"Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A Being darkly wise, and rudely great."
"The glory, jest and riddle of the world."
-Alexander Pope, from An Essay on Man: Epistle II
"Wit that can creep, and Pride that licks the dust."
-Alexander Pope, from An Epistle to Arbuthnot
"Expatiate free o'er all this scene of man;
A mighty maze! but not without a plan;"
-Alexander Pope, from An Essay on Man: Epistle I
"Man, Homo Sapiens, the most widespread, numerous, and reputedly the most intelligent of the primates."
"Question 48: What is Man!"
"Man is a creature composed of body and soul,
And made in the image and likeness of God."
"There shone one woman, and none but she."
-Algernon Charles Swinburne, from The Triumph of Time
"The heart of man is evil from his youth."
"Woman clothed in the sun."
"We are fearfully and wonderfully made."
"The torrent of a woman's will."
-Anonymous, from a pillar in Canterbury
"The Mind of Man, my haunt, and the main region of my song."
-William Wordsworth, from The Recluse
"Hail, fellow, well met,
All dirty and wet."
-Jonathan Swift, from My Lady's Lamentation And Complaint Against The Dean
"Man is nature's sole mistake."
-W.S. Gilbert, from Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant
"Man in his hasty days."
-Robert Bridges, from I Love all Beauteous Things
"Man is an embodied paradox, a bundle of contradictions."
-Charles Caleb Colton, from Lacon, or Many Things in Few Words; Addressed to Those Who Think
"Says he, 'I am a handsome man,
But I'm a gay deceiver."
-George Colman the Younger, from Love Laughs at Locksmiths
(hear it sung by The Kingston Trio)
"The Legend of Good Women."
"An animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be."
-Ambrose Bierce, from The Devil's Dictionary
"Art thou a man of purple cheer?
A rosy man right plump to see?"
-William Wordsworth, from A Poet's Epitaph
"And thus, from the bad use of free will, there originated the whole train of evil, which, with its concatenation of miseries, conveys the human race from its depraved origin, from its corrupt root, on to the destruction of the second death."
"Of the fall of the first man, in whom nature was created good--"
-Augustine, from The City of God
"Of Man's first disobedience and the Fall--"
-John Milton, from Paradise Lost
"If he is an angel, then he is a fallen angel. If he is an animal, then he is a risen animal. Doctor Faustus attained power over the Devil by learning his secret name: 'Mephistopheles'. Come, and I will whisper to you the secret name of Man and you can attain power over him. The secret name of man is 'Ambiguity'."
"Well, the things that human people have said about human people are not at all conclusive. It seems that man, being inside man, cannot get a good look at man."