„So long as faith with freedom reigns
And loyal hope survives,
And gracious charity remains
To leaven lowly lives;
While there is one untrodden tract
For intellect or will,
And men are free to think and act,
Life is worth living still.“
— Alfred Austin British writer and poet 1835 - 1913
— Pancho Villa Mexican revolutionary 1878 - 1923
As quoted in Pancho Villa: Rebel of the Mexican Revolution (2006) by Mary Englar
— Henry Knox Continental Army and US Army general, US Secretary of War 1750 - 1806
Reported in David McCullough, 1776 (2005), p. 201.
— Livy Roman historian -59 - 17 до н.э.
Book V, sec. 37
„If what philosophers say of the kinship of God and Men be true, what remains for men to do but as Socrates did:—never, when asked one’s country, to answer, 'I am an Athenian or a Corinthian,' but 'I am a citizen of the world.' (15).“
— Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138
— François de La Rochefoucauld French author of maxims and memoirs 1613 - 1680
Variant translation: Most people judge men only by their fashion or their fortune. Maxim 212.
„Being asked where in Greece he saw good men, he replied, "'Good men nowhere, but good boys at Sparta."“
— Diogenes of Sinope ancient Greek philosopher, one of the founders of the Cynic philosophy -404 - -322 до н.э.
Diogenes Laërtius, vi. 27
„The highest prize in a world of men is the most beautiful woman available on your arm and living there in her heart loyal to you.“
— Norman Mailer American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate 1923 - 2007
On Joe DiMaggio's marriage to Marilyn Monroe, in Marilyn (1973)
„All men have a right to remain in a state of nature as long as they please; and in case of intolerable oppression, civil or religious, to leave the society they belong to, and enter into another.“
— Samuel Adams American statesman, Massachusetts governor, and political philosopher 1722 - 1803
„But most men, fortunately, aren't writers, or even cab drivers, and some men - many men - unfortunately aren't anything.“
— Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994
Context: There were always men looking for jobs in America. There were always all these usable bodies. And I wanted to be a writer. Almost everybody was a writer. Not everybody thought they could be a dentist or an automobile mechanic but everybody knew they could be a writer. Of those fifty guys in the room, probably fifteen of them thought they were writers. Almost everybody used words and could write them down, i. e., almost everybody could be a writer. But most men, fortunately, aren't writers, or even cab drivers, and some men - many men - unfortunately aren't anything. Ch. 73
„In all well-conducted concerns the law of "selection of the fittest" sooner or later comes into happy action, when a loyal and attached set of men work together harmoniously for their own advantage as well as for that of their employers.“
— James Nasmyth Scottish mechanical engineer and inventor 1808 - 1890
p. 218 (p. 181 in 2010 edition)