A collection of proverbs and quotes about men and humankind.
This was supposed to be a collection about men (male humans) but you will see that often when the word “man” or “men” is used it refers to humankind in a more general way.
‘Stupid as a man,’ say the women: ‘cowardly as a woman,’ say the men. Stupidity in a woman is unwomanly.
A hunted man sometimes wearies of distrust and longs for friendship.
The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring
A man is as old as he feels himself to be.
(When you are healthy, your real age doesn’t matter.)
A man is known by the company he keeps.
(You are often judged by the type of people with whom you spend your time.)
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy.
A wise woman puts a grain of sugar into everything she says to a man, and takes a grain of salt with everything he says to her.
Beauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the beauty of men.
Childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.
Dead men tell no tales.
Different men have different opinions; some prefer apples, some onions.
Every man has his price.
Every man is his own enemy.
(You may do things that harm yourself.)
Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
(Life is what you make it.)
How much less man, who is but a maggot, the son of man, who is only a worm?
Job: 25: 6
How stunning are the changes which age makes in a man while he sleeps!
I had rather be an oyster than a man, the most stupid and senseless of animals.
If a rich man ate a snake, they would say it was because of his wisdom; if a poor man ate it, they would say it was because of his stupidity.
Saudi Arabian proverb
It is from listening to old men that you learn wisdom.
Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
Man is Nature's sole mistake.
Man is the head of the family; woman is the neck that turns the head.
Manners make the man.
Men make houses, women make homes.
No man can serve two masters.
(It’s impossible to follow two different instructions.)
No man is an island.
(You are not alone but always need other people.)
No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld
Nothing like the act of eating for equalising men. Dying is nothing to it.
North and South
One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain’t nothin’ can beat teamwork.
One man’s meat is another man’s poison.
(People have different taste and don’t like the same thing..)
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
(What is useless to one person could be very valuable to someone else.)
Only choose in marriage a man whom you would choose as a friend if he were a woman.
Only the man who is not hungry says the coconut has a hard shell.
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
Shallots are for babies; Onions are for men; garlic is for heroes.
Some men will build a wine cellar when they have found just one grape.
The cherry blossom among flowers, the warrior among men.
The foolish slogans of a rich man often pass for words of wisdom by the fools around him.
The good men seem to be like coconuts. Others are like the jujube fruit.
(Beautiful only on the outside but sour inside.)
The man who has been beaten by a firebrand runs away at the sight of a firefly.
The only thing that ever consoles man for the stupid things he does is the praise he always gives himself for doing them.
The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a clever woman to manage a fool.
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
(Feed a man well and he will love you.)
Time and tide wait for no man.
(Delaying a decision will not prevent events from taking place.)
To question a wise man is the beginning of wisdom.
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star.
What a man says drunk, he thinks sober.
(People speak more freely under the influence of alcohol.)
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
George Bernard Shaw
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
Wise men are not always silent, but they know when to be.
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
Women sometimes make fools of men, but most guys are the do-it-yourself type
Women spend more time wondering what men are thinking than men spend thinking
You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.