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Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (389 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Born a saint, die a sinner -- born a sinner, die a saint.

[aphorist] Doug Horton, in [category] Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (517 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

[aphorist] Ralph Waldo Emerson, in [category] War and Peace

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (379 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The wind and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.

[aphorist] Edward Gibbon, in [category] Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (493 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Ignorance does not necesarilly mean one has a lack of wisdom, for a most ignorant person can be one with much wisdom. It's "live and learn" that creates wisdom.

[aphorist] Austin Holmes, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (529 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

[aphorist] Albert Camus, in [category] Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (3351 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him, he must regard himself as greater than he is.

[aphorist] Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in [category] Vice and Virtue and [category] Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (675 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Desperation is like stealing from the mafia: you stand a good chance of attracting the wrong attention.

[aphorist] Doug Horton, in [category] Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (172 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.

[aphorist] David Hume, in [category] Law and Politics

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (201 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It costs to be stupid. The stupider you are, the more it costs.

[aphorist] Sherrill Brown, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (411 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.

[aphorist] Confucius, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (302 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.

[aphorist] James Carse, in [category] Life and Death

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1176 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.

[aphorist] Tom Clancy, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (407 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.

[aphorist] Yogi Berra, in [category] Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1053 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Yield to temptation -- it may not pass your way again.

[aphorist] Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love (Lazarus Long), in [category] Vice and Virtue

Time Enough for Love (paperback)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (283 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is its own troubles.

[aphorist] Jesus Christ, (Matthew 6:34), in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (476 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct for revenge for which no expedient is sufficiently poisonous, secret, subterranean, petty -- I call it the one mortal blemish of mankind.

[aphorist] Friedrich Nietzsche, in [category] Science and Religion

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1076 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Riot: A popular entertainment given to the military by innocent bystanders.

[aphorist] Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in [category] War and Peace

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1203 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Were there no women, men might live like gods.

[aphorist] Thomas Dekker, in [category] Men and Women

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (389 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character. The only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionaries are philosophers and saints.

[aphorist] Will Durant, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (125 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I improve on misquotation.

[aphorist] Cary Grant, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

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