Man Quotes

Words inspire, encourage and ground us in truth.  Words of wisdom also help us grow.

Here’s a collection of thoughts and quotes for you to ponder and integrate into your daily life as positive affirmations.  If you have other quotes you’d like to include on this list, please send us an email with the quote and its author and we’ll add it.

 “To accept the responsibility of being a child of God is to accept the best that life has to offer you.”

—Stella Terrill Mann

“Happiness [is] an emotion that’s connected to circumstances. Joy [is] a spiritual way of engaging with the world that’s connected to  practicing gratitude.”

—Brene Brown


“Listening for the inner voice of love requires us to differentiate between the battering noise in our mind and the quiet whisper in our soul.”

—Brian J. Plachta

“Explore daily the will of God.”

—C.G. Jung

“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.”

—Leo Tolstoy

“Courage is the foundation of integrity.”

—Keshavan Nair

“Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.”

—Claudia Black

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

—Albert Einstein

“Trust that still small voice that says, ‘This might work and I’ll try it.’”

—Diane Mariechild

“I am determined to see as God sees.”

—Brian J. Plachta

“Surround yourself with people who respect and treat you well.”

—Claudia Black

“Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown.”

—Claude Bernard

“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.”

—Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.”

—Agnes De Mille

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.”

—Duke Ellington

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

—Anais Nin

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

—Albert Einstein

“Life unfolds in divine and ordinary ways.”

—Brian J. Plachta

“When we are really honest with ourselves we must admit our lives are all that really belong to us.  So it is how we use our lives that determines the kind of men we are.”

—Cesar Chavez

“Basically, men live under the [false] pressure of one unrelenting message: Do not be perceived as weak. Like the demands on women to be naturally beautiful, thin, and perfect at everything, especially motherhood, the box [men are expected to live in] has rules that tell men what they should and shouldn’t do, and who they’re allowed to be. But for men, every rule comes back to the same mandate: “Don’t be weak. [And] as scarcity has grabbed hold of our culture, it’s not just “Don’t be perceived as weak,” but also “You better be great and all powerful.”

—Brene Brown

“The life which is not examined is not worth living.”


“Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.”

—J. Krishnamurti

“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.”


“You are lost the instant you know what the result will be.”

—Juan Gris

“Faith is a decision we make to love; not to be guided by simple emotion.”

—Joe Rodriguez

“Do not fear mistakes—there are none.”

—Miles Davis

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”

—Andre Gide

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves  to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness, and affection.

“Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them— we can only love others as much as we love ourselves. Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed, and rare.”

—Brene Brown

“I learn by going where I have to go.”

—Theodore Roethke

“I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become.”

—Carl Jung

“Everyone has a mission. That mission is to remember what we already know.”

—Jon Mundy

“Listen & Trust. The answers will reveal themselves to you.”

—Brian J. Plachta

“Shame is the fear of disconnection— the fear that we’re unlovable and don’t belong.”

— Brene  Brown

“Imagine what else is true if you understood there is nothing fundamentally wrong with you.”

—Jim Palmer

“The point of life is to embody the Transcendent.”

—Dali Lama

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

—John 15:13

“The Spirit blows where it pleases, and for those of us on the journey, all we can do is listen for the lessons and remain open.  Jesus calls this faith.”

—Richard Rohr

“Resolve to be thyself; and know, that he who finds himself, loses his misery.”

—Matthew Arnold

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real, you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out, and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real, you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

—The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

“As children we found ways to protect ourselves from vulnerability , from being hurt , diminished, and disappointed. We put on armor; we used our thoughts, emotions , and behaviors as weapons; and we learned how to make ourselves scarce, even to disappear . Now as adults we realize that to live with courage, purpose, and connection— to be the person whom we long to be— we must again be vulnerable. We must take off the armor, put down the weapons, show up, and let ourselves be seen.

—Brene Brown

“It is good to be a
seeker, but sooner or later you have to be a finder.
And then it is well to give what you have found, a
gift into the world for whoever will accept it.”

—Jonathan Livingston Seagull

“I hear his voice—the voice of my long-deceased father. I don’t remember what it sounds like, but now it resonates in me like the beauty of an early morning dawn, like the silence that rises from mist rolling across a lake.  I can’t see my father anymore. I miss him dearly. I wish I could touch his face, see his smile, feel the warmth and safety of his hands.  But I know my father is here.  He is watching me, loving me, protecting me.  I am a child of his and have grown into the man he is proud of. “

—Brian J. Plachta

“When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.”

—Martin Buber

“New life comes from shedding old skins and pressing through the darkness toward the light.”

—Karen Kaiser Clark

“Spirituality [is] the deeply held belief that we are inextricably connected to one another by a force greater than ourselves— a force grounded in love and compassion. For some of us that’s God, for others it’s nature, art, or even human soulfulness. I believe that owning our worthiness is the act of acknowledging that we are sacred.”

—Brene Brown

“I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.”

—John 17:21.

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