An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown




He that complies against his will is of his own opinion still.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analyzing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will. I cannot believe that such a program would be rejected by the people of this country, even if it does mean the establishment of personal contact with the dictators.


Neville Chamberlain


You can get assent to almost any proposition so long as you are not going to do anything about it.


John Jay Chapman (1862-1933, American author)


No two on earth in all things can agree. All have some daring singularity.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Too much agreement kills the chat.


Eldridge Cleaver (1935-, American black leader, writer)


There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice and the consequent loss of national self-respect and honor, beneath which are shielded and defended a people's safety and greatness.


Grover Cleveland (1837-1908, American President (22nd and 24th))


Minds do not act together in public; they simply stick together; and when their private activities are resumed, they fly apart again.


Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925, American editor, essayist)


My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


What usually comes first is the contract.


Ira Gershwin (1896-1983, American songwriter)


One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.


Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974, American film producer, founder of MGM)


When you run into someone who is disagreeable to others, you may be sure he is uncomfortable with himself; the amount of pain we inflict upon others is directly proportional to the amount we feel within us.


Sidney J. Harris (1917-, American journalist)


Three may keep counsel, if two are away.


John Heywood (1497-1580, British dramatist, proverb collection)


Those who agree with us may not be right, but we admire their astuteness.


Cullen Hightower


You may easily play a joke on a man who likes to argue -- agree with him.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


The fellow that agrees with everything you say is either a fool or he is getting ready to skin you.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


Even savage animals can agree among themselves.


(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal (c.55-c.130, Roman satirical poet)


The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than others are saying.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


We rarely ever perceive others as being sensible, except for those who agree with us.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


We seldom find any person of good sense, except those who share our opinions.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


If you wish to appear agreeable in society, you must consent to be taught many things which you know already.


Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801, Swiss theologian, mystic)


I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.


Dudley Field Malone


One good analogy is worth three hours discussion.


James T. Mccay


If you have learned how to disagree without being disagreeable, then you have discovered the secrete of getting along -- whether it be business, family relations, or life itself.


Bernard Meltzer (1914-, American law professor)


On one issue at least, men and women agree; they both distrust women.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Thus Belial, with words clothed in reason's garb, counseled ignoble ease, and peaceful sloth, not peace.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


You can always tell when a man's well informed. His views are pretty much like your own.


Louie Morris


There's nothing is this world more instinctively abhorrent to me than finding myself in agreement with my fellow humans.


Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990, British broadcaster)


My opinion, my conviction, gains immensely in strength and sureness the minute a second mind as adopted it.


Novalis (1772-1801, German poet, novelist)


An alliance with a powerful person is never safe.


Phaedrus (c.1-?, Macedonian inventor and writer)


A marketplace is not the pace for a husband and wife to argue. However long the night may last, there will be a morning. Daylight follows a dark night.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


Better a friendly refusal than an unwilling consent.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


I trust that a graduate student some day will write a doctoral essay on the influence of the Munich analogy on the subsequent history of the twentieth century. Perhaps in the end he will conclude that the multitude of errors committed in the name of "Munich" may exceed the original error of 1938.


Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (1917-, American historian)


Man, an animal that makes bargains.


Adam Smith (1723-1790, Scottish economist)


I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.


Margaret Thatcher (1925-, British Prime Minister (1979-90))


Better a lean agreement than a fat lawsuit.


Author Unknown


When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong.


Author Unknown


A long dispute means that both parties are wrong.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


There is nothing more likely to start disagreement among people or countries than an agreement.


Elwyn Brooks White (1899-1985, American author, editor)


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