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





Gracious to all, to none subservient, Without offense he spoke the word he meant.


Thomas B. Aldrich (1836-1907, American writer, editor)


Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


It may be you fear more to deliver judgment upon me than I fear judgment.


Giordano Bruno (1548-1600, Italian philosopher, scientist)


Frank and explicit -- that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


There is no wisdom like frankness.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


To be candid, in Middlemarch phraseology, meant, to use an early opportunity of letting your friends know that you did not take a cheerful view of their capacity, their conduct, or their position; and a robust candor never waited to be asked for its opinion.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


A "No" uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a "Yes" merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.


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


If all hearts were open and all desires known -- as they would be if people showed their souls -- how many gapings, sighings, clenched fists, knotted brows, broad grins, and red eyes should we see in the market-place!


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928, British novelist, poet)


There is an unseemly exposure of the mind, as well as of the body.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


We want all our friends to tell us our bad qualities; it is only the particular ass that does so whom we can't tolerate.


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


You may tell a man thou art a fiend, but not your nose wants blowing; to him alone who can bear a thing of that kind, you may tell all.


Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801, Swiss theologian, mystic)


Friends, if we be honest with ourselves, we shall be honest with each other.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


It is the weak and confused who worship the pseudosimplicities of brutal directness.


Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980, Canadian communications theorist)


Let us not be ashamed to speak what we shame not to think.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards.


George Orwell (1903-1950, British author, "Animal Farm")


Admonish your friends privately, but praise them openly.


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


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