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





Necessity can set me helpless on my back, but she cannot keep me there; nor can four walls limit my vision.


Margaret Fairless Barber


To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.


Walter Benjamin (1982-1940, German critic, philosopher)


Neither situations nor people can be altered by the interference of an outsider. If they are to be altered, that alteration must come from within.


Phyllis Bottome (1884-1963, American writer)


To see, to hear, means nothing. To recognize (or not to recognize) means everything. Between what I do recognize and what I do not recognize, there stands myself. And what I do not recognize, I shall continue not to recognize.


Andre Breton (1989-1966, French surrealist)


How many joys are crushed under foot because people look up at the sky and disregard what is at their feet?


Catharina Elisabetha Goethe


The best-educated human being is the one who understands most about the life in which he is placed.


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


God always provides what we need, but we must be ready to open our eyes and see it.


Midrash (Jewish biblical commentary)


The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


Open-mindedness should not be fostered because, as Scripture teaches, Truth is great and will prevail, nor because, as Milton suggests, Truth will always win in a free and open encounter. It should be fostered for its own sake.


Richard Rorty (1931-, American philosopher)


Most people grow old within a small circle of ideas, which they have not discovered for themselves. There are perhaps less wrong-minded people than thoughtless.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


My mind is my biggest asset.


Tiger Woods (1975-, American golfer)


The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


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