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





A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, and his next to escape the censures of the world.


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


It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution.


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


The readiest and surest way to get rid of censure, is to correct ourselves.


Demosthenes (c.383-322 BC, Greek orator)


I find the pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.


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


Few persons have sufficient wisdom to prefer censure, which is useful, to praise which deceives them.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The censure of those who are opposed to us, is the highest commendation that can be given us.


Seigneur De Saint-Evremond (1610-1703, French writer, wit)


He who would acquire fame must not show himself afraid of censure. The dread of censure is the death of genius.


William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870, American author)


Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


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