130 Inspirational Quotes For Men (2024)

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 130 of the most inspirational quotes for men.

The goal?

To help you improve your life and achieve the success you want.

You’ll discover quotes by Einstein, Gandhi, Bruce Lee, and more.


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Man is what he believes. Anton Chekhov

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A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others. Confucius

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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

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A person can achieve everything by being simple and humble. The Vedas

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The most persevering becomes the most talented. Maxime Lagacé


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To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered. Oscar Wilde

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

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When you find peace within yourself, you also find peace without. Naga Devi

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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

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Live your life in such a way that you neither hide nor have a wish to display your life to people. Leo Tolstoy


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If you want to save the world, save your little corner of the world. Naval Ravikant

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The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses. Edith Sodergran

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The more self-knowledge you have, the calmer you can be. Maxime Lagacé

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Working hard can give you meaning. Silence can give you peace. Maxime Lagacé

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Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. Bruce Lee


The Best Inspirational Quotes For Men

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What you aim at determines what you see. Jordan Peterson

A wise man becomes free when he is ready to die at any moment. Diogenes

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

Once you’re calm and fit, you have everything worth having, as the rest just comes and goes. Naval Ravikant

Progress is made in solitude; profit is made in public. Sven Schnieders

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

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

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The wiser you get, the less you care to look like a fool. Maxime Lagacé

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

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


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

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

Those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things. François de La Rochefoucauld

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We need men who can dream of things that never were. John F. Kennedy

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

The day you are no longer afraid of standing alone, you become a professional. @orangebook_

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius. Edward Gibbon

You don’t succeed by being perfect. You succeed by doing good work, consistently. Thibaut

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What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. Plutarch

Riches have shut off many a man from the attainment of wisdom. Seneca

All fortune belongs to him who has a contented mind. The Panchatantra

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The Most Famous Inspirational Quotes For Men

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Want some famous quotes by people like Michael Jordan, van Gogh, and Einstein? Here are the best I could find.
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It is in your hands, to make a better world for all who live in it. Nelson Mandela

It is better, proverbially, to rule your own spirit than to rule a city. Jordan Peterson

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

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

The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way. Dale Carnegie

We just keep swimming and let the tide take care of itself.Warren Buffett

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Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value. Albert Einstein

If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

I like men who have a future and women who have a past. Oscar Wilde

A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man. Arthur Schopenhauer

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed. Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

The stronger a man is, the more gentle he can afford to be. Elbert Hubbard

I like criticism. It makes you strong. LeBron James

Wealth is not about having a lot of money; it’s about having a lot of options. Chris Rock

Short Inspirational Quotes For Men

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One-liners, short inspirational quotes for men, sayings, thoughts, and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, and backgrounds.
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Seek truth over comfort. Anthony Pompliano

Outmaneuver your old self. Jack Butcher

Wonderful women want disciplined men. Jack Peach (Source)

Make peace with the present moment. Eckhart Tolle

Get wealthy, get healthy, get happy. Naval Ravikant

Man is a genius when he is dreaming. Akira Kurosawa

Smart people all seek self-reliance. @orangebook_

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Don’t work more. Focus more. Nathan Gotch

One man with courage makes a majority. Andrew Jackson

A man is responsible for his ignorance. Milan Kundera

The mind of man is capable of anything. Joseph Conrad

It’s only pain that can make you change. Naval Ravikant

Related: 150 Buddha Quotes And Buddhist Quotes

Wise people never think they know it all. Thibaut

Mastery is saying no to almost everything. Jack Butcher

Don’t talk about plans. Only show results. Ed Latimore (edlatimore.com)

Believers are in groups. Seekers are alone. Sadhguru

Never stop dating your spouse. Ryan Stephens

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Forget your past. Never forget your dreams. Maxime Lagacé

You are the most valuable asset in your portfolio. Jack Butcher

Men: we have a duty to our families to be physically fit. Save Your Sons (Source)

It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts. John Wooden

Fools hate to look like fools. Wise men don’t care. Maxime Lagacé

A man is made by his beliefs. As he believes. So he becomes. Bhagavad Gita


Funny And Surprising Inspirational Quotes For Men

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Don’t let jerks live rent-free in your head. Sam Altman

Here’s all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid. George Carlin

I’m teaching my daughter that the sun goes down each night because it’s mad at her. Probably gonna write a book on parenting at some point. Ryan Reynolds

On Fathers Day, my daughter smiled at me. It was all the gift I needed as I packed a bag and left for 6 years to write a book on parenting. Ryan Reynolds

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat. Lily Tomlin

Deep Inspirational Sayings For Men

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Wherever there is a crowd there is untruth. Søren Kierkegaard

He who indulges in empty fears earns himself real fears. Seneca

Be the man you wish your father was. Jack Peach (Source)

You aren’t nervous about the performance, you’re nervous about the results. James Pierce

No woman is out of your league if you’re funny enough. Angelina (Source)

For one who has conquered his mind, a mind is best of friends, but for one who has failed to do so, a mind is the greatest enemy. Bhagavad Gita

A man without courage is to me the most despicable thing under the sun, a travesty on the whole scheme of creation. Jack London

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

Become the type of man your great-great-grandchildren hang pictures of on their walls. Unknown

The greatest of the arts is the conquering of men. Jack London

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Create and find meaning. Consume and lose it. Maxime Lagacé

We have been conditioned to feel that we lack something. So we are always trying to add something to ourselves: security, self-esteem, externalized love, material things. Yet as drinking saltwater only makes you more thirsty, none of those things are ever finally enough. Thibaut

Never diminish someone’s dream, no matter how absurd it seems. Thibaut

Nourish yourself with grand and austere ideas of beauty that feed the soul… Seek solitude. Eugène Delacroix

The wise man avoids groups at any and all costs. Kapil Gupta

Silence is the best resolve for him who distrusts himself. François de La Rochefoucauld

Related: 10 Habits of Successful People (investopedia.com)

Wise Inspirational Sayings For Men

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Make focusing on the long-term your default mode. Matthew Kobach

Do good, reap good; do evil, reap evil. Chinese proverb

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake. Confucius

Maximize your best ideas and minimize your mistakes. Simple yet hard. Shane Parrish

Be forgiving with your past self. Be strict with your present self. Be flexible with your future self. James Clear

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

Inner emptiness is not a void to be filled with comforts; it is a window to be looked through. Alan Watts

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For the unwise man there are things to do. For the wise man there are things to understand. Kapil Gupta

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

Whenever you deeply accept this moment as it is — no matter what form it takes — you are still, you are at peace. Eckhart Tolle

It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them — the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas. Fyodor Dostoevsky

During the day you should behave in such a way that you can sleep at night in peace; and in your youth you should behave in such a way that you can live in your old age in peace. Indian proverb

Men have true freedom only if they are indifferent to the past and the future. As soon as they regret or expect, there’s attachment and suffering. Maxime Lagacé

People become intelligent despite what they learn in school, not because of it. James Pierce

Everyone is a fool, including you. Realizing this on a deep level turns you from a regular fool into a wise fool. James Pierce

To have doubted one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man. Oliver W. Holmes Jr

RelatedGreat Lessons From Great Men (artofmanliness.com)


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You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it himself. Galileo Galilei

Key Takeaways

  • You have the power to be who you want to be. Just decide, then commit.
  • Remember: you can only reach your full potential if you lose sight of the shore.
  • Wise men don’t do what’s popular, they do what’s right.
  • Who are the most inspiring men? The ones who are:
  • You can’t decide how much “talent” you have, but you can decide how much effort you put out and your attitude.

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

You can find him on X, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube.

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October 24, 2022

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