A man protecting against error is on the way towards uniting himself with all men that believe to truth.
A man 's mark is concealed in him, an animal's mark displayed.
A man selects his enemies, his friends make themselves, and from these friends he is apt to suffer.
A man shall as soon break his neck as his fast.
A man shall see, where there is a house full of children, one or two of the eldest restricted, and the youngest ruined by indulgence; but in the midst, some that are, as it were, forgotten, who many times, nevertheless, prove the best.
A man should abhor lawsuits as much as he may.
Michel De Montaigne
A man should always allow his fears to rise to their highest possible pitch, and, then some consolation or other will suddenly fall, like a warm rain-drop, upon his heart.
A man should be careful never to tell tales of himself to his own disadvantage; people may be amused, and laugh at the time, but they will be remembered, and brought up against him upon some subsequent occasion.
A man should be religious, not superstitious.
A man should blame or commend, as he finds.
A man should diffuse joy, but, as much as he can, smother grief.
Michel De Montaigne
A man should fear when he enjoys only what good he does publicly. Is it not the publicity, rather than the charity, that he loves?
A man should learn to sail in all winds.
A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser to-day than he was yesterday.
A man should never despise himself, for brilliant success never attends on the man who is contemned by himself.
A man should not keep company with one whose character, family, and abode are unknown.
A man should stay alive if only out of curiosity.
Yiddish] A mentsh zol leben shoin nor fun neigerikeit vegen.
A man so various, that he seem'd to be
Not one, but all mankind's epitome;
Stiff in opinions, always in the wrong.
Was everything by starts, and nothing long;
But in the course of one revolving moon,
Was chymist, fiddler, statesman, and buffoon.
John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
A man surprised is half beaten.
A man takes contradiction and advice much more easily than people think, only he will not bear it when violently given, even though it be well founded. Hearts are flowers, they remain open to the soft-falling dew, but shut up in the violent downpour of rain.
A man that fortune's buffets and rewards has taken with equal thanks.
A man that has had his fill is no eater.
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVIII, v. 24)
A man that hath no virtue in himself ever envieth virtue in others; for men's minds will either feed upon their own good or upon others' evil; and who wanteth the one will prey upon the other.
A man that is desirous to excel should endeavor it in those things that are in themselves most excellent.
A man that is temperate, generous, valiant, chaste, faithful, and honest, may, at the same time, have wit, humour, mirth, good breeding, and gallantry. While he exerts these latter qualities, twenty occasions might be invented to show he is master of the other noble virtues.
A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he have lost no time; but that happeneth rarely. Generally, youth is like the first cogitations, not so wise as the second; for there is a youth in thoughts as well as in ages; and yet the invention of young men is more lively than that of old, and imaginations stream into their minds better, and, as it were, more divinely.
A man that keeps riches, and enjoys them not, is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles.
A man that loves to be peevish and paramount, and to play the sovereign at every turn, does but blast the blessings of life, and swagger away his own enjoyments; and not to enlarge upon the folly, not to mention the injustice of such a behavior, it is always the sign of a little, unbenevolent temper. It is disease and discredit all over, and there is no more greatness in it, than in the swelling of a dropsy.
A man that will fight may find a cudgel in every hedge.
A man thinks his geese swans.
A man thinks his own geese swans.
A man to be converted has to give up his will, his ways, and his thoughts.
D. L. Moody
A man too careful of danger lives in continual torment.
A man unattached and without wife, if he have any genius at all, may raise himself above his original position, may mingle with the world of fashion, and hold himself on a level with the highest; this is less easy for him who is engaged; it seems as if marriage put the whole world in their proper rank.
A man under no restraint is a bear without a ring.
A man well mounted is ever Cholerick.
George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum
A man were better be half blind than have both his eyes out.
A man who always talks for fame never can be pleasing. The man who talks to unburthen his mind is the man to delight you.
A man who attempts to read all the new productions must do as the flea does, - skip.
A man who cannot mind his own business is not fit to be trusted with the king's.
A man who cannot win fame in his own age will have a very small chance of winning it from posterity. True, there are some half-dozen exceptions to this truth among millions of myriads that attest it; but what man of common sense would invent any large amount of hope in so unpromising a lottery?
A man who chews peanuts on the street will swallow the half in the hospital.
A man who does not endeavour to seem more than he is will generally be thought nothing of. We habitually make such large deductions for pretence and imposture that no real merit will stand against them. It is necessary to set off our good qualities with a certain air of plausibility and self-importance, as some attention to fashion is necessary.
A man who does not learn to live while he is getting a living is a poorer man after his wealth is won than he was before.
J. G. Holland
A man who does not love praise is not a full man.
A man who feels that his religion is a slavery has not begun to comprehend the real nature of religion.
J. G. Holland
A man who finds no satisfaction in himself seeks for it in vain elsewhere.
A man who flatters a woman hopes either to find her a fool or to make her one.
A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them a fortune.