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Author   Subject   Text    1210 aphorisms

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3790Father Larry LorenzoniThe average person thinks he isn't.Conformism
4046Albert EinsteinUnthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.Authority
3939Albert EinsteinThe ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.Ideals
2598Ogden NashThere is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience, or none at all.Conscience
3665Ralph Waldo EmersonThe louder he talks of honour, the faster we count our spoons.Honour
2141Steven WrightA clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.Conscience
6496Shankar VedantamThose who travel with the current will always feel they are good swimmers; those who swim against the current may never realize they are better swimmers than they imagine.Miscellaneous
3947Albert EinsteinGreat spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.Mediocrity
5837Steve JobsDeath is very likely the single best invention of life. It's life's changing agent, it clears out the old to make way for the new.Death
6062Jean-Paul SartreI tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist.Miscellaneous
4729Orson Scott CardMETAPHOR: A way of holding the most truth in the least space. Talking
6505Henny YoungmanDoctor, I have a ringing in my ears. -- Don't answer! Humour
6486Abraham H. Maslow... we may say of the receptors, the effectors, of the intellect and the other capacities that they are primarily safety-seeking tools.Psychology
4334Jonathan SwiftQuando un vero genio appare in questo mondo, lo si può riconoscere dal fatto che gli idioti sono tutti coalizzati contro di lui.Genius
6053Jean-Paul SartreEvil is the product of the ability of humans to make abstract that which is concrete.Evil
4319Peter DruckerEffective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.Leadership
3100SocratesMy advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher. And that is a good thing for any manMarriage
3224George Bernard ShawThe power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it.Cynism
4219Olivia DresherI like fragmentary writing, I seem to only be able to read fragments, feel fragments. And write fragments. (And live fragments.) The pieces naturally form a whole to me, the way minutes make up hours and hours make up days. Fragments flow, to me, in ways that unfragmented writings do not. They flow because they feel natural; yes, fragments feel natural, organic, uncomposed. A story well-composed might be beautiful, but it feels like a beautiful mask to me. Fragments are like the naturalness of children. Maybe that’s why I like fragments: because I can remain in childhood.Writing
2253Leo TolstoyThe more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life. Life
5871Fran LebowitzRomantic love is mental illness. But it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw.Love
4096Oscar WildeDisobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.Disobedience
5783Woody AllenMy one regret in life is that I am not someone else.Humour
4711AnonymousCHEF: Any cook who swears in French. Cooking
5785Woody AllenI'd never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member.Humour
5799Oscar WildeTo do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.Idleness
2254AnonymousThe best thing parents can do for their children is to love each other.Children
5860AnonymousLove me when I least deserve it, because it's when I need it most.Love
4836Mahatma GandhiLive as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.Life and Death
6514Thomas CarlyleA witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures.Miscellaneous
3269AnonymousIf you smoke after sex, you're doing it too fast!Jokes
5768Woody AllenI believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, it's the government.God
3371David BrentNever do today that which will become someone else's responsibility tomorrow.Responsibility
3151Kahlil GibranSay not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.Truth
4499Anton CechovIf you are afraid of loneliness, don't marryMarriage
3101AnonymousA woman's mind is cleaner than a man's....she changes it more often !!Women
4391Abba EbanA statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.Politics
2324Peter DruckerDoing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.Work
4057John PowellBlessed is he who has learned to laugh at himself, for he shall never cease to be entertained.Humour
3080Groucho MarxThe secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. Faking
3192Bill CosbyI don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.Success
4228Joseph JoubertAre you listening to the ones who keep quiet?Listening
4707Honoré de BalzacBUREAUCRACY: A giant mechanism operated by pygmies. Burocracy
5572Steve JobsWhen I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.Miscellaneous
2219Ingrid BergmanA kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.Kissing
4528Friedrich NietzscheSe entri mi fai onore; se non entri, un piacereHospitality
4690Marian Zimmer BradleyThe road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.Hope
2327Margaret ThatcherYou may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.Fighting
4497Georg Christoph LichtenbergLove is blind, but marriage restores its sight.Marriage
2140Emma GoldmanThe most violent element in society is ignorance.Ignorance

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