”
Georgette Heyer, Bath Tangle

Alan Moore
“In heaven's name be a man, sir! Your pitiful whining sickens me!”
Alan Moore, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1

Don DeLillo
“These were the things that built the world. Not to know or care about them was a betrayal of fundamental principles, a betrayal of gender, of species. What could be more useless than a man who couldn't fix a dripping faucet—fundamentally useless, dead to history, to the messages in his genes? I wasn't sure I disagreed.”
Don DeLillo, White Noise

Henry Lawson
“We fight it down, and we live it down, or we bear it bravely well,
But the best men die of a broken heart for the things they cannot tell.”
Henry Lawson, When I Was King and Other Verses

Gretel Ehrlich
“Instead of the macho, trigger-happy man our culture has perversely wanted him to be, the cowboy is more apt to be convivial, quirky, and softhearted. To be "tough" on a ranch has nothing to do with conquests and displays of power. More often than not, circumstances - like the colt he's riding or an unexpected blizzard - are overpowering him. It's not toughness but "toughing it out" that counts. In other words, this macho, cultural artifact the cowboy has become is simply a man who possesses resilience, patience, and an instinct for survival. "Cowboys are just like a pile of rocks - everything happens to them. They get climbed on, kicked, rained and snowed on, scuffed up by wind. Their job is 'just to take it,' " one old-timer told me.”
Gretel Ehrlich, The Solace of Open Spaces

Gretel Ehrlich
“A cowboy is someone who loves his work. Since the hours are long—ten to fifteen hours a day—and the pay is $30 he has to.
What's required of him is an odd mixture of physical vigor and maternalism. His part of the beef-raising industry is to birth and
nurture calves and take care of their mothers. For the most part his work is done on horseback and in a lifetime he sees and comes to know more animals than people. The iconic myth surrounding him is built on American notions of heroism: the index of a man's value as measured in physical courage. Such ideas have perverted manliness into a self-absorbed race for cheap thrills. In a rancher's world, courage has less to do with facing danger than with acting
spontaneously—usually on behalf of an animal or another rider. If a cow is stuck in a bog hole he throws a loop around her neck,
takes his dally (a half hitch around the saddle horn), and pulls her out with horsepower. If a calf is born sick, he may take her home,
warm her in front of the kitchen fire, and massage her legs until dawn. One friend, whose favorite horse was trying to swim a lake with hobbles on, dove under water and cut her legs loose with a knife, then swam her to shore, his arm around her neck lifeguard-style, and saved her from drowning. Because these incidents are usually linked to someone or something outside himself, the westerner's courage is selfless, a form of compassion.”
Gretel Ehrlich, The Solace of Open Spaces

Sai Marie Johnson
“Do not submit yourselves to men who have not yet learned the importance of self-mastery or control. Submission is a gift. You are to be treasured. Do not give him the reward of such sensuous beauty before he has given you the devotion, attention, and affection properly due you. Value yourselves.”
Sai Marie Johnson

Meg Wolitzer
“Because of course everyone was so soft and hard. Skeleton and skin. But women claimed for themselves the province of softness, which men cast off. maybe it was easier to say you liked it in a woman. But really, maybe you wished you had it yourself.”
Meg Wolitzer, The Female Persuasion

Michael Kurcina
“Do you think you are a man because you fight? Yes, what kind of broken thing would you be if there wasn’t that natural struggle inside?”
Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters: Wisdom and inspiration that speak to the warrior's soul

Michael Kurcina
“There is a place in this world for the timid man; it is on the sidelines.”
Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters: Wisdom and inspiration that speak to the warrior's soul

Michael Kurcina
“In every man’s life comes a road sign warning him of a dark path ahead but he goes down it anyhow.”
Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters: Wisdom and inspiration that speak to the warrior's soul

Michael Kurcina
“Just because a man’s spirit can take a lot of beatings doesn’t mean his mind holds a lot of sense.”
Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters: Wisdom and inspiration that speak to the warrior's soul

Michael Kurcina
“Every man stands upon the world’s stage but few want their life to be seen at the thrust or the proscenium.”
Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters: Wisdom and inspiration that speak to the warrior's soul

Michael Kurcina
“Men are not changed by fame, no, they change for fame.”
Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters: Wisdom and inspiration that speak to the warrior's soul

Michael Kurcina
“Men who cannot appreciate the blessings of friendships might never understand their curse of loneliness.”
Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters: Wisdom and inspiration that speak to the warrior's soul

Michael Kurcina
“There is nothing new that will ever come out of old earth. A man is a man is man and anything else is an imitation despite the curious phenomena promoted in modern circles about what is authentic.”
Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters: Wisdom and inspiration that speak to the warrior's soul

Michael Kurcina
“Blessed to be a beast that feels and reasons not than to be a man cursed with a huge heart and brains.”
Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters: Wisdom and inspiration that speak to the warrior's soul

Michael Kurcina
“Man, longs to be divine like all the lights in the cosmos; until he understands his calling, he is nothing but a lamppost.”
Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters: Wisdom and inspiration that speak to the warrior's soul

Michael Kurcina
“Let others deny the value of your warrior class but all will agree when you pass, "there goes a man.”
Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters: Wisdom and inspiration that speak to the warrior's soul

Michael Kurcina
“Like some odd politician most men exist in a perpetual state of apology with the world and one of constant flagellation with themselves.”
Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters: Wisdom and inspiration that speak to the warrior's soul

Michael Kurcina
“Such a simple yet sacred thing to know that you are a man but so profane to doubt it.”
Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters: Wisdom and inspiration that speak to the warrior's soul

Michael Kurcina
“Brutal men clumsy in skill weave a warped pattern of their life and wonder how they become entangled in it.”
Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters: Wisdom and inspiration that speak to the warrior's soul

Michael Kurcina
“Unless a man already has it together, attempting to live more manfully by moving to Hollywood is no different than an elephant going to a graveyard to prevent itself from dying.”
Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters: Wisdom and inspiration that speak to the warrior's soul

Avijeet Das
“Integrity and manliness."

what Marcus Aurelius learned from his father and what I learned from my father.

"Anger cannot be dishonest."

- Marcus Aurelius

My father Dr Rabindra Nath Das would get angry at his patients when they came to him for treatment.

And I get angry when my students make mistakes and don't take exams seriously.”
Avijeet Das

Daniel Thorman
“Hugs are okay. Hugs are manly (as long as you thump them on the back).”
Daniel Thorman, Mayhem at the Mill

Ben Ditmars
“I’ve strived to be a lion
all my life
because they tell me boys
are made of fangs and blood
but maybe there is
more to us and we
are wolves with
greater patience for
long hunts at night.”
Ben Ditmars, Moments at Midnight: A Poetry Collaboration

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