A collection of proverbs and quotes about men (male humans).

The word “man” or “men” sometimes refers to humankind (mankind) in a more general way. Proverbs or quotes that are clearly not about male humans but about all humans, are in proverbs and quotes about mankind.


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'Stupid as a man,' say the women: 'cowardly as a woman,' say the men. Stupidity in a woman is unwomanly.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

A hunted man sometimes wearies of distrust and longs for friendship.
J.R.R. Tolkien
Source: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring
Quoted: Aragorn

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 man never knows how to say goodbye; a woman never knows when to say it.
Helen Rowland

A man's desire for a son is usually nothing but the wish to duplicate himself in order that such a remarkable pattern may not be lost to the world.
Helen Rowland

A man's got to do what a man's got to do.
(unknown author)

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.
Albert Einstein

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.
Helen Rowland

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
Irina Dunn

Beauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the beauty of men.

Because, my dear, beauty is that quality which, next to money, is generally the most attractive to the worst kinds of men.
Anne Brontë
Source: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.

Clothes don't make the man.
Appearances can be deceiving.

Clothes make the man.
Good clothing adds to a man's stature.

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?
Source: Job: 25: 6

How stunning are the changes which age makes in a man while he sleeps!
Mark Twain

I like men who have a future and women who have a past.
Oscar Wilde

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.

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.
Margaret Thatcher

If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
J.K. Rowling

In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man?
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Isn't the man in the street usually wrong?
Agatha Christie

It is from listening to old men that you learn wisdom.

Man is nature's sole mistake.
William S. Gilbert

Man is the head of the family; woman is the neck that turns the head.

Manners make the man.

Men and women differ genetically, anatomically, hormonally, neurologically, and behaviorally; it simply does not make sense to isolate the last difference from the other four.
Frans de Waal
Source: Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex among Apes

Men and women sleep on the same pillow, but they have different dreams.

Men are the weaker sex and retain their immaturity, it seems, to the grave. It's like a built-in design fault. You can't do anything about it.
Naveen Andrews

Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.
John Steinbeck

Men make houses, women make homes.

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
Blaise Pascal

No man can serve two masters.
It's impossible to follow two different instructions.

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.

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.
François de La Rochefoucauld

Nothing like the act of eating for equalising men. Dying is nothing to it.
Elizabeth Gaskell
Source: North and South

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.

One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothin' can beat teamwork.
Edward Abbey

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.
Joseph Joubert

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