“If ever you feel like an animal among men, be a lion.” ― Criss Jami

Looking for short Instagram captions and bios that aren’t cringey? Instead of cheesy and overused captions and bios, you might want to look to the words of the wise for short but profound quotes. You could keep the words in quotations and remove the author—it can be sort of a game to people to guess who said it.

These are quotes about courage, life, success, etc… to add some depth and life to your captions and bios on Instagram. We are in favor of travel and taking chances, so many of these quotes reflect those sentiments. We’ve tried to attribute them correctly, so if you ever find any discrepancies in a quote, please let us know asap. We really don’t like the weird Internet misrepresentations of quotes (we’re looking at you, fake Einsteins and MLK Jr.’s!!

So anyway… Dare to be #deep and stuff— CAPTIONS first and BIOS down below. Here are some options that we personally like:

Short Instagram Captions for Guys

1. Genius must be born; it can never be taught. –John Dryden

2. “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” – The Shawshank Redemption

3. Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. –George Bernard Shaw

4. The fool, with all his other faults, has this also: he is always getting ready to live. –Epicurus

5. A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one. –Sam Rayburn

6. Life is not so important as the duties of life. –John Randolph

7. The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. –Henry David Thoreau

8. Never complain and never explain. –Benjamin Disraeli

9. “A flute without holes is not a flute. A donut without a hole is a Danish.” – Caddyshack

10. Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. –Mark Twain

11. All mankind love a lover. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

12. Man is a fallen god who remembers the heavens. –Alphonse de Lamartine

13. There are as many opinions as there are experts. –Franklin D. Roosevelt

14. There are no uninteresting things, there are only uninterested people. –Gilbert Keith Chesterson

15. If we face our tasks with the resolution to solve them, who shall say that anything is impossible. –Wilfred Grenfell

16. “You’re so money and you don’t even know it.” – Swingers

17. All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream –Edgar Allan Poe

18. The more a man dreams, the less he believes. –H.L. Mencken

19. The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind is curiosity. –Edmund Burke

20. They damn what they do not understand. –Quintilian

21. The strongest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage. –Michel de Montaigne

22. It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. –La Pasionaria

23. Courage consists, not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing and conquering it. –Jean Paul Richter

24. Often the test of courage is not to die but to live. –Vittorio Alfieri

25. Fortune befriends the bold. –John Dryden

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26. Every man of courage is a man of his word. –Pierre Corneille

27. You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man; a contented mind confers it all. –Horace

28. “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” ― Albert Einstein

29. “You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis.” – Fight Club

30. When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong. –Oscar Wilde

31. “Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time to criticize others.” ― Roy T. Bennett

32. Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed. –Disraeli

33. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

34. No man is more unhappy than he who never faces adversity. For he is not permitted to prove himself. – Seneca

35. “A man should be able to hear, and to bear, the worst that could be said of him.” –Saul Bellow

35. “There are two questions a man must ask himself: The first is ‘Where am I going?’ and the second is ‘Who will go with me?’ If you ever get these questions in the wrong order you are in trouble.” –Sam Keen

36. “Men of ideas and men of action have much to learn from each other, and the truly great are men of both action and abstraction.” –Jack Donovan

37. “You’re a thousand beautifully broken pieces, welded together again. Made stronger. More resilient.” ― Candace Knoebel

38. “Endurance precedes success.” ― Wayne Chirisa

Short Instagram Bios for Guys

1. “I don’t want to die without any scars.” – Fight Club

2. “I’m preparing for a tough war. It will bring us neither money or fame. Want to join?” – Seven Samurai

3. Greetings, my excellent friends. – Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

4. “Are you not entertained?” – Gladiator

5. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” ― Herman Melville

6. The ground that a good man treads is hallowed. –Goethe

7. The absurd man is one who never changes. –Auguste Barthelemy

8. Man is born to live, not to prepare for life. –Boris Pasternak

9. One man in his time plays many parts. –Shakespeare

10. Character is what you are in the dark. –Attributed to Dwight L. Moody

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11. I walk slowly but I never walk backward. –Attributed to Abraham Lincoln

12. “This is the test of your manhood: How much is there left in you after you have lost everything outside of yourself?” –Orison Swett Marden

13. ‘I awake to do the work of a man.’” –Marcus Aurelius

14. “Manhood is the defeat of childhood narcissism.” –David Gilmore

15. “A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.” –John Wayne

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

17. If boys don’t learn, men won’t know. – Douglas Wilson

18. “Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.” –Marcus Aurelius

19. “To be a man is, precisely, to be responsible.” –-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

20. “To be a man requires that you accept everything life has to give you, beginning with your name.” –Burl Ives

21. “This life makes no room for cowards.” ― C. JoyBell

22. “If ever you feel like an animal among men, be a lion.” ― Criss Jami, Diotima

23. “Be humble: have the courage to speak the truth.” ― Ken Poirot

24. “Love me, hate me, hurt me or kill me. I keep fighting.” ― Jonathan Harnisch, The Brutal Truth

25. “Courage never disappoints.” ― Archana Chaurasia Kapoor

26. “Think of strength, dream of strength, live of strength.” ― Abhijit Naskar, Principia Humanitas