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Men, in general, are but great great children.

No man is so great as mankind.

Now the basest thought possible concerning man is, that he has no spiritual nature; and the foolish misunderstanding of him possible is, that he has, or should have, no animal nature. For his nature is nobly animal, nobly spiritual, - coherently and irrevocably so; neither part of it may, but at its peril, expel, despise, or defy the other.

Oh, East is East, and West is West and never the twain shall meet. . . . But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth when two strong men stand face to face, tho' they come from the ends of the earth.

One cannot always be a hero, but one can always be a man.

Quit yourselves like men.

Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are, for it shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.

Since the generality of persons act from impulse, much more than from principle, men are neither so good nor so bad as we are apt to think them.

Society is the master and man is the servant; and it is entirely according as society proves a good or bad master, whether he turns out a bad or a good servant.

Sweating, slums, the sense of semi-slavery in labor, must go. We must cultivate a sense of manhood by treating men as men.

The first man is of the earth, earthy.

The forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid.

The highest manhood resides in disposition, not in mere intellect.

The older I grow-and I now stand on the brink of eternity-the more comes back to me that sentence in the Catechism which I learned when a child, and the fuller and deeper its meaning becomes: "What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and enjoy him forever."

The proper study of Mankind is Man.

The proud man hath no God; the envious man hath no neighbor; the angry man hath not himself. What good, then, in being a man, if one has neither himself nor a neighbor nor God.

The record of life runs thus: Man creeps into childhood, - bounds into youth, - sobers into manhood, - softens into age, - totters into second childhood, and slumbers into the cradle prepared for him, - thence to be watched and cared for.

The soul of man createth its own destiny of power; and as the trial is intenser here, his being hath a nobler strength of heaven.

The superior man is he who develops, in harmonious proportions, his moral, intellectual, and physical nature. - This should be the end at which men of all classes should aim, and it is this only which constitutes real greatness.

The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man which it forms.


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