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Stephen Mansfield: Quotes on Life

manly quotes from Stephen Mansfield

Here are six quotes on life, manliness, and dreams excerpted from Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men: An Utterly Invigorating Guide to Being Your Most Masculine Self by Stephen Manfield . . .

Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. — Thomas Merton in New Seeds of Contemplation

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. — Martin Luther King Jr. in Strength to Love

The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue. It is a life which involves effort and is not spent in amusement. — Aristotle in The Nicomachean Ethics

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 all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible. — T.E. Lawrence in Seven Pillars of Wisdom

In this life-long fight, to be waged by every one of us singlehanded against a host of foes, the last requisite for a good fight, the last proof and test of our courage and manfulness, must be loyalty to truth—the most rare and difficult of all human qualities. For such loyalty, as it grows in perfection, asks ever more and more of us, and sets before us a standard of manliness always rising higher and higher. — Thomas Hughes in The Manliness of Christ

Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor. — Benjamin Disraeli in Coningsby, or The New Generation

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