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A Man Who Doesn’t Know What He Wants – 22 Quotes from Experts

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A Man who doesn’t know what he wants is an instant repel from the single woman. That’s what Rom-Coms and Mommy bloggers have been telling us for years, right? That a man who doesn’t know what he wants is emotionally insecure, he hasn’t grown up or that he’s just after a booty call. Sound about right?

What about the man who doesn’t know what he wants in his professional life? Or how about the man who doesn’t know what he wants because he’s a perfectionist and always looking to hone his craft as a writer? Or maybe a musician? Or maybe that man who doesn’t know what he wants is exactly that way because of a raft of extenuating circumstances due to home life?

Here we take a look at why men don’t know what they want in life due to many reasons which aren’t just romantically linked. Let’s dive in.


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A man who doesn’t know what he wants isn’t as bad as a man who can’t stand by his choices.

A Man Who Doesn’t Know What He Wants

1. “Here’s something else to think about: calling when you say you’re going to is the very first brick in the house you are building of love and trust. If he can’t lay this one stupid brick down, you ain’t never gonna have a house baby, and it’s cold outside.” – Greg Behrendt (Author)

2. “I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.” – Muhammad Ali (Author, Boxer, Celebrity)

3. “A man doesn’t know what he knows until he knows what he doesn’t know.” – Laurence J. Peter (Educator)

4. “I don’t want to own anything until I know I’ve found the place where me and things belong together. I’m not quite sure where that is just yet. But I know what it’s like.” – Truman Capote (Actor, Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright)

5. “The man who doesn’t know what the universe is doesn’t know where he lives.” – Marcus Aurelius (Historical Figure)

6. “I went to a dialect coach and she told me that I had five problems; two were my Israeli accent and three were my New Jersey accent. I don’t even want to know what I sounded like back then!” – Odeya Rush (Actress and Model)

7. “A man can’t be in the space where there is feminine rage and bitterness. He doesn’t know how to navigate it.” – Iyanla Vanzant (Lawyer, Public Speaker, Life Coach)

8. “I don’t know what I’m doing Kate, but I know that I want you.” – Nicole Jacquelyn (Author)

9. “The secret of the enjoyment of pleasure is to know when to stop. Man doesn’t learn this secret easily, but to shun pleasure altogether is cowardly avoidance of a difficult job. For we have to learn the art of enjoying things BECAUSE they are impermanent.” – Alan Watts (Public Speaker, Writer)

10. “Don’t tell me what I’m doing; I don’t want to know.” – Federico Fellini (Film Director)

11. “Humor is a wonderful way to deal with our suffering because if we can laugh at our troubles, we can feel better. Thich Nhat Hanh is a special man who has helped millions with their suffering with incredible technique. But he doesn’t know real suffering, because he has not dated as much as I have.” – Garry Shandling (Actor, Comedian)

12. “But I don’t have anything left inside of me to figure out where I fit in or what I want. If I want anything, it’s to know what’s possible to want.” – Amy Tan (Author)

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A man who doesn’t know how he feels is often confused with a man who doesn’t know what he wants.

13. “I don’t know what I’m doing, or where I’m going, but I do know that I want to do whatever it is and get there soon.” – J.A. Redmerski (Author)

14. “I want to know him. I want to know what he likes, what he doesn’t like. I want to know what kind of man he is. I want to know if he could like me for more than sex.” – Barbara Elsborg (Author)

15. “You know, my brother won’t walk out of a restaurant with me anymore because he doesn’t want to be linked to me as my new ‘mystery man.’ Same with my close guy friends.” – Ashley Greene (Actress)

16. “Man in his madness doesn’t realize that God has made him from amoeba to this stage for some purpose. There is a big purpose behind it. And the purpose is that now you have to know your Spirit, by which you enter into the Kingdom of God. You have to enter into the Kingdom of God. How? What is your passport? Is your Spirit. Because when the Spirit starts shining within you, you start transforming. You start transforming into a new being – into a new personality with a new awareness and you are a different person. Your priorities change.” – Nirmala Srivastava (Yoga Instructor)

17. “My management tells me, Don’t be optimistic, because it’s the young people’s world now. They want to hear what they want to hear, and you’re a classic rocker. I don’t know if you’re gonna get the play.” – Bob Seger (Singer-Songwriter)

18. “All too often modern man becomes the plaything of his circumstances because he no longer has any leisure time; he doesn’t know how to provide himself with the leisure he needs to stop to take a good look at himself.” – Michel Quoist (Author)

19. “I don’t know if I work in order to do something, or in order to know why I can’t do what I want to do.” – Alberto Giacometti (Painter and Sculptor)

20. “We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.” – Lloyd Alexander (Author)

21. “If you can’t decide what direction you want to go in life, that’s automatically your #1 goal in life — to figure out where you want to go.” – Darius Foroux (Author)

22. “Have you ever thought, ‘I don’t know what I want from life’? You’re not alone. It’s a common feeling that most people experience at different stages of their life, and sometimes it’s a question we can’t answer on our own. What do you want from life?”- Kim Morgan (Life Coach)


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