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Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (3018 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I do not know myself and God forbid that I should.

[aphorist] Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (321 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 (622 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 (113 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

[aphorist] James Joyce, in [category] Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (448 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.

[aphorist] Robert Burton, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (327 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confessor of character.

[aphorist] Ralph Waldo Emerson, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (477 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If I don't know I don't know, I think I know. If I don't know I know, I think I don't know.

[aphorist] R. D. Laing, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (208 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

That which is static and repetitive is boring. That which is dynamic and random is confusing. In between lies art.

[aphorist] John A. Locke, in [category] Science and Religion

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (554 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works.

[aphorist] Samuel Johnson, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (93 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is perfectly true that the government is best which governs least. It is equally true that the government is best which provides most.

[aphorist] Walter Lippmann, in [category] Law and Politics

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (905 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

The great question -- which I have not been able to answer -- is, "What does a woman want?"

[aphorist] Sigmund Freud, in [category] Men and Women

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (173 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If you have a bowl of apples and you eat the best ones first, then you have only the best ones left.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (438 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I never think of the future -- it will come soon enough.

[aphorist] Albert Einstein, in [category] Life and Death

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (402 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

[aphorist] Albert Einstein, in [category] Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (502 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If we fight a war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them. These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly killed every last inhabitant of Persia.

[aphorist] Hans A. Bethe, in [category] War and Peace

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (132 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Change occurs in direct proportion to dissatisfaction, but dissatisfaction never changes.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (745 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The Puritans hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.

[aphorist] Thomas Macaulay, History of England, I, in [category] Vice and Virtue

History of England (paperback)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (261 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Why be a man when you can be a success?

[aphorist] Bertolt Brecht, in [category] Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (260 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen, even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.

[aphorist] Leonardo Da Vinci, in [category] Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (301 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

All mankind loves a lover.

[aphorist] Ralph Waldo Emerson, in [category] Love and Hate

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