Aphorisms are essentially an aristocratic genre of writing. The aphorist does not argue or explain, he asserts; and implicit in his assertion is a conviction that he is wiser and more intelligent than his readers.

Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. Ambrose Bierce

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“Vision without execution is hallucination.”
Thomas A. Edison

John’s quotes

"It’s too bad if a heart lacks fire,
and is deprived of the light
of a heart ablaze.
The day on which you are
without passionate love
is the most wasted day of your life."— Omar Khayyám

—Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) Government and Religion

“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the Republican Party, and they’re sure trying to do so,it’s going to be a terrible problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. . . . The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ or ‘D.’ Just who do they think they are? I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of ‘conservatism.” —Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ)

Promise Yourself.... Christian D Larson

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”

Jarod Kintz.... Snake, Vulture

I once saw a snake having sex with a vulture, and I thought, It’s just business as usual in Washington DC.

John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage

“If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”

--Denis Diderot....Freedom!

“Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest”

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“The thought manifests the word;
The word manifests the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character;
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let them spring forth from love
Born out of compassion for all beings.
As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become.”
Juan Mascaro

“…the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.”
“…a ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is.”
George R Martin

“Speak only when words are better than silence.”“It’s how we spend ourselves – not our money – that makes us rich.” – Alexander Green

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey

“Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” Leo Buscaglia

Aphorisms are essentially an aristocratic genre of writing. The aphorist does not argue or explain, he asserts; and implicit in his assertion is a conviction that he is wiser and more intelligent than his readers.

“Knowledge is learning something everyday. Wisdom is letting go of something everyday.” – Zen Saying

“To make things more pleasant is a reason for being.”

“I refuse to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death.”

“A true artist dibbles and dabbles, realizing that the masterpiece of life is never complete.” – The Soul of a Shark

“Only dead fish swim with the stream.”

“Dream is Destiny” -Waking Life

“They say that dreams are only real as long as they last. Couldn’t you say that about life?” – Waking Life

“The world is an exam to see if we can rise into the direct experiences. Our eyesight is here as a test to see if we can see beyond it. Matter is here as a test for our curiosity. Doubt is here as an exam for our vitality.” – Waking Life

“May you live in interesting times.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – MLK

“Fortune favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur

“Only a fool lies awake all night and broods over his problems. When morning comes he is exhausted. And his troubles are the same as before.”

“Losers have goals, winners have systems.”

“You are entitled to your own opinions, however you are not entitled to your own facts.”

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity answered, “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

“Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men’s stupidity, but your talent to their reason.” – The Fountainhead

Eric Schmidt [of Google] recognizes it; ‘It will be very hard for people to watch or consume something that has not in some sense been tailored for them,’” he says.

 

Dorothy Parker, A Very Short Song
Once when I was young and true,
Someone left me sad-
Broke my brittle heart in two;
And that was very bad.
Love is for unlucky folk.
Love is but a curse.
Once there was a heart I broke;
And that, I think, is worse.

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.
Edward M. Kennedy, Democratic National Convention, 1980
US Democratic politician (1932 – )

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Romania.
Dorothy Parker,

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
Dorothy Parker,

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling. ~Ambrose Bierce.

The beginning is the most important part of the work. Plato, The Republic. Book II. 377B

Ask a thoroughbred, you get heart body and soul; ask a mule, they kick and bray.

Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

They never taste who always drink: They always talk, who never think. Matthew Prior. 1664 1721

If jack’s in love, he’s no judge of Jill’s beauty.

And the day came when the risk [it took] to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. –Anais Nin

“One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.” Mari Curie

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. (Albert Einstein)

You’ve got to be taught To hate and fear, You’ve got to be taught From year to year, It’s got to be drummed In your dear little ear You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught to be afraid Of people whose eyes are oddly made, And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade, You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late, Before you are six or seven or eight, To hate all the people your relatives hate, You’ve got to be carefully taught!

She deceiving, I believing;/ what need lovers wish for more?

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

When my lover swears she is made of truth, / I do believe her, though I know she lies.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy they first make mad.

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of our exploring will be to arrive at the beginning and know that place for the first time.

If you work don’t gamble, if you gamble don’t work.

For when the one great scorer comes to write against your name, he marks. Not that you won or lost… But how you played the game.

The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of great moral crises maintain their neutrality. –Dante Almightier (1625-1321)

You must have a clear mental picture of the correct thing before you can do it successfully.

Insanity is doing exactly the same thing over and over, and expecting different results.

Knowledge concerns things. Wisdom concerns people.

The older I get the better I was.

Let men suspect your tale untrue. Keep probability in view. John gay

The problem of probability is simply the general problem of life. Charles senders pierce

Life is a school of probability.
Walter Bogeltot

“being only is and nothing is altogether not”
parmenides

A reasonable probability is the only certainty. howe
(sinner sermons)

There is a tradition of opposition between adherents of induction and of deduction. In my view it would be just as sensible for the two ends of a worm to quarrel.
Alfred north whitehead

Probability is the very guide of life.
Bishop butler

It is truth very certain that, when it is not in our power to determine what is true’ we ought to follow what is most probable.
Ren’e descartes

He who ask of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature…. is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life.
Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)

You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.

Experience which was once claimed by the aged is now claimed exclusively by the young.

The fool knows after he’s suffered.

A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.

Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.

Experience does not err; only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power.
Leonardo Da Vinci

Adventure is something you seek for pleasure, or even for profit, like a gold rush or invading a country;…but experience is what really happens to you in the long run; the truth that finally overtakes you.

He who has been bitten by a snake fears a piece of string.
PERSIAN PROVERB

Experience is in the fingers and head. The heart is inexperienced. Henry David Thoreau

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” —Vince Lombardi

You can become a winner only if you are willing to walk over the edge. —Damon Runyon

It’s a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired—you quit when the gorilla is tired. —Robert Strauss

If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it. —Ronnie Lott

The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it—as long as you really believe 100 percent. — Arnold Schwarzenegger

Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. —Tom Landry

Everyone has limits on the time they can devote to exercise, and cross-training simply gives you the best return on your investment—balanced fitness with minimum injury risk and maximum fun. —Paula Newby-Fraser

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear. —Mark Twain

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. —Amelia Earhart

Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time. —Lou Brock

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. —Vince Lombardi

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. —Robert F. Kennedy

A ship in the harbor is safe. But that’s not what ships are built for. —Anonymous

You learn you can do your best even when it’s hard, even when you’re tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage. —Joe Namath

Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing! —Pat Riley

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
—Will Rogers

Winners never quit and quitters never win. —Unknown

I will always be someone who wants to do better than others. I love competition. —Jean-Claude Killy

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. —Samuel Johnson

Other people may not have had high expectations for me… but I had high expectations for myself. —Shannon Miller

I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability. —Bruce Jenner

In order to win you must be prepared to lose sometime. And leave one or two cards showing. —Van Morrison

He who stops being better stops being good. —Oliver Cromwell

The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before. —Steve Young

When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. —Kikuyu proverb

I know that I’m never as good or bad as any single performance. I’ve never believed my critics or my worshippers, and I’ve always been able to leave the game at the arena. —Charles Barkley

To be prepared is half the victory. —Miguel Cervantes

“Auntie Em: Hate you, Hate Kansas , Taking the dog. -Dorothy.”

“Pride is what we have. Vanity is what others have.”

“Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else.”

“The movies are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself.” Will Rogers :

The true republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.
Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) – American suffragist

From my close observation of writers…they fall into two groups: 1) those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and 2) those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.

In those whom I like, I can find no common denominator; in those whom I love I can: they all make me laugh.

I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.

Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”

The greatest of all faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

Contrariwise, continued Tweedledee, if it was so, it might be, and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic! -Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

You know you’ve achieved perfection in design,Not when you have nothing more to add,
But when you have nothing more to take away.

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat. “Theodore Roosevelt – “Citizenship in a Republic,”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris , April 23, 1910

Before my highest mountain stand I, and before my longest journey, therefore must I first decend deeper than ever I decended. Nietzsche Thus Spake Zarathustra

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”
Charles R. Swindoll

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

Our Deepest Fear
by Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion…. Dogs do not ritually urinate in the hope of persuading heaven to do the same and send down rain. Asses do not bray a liturgy to cloudless skies. Nor do cats attempt, by abstinence from cat’s meat, to wheedle the feline spirits into benevolence. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough.

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