A man must not leave the king's highway for a pathway.
A man must often exercise or fast or take physic, or be sick.
Sir W. Temple
A man must plough with such oxen as he has.
A man must plow with such oxen as he hath.
A man must sell his ware at the rates of the market.
A man must serve his time to ev'ry trade,
Save censure; critics all are ready made:
Take hackney'd jokes from Miller, got by rote,
With just enough of learning to misquote;
A mind well skill'd to find or forge a fault,
A turn for punning - call it Attic salt -
Fear not to lie - 'twill seem a lucky hit;
Shrink not from blasphemy - 'twill pass for wit;
Care not for feeling, pass your proper jest -
And stand a critic, hated, yet caress'd.
A man need not look in your mouth to know/see how old you are.
A man never has good luck who has a bad wife.
A man never outlives his conscience, and that, for this cause only, he cannot outlive himself.
A man never so beautifully shows his own strength as when he respects a woman's softness.
A man never speaks of himself without loss.
Michel De Montaigne
A man never surfeits of too much honesty.
A man of a great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle, and no staffe to spin.
George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum
A man of courage is also full of faith.
A man of courage never wants weapons.
A man of feeble character resembles a reed that bends with every gust of wind.
A man of genius is inexhaustible only in proportion as he is always re-nourishing his genius.
A man of genius may sometimes suffer a miserable sterility; but at other times he will feel himself the magician of thought.
A man of gladness
seldom falls into madness.
A man of good stock will not deteriorate, he will take after his origin.
A man of intellect is lost unless he unites energy of character to intellect. When we have the lantern of Diogenes we must have his staff.
A man of letters is often a man with two natures, - one a book nature, the other a human nature, often clash sadly.
A man of little learning deems that little a great deal; a frog, never having seen the ocean, considers its well a great sea.
A man of many trades begs his bread on Sundays.
A man of maxims only is like a Cyclops with one eye, and that eye placed in the back of his head.
A man of moderate Understanding, thinks he writes divinely: A man of good Understanding, thinks he writes reasonably.
A man of noble birth does not go wild and honey does not spoil.
A man of one cow ? a man of no cow.
A man of pleasure is a man of pains.
A man of quick and active wit
For drudgery is more unfit,
Compared to those of duller parts,
Than running nags are to draw carts.
A man of refined taste and judgment.
A man of sense and education should meet a suitable companion in a wife. It is a miserable thing when the conversation can only be such as whether the mutton should be boiled or roasted, and probably a dispute about that.
A man of strange kidney.
A man of straw is worth a woman of gold.
A man of straw needs a woman of gold.
A man of the world must seem to be that he wishes to be.
A man of virtue, judgment, and prudence speaks not until there is silence.
A man of wit would often be much embarrassed without the company of fools.
A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds.
A man of words and not of deeds
Is like a garden full of weeds.
A man often admits that his memory is at fault but never his judgement.
A man often pays dear for a small frugality.
A man or a mouse.
A man or a woman may be highly irritable, and yet be sweet, tender, gentle, loving, sociable, kind, charitable, thoughtful for others, unselfish, generous.
A man ought not to return evil for evil, as many think, since at no time ought we to do an injury to our neighbour.
A man ought to carry himself in the world as an orange-tree would if it could walk up and down in the garden, - swinging perfume from every little censer it holds up to the air.
A man ought to inquire and find out what he really and truly has an appetite for; what suits his constitution; and that, doctors tell him, is the very thing he ought to have in general. And so with books.
A man ought to read just as inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
A man perfect to the finger tips.
A man profits more by the sight of an idiot than by the oration of the learned.