11 quotes that will inspire you to be a better man

From Gandhi to Albert Einstein, here are words of wisdom from influential figures throughout history about what makes a great man

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Being a man and conforming the cultural ideals of manhood isn't easy. Here is some words of wisdom from influential figures throughout history about what makes a man and better person.

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.

– American ethicist W. L. Sheldon

If you want to find out  what a man is to the bottom, give him power. Any man can stand adversity – only a great  man can stand prosperity.

– American writer Robert G. Ingersoll 

Some men see things as they  are and say, ‘why?’ I dream things that never were and say, ‘why not?’

– paraphrased from the play Back To Methuselah by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw

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A human being should be able to change a nappy, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, steer a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, programme a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialisation is for insects. 

– from the novel Time Enough for Love by American science fiction author Robert Heinlein

Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.

– British philosopher John Stuart Mill

Compassion, wisdom and courage are the three universally recognised moral qualities of men.

– from an ancient Chinese collection of texts titled The Book of Rites

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Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man. 

– Indian Independence leader Gandhi

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.

– German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein 

A man should be able to hear, and to bear, the worst that could be said of him. 

– from the novel Ravelstein by Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Saul Bellow

Words to live your life by

Is not birth, beauty, good shape, discourse, Manhood, learning, gentleness, virtue, youth, liberality, and such like, the spice and salt that season a man?

– British playwright William Shakespeare

To be a man is, precisely, to be responsible. 

– French author and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry