Quotes about men

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George Berkeley photo

„Few men think; yet all have opinions.“

—  George Berkeley, book Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous

Philonous to Hylas. The Second Dialogue. This appears in a passage first added in the third edition, (1734)
Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous (1713)

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Emperor Gaozu of Han photo

„A great wind came forth, the clouds rose on high.
Now that my might rules all within the seas, I have returned to my old village.
Where will I find brave men to guard the four corners of my land?“

—  Emperor Gaozu of Han founding emperor of the Han Dynasty (256 BC - 195 BC) -256 - -195 BC

Translated by Burton Watson
大風歌 Song of the Great Wind
Original: (zh_Hant) 大風起兮雲飛揚,
威加海內兮歸故鄉,
安得猛士兮守四方。

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Ambrose Bierce photo
Ambrose Bierce photo

„Dawn: When men of reason go to bed.“

—  Ambrose Bierce American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist 1842 - 1914

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„An army's bravest men are its cowards. The death which they would not meet at the hands of the enemy they will meet at the hands of their officers, with never a flinching.“

—  Ambrose Bierce American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist 1842 - 1914

Source: What I Saw At Shiloh (1881), V

Napoleon I of France photo

„There are only two forces that unite men — fear and interest.“

—  Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821

Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916)
Context: There are only two forces that unite men — fear and interest. All great revolutions originate in fear, for the play of interests does not lead to accomplishment.

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Nathan Bedford Forrest photo
Nathan Bedford Forrest photo

„There is no doubt we could soon wipe old Sherman off the face of the earth, John, if they'd give me enough men and you enough guns.“

—  Nathan Bedford Forrest Confederate Army general 1821 - 1877

To Captain John Morton, 1864. As quoted in May I Quote You, General Forrest? by Randall Bedwell.
1860s

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„Men, you may all do as you damn please, but I'm a-goin' home.“

—  Nathan Bedford Forrest Confederate Army general 1821 - 1877

Forrest to Charles Clark, Governor of Mississippi and Isham G. Harris, former Governor of Tennessee, in response to the request that he keep fighting. As quoted in May I Quote You, General Forrest? by Randall Bedwell.
1860s

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Nathan Bedford Forrest photo
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André Gide photo

„Man is more interesting than men.“

—  André Gide French novelist and essayist 1869 - 1951

Literature and Ethics, entry for 1901
Journals 1889-1949
Context: Man is more interesting than men. God made him and not them in his image. Each one is more precious than all.

Nikola Tesla photo

„Money does not represent such a value as men have placed upon it. All my money has been invested into experiments with which I have made new discoveries enabling mankind to have a little easier life.“

—  Nikola Tesla Serbian American inventor 1856 - 1943

As quoted in "A Visit to Nikola Tesla" by Dragislav L. Petković in Politika (April 1927); also in Tesla, Master of Lightning (1999) by Margaret Cheney, Robert Uth, and Jim Glenn, p. 82

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„Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

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