Authentic Masculinity’s 101 Masculine Quotes to Live, Fight and Triumph By

Apr 8, 2019Latest, Pro Victoria

Words have meaning and power.

Masculine quotes can destroy an opponent or shield the warrior from a clever adversary. They can turn the battle by elevating play to a higher level. In the war of ideas currently raging in the schools, the colleges, the universities and at our family dining room tables, masculine quotes are as essential to survival and winning as ammo and body armor to the modern warrior.

“The narrow mind erects stubborn barriers…But against those barriers, words are formidable weapons.”

Brian Herbert

All metaphors break down sooner or later and comparing words to weapons and shields is risky.

But let’s see how far we can extend this metaphor. Are masculine quotes truly like arrows, shields and bullets? Is masculinity so powerful that even masculine quotes and manly words are weapons of war?

Just how powerful are masculine quotes? Could masculine quotes be so powerful they must be feared?

The answer is: it depends.

Whether masculine quotes are tools or weapons, weapons or shields, masters or servants depends on who uses them, why and when. It also depends on how the quote is chosen. To the extent search algorithms are subjective, one’s choice of words is subjective. A carefully chosen masculine quote is more than a composition of clever keywords. It demonstrates knowledge in the Art of War, and when to fire for effect.

From the very masculine intellect of George R.R. Martin, who created “Game of Thrones”: “Words are wind, but wind can fan a fire. My father and my uncle fought words with steel and flame. We shall fight words with words, and put out the fires before they start.”

Note well, quotes can backfire. Aim to master them.

Consider Ghandi: “Where there is love there is hope,” but a poorly chosen masculine quote at a wedding could backfire.

Consider comedian Henny Youngman: “The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.” It may make you laugh, but would horrify others. The truth is, men are often asked to lead with toasts at weddings or quotes for funerals, so it’s good to have masculine quotes handy.

Here is Authentic Masculinity’s first volley of 100 Authentic Masculine Quotes to Live, Fight and Triumph By.

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Authentic Masculine Quotes for a Funeral

“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little nameless unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”


“I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”


Authentic Masculine Quote on Choosing Quotes

“A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool.”

Joseph Roux

Authentic Masculine Quotes on Life

“A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.”


“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.”


“Man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked.”

Viktor Frankl

“A well-ordered life is like climbing a tower; the view halfway up is better than the view from the base, and it steadily becomes finer as the horizon expands.”

William Lyon Phelps

Authentic Masculine Quotes on Death

“The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.”

Thomas Carlyle

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.”

Leonardo da Vinci

Authentic Masculine Quotes on War

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

John Stuart Mill

“In war, truth is the first casualty.”


“I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.”


“Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.”


Authentic Masculine Quotes on Money

“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked. “Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually and then suddenly.”


“Time well spent results in more money to spend, more money to save, and more time to vacation.”

Zig Ziglar

Authentic Masculine Quotes on Sports

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Michael Jordan

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”


Authentic Masculine Quotes on Women

“Whatever woman may cast her lot with mine, should any ever do so, it is my intention to do all in my power to make her happy and contented; and there is nothing I can imagine that would make me more unhappy than to fail in the effort.”


“Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.”

Oscar Wilde

“The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.”

Oscar de la Renta

“Women desire six things: They want their husbands to be brave, wise, rich, generous, obedient to wife, and lively in bed.”

Geoffrey Chaucer

“Four things greater than all things are, – Horses and power and women and war.”


Authentic Masculine Quotes on Friendship

“True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.”

Baltasar Gracian

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”

Thomas Aquinas

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”

Henry Ford

Authentic Masculine Quotes on Work

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”


“If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.”

Jim Rohn

“Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference.”

Lou Holtz

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Thomas Edison

Authentic Masculine Quotes on Love

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”

Charles Dickens

“To get full value of joy, you must have somebody to divide it with.”

Mark Twain

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind/And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”


“This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.”

C.S. Lewis

Authentic Masculine Quotes on Leadership

“Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”


“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”

Alexander the Great

Authentic Masculine Quotes on Anger

“You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.”


“Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.”


Authentic Masculine Quotes on Being a Man

“Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman–a rope over an abyss. A dangerous crossing, a dangerous wayfaring, a dangerous looking-back, a dangerous trembling and halting.”


“The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

Andrew Carnegie

“One cannot always be a hero, but one can always be a man.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Authentic Masculine Quotes on Education

“The difference between the old and the new education will be an important one. Where the old initiated, the new merely ‘conditions.’ The old dealt with its pupils as grown birds deal with young birds when they teach them to fly; the new deals with them more as the poultry-keeper deals with young birds—making them thus or thus for purposes of which the birds know nothing. In a word, the old was a kind of propagation—men transmitting manhood to men; the new is merely propaganda.”

C.S. Lewis

“Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.”

Napoleon Hill

Authentic Masculine Quotes on Wilderness

“No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself, depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength.”

Jack Kerouac

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

John Muir

Authentic Masculine Quotes on Adversity

“Adversity toughens manhood, and the characteristic of the good or the great man is not that he has been exempt from the evils of life, but that he has surmounted them.”

Patrick Henry

“Man is nothing else, but what he makes of himself.”

Jean Paul Sartre

“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

“No man is more unhappy than he who never faces adversity. For he is not permitted to prove himself.”


“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.

“Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

Bruce Lee

Authentic Masculine Quotes on Self-Reliance

“The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.”


“Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.”


Authentic Masculine Quotes on Obedience

“Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.”

Robert E. Lee

“Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.”

Benjamin Franklin

Authentic Masculine Quotes on Ferocity

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

Mark Twain

“You want something real bad? Go after it with ferocity like if your life depended on it and never ever surrender. Only a question of time.”

Ziad Abdelnour

“Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.”

H.L. Mencken

Authentic Masculine Quotes by Women

“A woman simply is, but a man must become… There’s no female Mozart because there’s no female Jack the Ripper.”

Camille Paglia

“When men see an attractive woman, they fantasize about sex. When women see an attractive man they fantasize about a relationship.”

Alexandra Potter

Authentic Masculine Quotes on Courage

“We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood. We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, of power to do without shrinking the rough work that must always be done.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“Courage—a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.”

William Tecumseh Sherman

“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“There is one rule, above all others, for being a man. Whatever comes, face it on your feet.”

Robert Jordan

“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.”


Authentic Masculine Quotes on Honor

“We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”


“I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.”


Authentic Masculine Quotes on Self-Improvement

“It is not necessary for a man to be actively bad in order to make a failure in life; simple inaction will accomplish it. Nature has everywhere written her protest against idleness; everything which ceases to struggle toward an ideal, the constant effort to get higher and further, which develops manhood and character.”

James Terry White

“Do what thy manhood bids thee do, from none but self expect applause; He noblest lives and noblest dies who makes and keeps his self-made laws.”

Richard Francis Burton

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”


“The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.”


Authentic Masculine Quotes on Marriage

“There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them.”

C.S. Lewis

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”


Authentic Masculine Quotes on Forgiveness

“Let us not listen to those who think we ought to be angry with our enemies, and who believe this to be great and manly. Nothing is so praiseworthy, nothing so clearly shows a great and noble soul, as clemency and readiness to forgive.”


“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”


Authentic Masculine Quotes on Patience

“The strong manly ones in life are those who understand the meaning of the word patience.”

Tokugawa Ieyasu

“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.”

Samuel Johnson

“My dad said to me, ‘Work hard and be patient.’ It was the best advice he ever gave me. You have to put the hours in.”

Simon Cowell

“A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.”


Authentic Masculine Quotes on Children

“No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.”

Abraham Lincoln

“To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter.”

P. T. Barnum

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

Frederick Douglass

Authentic Masculine Quotes on Responsibility

“I spent my life trying not to be careless. Women and children can be careless, but not men.”

Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone, The Godfather

“Accept the terrible responsibility of life with eyes wide open.”

Jordan Peterson

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.”

Jim Rohn

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.”

Tony Robbins

“The way to change the world is through individual responsibility and taking local action in your own community.”

Jeff Bridges

Authentic Masculine Quotes on Duty

“It is a wretched thing that the young men of today are so contriving and so proud of their material possessions. Men with contriving hearts are lacking in duty. Lacking in duty, they will have no self-respect.”

Yamamoto Tsunetomo

“Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”


Authentic Masculine Quotes on Fatherhood

“Real fatherhood means love and commitment and sacrifice and a willingness to share responsibility and not walking away from one's children.”

William Bennett

“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.”


“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”

Theodore Hesburgh

Authentic Masculine Quotes on Strength

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”


“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.”

Thomas Paine

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

Marcus Aurelius

“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.”


Authentic Masculine Quotes on Being a Gentleman

“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.”

John Locke

“Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.”

Frederick Douglass

“I can make a lord, but only God can make a gentleman.”

King James I

“This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.”

William Lyon Phelps

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