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





Please all, and you will please none.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


Naturalness is the easiest thing in the world to acquire, if you will forget yourself -- forget about the impression you are trying to make.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another's keeping .


Claudius Claudianus (340-410, Egyptian Latin poet)


Do not trust to the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you and I were going to be hanged.


Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658, British Parliamentarian General)


People who want the most approval get the least and people who need approval the least get the most.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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It embarrasses me to think of all those years I was buying silk suits and alligator shoes that were hurting my feet; cars that I just parked, and the dust would just build up on them.


George Foreman (1949-, American boxer)


It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


No man likes to live under the eye of perpetual disapprobation.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The applause of a single human being is of great consequence.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Nothing should lessen our satisfaction with ourselves as much as when we notice that we disapprove of something at one time that we approve of at another time.


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


Reproof on her lips, but a smile in her eyes.


Samuel Lover (1797-1868, American author)


Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


I'm not trying to prove anybody wrong, I'm just trying to prove something to myself.


Mike Piazza


There just isn't any pleasing some people. The trick is to stop trying.


Joel Rosenberg


The best ballplayer's the one who doesn't think he made good. He keeps trying to convince you.


Casey Stengel (1889-1975, American baseball player and manager)


I have no methods; all I do is accept people as they are.


Dr. Paul Tournier


What do we call love, hate, charity, revenge,  humanity, forgiveness? Different results of the master impulse, the necessity of securing one's self-approval.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Everybody has the right to be left alone but nobody has the right to demand approval.


Author Unknown


At the heart of personality is the need to feel a sense of being lovable without having to qualify for that acceptance.


Maurice Wagner


Those whose approval you seek most give you the least.


Rozanne Weissman


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