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140 Good Man Quotes To Inspire You To Do Your Best

These good man quotes will fuel your determination and speak to your spirit!

With a healthy dose of courage and determination, you can accomplish incredible feats. If you’re ready to become a better man and live a more fulfilled life, we want to provide you with wise words to help you along your journey.

Being a man is about taking responsibility and using your willpower to become the person that you know you can and should be. It’s about using your power as a man to serve others and create positive change.

Although you can never be perfect, there are many things you can do to become a better man. There is always room for improvement and opportunities for growth.

Just like any other human, you’ll stumble and make mistakes from time to time. But with enough focus and determination, you can make steady progress over time and turn your weakness into greatness.

Instead of being a victim to your environment, take responsibility for your circumstances and look for opportunities to create the kind of life you desire. It’s easier said than done, but you can become and be even more of a man than you are right now.

To help you become the best that you can be, below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and good man quotes, good man sayings, and good man proverbs, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

Don’t forget to also read these classy gentleman quotes that will inspire you to become an upstanding member of society.

Good Man Quotes To Inspire You To Do Your Best

1. “Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Good Man Quotes about big jobs

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

Good Man Quotes about strength

3. “If a man’s mind becomes pure, his surroundings will also become pure.” – Buddha

Good Man Quotes about surroundings

4. “The way of a superior man is three-fold: virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from perplexities; bold, he is free from fear.” – Confucius

Good Man Quotes about freedom

5. “The first step to be a good man is this: You must deeply feel the burden of the stones some else [is] carrying.” – Mehmet Murat ildan

deep Good Man Quotes

6. “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” – Samuel Johnson

Good Man Quotes full of wisdom

7. “To be a man requires that you accept everything life has to give you, beginning with your name.” – Burl Ives

Good Man Quotes about beginnings

8. “It takes a great man to be a good listener.” – Calvin Coolidge

Good Man Quotes on being a good listener

9. “You have to have a bunch of dimensions of yourself. You have to be able to adapt in this world. You can’t be a nice guy living in a world of savages.” – Mike Tyson

Good Man Quotes about life

10. “The heart of a good man is the sanctuary of God in this world.” – Suzanne Curchod

Good Man Quotes from the heart

Good man quotes that will make you want to up your game

11. “The man who is deserving the name is the one whose thoughts and exertions are for others rather than for himself.” – Walter Scott

thoughtful Good Man Quotes

12. “He who stops being better stops being good.” – Oliver Cromwell

Good Man Quotes on becoming better

13. “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” – Marcus Aurelius

Good Man Quotes about time

14. “You spend time with your family? Good. Because a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” – Don Vito Corleone

Good Man Quotes about family

15. “Nothing deters a good man from doing what is honourable.” – Seneca the Younger
If you’re enjoying these quotes, you’ll love our collection of Seneca quotes that will help you in all facets of your life.

Good Man Quotes about honour

16. “The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.” – Brandon Sanderson

Good Man Quotes about greatness

17. “If unwilling to rise in the morning, say to thyself, ‘I awake to do the work of a man.’” – Marcus Aurelius

Good Man Quotes about work

18. “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

Good Man Quotes about expressing yourself

19. “A man may conquer a million men in battle but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors.” – Buddha

Good Man Quotes about dreams

20. “Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.” – Chuck Norris

Good Man Quotes about goals

Good man quotes to help you become the best version of yourself

21. “A good man will want you to shine. He wants you to be your amazing self. A good man loves to show off his happy, intelligent, amazing, powerful woman.” – Anastasia Netri

Good Man Quotes about intellect

22. “Being a ‘good man’ is something you do, not something you are.” – Luvvie Ajayi

powerful Good Man Quotes

23. “A good man’s prayers will from the deepest dungeon climb heaven’s height, and bring a blessing down.” – Joanna Baillie

Good Man Quotes to inspire you

24. “It is not what he has, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.” – Henri-Frederic Amiel

Good Man Quotes that will make your day

25. “One good man, one good man, it ain’t much – it’s only everything.” – Deborah Kerr

motivational Good Man Quotes

26. “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

Good Man Quotes about adversity

27. “A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means.” – Sallust

Good Man Quotes about justice

28. “There are two questions a man must ask himself: The first is ‘Where am I going?’ and the second is ‘Who will go with me?’ If you ever get these questions in the wrong order you are in trouble.” – Sam Keen

Good Man Quotes about friends

29. “No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good Man Quotes about opportunity

30. “The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.” – John Dewey

Good Man Quotes on moving forward

Good man quotes that will inspire you to be a better person

31. “He who Serves his fellows is, of all his fellows, greatest.” – E. Urner Goodman

32. “A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.” – Gautama Buddha

33. “What a man knows should find its expression in what he does. The value of superior knowledge is chiefly in that it leads to a performing manhood.” – Christian Nestell Bovee

34. “A strong man doesn’t have to be dominant toward a woman. He doesn’t match his strength against a woman weak with love for him. He matches it against the world.” – Marilyn Monroe

35. “A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.” – John Wayne (see more inspirational John Wayne quotes)

Good man quotes that will inspire you to be a better person

36. “A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.” – John F. Kennedy

37. “A man should be able to hear, and to bear, the worst that could be said of him.” – Saul Bellow

38. “It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.” – Plutarch

39. “There is nothing noble being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Winston Churchill

40. “It is not the situation which makes the man, but the man who makes the situation.” – Frederick William Robertson

Good man quotes to help you reach you full potential

41. “A gentleman will open doors, pull out chairs, and carry things. Not because she’s helpless or unable, but because he wants to show her that she is valuable and worthy of respect.” – Charles J. Orlando

42. “The mark of a real man, is a man who can allow himself to fall deeply in love with a woman.” – C. JoyBell C.

43. “You have to be a man before you can be a gentleman.” – John Wayne

44. “Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

45. “Good men who exercise power are really the most fascinating of all people.” – John Keegan

Good man quotes to help you reach you full potential

46. “A man’s ledger does not tell what he is, or what he is worth. Count what is in man, not what is on him, if you would know what he is worth—whether rich or poor.” – Henry Ward Beecher

47. “Being a good husband is like being a good stand-up comic: you need ten years before you can even call yourself a beginner.” – Jerry Seinfeld
If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of husband quotes to make him feel appreciated.

48. “Good men have the fewest fears. He has but one great fear who fears to do wrong; he has a thousand who has overcome it.” – Christian Nestell Bovee

49. “Though in the order of nature angels rank above men, yet, by scale of justice, good men are of greater value than bad angels.” – Saint Augustine

50. “A man must at times be hard as nails: willing to face up to the truth about himself…But he must also be tender. No weapon will breach the armor of a woman’s resentment like tenderness.” – Elisabeth Elliot

Good man quotes to elevate your perspective

51. “If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.” – Abraham Lincoln

52. “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

53. “It is his nature, not his standing, that makes the good man.” –
Publilius Syrus

54. “The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions” — Leonardo da Vinci

55. “A good man does not spy around for the black spots in others, but presses unswervingly on towards his mark.” – Marcus Aurelius

56. “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” — Bob Marley

57. “Excellence or virtue in a man will be the disposition which renders him a good man and also which will cause him to perform his function well.” –
Aristotle

58. “Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects.” — Oscar Wilde

59. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

60. “There is nothing wrong with being afraid – but there is nothing more wrong than allowing that to be your master.” – Bobby Darin

Good man quotes to inspire and motivate you

61. “A superior man is modest in his speech , but exceeds in his actions.” – Confucius
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62. “A good man is kinder to his enemy than bad men are to their friends.” –
Joseph Hall

63. “Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.” – Aldous Huxley

64. “A good man and a wise man may at times be angry with the world, at times grieved for it; but be sure no man was ever discontented with the world who did his duty in it.” – Robert Southey

65. “Life’s not about hard of a hit you can give….it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.” — Sylvester Stallone in Rocky

66. “A good man will not lie, although it be for his profit.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

67. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet keep looking. Don’t Settle.” — Steve Jobs

68. “The life of a good man is at the same time the most eloquent lesson of virtue and the most severe reproof of vice.” – Samuel Smiles

69. “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

70. “To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe” – Anatole France

Good man quotes to live by

71. “Try to live the life of the good man who is more than content with what is allocated to him.” – Marcus Aurelius

72. “A good man can be stupid and still be good. But a bad man must have brains.” – Maxim Gorky

73. “People often tell me I could be a great man. I’d rather be a good man.” –
John F. Kennedy Jr.

74. “It is the task of a good man to help those in misfortune.” – Sophocles

75. “Life is strange. Every so often a good man wins.” – Frank Dane

76. “Living or dead, to a good man there can come no evil.” – Socrates

77. “Most important is be a good man.” – Pele

78. “The good man does not grieve that other people do not recognize his merits. His only anxiety is lest he should fail to recognize theirs.” – Confucius

79. “No evil can happen to a good man either in life or after death.” – Plato

80. “The life of a good man was a continual warfare with his passions.” –Samuel Richardson

Good man quotes to encourage

81. “One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man’s laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

82. “The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.” – Albert Einstein

83. “We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.” – William James
If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of savage quotes that will spark your inner boss.

84. “A man ought to carry himself in the world as an orange tree would if it could walk up and down in the garden–swinging perfume from every little censer it holds up to the air.” – Henry Ward Beecher

85. “The times are never so bad but that a good man can make shift to live in them.” – Thomas More

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

87. “Contemporaries appreciate the man rather than the merit; but posterity will regard the merit rather than the man.” – Charles Caleb Colton

88. “You can’t measure manhood with a tape line around his biceps.” – Billy Sunday

89. “Here is the manliness of manhood, that a man has a good reason for what he does, and has a will in doing it.” –Alexander MacLaren

90. “A man knows his limits, but a real man can overcome them.” – Travis Martin

More good man quotes and sayings

91. “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”― Voltaire

92. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

93. “The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

94. “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” – Dale Carnegie

95. “I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I’m not.” — Kurt Cobain

96. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

97. “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” — Buddha

98. “You and only you are responsible for your life choices and decisions.” – Robert Kiyosaki

99. “Sometimes solitude is one of the most beautiful things on earth — Charles Bukowski
If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of Charles Bukowski quotes to help you see life from a brand new perspective.

100. “Great hopes make great men.” – Thomas Fuller

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Good man quotes to elevate your mind

101. “If you perform the sacrifice of doing your duty, you do not have to do anything else. Devoted to duty, man attains perfection.” – Bhagavad Gita

102. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln

103. “The most persevering becomes the most talented.” – Maxime Lagacé

104. “The greater the success, the more it was due to one thing: focus.” – Shane Parrish

105. “The crucial thing is to find a truth which is truth for me, to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die.” – Søren Kierkegaard

106. “All fortune belongs to him who has a contented mind.” – The Panchatantra

107. “Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” – Bruce Lee
If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of Bruce Lee quotes from the iconic actor and fighter.

108. “Manhood is the defeat of childhood narcissism.”- David Gilmore

109. “The ignorant work for their own profit; the wise work for the welfare of the world, without thought for themselves.” – Bhagavad Gita

110. “Every day is a new life to the wise man.”-Dale Carnegie

Good man quotes to motivate you

111. “A person can achieve everything by being simple and humble.” – The Vedas

112. “There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.” – Søren Kierkegaard

113. “You will earn the respect of all men if you begin by earning the respect of yourself.” – Musonius Rufus

114. “You don’t succeed by being perfect. You succeed by doing good work, consistently.” – Thibaut

115. “If you want to save the world, save your little corner of the world.” – Naval Ravikant

116. “Every man of courage is a man of his word.”- Pierre Corneille

117. “What you aim at determines what you see.” – Jordan Peterson

118. “Work hard, be honest, help people, never give up, love your fellow man and woman, give back to society, and don’t ever discriminate.”-Jesse White

119. “You should think in such a way that everybody could look into your soul and see what is transpiring there.” – Seneca

120. “Most people give up right before the big break comes– don’t let that person be you.”-Michael Boyle

Good man quotes that will spur you to action

121. “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” – Theodore Roosevelt

122. “I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.” — John Ruskin

123. “Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.” – Henry Ward Beecher

124. “In the face of inhumanity, a good man reacts, but a great one acts.” — James Rollins

125. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino
If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of determination quotes to help you keep moving forward.

126. “A great man is always willing to be little.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

127. “Change your life today. Don”t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” – Simone de Beauvoir

128. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be a value.” — Albert Einstein

129. “The man who has no imaginations has no wings.” — Muhammad Ali
If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of Muhammad Ali quotes on life, love and being a champion.

130. “As a general rule, it pays to be confident, helpful and nice.” — Colin Wright

Other good man quotes and sayings

131. “Your life will become better by making other lives better.” – Will Smith

132. “A great man does not seek applause or place; he seeks for truth; he seeks the road to happiness, and what he ascertains, he gives to others.” — Robert Green Ingersoll

133. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” – Pablo Picasso

134. “It makes a big difference when men respect women. There are a lot of men who don’t, so that’s the main quality that would make a good man a great man.” — Stephanie Sigman

135. “A young man without ambition is an old man waiting to be.” – Steven Brust
If you’re enjoying these quotes, read our collection of ambition quotes to set your sights sky high.

136. “It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously.” — Logan Pearsall Smith

137. “Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale

138. “A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.” — George Bernard Shaw

139. “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.” — Socrates

140. “Don’t hide your scars, they make you who you are.” — Frank Sinatra

Which of these good man quotes was your favorite?

All men want to be respected. But for people to show you more respect, you must first become the man that you know you can be.

It’s easier said than done, but you can become a man who progresses with the right intentions. Hopefully, the quotes above have inspired you to become the best version of yourself.

Which of these good man quotes and sayings resonated with you best? Do you have any other inspirational quotes to add? Feel free to share with us in the comment section below.

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    Mr Meggs

    December 17, 2020 at 7:18 PM

    We can only be defined be our actions.!!
    A whisper..
    A thought..
    Has no consequence.
    Requires no courage.

    I believe in good

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