International Men’s Day 2019: 10 Positive Quotes for Men

Today (November 19) is International Men’s Day, a day that looks to raise awareness of positive male role models, men’s contribution to society, health and wellbeing and improve gender relations.

‘The day has been celebrated in the past in February, according to the International Men’s Day website, but has more recently been moved to November specifically before International Children’s Day on November 20. The website also says that these six aims are what the day sets out to achieve:

  1. To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sportsmen but every day, working class men who are living decent, honest lives
  2. To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, childcare, and to the environment
  3. To focus on men’s health and wellbeing; social, emotional, physical and spiritual
  4. To highlight discrimination against men; in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law
  5. To improve gender relations and promote gender equality
  6. To create a safer, better world; where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential

For many people around the world, International Men’s Day is a time to support anyone who identifies as male who might be struggling with their mental health. In the U.S, men died by suicide nearly four times (3.54) more often than women according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Further, the highest increase in suicide is in men aged 50 and over (30 per 100,000), says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

10 Positive Quotes For Men

“No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“But know this. Men are not from Mars. Women are not from Venus. Do not fall for categories. Everyone is everything. Every ingredient inside a star is inside you, and every personality that ever existed competes in the theatre of your mind for the main role.” — Matt Haig, author

“No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.” — Unknown

“Vulnerability is the essence of romance. It’s the art of being uncalculated, the willingness to look foolish, the courage to say, ‘This is me, and I’m interested in you enough to show you my flaws with the hope that you may embrace me for all that I am but, more important, all that I am not.” — Ashton Kutcher

“A man does what he must—in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures—and that is the basis of all human morality.” — John F. Kennedy

“We can appear to be tough as nails, but guys have a level of insecurity and vulnerability that’s exponentially bigger than you think. With the primal urge to be alpha comes extreme heartbreak. The harder we fight, the harder we fall.” — John Krasinski

“If boys don’t learn, men won’t know.” — Douglas Wilson

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

“Some people are attracted to vulnerability. From my very first album, I’ve been vulnerable. I’ve always given parts of me, parts of my life—good, bad, ugly. I’ve never put up this image as a super-thug.” — Jay-Z

“Being a father taught me patience. And it taught me vulnerability. You don’t realize how vulnerable you are when you love something else more far more than yourself.” — Dean Cain