„A man, a real man, must never be an agent, a tool, or a gambler—acting for himself or for others—he must employ such. A real man—a financier—was never a tool. He used tools. He created. He led.“

— Theodore Dreiser, book The Financier

Source: The Financier (1912), Ch. VI


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„Man—every man—is an end in himself, not a means to the ends of others; he must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself; he must work for his rational self-interest, with the achievement of his own happiness as the highest moral purpose of his life.“

— Ayn Rand Russian-American novelist and philosopher 1905 - 1982

The Ayn Rand Column ‘Introducing Objectivism’


„A man is at his youngest when he thinks he is a man, not yet realizing that his actions must show it.“

— Mary Renault, book The King Must Die

Source: The King Must Die (1958)


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„My hero has no program about the future, but he believes that we must create New Man. Young men must become New Man. Old man must mediate to create New Man. That is my creed.“

— Kenzaburō Ōe Japanese author 1935

Conversations with History interview (1999)Context: In the end of my new novel, my hero is creating a new charity, not Christian, not Buddhist, but only they are doing something for the soul of him, of the assembled young men. One day the leader reads a Bible in front of the people, the letter of Ephesians. In Ephesians there are two words: "New Man." Jesus Christ has become a New Man on the cross. We must take off the old coat of the old man. We must become the New Man. Only the New Man can do something, so you must become a New Man. My hero has no program about the future, but he believes that we must create New Man. Young men must become New Man. Old man must mediate to create New Man. That is my creed.

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„In a world, man must create his own essence: it is in throwing himself into the world, suffering there, struggling there, that he gradually defines himself.“

— Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary cri… 1905 - 1980

Characterizations of Existentialism (1944)


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„A man kills the thing he loves, and he must die a little himself.“

— Clive Barker, book Imajica

Source: Imajica


„A man must stand against evil wherever he finds it and he must use all his talents.“

— David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 6Context: Nothing in life is easy, Arvan. But it's what I'm trained for. To lead an army. To bring death and destruction on my enemies <... > A man must stand against evil wherever he finds it and he must use all his talents.


„Man alone, it seems, lives all his life in the knowledge of death. And yet there is more to life than merely waiting for death. For life to have meaning, there must be a purpose. A man must pass something on — otherwise he is useless.“

— David Gemmell, book Legend

Source: Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Ch. 29


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„Who was it who said that a wise man speaks when he has something to say, but a fool speaks because he must?“

— Alastair Reynolds, book Chasm City

Source: Chasm City (2001), Chapter 12 (p. 197).


„The complete irresponsibility of man for his actions and his nature is the bitterest drop which he who understands must swallow.“

— Friedrich Nietzsche, book Human, All Too Human

Source: Human, All Too Human


„A man must sometimes laugh at himself or go mad,’ said he. ‘Few realize it. That is why there are so many madmen in the world.“

— Rafael Sabatini, book Captain Blood

Source: Captain Blood


„Man, if he is to remain man, must advance by way of consciousness.“

— Karl Jaspers German psychiatrist and philosopher 1883 - 1969

Man in the Modern Age (1933)Context: Man, if he is to remain man, must advance by way of consciousness. There is no road leading backward.... We can no longer veil reality from ourselves by renouncing self-consciousness without simultaneously excluding ourselves from the historical course of human existence.

„A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.“

— Abraham Maslow, book Motivation and Personality

Source: Motivation and Personality (1954), p. 93.Context: A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be. This need we may call self-actualization. This term, first coined by Kurt Goldstein, is being used in this paper in a much more specific and limited fashion. It refers to the desire for self-fulfillment, namely, to the tendency for him to become actualized in what he is potentially. This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming.


„When man humbles himself, God cannot restrain His mercy; He must come down and pour His grace into the humble man, and He gives Himself most of all, and all at once, to the least of all.“

— Meister Eckhart German theologian 1260 - 1328

Sermon III : The Angel's GreetingMeister Eckhart’s Sermons (1909)Context: When man humbles himself, God cannot restrain His mercy; He must come down and pour His grace into the humble man, and He gives Himself most of all, and all at once, to the least of all. It is essential to God to give, for His essence is His goodness and His goodness is His love. Love is the root of all joy and sorrow. Slavish fear of God is to be put away. The right fear is the fear of losing God. If the earth flee downward from heaven, it finds heaven beneath it; if it flee upward, it comes again to heaven. The earth cannot flee from heaven: whether it flee up or down, the heaven rains its influence upon it, and stamps its impress upon it, and makes it fruitful, whether it be willing or not. Thus doth God with men: whoever thinketh to escape Him, flies into His bosom, for every corner is open to Him. God brings forth His Son in thee, whether thou likest it or not, whether thou sleepest or wakest; God worketh His own will. That man is unaware of it, is man's fault, for his taste is so spoilt by feeding on earthly things that he cannot relish God's love. If we had love to God, we should relish God, and all His works; we should receive all things from God, and work the same works as He worketh.

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„Environments work us over and remake us. It is man who is the content of and the message of the media, which are extensions of himself. Electronic man must know the effects of the world he has made above all things.“

— Marshall McLuhan Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar-- a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communicatio… 1911 - 1980

Source: 1970s, Take Today : The Executive as Dropout (1972), p. 90


„The brave man is not the one without fear but the one who does what he must despite being afraid. To succeed, you must be willing to risk total failure; you must learn this.“

— Raymond E. Feist, book The King's Buccaneer

Source: The King's Buccaneer


„If a man is to be a man, a free spirit unto himself, he must arm himself not only with weapons but with ideals and concepts he is willing to die for.“

— William Powell (author), book The Anarchist Cookbook

Source: The Anarchist Cookbook (1971), Chapter Three: "Natural, Nonlethal, and Lethal Weapons", p. 93.


„A man must know when to retreat from a woman, but a wise man knows that sometimes he must stand and face her.“

— Robert Jordan American writer 1948 - 2007

Davram Bashere(15 October 1994)


„The man who has been wounded by a chance arrow must not shoot at sight the first man he happens to meet.“

— Edward Jenks British legal scholar 1861 - 1939

Source: A Short History Of The English Law (First Edition) (1912), Chapter I, Old English Law, p. 7


„Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.“

— Friedrich Schiller, book On the Aesthetic Education of Man

Letter 15On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1794)


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