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In man thought and will prevail, and a desire for liberty and honor. He must act and work, toil and labor, and can preserve his dignity and standing in the world only by acting from principles and clear comprehensions. ~Frederick A. Rauch, "Of Man," Psychology; or, A View of the Human Soul: Including Anthropology, Being the Substance of a Course of Lectures, Delivered to the Junior Class Marshall College, Penn., 1840

A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him. ~Mae West

You keep asking what it means to be a man, and the truth is, there's not just one way. Every morning you get up there's a thousand chances to do the right thing, be a good man. Hopefully you get most of them right; you're not gonna get all of them right. ~The Middle, "The Man Hunt" [S7, E16, 2016], written by Roy Brown, spoken by the character Mike Heck to Brick Heck

My theory is that men are no more liberated than women. ~Indira Gandhi

All men are not slimy warthogs. Some men are silly giraffes, some woebegone puppies, some insecure frogs. But if one is not careful, those slimy warthogs can ruin it for all the others. ~Cynthia Heimel

If the world were a logical place, men would ride side saddle. ~Rita Mae Brown

The rule in the women's colleges was that after 7 p.m. all men were beasts. Up until 7 p.m. they were all angels, and the girls simply had to learn to live with that routine and practise love in the afternoon. ~Harry G. Johnson

A single Man.... is an incomplete Animal. He resembles the odd Half of a Pair of Scissars. ~Benjamin Franklin, letter, 1745 June 25th

No man stands so straight as when he stoops to help a boy. ~Knights of Pythagoras

Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy fat women. ~Attributed to both Marion Smith and Nicole Hollander

How beautiful maleness is, if it finds its right expression. ~D.H. Lawrence

I had never thought about gender before. I was a few years shy of puberty, young enough that I played with the boys at recess and thought nothing of it. While the girls sat in the shade, making friendship bracelets or playing clapping games — hands flashing, voices chanting — the boys ran for all they were worth across the field. I preferred their company, the full-body physicality of their games. Boys seemed simpler than girls — not dumber, exactly, but less intricately calibrated. Unlike my sisters, unlike my girlfriends, the boys I knew seemed to have only one feeling at a time, a single strong emotion vibrating like the note of a tuning fork. ~Abby Geni, The Wildlands, 2018

If it can't be fixed by duct tape or WD-40, it's a female problem. ~Jason Love

In the mouths of many men soft words are like roses that soldiers put into the muzzles of their muskets on holidays. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882), "Drift Wood, A Collection of Essays: Table-Talk," Prose Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1857

When a man of forty falls in love with a girl of twenty, it isn't her youth he is seeking but his own. ~Lenore Coffee

No nice men are good at getting taxis. ~Katherine Whitehorn, Observer, 1977

The first time you buy a house you see how pretty the paint is and buy it. The second time you look to see if the basement has termites. It's the same with men. ~Lupe Velez

Women's Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It's the men who are discriminated against. They can't bear children. And no one's likely to do anything about that. ~Golda Meir

Women speak because they wish to speak, whereas a man speaks only when driven to speech by something outside himself — like, for instance, he can't find any clean socks. ~Jean Kerr, The Snake Has All the Lines, 1960

The tragedy of machismo is that a man is never quite man enough. ~Germaine Greer

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his. ~Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

I want a man who's kind and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire? ~Zsa Zsa Gabor

Part of the reason that men seem so much less loving than women is that men's behavior is measured with a feminine ruler. ~Francesca M. Cancian

A man snatches the first kiss, pleads for the second, demands the third, takes the fourth, accepts the fifth — and endures all the rest. ~Helen Rowland

When a man talks dirty to a woman, it's sexual harassment. When a woman talks dirty to a man, it's $3.95 a minute. ~Author Unknown

Men wake up aroused in the morning. We can't help it. We just wake up and we want you. And the women are thinking, "How can he want me the way I look in the morning?" It's because we can't see you. We have no blood anywhere near our optic nerve. ~Sean Morey

It takes a woman twenty years to make a man of her son, and another woman twenty minutes to make a fool of him. ~Helen Rowland

A gentleman is simply a patient wolf. ~Lana Turner

Women are never disarmed by compliments; men always are. ~Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

When you see a woman who can go nowhere without a staff of admirers, it is not so much because they think she is beautiful, it is because she has told them they are handsome. ~Jean Giraudoux

If men can run the world, why can't they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck? ~Linda Ellerbee

Manhood, and not manners, captivates the true woman; she cannot resist it. ~Simeon Carter (1824–1911), Poems and Aphorisms: A Woodman's Musings, 1893

[T]rain — acquire for yourself firm fibres, a stomach clear and capable, the brain-action unabused, the stream of vital power full and voluminous, a bright eye, a strong voice, a proper degree of flesh, a transparent complexion — a fine average yet plus condition; and sympathy, attraction, and a heroic presence will follow. Are these trifles? Not a bit of it. They lie close to the heart of a man, and are among his secret, most cherished aspirations. With men, with women, with friends, with strangers, who is there that does not crave to be admired, to be beloved? ~Mose Velsor (Walt Whitman), "Manly Health and Training," New York Atlas, 1858 October 10th  ["To teach the Science of a Sound and Beautiful Body." Thanks, Zachary Turpin! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

They say women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men. ~Clare Boothe Luce

There is no female Mozart because there is no female Jack the Ripper. ~Camille Paglia

It's a man's world, and you men can have it. ~Katherine Anne Porter

I know many married men, I even know a few happily married men, but I don't know one who wouldn't fall down the first open coal hole running after the first pretty girl who gave him a wink. ~George Jean Nathan

Men were made for war. Without it they wandered greyly about, getting under the feet of the women, who were trying to organize the really important things of life. ~Alice Thomas Ellis

Sometimes I think if there was a third sex men wouldn't get so much as a glance from me. ~Amanda Vail

He is every other inch a gentleman. ~Rebecca West

A man's heart may have a secret sanctuary where only one woman may enter, but it is full of little anterooms which are seldom vacant. ~Helen Rowland

A lot of guys think the larger a woman's breasts are, the less intelligent she is. I don't think it works like that. I think it's the opposite. I think the larger a woman's breasts are, the less intelligent the men become. ~Anita Wise

Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size. ~Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

It's not the men in my life, it's the life in my men. ~Mae West

Macho doesn't prove mucho. ~Zsa Zsa Gabor

Some men have a den in their home, while others just growl all over the house. ~Author Unknown

Men want the same thing from their underwear that they want from women: a little bit of support, and a little bit of freedom. ~Jerry Seinfeld

A man's home may be his castle on the outside; inside, it is more often his nursery. ~Clare Boothe Luce

You [men] are not our protectors.... If you were, who would there be to protect us from? ~Mary Edwards Walker

Anybody who believes that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach flunked geography. ~Robert Byrne

Well, I will find you twenty lascivious turtles ere one chaste man. ~William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor

Men are clinging to football on a level we aren't even aware of.& For centuries, we ruled everything, and now, in the last ten minutes, there are all these incursions by women. It's our Alamo. ~Tony Kornheiser

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men. ~Kin Hubbard

Why do men chase women they have no intention of marrying? The same urge that makes dogs chase cars they have no intention of driving. ~Author Unknown

On the one hand, we'll never experience childbirth. On the other hand, we can open all our own jars. ~Bruce Willis, on the difference between men and women

God gave us all a penis and a brain, but only enough blood to run one at a time. ~Robin Williams

Alas! it is not the child but the boy that generally survives in the man. ~Arthur Helps, Thoughts in the Cloister and the Crowd, 1835

"What ho, daughter," said he. "Hast thou shagged a fool?"
"Methinks any wench who shags a man hath shagged a fool, Father."
~Christopher Moore, Fool, 2009  [Lear & Goneril —tg]

Few women care what a man looks like, and a good thing too. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

What's the matter with you guys? The sight of blonde hair knocks you three rungs down on the evolutionary ladder. ~From the television show Civil Wars

The analysis of man discloses three chemical elements — a job, a meal and a woman. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

The only difference between men and boys is the cost of their toys. ~Author Unknown

A retired husband is often a wife's full-time job. ~Ella Harris

A man always blames the woman who fools him. In the same way he blames the door he walks into in the dark. ~Henry Louis Mencken

Men feel that women somehow drag them down, and women feel that way about men. It's possible that both are right. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

I like naked women. I'm a bloke. I'm supposed to like them. We're born like that. We like naked women as soon as we're pulled out of one.... When man invented fire, he didn't say, "Hey, let's cook." He said, "Great, now we can see naked bottoms in the dark"... The story of male achievement through the ages, feeble though it may have been, has been the story of our struggle to get a better look at your bottoms. ~Coupling, "Inferno," original airdate 2000 June 2nd, written by Steven Moffat, spoken by the character Steve

There are much easier things in life than finding a good man. Nailing Jell-O to a tree, for instance. ~Author Unknown

Never trust a husband too far, nor a bachelor too near. ~Helen Rowland

Many a bachelor could be lured into society if someone would start sewing-on button parties. ~Mary Wilson Little, Reveries of a Paragrapher, 1897

Men are like a fine wine. They start out like grapes, and it's our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something you'd like to have dinner with. ~Author Unknown

I can eat a man, but I'm not sure of the fiber content. ~Jenny Eclair

Give a man a free hand and he'll run it all over you. ~Mae West

Women are the right age for just a few years; men, for most of their lives. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Our French professor is simply a duck. His moustache would give you kerwollops of the heart. ~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables (Josie)

There's nothing wrong with most men's egos that the kowtowing of a headwaiter can't cure. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Women may be able to fake orgasms, but men can fake whole relationships. ~James Shubert

Men are only as loyal as their options. ~Bill Maher

Stop? I'm the guy. I don't stop! That's the woman's job. We're the gas, they're the brakes. ~Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, EDtv, 1999

The hardest task in a girl's life is to prove to a man that his intentions are serious. ~Helen Rowland

I'm a babe magnet... just the wrong end. ~Author Unknown

Every woman must admit, and every man with as much sense as a woman, that it's very hard to make a home for any man if he's always in it. ~Winifred Kirkland

I wonder why men get serious at all. They have this delicate, long thing hanging outside their bodies which goes up and down by its own will. If I were a man I would always be laughing at myself. ~Yoko Ono

Nothing is forever, if you have enough power tools. ~S.A. Sachs

God made man stronger but not necessarily more intelligent. He gave women intuition and femininity. And, used properly, that combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I've ever met. ~Farrah Fawcett

Many a man owes his success to his first wife, and his second wife to his success. ~Jim Backus

The old theory was "Marry an older man, because they're more mature." But the new theory is: "Men don't mature. Marry a younger one." ~Rita Rudner

Self-discipline implies some unpleasant things to me, including staying away from chocolate and keeping my hands out of women's pants. ~Oleg Kiselev

There's a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice. A charming woman is one who notices me. ~John Erskine

What is the difference between men and women? A woman wants one man to satisfy her every need, and a man wants every woman to satisfy his one need. ~Author Unknown

When it comes to hiding porn, every man is a CIA agent. ~S.A. Sachs

Home cooking: where many a man thinks his wife is. ~Author Unknown

Imagine what will happen to this nation if large numbers of American women start using the Wonderbra. It will be catastrophic. The male half of the population will be nothing but mindless drooling Zombies of Lust. Granted, this is also true now, but it will be even worse. ~Dave Barry

If they can put one man on the moon why can't they put them all there? ~Chocolate Waters

The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he is a baby. ~Natalie Wood

If men had more up top we'd need less up front. ~Jaci Stephen

Men lose more conquests by their own awkwardness than by any virtue in the woman. ~Ninon de Lenclos

Don't accept rides from strange men — and remember that all men are as strange as hell. ~Robin Morgan

Men can read maps better than women. 'Cause only the male mind could conceive of one inch equaling a hundred miles. ~Roseanne Barr

A man is two people, himself and his cøck. A man always takes his friend to the party. Of the two, the friend is the nicer, being more able to show his feelings. ~Beryl Bainbridge

The more I see of men, the more I like dogs. ~Germaine de Staël

'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel. ~William Makepeace Thackeray

What's with you men? Would hair stop growing on your chest if you asked directions somewhere? ~Erma Bombeck

He was always telling us about a lot of creepy guys that go around having affairs with sheep, and guys that go around with girls' pants sewed in the lining of their hats and all. ~J.D. Salinger

Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything else in the house. ~Jean Kerr

A man who marries his mistress leaves a vacancy in that position. ~Oscar Wilde

Women are one of the Almighty's enigmas to prove to men that He knows more than they do. ~Ellen Glasgow

The obvious and fair solution to the housework problem is to let men do the housework for, say, the next six thousand years, to even things up. The trouble is that men, over the years, have developed an inflated notion of the importance of everything they do, so that before long they would turn housework into just as much of a charade as business is now. They would hire secretaries and buy computers and fly off to housework conferences in Bermuda, but they'd never clean anything. ~Dave Barry

Men want a woman whom they can turn on and off like a light switch. ~Ian Fleming

For in spite of the convention which women sedulously foster and even sometimes believe, man is not by nature a domestic animal. He has been partially tamed by centuries of restraint, his spirit has been broken by the manifold burdens laid upon him; for generation after generation, all the pillars of society have struggled to convince him that the greatest blessings he can hope to win in this world are a wife and children and that his highest privilege is to labour to support them; all the forces of law, of civilization, of public opinion, have conspired to hobble, shackle and coerce him. And yet, in spite of everything, he sometimes manages to break loose; while few women suspect what moments of desperation often overwhelm even the meekest father of a family. ~Burton E. Stevenson, The Kingmakers, "Chapter XIX: Selden Takes an Inventory," 1922

The average man is more interested in a woman who is interested in him than he is in a woman with beautiful legs. ~Marlene Dietrich

There is one thing I would break up over, and that is if she caught me with another woman. I won't stand for that. ~Steve Martin

We are foolish, and without excuse foolish, in speaking of the superiority of one sex to the other, as if they could be compared in similar things! Each has what the other has not; each completes the other; they are in nothing alike; and the happiness and perfection of both depend on each asking and receiving from the other what the other only can give. ~John Ruskin

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