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Man is supreme lord and master Of his own ruin and disaster, Controls his fate, but nothing less In ordering his own happiness: For all his care and providence Is too feeble a defence To render it secure and certain Against the injuries of Fortune; And oft, in spite of all his wit, Is lost by one unlucky hit, And ruined with a circumstance, And mere punctilio of a chance.
– Butler
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Man is the ant of the Universe; He is not an important creature, at least at the moment!
– Mehmet Murat ildan
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Man is the artificer of his own happiness.
– Henry David Thoreau
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Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor.
– Wernher von Braun
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Man is the cruelest animal.
– F. Nietzsche
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Man is the inventor of stupidity.
– Remy de Gourmont
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Man is the measure of all things.
– Protagoras
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Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.
– Erich Fromm
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Man is the only animal that blushes -- or needs to.
– Mark Twain
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Man is the Only Animal that Blushes. Or needs to.
– Mark Twain
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Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
– Samuel Butler
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Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.
– Samuel Butler
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Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be.
– William Hazlitt
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Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.
– Jean Kerr
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Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he _becomes_ polite.
– Jean Kerr
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Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed the only animal that is never satisfied.
– Henry George
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Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed; the only animal that is never satisfied.
– Henry George
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Man is the only animal with the powers of laughter, a privilege which was not bestowed on him for nothing. Let us then laugh while we may, no matter how broad the laugh may be, and despite of what the poet says about ?the loud laugh that speaks the vacant mind.? The mind should occasionally be vacant, as the land should sometimes lie fallow, and for precisely the same reason.
– Egerton Smith
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Man is the only creature on earth that can create his own environment. This is because he is the privileged creation of the Great Creator.
– Werner Saunders
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Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.
– Albert Camus
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Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.
– Eric Hoffer
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Man is to himself the most wonderful object in nature; for he cannot conceive what the body is, still less what the mind is, and least of all how a body should be united to a mind. This is the consummation of his difficulties, and yet it is his very being.
– Blaise Pascal, Pensees(II,72)
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Man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find someone quickly to whom he can hand over that great gift of freedom with which the ill-fated creature is born.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky, "The Brothers Karamazov"
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Man is troubled not by events, but by the meaning he gives them.
– Epictetus
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Man is what he believes.
– Anton Chekhov
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