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Author   Subject   Text    1210 aphorisms

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4694Lin YutangHope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence. Hope
2364Erich FrommImmature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'Love
3122Italian proverbTell me what you are reading and I will tell you who you are.Reading
3402C. GarbettAny fool can criticize - and many of them do.Criticism
5028Groucho MarxWhy should I care about posterity? What's posterity ever done for me?Future
4740Ambrose BierceSWEATER: A garment worn by child when it's mother is feeling chilly. Miscellaneous
6120Paul ValéryOne can live without ever having seen oneself, without knowing the color of one’s skin.Miscellaneous
4284George Bernard ShawThe vilest abortionist is he who attempts to mould a child’s character.Education
3854Galileo GalileiMathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.Mathematics
4059Mohandes GandhiThe law an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.Law
2680George Bernard ShawA government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.Government
2811Theodore H. WhiteThe most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing, and to watch someone else do it wrong without comment.Criticism
5032Ludwig FeuerbachMan created God in his own imageReligion
2272Henry FordThinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.Thinking
5065Robert DangoorWhen you attach a label make sure it can come off because things can change.Miscellaneous
4753Emile CioranTyranny destroys or strengthens the individual; freedom enervates him, until he becomes no more than a puppet. Man has more chances of saving himself by hell than by paradise.Freedom
4305George Bernard ShawTwo starving men cannot be twice as hungry as one; but two rascals can be ten times as vicious as one.Miscellaneous
3197ConfuciusOur greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.Glory
3475Immanuel KantScience is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.Wisdom
5768Woody AllenI believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, it's the government.God
5615Mick JaggerIt's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.Self-control
2942Sharon StoneWomen might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships.Lying
4313Peter DruckerMaking good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.Management
4791Orson Scott CardIn order to learn one must change one’s mind.Changing
3676Mark TwainThe man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.Reading
4928Thomas JeffersonIn every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty.Religion
5568Steve JobsBeing the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.Miscellaneous
2403Jesse JacksonYour children need your presence more than your presents.Parents
2711MolièreIt is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. Responsibility
3943Arthur BaerAlimony is like buying oats for a dead horse.Marriage
3670Viktor FranklSince Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake. Mankind
3694Johann W. von GoetheNothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.Humour
4186Emile CioranIt makes no sense to say that death is the goal of life. But what else is there to say?Death
3391Bertrand RussellWork is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first is unpleasant and ill-paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.Work
3774Daniel Patrick MoynihanEveryone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts.Facts
6062Jean-Paul SartreI tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist.Miscellaneous
2922AnonymousThe only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.Stupidity
4111Oscar WildeSome cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.Happiness
3936Arthur C. ClarkeIt has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.Intelligence
3679The BeatlesAll you need is love.Love
4793Clarence DarrowIt is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.Changing
2159Erich FrommIf faith cannot be reconciled with rational thinking, it has to be eliminated as an anachronistic remnant of earlier stages of culture and replaced by science dealing with facts and theories which are intelligible and can be validated.Faith
3665Ralph Waldo EmersonThe louder he talks of honour, the faster we count our spoons.Honour
3444W. Edwards DemingWe are here to make another world.World improvement
6594Albert CamusThe only way to deal with an unfree world si to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. Freedom
5610AnonymousPlay the music, not the instrument.Music
2477Bill CosbyHuman beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back homeMan & Animals
5866Ralph Waldo EmersonDo not go where the path may lead; instead go where there is no path and leave a trail.Miscellaneous
4800R. D. LaingWe live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.Changing
4203Antonio PorchiaThe chains that bind us most closely are the ones we have broken.Freedom

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