150 Inspirational Quotes About Good Men

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A good man is always valued in society since everyone desires to be around good people and avoid bad company. He knows how to put others in front of himself and empathize with those in need.

There are many quotes about a good man and what it takes to be one. Such quotes shed light on what qualities one should aspire for to gain the respect of others. Read these quotes and share them with the men in your life to honor them and what they stand for.

You Are A Good Man Quotes

Goodness is at the core of every heart and drives one to become a better person. Read these quotes about being a good man and find inspiration to become the best version of yourself.

  1. “It takes a mighty good man to be better than no man at all.” – Dixie Carter
  1. “Being a ‘good man’ is something you do, not something you are.” – Luvvie Ajayi
  1. “The good man is the friend of all living things.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  1. “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” – Marcus Aurelius
  1. “A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means.” – Sallust
  1. “A good man can be stupid and still be good. But a bad man must have brains.” – Maxim Gorky
  1. “No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.” – Plato
  1. “I’m a good man, and I’m gonna become a better man.” – Chance The Rapper
  1. “A good man is a good man, whether in this church or out of it.” – Brigham Young
  1. “I’m a good man and a bad fighter… I’ve got the gladiator in me.” – Chris Eubank Sr.
  1. “A good man, though he will value his own countrymen, yet will think as highly of the worthy men of every nation under the sun.” – Samuel Richardson
  1. “It really is true that an orator is simply a good man who speaks well.” – George McGovern
  1. “You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good, and whose enemies are decidedly bad.” – Johann Kaspar Lavater
  1. “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
  1. “Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.” – Chuck Norris
  1. “A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means.” – Sallust
  1. “The mark of a real man is a man who can allow himself to fall deeply in love with a woman.” – C. JoyBell C.
  1. “To be a man requires that you accept everything life has to give you, beginning with your name.” – Burl Ives
  1. “The heart of a good man is the sanctuary of God in this world.” – Suzanne Curchod
The heart of a good man is the sanctuary of God in this world

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  1. “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
  1. “One good man, one good man, it ain’t much – it’s only everything.” – Deborah Kerr
  1. “The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.” – John Dewey
  1. “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
  1. “A man should be able to hear, and to bear, the worst that could be said of him.” – Saul Bellow
  1. “It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.” – Plutarch
  1. “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
  1. “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
  1. “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  1. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe” – Anatole France
  1. “Try to live the life of the good man who is more than content with what is allocated to him.” – Marcus Aurelius
  1. “A good man can be stupid and still be good. But a bad man must have brains.” – Maxim Gorky
  1. “People often tell me I could be a great man. I’d rather be a good man.” – John F. Kennedy Jr
  1. “It is the task of a good man to help those in misfortune.” – Sophocles
  1. “Life is strange. Every so often a good man wins.” – Frank Dane
  1. “Living or dead, to a good man there can come no evil.” – Socrates
  1. “Most important is be a good man.” – Pele
  1. “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”― Voltaire
  1. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  1. “The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  1. “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” – Dale Carnegie
  1. “I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I’m not.” – Kurt Cobain
  1. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
  1. “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” – Buddha
  1. “You and only you are responsible for your life choices and decisions.” – Robert Kiyosaki
  1. “Sometimes solitude is one of the most beautiful things on earth – Charles Bukowski
  1. “I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.” – John Ruskin
  1. “Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.” – Henry Ward Beecher
  1. “In the face of inhumanity, a good man reacts, but a great one acts.” – James Rollins
  1. “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
  1. “It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously.” – Logan Pearsall Smith
A good man accepts advice gracefully.

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

Being A Good Man Quotes

Always walk on the path of truth! Never get confused and choose the wrong way. Read these quotes about being a good man to motivate you to do better.

  1. “So, being a good man is not an exam or a qualification; it changes and it incorporates being a good friend, a good father, a good employee, a good boss, a good neighbor, and a good citizen.” – A. A. Gill
  1. “The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.” – John Dewey
  1. “I don’t have a desire for material things. As long as I’m happy, I’m good, man.” – Astro
  1. “Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goe
  1. “My grandfather was an amazing man. You talk about character and integrity, everyone who knew him, whether they agreed with him or not, said, ‘George Romney is a good man, and he sticks to his principles: a man of honesty and hard work, integrity.” – Tagg Romney
  1. “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
  1. “I’m willing to take a polygraph test to prove that I’m happy about Kahlon’s return to politics. He’s a good man, a man who cares. It’s good to have people like that in politics; I have no problem with that.” – Yair Lapid
  1. “Action is greater than writing. A good man is a nobler object of contemplation than a great author. There are but two things worth living for: to do what is worthy of being written and to write what is worthy of being read.” – Ross Perot
  1. “The good man is he who rules himself as he does his own property: his autonomous being is modelled on material power.” – Theodor W. Adorno
  1. “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
  1. “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
  1. “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
  1. “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
  1. “Nothing deters a good man from doing what is honorable.” – Seneca the Younger
  1. “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
  1. “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
  1. “There is nothing noble being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Winston Churchill
  1. “It is not the situation which makes the man but the man who makes the situation.” – Frederick William Robertson
  1. “The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” – Thomas Paine
  1. “If a man’s mind becomes pure, his surroundings will also become pure.” – Buddha
  1. “You have to be a man before you can be a gentleman.” – John Wayne
  1. “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
  1. “Good men who exercise power are really the most fascinating of all people.” – John Keegan
  1. “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
  1. “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” – Samuel Johnson
  1. “The life of a good man was a continual warfare with his passions.” – Samuel Richardson
  1. “It takes a great man to be a good listener.” – Calvin Coolidge
  1. “It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.” – Plutarch
  1. “If a good man can’t sleep after hurting people, then he should learn much more to be a leader.” – Toba Beta
  1. “The first step to be a good man is this: You must deeply feel the burden of the stones someone else [is] carrying.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

Appreciate A Good Man Quotes

Good deeds lead toward gaining respect and love from people. Express gratitude toward such noble men you know in your life with these quotes appreciating good men.

  1. “I think a gentleman is someone who holds the comfort of other people above their own. The instinct to do that is inside every good man, I believe. The rules about opening doors and buying dinner and all of that other ‘gentleman’ stuff is a chess game, especially these days.” – Anna Kendrick
  1. “Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven.” – Michelangelo
  1. “The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.” – William James
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  1. “The things that have always been important: to be a good man, to try to live my life the way God would have me, to turn it over to Him that His will might be worked in my life, to do my work without looking back, to give it all I’ve got, and to take pride in my work as an honest performer.” – Johnny Cash
  1. “No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death. He and his are not neglected by the gods.” – Socrates
  1. “When I went to college, as much as my parents emphasized academic achievement, they emphasized marriage even more. They told me that the most eligible women marry young to get a ‘good man’ before they are all taken.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  1. “I had many teachers that were great, positive role models and taught me to be a good person and stand up and be a good man. A lot of the principals they taught me still affect how I act sometimes and it’s 30 years later.” – Kevin James
  1. “An awful lot of fantasy, and even some great fantasy, falls into the mistake of assuming that a good man will be a good king, that all that is necessary is to be a decent human being, and when you’re king, everything will go swimmingly.” – George R. R. Martin
  1. “For a man, there’s a big responsibility that comes with having a boy because men are made by their fathers. If you’ve got a good productive man around, it’s better. I have such a close relationship with my dad and that responsibility to produce a good man is something I think about.” – Rafe Spall
  1. “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.” – President John F. Kennedy
  1. “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
  1. “A man may conquer a million men in battle, but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors.” – Buddha
  1. “He who stops being better stops being good.” – Oliver Cromwell
  1. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln
  1. “The most persevering becomes the most talented.” – Maxime Lagacé
  1. “The greater the success, the more it was due to one thing: focus.” – Shane Parrish
  1. “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
  1. “All fortune belongs to him who has a contented mind.” – The Panchatantra
  1. “Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” – Bruce Lee

Qualities Of A Good Man Quotes

Learn what makes a good man with this list of quotes on the qualities of a good man. Share it around and inspire others to reach their true potential.

  1. “In order to be rated as good as a good man in the field of her earnings, she must show herself better than he. She must be more steady, or more trustworthy, or more skilled, or more cheap in order to have the same chance of employment.” – Florence Kelley
  1. “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker, the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.” – Abraham Lincoln
  1. “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
  1. “A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the facade of his appearance.” – Alanis Morissette
  1. “Looking back, I can see that the women I loved, at least early on, were status symbols. I suppose, in that sense, I was my mother’s true disciple. She’d taught me that a good man, though elusive, could transform one’s whole life once he was caught.” – Edmund White
  1. “When a good man lends himself to the advocacy of slavery, he must, at least for a time, feel himself to be anywhere but at home amongst his new thoughts, doctrines, and modes of reasoning.” – Gerrit Smith
  1. “Good advice is one of those injuries which a good man ought, if possible, to forgive, but at all events to forget at once.” – Horace Smith
  1. “I don’t want to impose rules on people, but you have only a short window, and you’re sorely mistaken if you think you can put off having a family. It’s very hard to find a good man, and it’s never a ‘good time’ to have a baby if you have a career.” – Mika Brzezinski
  1. “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
  1. “A good man does not spy around for the black spots in others, but presses unswervingly on towards his mark.” – Marcus Aurelius
A good man presses unswervingly on towards his mark.

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  1. “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
  1. “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
  1. “Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects.” – Oscar Wilde
  1. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein
  1. “There is nothing wrong with being afraid – but there is nothing more wrong than allowing that to be your master.” – Bobby Darin
  1. “The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.” – Albert Einstein
  1. “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
  1. “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
  1. “The times are never so bad but that a good man can make shift to live in them.” – Thomas More
  1. “There is one rule, above all others, for being a man. Whatever comes, face it on your feet.” – Larissa Ione
  1. “Contemporaries appreciate the man rather than the merit, but posterity will regard the merit rather than the man.” – Charles Caleb Colton
  1. “You can’t measure manhood with a tape line around his biceps.” – Billy Sunday
  1. “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
  1. “A good man will find that there is goodness in the world; an honest man will find that there is honesty in the world; and a man of principle will find principle and integrity in the hearts of others.” – Albert Pike
  1. “A good man will never harm or oppress another. A good man will share his last morsel of food with others in need, and die of hunger when he no longer has any food – instead of cheat or steal from others to survive. Selflessness. Humility. Truthfulness. These are the three marks of an honorable man.” – Suzy Kassem
  1. “In our time, all it takes for evil to flourish is for a few good men to be a little wrong and have a great deal of power, and for the vast majority of their fellow citizens to remain indifferent.” – William Sloane Coffin

Having A Good Man Quotes

Be it your father, son, uncle, friend, husband, or boyfriend, these men may be the best examples of what it feels like to have a good man in your life. Here are some quotes on having a good man.

  1. “I feel grateful because I have a lot of love in my life. I found the person I’m sharing my life with. I have a good man.” – Gisele Bundchen
  1. “The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.” – Thomas Carlyle
  1. “I did not get married for these trolls. My husband is a good man, and I find him good-looking, maybe you don’t. I don’t care.” – Sana Khan
  1. “Trying to learn to be a good man is like learning to play tennis against a wall. You are only a good man – a competent, capable, interesting, and lovable man – when you’re doing it for or with other people.” – A. A. Gill
  1. “I was raised in the greatest of homes… just a really great dad, and I miss him so much…. He was a good man, a real simple man… very faithful, always loved my mom, always provided for the kids, and just a lot of fun.” – Max Lucado
Good man quotes on a great dad

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  1. “My father used to say, ‘I want you to be a good man; I want you to learn how to work. And I want you to be a serious person.’ I grew up with that in my mind.” – Roberto Clemente
  1. “Troy was a sweet, good man. We just were never destined to be married. We just didn’t have the same values. But I’m not bitter. He taught me how to laugh.” – Suzanne Pleshette
  1. “My father was a great example of a strong and good man and Christian man, and my mother taught all my six sisters how to be young ladies and mothers and how to take care of your family. And so I think they were – they still are – great examples for all of us to their kids and to the world, too.” – Magic Johnson
  1. “Success can be as simple as the warm feeling you get when you smile at a stranger, someone you know must be lonely, and having that stranger return your smile. It can be the bringing of a child into the world and raising that child to be a good man or woman.” – Maryanne Trump Barry
  1. “My dad is such a good man. You know how when you are a child you think your dad is invincible? Well, I still think that – he is so wise and everything I do I ask my dad’s advice about first.” – Leona Lewis
  1. “You don’t have to dumb down – you just have to find a clever, good, secure man. I’ve found a couple – I’ve been lucky – but it’s probably hard for everybody to find that true love of a good man.” – Kimora Lee Simmons
  1. “My father was a successful real estate developer, and he was a very tough man but a good man. My father would always praise me. He always thought I was the smartest person.” – Donald Trump
  1. “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
  1. “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
  1. “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
  1. “A good man is kinder to his enemy than bad men are to their friends.” – Joseph Hall
  1. “Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.” – Aldous Huxley
  1. “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
  1. “Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give…. It’s about how many you can take and still keep moving forward.” – Sylvester Stallone in Rocky
  1. “A good man will not lie, although it be for his profit.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
  1. “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
  1. “You will earn the respect of all men if you begin by earning the respect of yourself.” – Musonius Rufus
  1. “There is a good life. The good news is that you can live that good life. The good life is the happy life. To live this good life, be happy! A truly happy man is a good man.” – Ogwo David Emenike
  1. “You’re not broken. You’re perfect. And when you get to get away from these kids, you might finally have a good man.” – Ashley Newell

A good man yearns to perform good deeds, stay humble, and help everyone without any personal intention. Thus, being a good man can change this world for the better. Share these quotes about being a good man with the men in your life. Spread love and peace!

Infographic: Motivational Quotes About A Good Man

Everyone likes to be around a gentleman since he is kind and helpful. Regardless of the difficulties he confronts, he always acts responsibly. Check out the infographic below to learn some more motivational quotes that will help you know what it means to be a good man and inspire you to be one.

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