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Author   Subject   Text    1210 aphorisms

Author Text Subject
6493Abraham H. MaslowWhat a man can be, he must be.Psychology
6053Jean-Paul SartreEvil is the product of the ability of humans to make abstract that which is concrete.Evil
2112Woody AllenIt's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.Death
4326Peter DruckerTime is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.Management
4312Peter DruckerExecutives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.Management
2317George CarlinA lady came up to me on the street, pointed at my suede jacket and said, "Don't you know a cow was murdered for that jacket?" I said "I didn't know there were any witnesses. Now I'll have to kill you too".Humour
2167Albert EinsteinTechnological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.Technology
2313Erich FrommLove is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.Love
2606Mark TwainIf you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.Truth
2248Chinese ProverbA court common to all is swept by no one.Public property
2312Bjarne StroustrupC makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do, it blows away your whole leg.Information technology
5814Winston ChurchillThe truth is so precious that it must be guarded by a vast bodyguard of lies.Truth
2259Henry FordDon't find fault, find a remedy.Fault
6315Karl PopperOur aim as scientists is objective truth; more truth, more interesting truth, more intelligible truth. We cannot reasonably aim at certainty. Once we realize that human knowledge is fallible, we realize also that we can never be completely certain that we have not made a mistake.Truth
4406Bertrand RussellThe important fact of the present time is not the struggle between capitalism and socialism but the struggle between industrial civilization and humanity.Mankind
2311Joseph StalinOne death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.Death
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
4524AnonymousHeaven is where the police are British, the chefs Italian, the mechanics German, the lovers French and is all organized by the Swiss.
Hell is where the police are German, the chefs British, the mechanics French, the lovers Swiss is all organized by the Italians.
5584Joan BaezThe easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one.Society
3236Thomas JeffersonWhen governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny. Freedom
5141George CarlinWeather forecast for tonight: dark. Miscellaneous
4221Joseph JoubertMelancholy: when we have sorrows without a name.Melancholy
3982Victor BorgeLaughter is the shortest distance between two people.Laughing
2635George Bernard ShawThe reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.Adaptation
5333Shirley JacksonNo live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.Reality
4250Giacomo LeopardiReal misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.Misanthropy
5754Mark TwainIt usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.Miscellaneous
4182Emile CioranEternity is absence.Eternity
4421Aldous HuxleyThe vast majority of human beings dislike and even dread all notions with which they are not familiar. Hence it comes about that at their

first appearance innovators have always been derided as fools and madmen.
2403Jesse JacksonYour children need your presence more than your presents.Parents
2546AnonymousWhat a man says drunk he has thought sober. -- Flemish proverbDrinking
4704Ambrose BierceBOUNDARY: In political geography, an imaginary line between two nations, separating the imaginary rights of one from the imaginary rights of another.Politics
2909Thomas JeffersonAn honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens. Politics
4218Olivia DresherWho would I want to read my journal? An insightful, compassionate voyeur, perhaps. Or, maybe I'm secretly writing to/for the god I wish existed, the god I longed for during my childhood and teenage years... Or, I’m writing to that part of myself (and all of us) that can forgive. As if true and original writing makes forgiveness natural.Writing
3546Werner von BraunOur sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of the billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity.Universe
3936Arthur C. ClarkeIt has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.Intelligence
2206Henry FordFailure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.Failure
3253Will RogersYou can't say civilization isn't advancing, in every war they kill you in a new way.Civilization
3351MolièreIt is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.Responsibility
6289Karl PopperThere is an almost universal tendency, perhaps an inborn tendency, to suspect the good faith of a man who holds opinions that differ from our own opinions. … It obviously endangers the freedom and the objectivity of our discussion if we attack a person instead of attacking an opinion or, more precisely, a theory.Miscellaneous
5604E. M. ForsterOne person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.Passion
2213Carl Gustav JungThe shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. Human differences
2547Giuseppe Tomasi di LampedusaIf we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.Politics
4396Johann W. von GoetheEverybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.Growing
4251Charles SchultzSometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, Why me? And the voice says: "Nothing personal your name just happened to come up".Miscellaneous
3449Garrison Keillor It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars. Life
4166Emile CioranOnly what you hide is profound, is true.Truth
6035Jean-Paul SartreHell is other people.Hell
5770Woody AllenLife is divided into the horrible and the miserable.Life
3029Isaac AsimovViolence is the last refuge of the incompetent.Violence

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