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96,353. Ali: ‘That's all I am – a man.’
A man, yes. But a man who has made a whole generation, maybe more, better for his living. (Boxers: Heavyweights & Man) Bob Gee, Simply a Hero
125,678. I am the man that I am, son. (Methamphetamine & Gangs US: New Mexico & New Mexico & Man) Breaking Bad s3e6: Sunset, Walter, AMC 2010
48. God is dead: but considering the state the species Man is in, there will perhaps be caves, for ages yet, in which His shadow will be shown. (God & Man & Cave) Friedrich Nietzsche
49. Which is it, is man one of God’s blunders or is God one of man’s? (God & Man & Error) Friedrich Nietzsche
4,507. I teach you the superman. Man is something to be surpassed. Friedrich Nietzsche, Also Spoke Zarathustra, 1883
4,508. You are going to woman? Do not forget the whip! (Man & Woman) ibid.
4,509. God’s first blunder – Man didn’t find the animals amusing, – he dominated them and didn’t even want to be an ‘animal’. (Man & Animal) Friedrich Nietzsche, Der Antichrist, 1888
4,510. Woman was God’s second blunder. (Man & Woman & Error) ibid.
39,971. He was the man. My father could walk into a room and people would stop and turn around and go, Who’s that? Dad out of the ring was the embodiment of everything he was in the ring. He was a showman. He was the best of the sharps. He was the lovable conman. (Boxers: Welterweights & Man & Cool & Con) Ray Robinson junior
89,687. Only in the state does man have a rational existence ... Man owes his entire existence to the state, and has his bring within it alone. Whatever worth and spiritual reality he possesses are his solely by virtue of the state. (State & Man & Humanity) W E F Hagel, Lectures on the Philosophy of World History
134. The glory of God is a man fully alive. (God & Man) St Irenaeus, attributed
230. Man is a marvelous curiosity ... he thinks he is the Creator’s pet ... he even believes the Creator loves him; has a passion for him; sits up nights to admire him; yes and watch over him and keep him out of trouble. He prays to him and thinks He listens. Isn’t it a quaint idea? (God & Man & Prayer) Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth
4,560. This is a strange place, an extraordinary place, and interesting. There is nothing resembling it at home. The people are all insane, the other animals are all insane, the earth is insane, Nature itself is insane. Man is a marvelous curiosity. When he is at his very very best he is a sort of low grade nickel-plated angel; at his worst he is unspeakable, unimaginable; and first and last and all the time he is a sarcasm. Yet he blandly and in all sincerity calls himself the ‘noblest work of God’. This is the truth I am telling you. And this is not a new idea with him, he has talked it through all the ages, and believed it. Believed it, and found nobody among all his race to laugh at it. (Man & Insanity & Belief) ibid.
6,064. What is Man? Man is a noisome bacillus whom Our Heavenly Father created because he was disappointed in the monkey. (Evolution & Man & Humanity & Monkey) Mark Twain
294. We know enough at this moment to say that the God of Abraham is not only unworthy of the immensity of creation, he is unworthy even of man. (God & Creationism & Man) Sam Harris
433. Many people believe that they are attracted to God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man. (God & Nature & Man) William Ralph Inge
5,653. Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history. (Evolution & Man & Humanity & Darwin) Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species
708. Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work, worthy the interposition of a great deity. More humble and I believe true to consider him created from animals. (God & Evolution & Man & Darwin) Charles Darwin, notebooks
758. The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. (Belief & Evil & Wicked & Man) Joseph Conrad
941. Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is. (Belief & Man) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1,090. Man is nothing else but what he purposes. He exists only in so far that he realises himself. He is therefore nothing else but the sum of his actions. (Life’s Like That & Man & Existence & Action) Jean-Paul Sartre
1,097. Man is condemned to be free. Condemned because he did not create himself, yet is nevertheless at liberty, and from the moment he is thrown into this world he is responsible for everything he does. (Life’s Like That & Man & Freedom & Liberty & Responsibility & Self) Jean-Paul Sartre
4,524. Man is a useless passion. (Man & Passion) Jean-Paul Sartre, L’Etre et le Neant, 1943
1,101. To complain of the age we live in, to murmur at the present possessors of power, to lament the past, to conceive extravagant hopes of the future, are the common dispositions of the greatest part of mankind. (Life’s Like That & Man) Edmund Burke
4,529. Man’s inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn! (Man & Mourn & Cruelty) Edmund Burke
4,531. Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength. (Man & Rudeness & Weak) Edmund Burke
4,530. All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. (Man & Evil & Good & Action & Do & Nothing & Law & Bad) Edmund Burke, attributions & variations
78,621. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends than that good men should look on and do nothing. (Man & Evil & Good & Action & Do & Nothing & Law & Bad) John Stuart Mill, address University of St Andrews 1st February 1867
1,114. If there’s anybody out there that can look around this demented slaughterhouse of a world we live in and tell me that man is a noble creature – believe me, that man is full of bullshit. (Man & Noble & Bullshit & Life’s Like That) Network 1976 starring Faye Dunaway & Peter Finch & William Holden & Robert Duvall & Wesley Addy & Ned Beatty & Beatrice Straight & Jordan Charney & William Prince & Lane Smith & Marlene Warfield & Conchata Ferrell et al, director Sidney Lumet
1,115. I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work. Or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickle’s-worth. Banks are going bust. Shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do. And there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe. And our food is unfit to eat. And we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad. Worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy so we don’t go out any more. We sit in the house and slowly the world we’re living in is getting smaller. And all we say is, Please, at least leave us alone in our living-rooms. Let me have my toaster, and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone. Well I’m not going to leave you alone. I want you to get mad. I don’t want you to protest. I won’t want you to ride. I don’t want you to write to your Congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, I’m a human being. Goddamit. My life has value! (Life’s Like That & Dissent & Protest & Crazy & Man & Humanity & Man) ibid.
4,608. Mote: You are a gentleman and a gamester, sir.
Armado: I confess both. They are both the varnish of a complete man. (Man & Gentleman & Gambling) William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost I ii 42-43
4,525. Countess: Why? Art thou the man?
Talbot: I am indeed. William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry the Sixth II iv 47-48
4,526. God made him and therefore let him pass for a man. William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice I ii 59