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





You can't ask for what you want unless you know what it is. A lot of people don't know what they want or they want much less than they deserve. First you have figure out what you want. Second, you have to decide that you deserve it. Third, you have to believe you can get it. And, fourth, you have to have the guts to ask for it.


Barbara De Angelis (American expert on relationship & love, author)


Man, if you gotta ask you'll never know.


Louis Armstrong (1898-1971, American jazz trumpeter, singer)


Ask with urgency and passion.


Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930, British Prime Minister)


Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.


Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965, American financier)


You don't always get what you ask for, but you never get what you don't ask for... unless it's contagious!


Franklyn Broude


Ask yourself, "Am I now ready to make some changes."


Jack Canfield (American motivational speaker, author, trainer)

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My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


We don't always get what we deserve, but we often get what we ask for.


Victor C. Dymowski


If one asks the whence derives the authority of fundamental ends, since they cannot be stated and justified merely by reason, one can only answer: they exist in a healthy society as powerful traditions, which act upon the conduct and aspirations and judgments of the individuals; they are there, that is, as something living, without its being necessary to find justification for their existence.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Remember you are just an extra in everyone else's play.


Stewart Emery


If you don't ask, you don't get.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.


Shakti Gawain (American human potential teacher)


Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers.


Robert Half (American businessman, founder of Robert Half & Associates)


You create your opportunities by asking for them.


Patty Hansen (American author, wife of Mark Victor Hansen)


Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.


Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968, American attorney general, senator)


Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.


Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970, American writer, critic, naturalist)


I attribute the little I know to my not having been ashamed to ask for information, and to my rule of conversing with all descriptions of men on those topics that form their own peculiar professions and pursuits.


John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)


What I point out to people is that it's silly to be afraid that you're not going to get what you want if you ask. Because you are already not getting what you want. They always laugh about that because they realize it's so true. Without asking you already have failed, you already have nothing. What are you afraid of? You're afraid of getting what you already have! It's ridiculous! Who cares if you don't get it when you ask for it, because, before you ask for it, you don't have it anyway. So there's really nothing to be afraid of.


Marcia Martin


It's amazing what you don't get when you don't ask.


Berney Neufeld


The answerer is inferior to the asker.


Indian Proverb (Sayings of Indian origin)


Man who waits for roast duck to fly into mouth must wait very, very long time.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Better to ask twice than to lose your way once.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


Asking is the sister of knowing.


Maltese Proverb


The person who asks for little deserves nothing.


Mexican Proverb (Sayings of Mexican origin)


Asking is no sin, and being refused is no tragedy.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


If the child does not cry, the mother won't know what it wants.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


Ask ten brewers and you will get eleven opinions.


Swiss Proverb


Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don't go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won't laugh at you.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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A clever, imaginative, humorous request can open closed doors and closed minds.


Percy Ross (American columnist)


The world is full of genies waiting to grant your wishes.


Percy Ross (American columnist)


You've got to ask! Asking is, in my opinion, the world's most powerful -- and neglected -- secret to success and happiness.


Percy Ross (American columnist)


We never reflect how pleasant it is to ask for nothing.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


If there is something to gain and nothing to lose by asking, by all means ask!


W. Clement Stone (1902-2002, American businessman, author, founder of Combined Insurance Companies)


Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Matthew 7:7-8


The key to getting everything you want is to never put all your begs in one ask-it!


Author Unknown


The students ask why, the faculty asks how, and the alumni asks how much.


Author Unknown


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