Man is an unoriginal animal. Unoriginal within the law in his daily respectable life, equally unoriginal outside the law. If a man commits a crime, any other crime he commits will resemble it closely.
(Agatha Christie : Murder on the Links)
I care not whether a man is Good or Evil.
all that I care
Is whether he is a Wise Man or a Fool.
Go! Put off Holiness,
And put on Intellect.
(William Blake : 1757-1827)
Man with all his noble qualities ... still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
(Charles Darwin : 1809-1882)
While Darwinian Man, though well-behaved,
At best is only a monkey shaved!
(W. S. Gilbert : 1836-1911)
I do not want the yogi's concentration,
I do not want the perfect charity
Of saints nor the tyrant's endless power.
I want a human balance humanly
Acquired, fruitful in the common hour.
(Nissim Ezekiel : Dec. 1924-Jan. 2004)
There are times when I look over the various parts of my character with perplexity. I recognize that I am made up of several persons and that the person that at the moment has the upper hand will inevitably give place to another. But which is the real me? All of them or none?
Man wonders over the restless sea
The flowing water and the sight of the sky
And forgets that of all the wonders
Man himself is the most wonderful.
(St. Augustine : 354-430)
Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck by the difference between what things are and what they might have been.
A log that has nine holes.
We are the hollow men.
We are the stuffed men.
Headpiece filled with straw.
(T. S. Eliot)
What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculties! In form and moving, how express and admirable! In action, how like an angel! In apprehension, how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals!
(Shakespeare : Hamlet)
His life was gentle and the elements
So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, 'This was a man!'
(Shakespeare : Julius Caesar)
Everyman over forty is a scoundrel.