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Masculinity Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Masculinity

Please enjoy these Masculinity Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Masculinity is not something given to you,
but something you gain.
And you gain it by winning small battles with honor.
- Norman Mailer

To me the definition of true masculinity -
and femininity,
too - is being able to lay in your own skin comfortably.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity
all the more trenchant for its being lost.
- Joyce Carol Oates

If we're talking about masculinity and tenderness,
I don't look at Clinton.
- Aaron Eckhart

 

We'll never solve the feminization of power until we
solve the masculinity of wealth.
- Gloria Steinem

Because there is very little honor left in American life,
there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men.
- Norman Mailer

Wit is a weapon.
Jokes are a masculine way of inflicting superiority.
But humor is the pursuit of a gentle grin,
usually in solitude.
- Frank Muir

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Like a French poem is life; being only perfect in structure
when with the masculine rhymes mingled the feminine are.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It would be difficult for me not to conclude that the
most perfect type of masculine beauty is Satan,
as portrayed by Milton.
- Charles Baudelaire

Women's liberation is the liberation of the feminine
in the man and the masculine in the woman.
- Corita Kent

Men weren't really the enemy - they were fellow victims
suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that
made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill.
- Betty Friedan

Of the many forms of false culture, a premature converse
with abstractions is perhaps the most likely to prove
fatal to the growth of a masculine vigour of intellect.
- George Boole

Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

Androgyny refers to a specific way of joining the 'masculine'
and 'feminine' aspects of a single human being.
- June Singer

I have no right to beauty.
I had been condemned to masculine ugliness.
- Renee Vivien

Ideally, people find mates with whom they can express
both their masculine and feminine sides.
- Scott Bakula

Maybe I'm too masculine.
Casting directors cast in their own,
or an idealized image.
Maybe I don't look like anybody's ideal.
- Charles Bronson

I love young men, lots of them, your ancient masculine double standard.
- Vera Miles

Feminine passion is to masculine as an epic is to an epigram.
- Karl Kraus

A lot of times I can across as too masculine to men,
and they couldn't handle me, they stayed away.
- Brenda Holloway

Dirt makes a man look masculine.
Let your hair blow in the wind, and all that.
It's OK.
All you have to do is look neat when you have to look neat.
- Hedy Lamarr

Thrillers have been traditionally very masculine books;
the women characters often rather decorative.
- Ken Follett

If any human being is to reach full maturity both the
masculine and feminine sides of the personality must
be brought up into consciousness.
- M. Esther Harding

What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine;
what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.
- Susan Sontag

Fighting is essentially a masculine idea;
a woman's weapon is her tongue.
- Hermione Gingold

If we do no mean that God is male when we use masculine pronouns and imagery,
then why should there be any objections to using female
imagery and pronouns as well?
- Carol P. Christ

I have no objection to a man being a man,
however masculine that may be.
- Agnes Smedley

Once, power was considered a masculine attribute.
In fact, power has no sex.
- Katharine Graham

Lesbians are likely to be drawn to stand-up,
if only because it's cheaper to produce and therefore
more accessible for women.
But the very form of stand-up is masculine.
- Kate Clinton

A masculine education cannot spare from professional
study and the necessary acquisition of languages,
the time and attention which I have bestowed on the
compositions of my countrymen.
- Anne Seward

Purity is the feminine, truth the masculine of honor.
- David Hare

Composing a piece of music is very feminine.
It is sensitive, emotional, contemplative.
By comparison, doing housework is positively masculine.
- Barbara Kolb

Sports nurtures dreams of achieving self confidence
and masculine striving for the skinny kid watching
a boxer dance around the ring with sublime ease.
- Armstrong Williams

Nothing is either all masculine or all feminine except having sex.
- Marlo Thomas

Feminine virtue is nothing but a convenient masculine invention.
- Ninon de Lenclos

All societies on the verge of death are masculine.
A society can survive with only one man;
no society will survive a shortage of women.
- Germaine Greer

Why does everyone cling to the masculine imagery and
pronouns even though they are a mere linguistic device
that has never meant that God is male?
- Carol P. Christ

Words are beautiful but restricted.
They're very masculine, with a compact frame.
But voice is over the dark, the place where there's nothing to hang on:
it comes from a part of yourself that simply knows,
expresses itself, and is.
- Jeff Buckley

Dance with a girl three times, and if you like the
light of her eye and the tone of voice with which she,
breathless, answers your little questions about horseflesh
and music about affairs masculine and feminine,
then take the leap in the dark.
- Anthony Trollope

As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten,
for the active power of the male seed tends to the
production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex;
while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power.
- Thomas Aquinas

Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism.
But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another.
Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid.
There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.
- Margaret Fuller

There's nothing masculine about being competitive.
There's nothing masculine about trying to be the best at everything you do,
nor is there anything wrong with it.
I don't know why a female athlete has to defend her
femininity just because she chooses to play sports.
- Rebecca Lobo

Has feminism made us all more conscious? I think it has.
Feminist critiques of anthropological masculine bias
have been quite important,
and they have increased my sensitivity to that kind of issue.
- Clifford Geertz

The earth is ready, the time is ripe,
for the authoritative expression of the feminine as
well as the masculine interpretation of that common
social consensus which is slowly writing justice in
the State and fraternity in the social order.
- Anna Garlin Spencer

It would be futile to attempt to fit women into a masculine pattern of attitudes,
skills and abilities and disastrous to force them to
suppress their specifically female characteristics
and abilities by keeping up the pretense that there
are no differences between the sexes.
- Arianna Huffington

The most casual examination will reveal the fact that
all the jokes about the horrible results of masculine
cooking and sewing are written by men.
It is all part of a great scheme of sex propaganda.
- Heywood Broun

You know, God, the power that makes life,
whatever it is, had just to make two things,
masculine and feminine, for all this mischief.
And made them so there is this entirely different point
of view about love and sex.
- Beatrice Wood

Curiosity, n. An objectionable quality of the female mind.
The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed
with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable
passions of the masculine soul.
- Ambrose Bierce

At no point do I wish to be in conflict with any man or masculine thought.
It doesn't enter my consciousness.
Art is anonymous.
It's not competitive with men.
It's a complementary contribution.
- Barbara Hepworth

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

While the laughter of joy is in
full harmony with our deeper life,
the laughter of amusement
should be kept apart from it.
The danger is too great of thus learning
to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery,
and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.
- Lewis Carroll

Wit - the salt with which the American humorist spoils
his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.
- Ambrose Bierce

So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
- Alexander Pope

At twenty years of age the will reigns;
at thirty, the wit;
and at forty, the judgment.
- Benjamin Franklin

Wit is educated insolence.
- Aristotle

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
- Francis Bacon

In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.
- George Herbert

Come, come, leave business to idlers,
and wisdom to fools: they have need of 'em:
wit be my faculty,
and pleasure my occupation, and let father Time shake his glass.
- William Congreve

Being a blockhead is sometimes the best security against
being cheated by a man of wit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Generally speaking, there is more wit than talent in the world.
Society swarms with witty people who lack talent.
- Antoine Rivarol

For my own part I think no innocent species of wit
or pleasantry should be suppressed:
and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller
excellencies of lively conversation.
- James Boswell

The witty woman is a tragic figure in American life.
Wit destroys eroticism and eroticism destroys wit,
so women must choose between taking lovers and taking no prisoners.
- Florence King

Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast.
- William Penn

Far less envy in America than in France,
and far less wit.
- Stendhal

Alan Ginsberg was fabulous.
The man is so filled with energy.
He's 65 years old and he's just loaded with energy
and charm and wit and his mind is constantly racing.
- Ray Manzarek

Where might is mixed with wit, there is too good an accord in a government.
- Elizabeth I

There are two things in ordinary conversation which
ordinary people dislike -
information and wit.
- Stephen Leacock

Wit is an explosion of the compound spirit.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

He who has provoked the lash of wit,
cannot complain that he smarts from it.
- James Boswell

There is no such whetstone, to sharpen a good wit and
encourage a will to learning,
as is praise.
- Roger Ascham

Wit consists in knowing the resemblance of things that differ,
and the difference of things that are alike.
- Anne Louise Germaine de Stael


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