Father’s Day is now only days away and what better way to bring in this year’s manly day than with a selection of quotes about men from men. There are many facets to “being a man” and rather than figure it all out for ourselves, men can rely on great thinkers and doers of the past to give them some encouragement and wisdom.

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So, read through these 17 manly quotes before this father’s day and let them help show you what it is (or isn’t) to be a man.

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?”

-Lance Armstrong

“At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.”

-Benjamin Franklin

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

 

-Abraham Lincoln

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.”

-John F. Kennedy

“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.”

-Bruce Barton

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

-Plato

“Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.”

-Charles Dickens

“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”

-Henry David Thoreau

“The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.”

-Andrew Carnegie

“Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.”

-Chuck Norris

“The world is not looking for servants, there are plenty of these, but for masters, men who form their purposes and then carry them out, let the consequences be what they may.”

-Woodrow Wilson

“The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.”

-Confucius

“Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.”

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

Bonus 18th Quote!

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”

-T. E. Lawrence

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