151 Good Man Quotes For The Extraordinary Men In Your Life

Who are the men in your life that are more than just decent human beings – they are exceptionally good people?

Maybe you’re thinking of your husband, boyfriend, father, brother, co-worker, or close friend. 

Whoever it happens to be, you see him as a role model, both to you and others.

He is the type of man deserving of recognition and admiration.

You can do both with our list of quotes about a good man.

151 of the Best Good Man Quotes to Remind Him of His Awesomeness

If you want to show this outstanding man how much you think of him, use an amazing man quote to get your message across. You can:

  • Write it in an appreciation card.
  • Have it printed on a coffee mug for him.
  • Print it and frame it as a special gift. 
  • Use one when you raise a toast to him at a celebratory gathering.

Come up with your own ideas, but don’t allow these quotes to just sit here on the page.

Put them to use and make that special guy feel great about himself.

Appreciate a Good Man Quotes

1. “I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher.” – William Butler Yeats

2. “I think a gentleman is someone who holds the comfort of other people above their own. The instinct to do that is inside every good man, I believe. The rules about opening doors and buying dinner and all of that other ‘gentleman’ stuff is a chess game, especially these days.” — Anna Kendrick

3. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

4. “There is nothing noble being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” — Ernest Hemingway

5. “You’ve found a good man when he makes you want to be a better woman.” – The Good Man Project

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6. “Know you not that a good man does nothing for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done right?” – Epictetus

7. “Trying to learn to be a good man is like learning to play tennis against a wall. You are only a good man – a competent, capable, interesting and lovable man – when you're doing it for, or with, other people.” – A. A. Gill

8. “The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.” – Brandon Sanderson

9. “The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” — Thomas Paine

10. “If you are afraid of the sunlight, you ain’t a good man!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

11. “Consider yourself lucky for having met him, for he’s the kind of man who’ll prove you right.” – Nicholas Sparks

12. “Being a ‘good man’ is something you do, not something you are.” – Luvvie Ajayi

13. “It makes a big difference when men respect women. There are a lot of men who don’t, so that’s the main quality that would make a good man a great man.” – Stephanie Sigman

14. “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” – Samuel Johnson

15. “A good man will recognize a good woman without her having to beg him to do so.” – Alex Elle

16. “A good guy is like a four-leaf clover; lucky to have but hard to find.” – Unknown

17. “So, being a good man is not an exam or a qualification. It changes, and it incorporates being a good friend, a good father, a good employee, a good boss, a good neighbor, and a good citizen.” — A.A. Gill

18. “In the face of inhumanity, a good man reacts, but a great one acts.” – James Rollins

19. “Nothing deters a good man from doing what is honorable.” – Seneca the Younger

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20. “It is not the situation which makes the man but the man who makes the situation.” – Frederick William Robertson

21. “Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven.” – Michelangelo

22. “It is his nature, not his standing, that makes the good man.” — Publilius Syrus

23. “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” — Bob Marley

24. “A good man will never harm or oppress another. A good man will share his last morsel of food with others in need, and die of hunger when he no longer has any food – instead of cheat or steal from others to survive. Selflessness. Humility. Truthfulness. These are the three marks of an honorable man.” – Suzy Kassem

Having a Good Man Quotes

25. “The good man does not grieve that other people do not recognize his merits. His only anxiety is lest he should fail to recognize theirs.” – Confucius

26. “A gentleman will open doors, pull out chairs, and carry things. Not because she's helpless or unable, but because he wants to show her that she is valuable and worthy of respect.” — Charles J. Orlando

27. “The first step to be a good man is this: You must deeply feel the burden of the stones some else [is] carrying.” — Mehmet Murat Ildan

28. Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” — Marcus Aurelius

29. “A good man is kinder to his enemy than bad men are to their friends.” — Joseph Hall

30. “A real man won't date the most beautiful girl in the world — he'll date the girl that makes his world beautiful.” — Unknown

31. “Just because you are a nice guy, doesn't mean you are a good man.” – Zyanya Torres

32. “A real man can't stand seeing his woman hurt. He's careful with his decisions and actions, so he never has to be responsible for her pain.” — Unknown

33. “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

34. “You have to be a man before you can be a gentleman.” – John Wayne

35. “Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.” – Chuck Norris

36. “One good man, one good man, it ain’t much – it’s only everything.” – Deborah Kerr

37. “Adversity toughens manhood, and the characteristic of the good or the great man is not that he has been exempt from the evils of life, but that he has surmounted them.” – Patrick Henry

38. “The life of a good man is at the same time the most eloquent lesson of virtue and the most severe reproof of vice.” – Samuel Smiles

39. “I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people convinced they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference.” – Ellen Goodman

40. “You deserve peace, love, happiness, and all that your heart desires. Don’t let anyone control your life and take away those things.” – Sony A. Parker

41. “A strong man doesn't have to be dominant toward a woman. He doesn't match his strength against a woman weak with love for him. He matches it against the world.” – Marilyn Monroe

42. “The real power of a man is in the size of the smile of the woman sitting next to him.” — Unknown

43. “Being a good husband is like being a good stand-up comic: you need ten years before you can even call yourself a beginner.” – Jerry Seinfeld

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44. “The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.” – John Dewey

45. “Here is the manliness of manhood, that a man has a good reason for what he does, and has a will in doing it.” – Alexander MacLaren

46. “Nice guys may appear to finish last, but usually they are running a different race.” — Ken Blanchard

47. “The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.” – Thomas Carlyle

48. “Strong men don’t have attitude, they have standards.” – Unknown

49. “It takes a strong man to accept somebody else’s children and step up the the plate another man left on the table.” – Ray Johnson

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Quotes About Finding a Good Man

50. “Good men are not those who now and then do a good act, but men who join one good act to another.” – Henry Ward Beecher

51. “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

52. “You aren’t nervous about the performance, you’re nervous about the results.” – James Pierce

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

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

55. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius

56. “A good man will find that there is goodness in the world; an honest man will find that there is honesty in the world; and a man of principle will find principle and integrity in the hearts of others.” – Albert Pike

57. “A good man will want you to shine. He wants you to be your amazing self. A good man loves to show off his happy, intelligent, amazing, powerful woman.” – Anastasia Netri

58. “A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.” – Thomas Carlyle

59. “A good man shares his knowledge selflessly with everyone.” ― Eraldo Banovac

60. “Let the quality man you’ve been created to be out; the world is world incomplete without him.” ― Eric M. Watterson

61. “A good man can be stupid and still be good. But a bad man must have brains.” – Maxim Gorky

62. “It really is true that an orator is simply a good man who speaks well.” – George McGovern

63. “You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good, and whose enemies are decidedly bad.” – Johann Kaspar Lavater

64. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be a value.” — Albert Einstein

65. “There is nothing noble being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Winston Churchill

66. “Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” – R.J. Palacio

67. “If you can trust a man's word; you can trust the man.” ― Eric M. Watterson

68. “I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.” – John Ruskin

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69. “It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously.” – Logan Pearsall Smith

70. “We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.” – William James

71. “Good men who exercise power are really the most fascinating of all people.” – John Keegan

72. “A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.” — George Bernard Shaw

73. “He who stops being better stops being good.” – Oliver Cromwell

74. “Though in the order of nature angels rank above men, yet, by scale of justice, good men are of greater value than bad angels.” – Saint Augustine

75. “No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.” – Amelia Earhart

76. “A man ought to carry himself in the world as an orange tree would if it could walk up and down in the garden – swinging perfume from every little censer it holds up to the air.” – Henry Ward Beecher

77. “The times are never so bad but that a good man can make a shift to live in them.” – Thomas More

A Good Man Deserves Quotes

78. “A man deserves credit when he accomplishes something of importance. Something that provides for the betterment of his life and his family's life and, whenever possible, mankind.” – Therese Anne Fowler

79. “A man deserves a second chance, but keep an eye on him.” – John Wayne

80. “A man’s goal should be to give his woman things she needs without her having to ask. Things like loyalty, attention, love, affection, respect, and quality time. A good man deserves the same.” – Unknown

81. “Husbands too, deserve to be spoiled. Told they are handsome. Told their efforts are appreciated and should also be made to feel secure. If he is doing his best to treat you like a queen, do your best to treat him as a King. His need to feel loved and appreciated is REAL.” – Unknown

82. “A young man who doesn't have the foresight to seek out the girl he wants to be with and actively pursue her, doesn't deserve her.” ― Colleen Houck

83. “If a good man can't sleep after hurting people, then he should learn much more to be a leader.” ― Toba Beta

84. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

85. “Believe you deserve it and the universe will serve it.” –  Unknown

86. “No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.” – Plato

87. “Decide what you want. Believe you can have it. Believe you deserve it and believe it's possible for you.” – Jack Canfield

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88. “The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.” – Maureen Dowd

89. “You’ll be amazed at what you attract after you start believing in what you deserve.” – Unknown

90. “Never sell yourself short. There is always someone willing, able and ready to love you the way you deserve to be love.” – Toni Payne 

91. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe” – Anatole France

92. “People often tell me I could be a great man. I’d rather be a good man.” – John F. Kennedy Jr

93. “I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I’m not.” – Kurt Cobain

92. “Be strong enough to let go and patient enough to wait for what you deserve.” – Unknown

93. “A great man does not seek applause or place; he seeks for truth; he seeks the road to happiness, and what he ascertains, he gives to others.” – Robert Green Ingersoll

94. “Men lose all the material things they leave behind them in this world, but they carry with them the reward of their charity and the alms they give. For these, they will receive from the Lord the reward and recompense they deserve.” – St. Francis of Assisi

95. “Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight.” – Mark Victor Hansen

96. “You are more incredible than you know, and you are more deserving than you think.” – e.t.i.

97. “You deserve the love you keep trying to give everyone else.” – Unknown

98. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

99. “The good man is the friend of all living things” -Mahatma Gandhi

100. “A good man is a woman's best friend.” – John Gottman

101. “A good man is a man who takes care of his family and all that he loves.” – Tony DeLiso

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102. “Being a good man is about being true to your word, and following through on your promises.” – Kevin Hart

103. “A good man is one who puts others before himself.” – Naveen Jain

104. “Being a good man means being true to yourself, and striving to be the best version of you that you can be.” – Ron Kaufman

105. “A good man is one who is honest, kind, and respectful to others.” – Patrick Dempsey

106. “Being a good man is about being a good father, and setting an example for your children to follow.” – Tim McGraw

107. “A good man is one who is dedicated to his work, and always gives it his all.” – Stephen Covey

108. “Being a good man means being a good partner, and putting effort into your relationships.” – David Beckham

109. “A good man is one who leads by example, and inspires others to be their best.” – John Quincy Adams

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110. “A good man is one who is compassionate, and cares for the well-being of others.” – Dalai Lama

111. “Being a good man is about having the strength to admit when you are wrong, and make amends.” – Michael Jordan

112. “A good man is one who is responsible, and takes ownership of his life.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

113. “Being a good man means being patient and understanding, and showing empathy towards others.” – Barack Obama

114. “A good man is one who treats everyone with respect, regardless of their background or beliefs.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

115. “Being a good man means being honest with yourself, and facing your flaws head-on.” – Brene Brown

116. “A good man is one who is not afraid to express his emotions, and be vulnerable with those he trusts.” – Robert Downey Jr.

117. “Being a good man means being a good listener, and showing interest in what others have to say.” – Simon Sinek

118. “A good man is one who has a strong moral compass, and always strives to do what is right.” – Warren Buffett

119. “Being a good man means being respectful of women, and treating them as equals.” – Justin Trudeau

120. “A good man is one who is reliable, and can be counted on to keep his word.” – Tony Robbins

121. “Being a good man means having the courage to stand up for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

122. “A good man is one who has a sense of humor, and can make others laugh.” – Robin Williams

123. “Being a good man means being selfless, and putting the needs of others before your own.” – Michael B. Jordan

124. “A good man is one who is disciplined, and works hard to achieve his goals.” – Jocko Willink

125. “Being a good man means being adaptable, and willing to learn and grow.” – Tom Brady

126. “A good man is one who is a good friend, and is always there for those who need him.” – Hugh Jackman

127. “Being a good man means having integrity, and doing what is right even when no one is watching.” – Mark Twain

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128. “A good man is one who is humble, and does not seek attention or recognition for his actions.” – George Washington

129. “Being a good man means being accountable for your actions, and taking responsibility for your mistakes.” – Denzel Washington

130. “A good man is one who has a positive attitude, and spreads positivity to those around him.” – Zig Ziglar

131. “Being a good man means being generous, and giving back to your community.” – Bill Gates

132. “A good man is one who is curious, and always seeks to learn and understand more about the world.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

133. “Being a good man means being open-minded, and accepting of people who are different from you.” – Justin Baldoni

134. “A good man is one who is dedicated to his family, and puts them first above all else.” – Michael J. Fox

135. “Being a good man means being a good role model, and setting an example for those around you.” – LeBron James

136. “A good man is one who has a strong work ethic, and is willing to put in the effort to achieve his goals.” – Steve Jobs

137. “Being a good man means being kind to yourself, and practicing self-care.” – RuPaul

138. “A good man is one who is patient, and does not get easily frustrated or angry.” – Tom Hanks

139. “Being a good man means being authentic, and true to yourself.” – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

140. “A good man is one who is resilient, and can bounce back from setbacks and challenges.” – Barack Obama

141. “Being a good man means being courageous, and standing up for what you believe in.” – Colin Kaepernick

144. “A good man is one who is empathetic, and can understand and relate to the feelings of others.” – Bill Clinton

145. “Being a good man means being self-aware, and recognizing your own flaws and limitations.” – Jordan Peterson

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146. “A good man is one who is passionate, and puts his heart into everything he does.” – Elon Musk

147. “Being a good man means being compassionate, and showing kindness to those who are less fortunate.” – Bernie Sanders

148. “A good man is one who is a good listener, and makes an effort to understand the perspectives of others.” – Joe Biden

149. “Being a good man means being authentic, and owning up to your mistakes.” – Matthew McConaughey

150. “A good man is one who is committed to self-improvement, and is always striving to become a better person.” – Tony Stark (Iron Man)

151. If you read through all of these good men quotes, you may have a hard time choosing just one that describes the excellent guys in your life.

That’s ok – you can share more than one. In fact, share the entire list with great guys you know. Who says you can’t shower him with positive thoughts?