The Ultimate List of Manliness Books
The modern man must be strong in mind, body and spirit. And each of these books will ensure you have the resources you need to hone each of these aspects. The average person no longer reads books. If you take the time to read on a regular basis, you are giving yourself superpowers. Click the images to buy the books.
Reclaim Your Manhood is the ultimate handbook for the man looking to turn his life around.
It’s time to take control of your life and make something of yourself and this is your guide.
Get your ass in shape, build up your confidence, write that book! Don’t let any thoughts of self-doubt hold you back. That is what keeps you average.
Young men are learning to to keep their head low at school and retreat away from interaction. This is a sad cost of a school system that rewards feminized behavior. The assault on masculinity is systemic.
Men don’t need to hide away from the world. This world needs strong and honorable men to stand up and make a difference.
It is never too late to change your life!
The great Roman Emperor wrote down his thoughts that are surprisingly relatable today, even if you aren’t current ruling over an empire. Upon his death, Marcus Aurelius wished for his writings to be burned. Fortunately for you, they survived to enlighten humanity for centuries to come.
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
"Does gold change to lead under pressure? Does an emerald turn from luminous green to dingy brown when it's insulted? Of course not. Neither can a virtuous person be sullied by stress or slander."
"Don't be discouraged if you fail to live up to your principles all the time. When you stumble, get up and keep going."
The Rational Male is considered the Bible of the Red Pill and has created an entire community of men who learned many harsh truths, or red pills.
“It’s far easier to believe that the world should change for you than to accept the truth that you need to improve yourself to get the things you want.”
“You fear you’ll end up old and lonely? I’d fear ending up so paralyzed by a fear of loneliness that you’d settle for a lifetime of complacent misery in a passionless marriage.”
“The hardest part of practicing change is the initial shock of having the people who know you question the validity of the new you.”
“One of the great downfalls of men today is too much female influence in their lives, to the point that it’s become stigma. Beware the guy with too many or exclusively female friends.”
If you love The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, then you’ll love the insights on them from Ryan Holiday. This daily reading is the perfect start to your day.
“If something blocks your way, make that obstacle a stepping stone on your journey. If you fail or die, it will be in pursuit of a worthy goal - there’s no shame in that” - Marcus Aurelius
“Circumstances are what deceive us - you must be discerning them. We embrace evil before good. We desire the opposite of what we once desired. Our prayers are at war with our prayers, our plans with our plans.” - Seneca
“A woman says she wants to meet a nice guy and get married - yet she spends all her time around jerks. A man says that he wishes he could find a great job, but he hasn’t actually bothered to do the looking.”
- Ryan Holiday
The Tao Te Ching is the Eastern version of The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. It’s one of the most fascinating books full of timeless truths.
"When the Tao is lost, there is only virtue; when virtue is lost, there is only generosity; when generosity is lost, there is only justice; when justice is lost, only tradition remains." - Tao Te Ching
Jordan Peterson has become a father figure for millions of young men who feel lost trying to learn how to navigate this life. This is his book created to guide them along their path.
“Instead of protesting and trying to change the world, first win the war of evil within yourself. To make the world a better place first do the things you have to do everyday. And do them… actually do them everyday.”
“Be cautious when you’re comparing yourself to others. You’re a singular being, once you’re an adult. You have your own particular, specific problems - financial, intimate, psychological, and otherwise.”
“You might be winning but you’re not growing, and growing might be the most important form of winning.”
“Strengthen the individual. Start with yourself. Take care of yourself. Define who you are. Refine your personality. Choose your destination.
Jack Donovan is a man who embodies the very idea of masculinity, and this book holds no punches in defining masculinity.
“Strength, Courage, Mastery, and Honor are the alpha virtues of men all over the world.”
“Deficient masculinity is simply a lack of strength, courage of mastery.”
“Being good at being a man is about being willing and able to fulfill the natural role of men in a survival scenario. Being good at being a man is about showing other men that you are the kind of guy they’d want on their team if the shit hits the fan.”