Welcome to #menofstrengthmonday ! Today I have selected for you some pretty good quotes from some pretty great men. It’s hard to define “greatness”. Some men are esteemed because of their physical strength, some for their mental smarts, and others for their integrity. Below, you’ll find a mix of each.
Obviously, we begin with Chuck Norris – the ultimate man. He can stare down wolves and make them cower in fear. He can jump out of helicopters and land on his feet. It has been said that there are no weapons of mass destruction – just Chuck Norris. A weapon made out of steel.
How about the ultimate rugby player? Richie McCaw is world famous, known both for being one of the best players the sport has known and for being a great leader, captaining the New Zealand All-Blacks through two world cup victories. McCaw is most capped test rugby player in the history of ever, and in his retired life, he’s come out with a book and a movie. In talking about doing the movie about himself, the legend said:
I have to include another of the best male leaders in NBA history here. David Robinson played for the San Antonio Spurs for 14 years before retiring after his second NBA title. He is committed to helping inner city kids in San Antonio, founding a school called Carver Academy, and aiding students so they can attend college. This is what he said after his last game:
How can we not mention George Washington? I mean, don’t you automatically think of that painting where he’s standing, tall and strong and brave, in a small boat crossing the Delaware River? Amazing. You have to be a great man to stand in a moving boat like that…
Theodore Roosevelt was president of the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. He was everything a tough man could be – a frontiersman, a war hero straight out of the Spanish-American War, and an outdoorsman who set the national parks in motion.
You don’t have to get out the front door much to know the last president on the list – Honest Abe. Abraham Lincoln was known for his integrity, his honesty, and his great Gettysburg Address. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t consider him one of the greatest men in history. Here is a powerful quote:
Cross the ocean to the UK and let’s talk about the great Winston Churchill. He was prime minister through the entirety of World War II. Not easy. I like what he says here:
Let’s head over to France. Napoleon Bonaparte didn’t have quite the same values or priorities as Abraham Lincoln, but he did conquer a whole bunch of land and made himself emperor of it. This quote gives me chills.
Rewind 2500 years and dig a tunnel straight to China. Confucius is the founder of “The Golden Rule” and Confucianism. His writings on morality have guided the east for hundreds and hundreds of years.
Mahatma Gandhi was a civil rights activist in India during British reign. A prolific writer, he brought down the British empire with idealistic nonviolence. He is well known as one of the most influential people in all of history. Here he speaks to masculinity:
Coming to the end of our list, let’s look at another civil rights activist who believed in the power of nonviolence – Martin Luther King, Jr. He was so amazing that he has an entire national holiday named after him in the States. His writings are beautiful and his speeches were the stuff of “dreams”.
Our final manly man is, of course, Nelson Mandela. The good quotes from the great man who ended apartheid in South Africa are nearly endless. After 27 years in prison, he became president and is affectionately called the “Father of the Nation”. He knew a little something about courage when he wrote like this:
These are just a few good men. Haha, get it? But, seriously. It’s worth it to take a look at the lives of those people we call great. It’s worth it to try and imitate the things that are great about them, whether we are men or women, weak or strong, Chuck Norrises or Nelson Mandelas. Okay, let’s be honest. No one is Chuck Norris. Or Nelson Mandela. But, hey. We can all have a dream….