There are two races of men in this world but only these two: the race of the decent man and the race of the indecent man.— Viktor E. Frankl
Captivate Decent Man quotations
Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.
I'm for the poor man - all poor men, black and white, they all gotta have a chance. They gotta have a home, a job, and a decent education for their children. 'Every man a king' - that's my slogan.
Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
Do not correct a fool or he will hate you. Correct a wise man and he will appreciate you.
A cultivated and decent man cannot be vain without setting a fearfully high standard for himself, and without despising and almost hating himself at certain moments.
But if the life will not be easy, it will be rich and satisfying.
For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps-who works in a foreign land-will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace.
A decent and manly examination of the acts of government should not only be tolerated, but encouraged.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
No professional politician is ever actually in favor of public economy.
It is his implacable enemy, and he knows it. All professional politicians are dedicated wholeheartedly to waste and corruption. They are the enemies of every decent man.
The average beast of prey is a decent creature who merely kills for the sake of food or in a fight against an enemy. It is only man who calls killing "sport" and kills for the pleasure of killing; not for food, not for self-defense, but just to satisfy some primitive instinct, once necessary and now perverted.
Everybody now seems to be talking about democracy.
I don't understand this. As I think of it, democracy isn't like a Sunday suit to be brought out and worn only for parades. It's the kind of a life a decent man leads, it's something to live for and to die for.
The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute. The man who does not ask, is a fool for life.
President Eisenhower was a fine general and a good, decent man, but if he had fought World War II the way he fought for civil rights, we would all be speaking German now.
The state remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men.
What Joe Hamilton lacked more than anything else in the world was some one to kick him. Many a man who might have lived decently and become a fairly respectable citizen has gone to the dogs for the want of some one to administer a good resounding kick at the right time. It is corrective and clarifying.
A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything.
Any gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing.
Any gun in the hands of a decent person is no threat to anybody — except bad people.
There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.
Are we to regard the world of nature simply as a storehouse to be robbed for the immediate benefit of man? ... Does man have any responsibility for the preservation of a decent balance in nature, for the preservation of rare species, or even for the indefinite continuance of his race?
Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.
The point of nonviolence is to build a floor, a strong new floor, beneath which we can no longer sink. A platform which stands a few feet above napalm, torture, exploitation, poison gas, A and H bombs, the works. Give man a decent place to stand.
Somewhere deep down there's a decent man in me, he just can't be found.
By the year 2070 we cannot say, or it would be imbecile to do so, that any man alive could understand Shakespearean experience better than Shakespeare, whereas any decent eighteen-year-old student of physics will know more physics than Newton.
Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
Struggles only move forward when decent men and women step forward and say, 'enough is enough and no more.'
My mother taught me what it is to have a sense of humour;
my dad, who was a headmaster, everything you need to know about hard work. My dad is the most decent man you could come across.
You're going to think I'm being corny, but this is how I really feel: I hope my family and my friends will be able to say that I was an honest, kind and fairly decent man.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise man grows it under his feet.
I didn't look up and say, "Oh, man, if I learn how to play a guitar I could make not much money, but I'd make a decent living like Eric Clapton or somebody." There wasn't nothing like that out there.
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.
You can tell this by the program the federal government had to train 2,400 tractor drivers. They would have trained Negro and white together, but this man, Congressman Jamie Whitten, voted against it and everything that was decent. So, we've got to have somebody in Washington who is concerned about the people of Mississippi.
If you want to test a man’s character give him power.
Every decent man had to be against fascism, period.
Would God give a bird wings and make it a crime to fly? Would he give me brains and make it a crime to think? Any God that would damn one of his children for the expression of his honest thought wouldn't make a decent thief. When I read a book and don't believe it, I ought to say so. I will do so and take the consequences like a man.
It is ridiculous to take on a man's job just in order to be able to say that 'a woman has done it - yah!' The only decent reason for tackling a job is that it is your job and you want to do it.
Words of comfort skillfully administered are the oldest therapy known to man.
A struggle for existence is not a decent living.
A man or woman or child may die of starvation in a city teeming with plenty. Only human life is concerned.
Tony Blair is a decent man who genuinely thinks what he is doing is justified.
But when he sees men such as George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld smirking and boasting as they announce their Shock and Awe offensive, we hope he understands why we believe we have been dragged into something we should have been fighting tooth and nail to stop.
In Plains, I saw Jimmy Carter as he really is - a nice, decent man.
.. in terms of compassionate contribution to society, he certainly has proven to be our best past president.
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
The Germans are the most philosophic people in the world, and the greatest smokers: now I trace their philosophy to their smoking. Smoking has a sedative effect upon the nerves, and enables a man to bear the sorrows of this life (of which every one has his share) not only decently, but dignifiedly.
Women of the working class, especially wage workers, should not have more than two children at most. The average working man can support no more and and the average working woman can take care of no more in decent fashion.
Bradley Manning should be regarded as a hero.
He is doing what an honest, decent citizen should be doing: letting your population know what the government, the people who rule you are doing. They want to keep it secret of course.
The dying man doesn't struggle much and he isn't much afraid.
As his alkalies give out he succumbs to a blest stupidity. His mindfogs. His will power vanishes. He submits decently. He scarcely gives a damn.
My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.