111 Motivational And Encouraging Quotes For Men

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If you have dedicated, talented, and hard-working men around you, boost their confidence by sharing encouraging quotes for men listed in this post and awaken the hero within them.

Even the strongest men can stumble while shouldering so many responsibilities. So, let them know they are the kings and masters of their lives. Motivate them to achieve success and overcome the challenges they come across. A great man is known for fighting the battles with a smile on his lips and confidence in his eyes.

Motivational Quotes For Men

Feeling hopeless is fine, but never let failure and despair define you. Because failure is not the entire book but only a chapter in your book of life.

  1. “You will earn the respect of all men if you begin by earning the respect of yourself.” – Musonius Rufus
  2. “It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  3. “Live your life in such a way that you neither hide nor have a wish to display your life to people.” – Leo Tolstoy
  4. “The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too.” – Vincent van Gogh
  5. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln
  6. “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
  7. “There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them.” – Phyllis Bottome
  8. “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
  9. “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
  10. “A man may conquer a million men in battle but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors.” – Buddha
  11. “Happiness isn’t about making more money, but rather freedom. The freedom to say no to things you don’t want to do. The freedom to say no to people you don’t like. The freedom to not feel like you are obligated to say “yes”. Freedom is saying yes when you want to.” – Shane Parrish
  12. “My idea of the modern stoic sage is someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into information, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  13. “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
  14. “The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” – Tony Robbins
  15. “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
  16. “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.” –William Shakespeare
  17. “Stick to the basics. Do your job. Avoid stupidity. Speak for yourself. Be attentive to details. Put results ahead of being right. Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.” – Shane Parrish
  18. “If a man needs no one to like him, agree with him, praise him, validate him, forgive him, acknowledge him, invite him, or accept him, if he is indifferent to the winds of circumstance and to the hand of fortune… Such a man floats through life, free of all burdens.” – Alan Watts
  19. “If a man can reduce his needs to zero, he is truly free: there is nothing that can be taken from him and nothing anyone can do to hurt him…And he or she can also be still.” – John Boyd
  20. “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
  21. “I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the great is our own sense of well-being.” – Dalai Lama
  22. “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
  23. “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
  24. “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
  25. “No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.” –Godfrey Winn
  26. “A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father.” –Frank Abagnale
  27. “Revenge… is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.” –Jeremy Taylor
  28. “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
  29. “Better to be a strong man with a weak point, than to be a weak man without a strong point. A diamond with a flaw is more valuable that a brick without a flaw.” –William J H Boetcker
  30. “There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self-respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King.” –Orison Swett Marden
  31.  “Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.” –Henry Ward Beecher

Short Inspirational Quotes For Men

It is said that brevity is the soul of the wit, we hope the same brevity also gives you grit. These short inspiring quotes can also give you the courage you were always looking for and catapult you to success.

  1. “Man is what he believes.” – Anton Chekhov
  2. “I like criticism. It makes you strong.” – LeBron James
  3. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
  4. “It takes a great man to be a good listener.” – Calvin Coolidge
  5. “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” – Jimi Hendrix
  6. “The most persevering becomes the most talented.” – Maxime Lagacé
  7. “The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.” – Vince Lombardi
  8. “Most important is be a good man.” – Pelé
  9. “A person can achieve everything by being simple and humble.” – Rig Veda
  10. “The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.” – Edith Sodergran
  11. “No evil can happen to a good man either in life or after death.” – Plato
  12. “It is in your hands, to make a better world for all who live in it.” – Nelson Mandela
  13. “The heart of a good man is the sanctuary of God in this world.” – Suzanne Curchod
  14. “The more self-knowledge you have, the calmer you can be.” – Maxime Lagacé
  15. “To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered.” – Oscar Wilde
  16. “A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  17. “A wise man becomes free when he is ready to die at any moment.” – Diogenes
  18. “A man knows his limits, but a real man can overcome them.” – Travis Martin
  19. “Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” – Bruce Lee
  20. “The life of a good man was a continual warfare with his passions.” –Samuel Richardson
  21. “The stronger a man is, the more gentle he can afford to be.” – Elbert Hubbard
  22. “The greater the success, the more it was due to one thing: focus.” – Shane Parrish
  23. “We need men who can dream of things that never were.” – John F. Kennedy
  24. “It is better, proverbially, to rule your own spirit than to rule a city.” – Jordan B. Peterson
  25. “I like men who have a future and women who have a past.” – Oscar Wilde
  26. “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  27. “Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein
  28. “Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.” – Edward Gibbon
  29. “The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.” – Dale Carnegie
  30. “We just keep swimming and let the tide take care of itself.” – Warren Buffett
  31. “Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.” –Francis Bacon
  32. “Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.” – Denis Diderot
  33. “Your life will become better by making other lives better.” – Will Smith
  34. “If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  35. “The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.” — Leonardo da Vinci
  36. “To be a man requires that you accept everything life has to give you, beginning with your name.” – Burl Ives
  37. “Working hard can give you meaning. Silence can give you peace.” – Maxime Lagacé
  38. “A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others.” – Confucius
  39. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
  40. “The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.” – Claude Levi Strauss
  41. “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James
  42. “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” – Samuel Johnson
  43. “A good man’s prayers will from the deepest dungeon climb heaven’s height, and bring a blessing down.” – Joanna Baillie
  44. “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
  45. “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?” – Robert Browning
  46. “The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  47. “In the face of inhumanity, a good man reacts, but a great one acts.” – James Rollins
  48. “Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.” – Henry Ward Beecher
  49. “The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.” –Henrik Ibsen
  50. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill

Encouraging Quotes For Men

When everything seems dark, it’s only you who can help yourself to find the right path. A strong man does face fear in life but, he will not allow it to conquer him. For, if there is no struggle in life, there is no life.

  1. “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
  2. “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
  3. “True wealth: Worriless sleeping, clear conscience, reciprocal gratitude, absence of envy, muscle strength, frequent laughs, no meals alone, no gym classes, good digestive functions, no meeting rooms, periodic surprises, foamy coffee, crusty bread, ability to nap, access to a hammock.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  4. “Always remember: Silence and smile are two very powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems. Silence is the way to avoid many problems.” – Paulo Coelho
  5. “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
  6. “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
  7. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain
  8. “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
  9. “The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.” – John Dewey
  10. “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
  11. “Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden
  12. “If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau
  13. “Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  14. “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
  15. “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
  16. “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
  17. “Follow your dream… If you stumble, don’t stop and lose sight of your goal, press on to the top. For only on top can we see the whole view.” – Amanda Bradley
  18. “If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford
  19. 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
  20. “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
  21. “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
  22. “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
  23. “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
  24. “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
  25. “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela
  26. “A man 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
  27. “Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.” – Amy Lowell
  28. “Nothing is given to man on earth – struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible – the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen.” – Andrew Bernstein
  29. “A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.” – Louis Nizer
  30. “Man looks in the abyss, there’s nothing staring back at him. At that moment, man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss.” – Hal Holbrook

Men hardly talk about their struggles or frustrations or express their pain and suffering. All they need is solace, encouragement, and the right guidance to help them find their path in life. Inspire the man inside you or someone you know, share the inspiring quotes for men with them.

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