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





Show me the person you honor, for I know better by that the kind of person you are. For you show me what your idea of humanity is.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Like associates with like.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


In all societies, it is advisable to associate if possible with the highest; not that the highest are always the best, but because, if disgusted there, we can descend at any time; but if we begin with the lowest, to ascend is impossible.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


If you want to be a winner, hang around with winners


Christopher D. Furman


No one should form an acquaintance with one who has an evil character. A piece of coal, if it is hot burns, and if it's cold, blackens the hands.


Hitopadesa (600-1100 AD, Sanskrit fable from Panchatantra)


We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves. We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.


Charles Lamb (1775-1834, British essayist, critic)


Make it a point to be around those with positive energy -- people who want what's best for you, people who understand your goals and priorities.


Rebecca Lobo


I won't belong to any organization that would have me as a member.


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


I'd never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member.


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


Living with a saint is more grueling than being one.


Robert Neville


A king's son is no nobler than his company.


Gaelic Proverb (Sayings of Gaelic origin)


You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay? Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.


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

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A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy.


Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832, British novelist, poet)


Every man becomes, to a certain degree, what the people he generally converses with are.


Philip Dormer Stanhope


To take refuge with an inferior is to betray one's self.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


If you don't want to deal with the devil, don't go in his shop. Keep on the Lord's side of the fence.


Author Unknown


Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. It is better be alone than in bad company.


George Washington (1732-1799, American President (1st))


Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.


Oprah Winfrey (1954-, American TV personality, producer, actress, author)


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