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





What to do if you find yourself stuck in a crack in the ground underneath a giant boulder you can't move, with no hope of rescue. Consider how lucky you are that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn't been good to you so far, which given your current circumstances seems more likely, consider how lucky you are that it won't be troubling you much longer.


Douglas Adams (1952-, British science fiction writer)


I used to believe that marriage would diminish me, reduce my options. That you had to be someone less to live with someone else when, of course, you have to be someone more.


Candice Bergen (1946-, American actress)


Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street.


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


When you've got something to prove, there's nothing greater than a challenge.


Terry Bradshaw (1948-, American football player, sports commentator)


He who walks in another's tracks leaves no footprints.


Joan L. Brannon


Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others.


Amelia Earhart (1897-1937, American aviator, author)


The human mind prefers to be spoon-fed with the thoughts of others, but deprived of such nourishment it will, reluctantly, begin to think for itself -- and such thinking, remember, is original thinking and may have valuable results.


Agatha Christie (1891-1976, British mystery writer)


I wanted to be scared again... I wanted to feel unsure again. That's the only way I learn, the only way I feel challenged.


Connie Chung (1946-, Chinese-American TV personality)


If we choose to be no more than clods of clay, then we shall be used as clods of clay for braver feet to tread on.


Marie Corelli


We only think when we are confronted with problems.


John Dewey (1859-1952, American philosopher, educator)


We must prepare and study truth under every aspect, endeavoring to ignore nothing, if we do not wish to fall into the abyss of the unknown when the hour shall strike.


Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach


Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


There are only two problems in my life. The political ones are insoluble and the economic ones are incomprehensible.


Alexander Douglas Home


The New Frontier I speak of is not a set of promises -- it is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


I'm all about challenges and seeing if I can go out and see if I can achieve something. If at the end of the day I do it, great. If I don't, I can live with myself.


Michael Jordan (1963-, American basketball player, actor)


One must be aware that one is continually being tested in what one wishes most in order to make clear whether one's heart is on earth or in heaven.


Pir Vilayat Khan (1916-, Western philosopher teacher, master, author)


I'll have to, as you say, take a stand, do something toward shaking up that system.... Despair ... is too easy an out.


Paule Marshall


If we do not rise to the challenge of our unique capacity to shape our lives, to seek the kinds of growth that we find individually fulfilling, then we can have no security; we will live in a world of sham in which our selves are determined by the will of others, in which we will be constantly buffeted and increasingly isolated by the changes round us.


Nena O'Neil (1864-1955, Canadian (Irish-born) poet)


Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.


George S. Patton (1885-1945, American army general during World War II)


If the sky falls, hold up your hands.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.


Bernice Johnson Reagon


Hiding leads nowhere except to more hiding.


Margaret A. Robinson


You have to erect a fence and say, "Okay, scale this."


Linda Ronstadt (American entertainer, singer)


Never underestimate your problem or your ability to deal with it.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe.


Robert W. Service (1874-1958, British poet)


To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.


Gail Sheehy (1937-, American journalist, author)


The real challenge (in life) is to choose, hold, and operate through intelligent, uplifting, and fully empowering beliefs.


Michael Sky


When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it.


Margaret Chase Smith


When someone tells me there is only one way to do things, it always lights a fire under my butt. My instant reaction is, "I'm going to prove you wrong!"


Picabo Street (1971-, American alpine skier)


It's always the challenge of the future, this feeling of excitement, that drives me.


Yoshihisa Tabuchi (Japanese business executive, CEO of Nomura Securities)


Continuous challenge produces continuous improvement.


Paul B. Thornton (American speaker, author, "Be the Leader, Make the Difference")


If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.


Harry S. Truman (1884-1972, American President (33rd))


If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down, these women together ought to be able to turn it right side up again.


Sojourner Truth (1797-1883, American feminist, anti-slavery advocate)


Failure? I never encountered it. All I ever met were temporary setbacks.


Dottie Walters (American entrepreneur, speaker, author)


It is a fact of history that those who seek to withdraw from its great experiments usually end up being overwhelmed by them.


Barbara Ward


Dreams can often become challenging, but challenges are what we live for.


Travis White


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