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





They've got us surrounded again, the poor bastards.


Creighton Abrams (1914-1974, American general, commander of forces in Vietnam)


Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.


Herm Albright


Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit.


James Allen (1864-1912, British-born American essayist, author, "As A Man Thinketh")


Man's rise or fall, success or failure, happiness or unhappiness depends on his attitude... a man's attitude will create the situation he imagines.


James Allen (1864-1912, British-born American essayist, author, "As A Man Thinketh")


Sometimes I'm so sweet even I can't stand it.


Julie Andrews (1935-, British singer, actress)


I got a simple rule about everybody. If you don't treat me right -- shame on you!


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


If things are not going well with you, begin your effort at correcting the situation by carefully examining the service you are rendering, and especially the spirit in which you are rendering it.


Roger Babson (1875-1967, American statistician, columnist)


Fake feeling good.... You're going to have to learn to fake cheerfulness. Believe it or not, eventually that effort will pay off: you'll actually start feeling happier.


Jean Bach


We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.


Colleen C. Barrett


The advantages of a losing team: (1) There is everything to hope for and nothing to fear. (2) Defeats do not disturb one's sleep. (3) An occasional victory is a surprise and a delight. (4) There is no danger of any club passing you. (5) You are not asked fifty times a day, "What was the score?"; people take it for granted that you lost.


Elmer E. Bates


Life would be a perpetual flea hunt if a man were obliged to run down all the innuendoes, inveracities, and insinuations and misrepresentations which are uttered against him.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.


William John Bennett (1943-, American federal official)


Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.


Timothy Bentley (Canadian family therapist)


Make good use of bad rubbish.


Elizabeth Beresford


Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.


Irving Berlin (1888-1989, Russian composer)


It is better to know nothing than to know what ain't so.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.


Tom Blandi


Always behave like a duck -- keep calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddle like the devil underneath.


Jacob M. Braude (American humor author)


Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend ... when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present-love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure -- the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.


Sarah Ban Breathnach (American author)


I never expect to lose. Even when I'm the underdog, I still prepare a victory speech.


H. Jackson Brown Jr. (1940-, American author, "Life's Little Instruction Book" series)


You are more likely to act yourself into feelings, than feel yourself into action.


Dr. Jerome Brunner


I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to earth.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


When hope is taken away from the people moral degeneration follows swiftly after.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


Dangers by being despised grow great.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. What really matters is the internal force. How do I respond to those disasters? Over that I have complete control.


Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998, American expert on love, lecturer, author)


There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. What really matters is the internal force. How do I respond to those disasters? Over that I have complete control.


Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998, American expert on love, lecturer, author)


Attitudes are the forerunners of conditions.


Eric Butterworth


I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome.


Julius Caesar (101-44 BC, Roman emperor)


People are not going to love you unless you love them.


Pat Carroll (1927-, American actress, comedian)


A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.


Catherine The Great


Look for strength in people, not weakness; for good, not evil. Most of us find what we search for.


Wilbur J. Chapman


In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Goodwill.


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


If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.


Glenn Clark


You've got to sing like you don't need the money. You've got to love like you'll never get hurt. You've got to dance like there's nobody watching. You've got to come from the heart, if you want it to work.


Susanna Clark


Though his beginnings be but poor and low, Thank God a man can grow!


Florence Earle Coates


It's not the situation. It's your reaction to the situation


Robert Conklin (American teacher, author, speaker)


Since the human body tends to move in the direction of its expectations -- plus or minus -- it is important to know that attitudes of confidence and determination are no less a part of the treatment program than medical science and technology.


Norman Cousins (1915-1990, American editor, humanitarian, author)


Life at any time can become difficult: life at any time can become easy. It all depends upon how one adjusts oneself to life.


Morarji Desai (1896-1995, Indian statesman, Prime Minister)


It is not the position, but the disposition.


J. E. Dinger


Wonder ... music heard in the heart, is voiceless.


Rosemary Dobson


It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


The first thing I do in the morning is to make my bed and while I am making up my bed I am making up my mind as to what kind of a day I am going to have.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


A woman's hopes are woven of sunbeams; a shadow annihilates them.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


People only see what they are prepared to see.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.


Golnik Eric


Events will take their course, it is no good of being angry at them; he is happiest who wisely turns them to the best account.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that's a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life, and there's going to be a life after tennis that's a lot longer than your tennis life.


Chris Evert (1954-, American tennis player)


It's how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.


David Feherty


Though outwardly a gloomy shroud, The inner half of every cloud Is bright and shining: I therefore turn my clouds about And always wear them inside out To show the lining.


Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler


If you would be loved, love and be lovable.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Successful people start out in life with the same disadvantages as the rest of us. They just find ways to turn their disadvantages into assets.


Sidney A. Friedman


Most of my major disappointments have turned out to be blessings in disguise. So whenever anything bad does happen to me, I kind of sit back and feel, well, if I give this enough time, it'll turn out that this was good, so I shan't worry about it too much.


William Gaines


A positive attitude can really make dreams come true -- it did for me.


Zina Garrison (1963-, American  tennis player)


If you constantly think of illness, you eventually become ill; if you believe yourself to be beautiful, you become so.


Shakti Gawain (American human potential teacher)


All you need is positivity.


The Spice Girls


Nothing in life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it.


Ellen Glasgow (1874-1945, American novelist)


What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.


Thaddeus Golas


Misery is a communicable disease.


Martha Graham (1894-1991, American dancer, teacher, and choreographer)


Let's not be narrow, nasty, and negative.


Vernon Grounds


Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


Was it always my nature to take a bad time and block out the good times, until any success became an accident and failure seemed the only truth?


Lillian Hellman (1905-1984, American playwright)


If the mind of man can believe, the mind of man can achieve.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Happiness doesn't depend on what we have, but it does depend on how we feel toward what we have. We can be happy with little and miserable with much.


William Dempster Hoard


Each experience through which we pass operates ultimately for our good. This is a correct attitude to adopt and we must be able to see it in that light.


Raymond Holliwell


Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.


Victoria Holt


Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.


Lou Holtz (1937-, American football coach)


Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.


Lou Holtz (1937-, American football coach)


It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.


Lena Horne (1917-, American jazz and pop singer)


We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Be pleasant every morning until ten o'clock. The rest of the day will take care of itself.


Col. William C. Hunter


It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.


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


We can sometimes love what we do not understand, but it is impossible completely to understand what we do not love.


Anna Jameson (1794-1860, British essayist)


Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never.


Bela Karolyi (Gymnastic coach)


I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


If you are not happy every morning when you get up, leave for work, or start to work at home, and are not enthusiastic about doing that, you will not be successful.


Donald M. Kendall


I think we should look forward to death more than we do. Of course everybody hates to go to bed or miss anything but dying is really the only chance we'll get to rest.


Florynce R. Kennedy


The words "I am..." are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you're claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.


A.L. Kitselman


Make your judgement trustworthy by trusting it.


Grenville Kleiser (1868-1953, American author)


A pessimist and an optimist, so much the worse; so much the better.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


The more wary you are of danger, the more likely you are to meet it.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


Don't introduce me to that man! I want to go on hating him, and I can't hate a man whom I know.


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


Enthusiasm is the divine particle in our composition: with it we are great, generous, and true; without it, we are little, false, and mean.


Letitia Elizabeth Landon


Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.


Frederick Langbridge


He who has not faith in others shall find no faith in them.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


Keep your heart right, even when it is sorely wounded.


J. C. Macaulay


What one believes to be true either is true or becomes true within limits to be found experimentally. These limits are beliefs to be transcended.


John C. Lilly (1915-2001, American doctor, author)


The Green Bay Packers never lost a football game. They just ran out of time.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


If I had a party to attend and didn't want to be there, I would play the part of someone who was having a lovely time.


Shirley MacLaine (1934-, American actress)


We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.


Chretien Malesherbes (1721-1794, French statesman)


Self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment.


Maxwell Maltz (1944-, Canadian-born American plastic surgeon, author of "Psycho-Cybernetics")


We are injured and hurt emotionally, Not so much by other people or what they say and don't say, But by our own attitude and our own response.


Maxwell Maltz (1944-, Canadian-born American plastic surgeon, author of "Psycho-Cybernetics")


Take the attitude of a student: never be too big to ask questions; never know too much to learn something new.


Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)

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What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him.


Louis L. Mann


Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change in attitude.


Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923, New Zealand-born British author)


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