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






I can elect to change all thoughts that hurt.


A Course In Miracles (Course on forgiveness based on Christianity, Eastern philosophy)

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Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.


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


Every choice moves us closer to or farther away from something. Where are your choices taking your life? What do your behaviors demonstrate that you are saying yes or no to in life?


Eric Allenbaugh (American author, "Wake-Up Calls")


The world isn't interested in the storms you encountered, but whether or not you brought in the ship.


Raul Armesto


If I were going to convert to any religion I would probably choose Catholicism because it at least has female saints and the Virgin Mary.


Margaret Atwood (1939-, Canadian novelist, poet, critic)


Choice of attention... is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be.


W.H. Auden


Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.


Richard Bach (1936-, American author)


Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Man’s power of choice enables him to think like an angel or a devil, a king or a slave. Whatever he chooses, mind will create and manifest.


Frederick Bailes


It's so hard when I have to, And so easy when I want to.


Sondra Anice Barnes


Each person designs his own life, freedom gives him the power to carry out his own designs, and power gives the freedom to interfere with the designs of others.


Eric Berne (1910-1970, Canadian psychiatrist, writer)


Even as a tortoise draws in its limbs, the wise can draw in their senses at will.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


Thus we see that the all important thing is not killing or giving life, drinking or not drinking, living in the town or the country, being unlucky or lucky, winning or losing. It is how we win, how we lose, how we live or die, finally, how we choose.


R. H. Blyth


You don't have to buy from anyone. You don't have to work at any particular job. You don't have to participate in any given relationship. You can choose


Harry Browne (1933-, American financial advisor, writer)


Every street has two sides, the shady side and the sunny. When two men shake hands and part, mark which of the two takes the sunny side; he will be the younger man of the two.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


Choose the way of life. Choose the way of love. Choose the way of caring. Choose the way of goodness. It's up to you. It's your choice.


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


What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.


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


Instead of looking at life as a narrowing funnel, we can see it ever widening to choose the things we want to do, to take the wisdom we've learned and create something.


Liz Carpenter (American writer)


We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road -- the one less traveled by -- offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.


Rachel Carson (1907-1964, American marine biologist, author)


We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road -- the one less traveled by -- offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.


Rachel Carson (1907-1964, American marine biologist, author)


You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.


Deepak Chopra (1946-, East-Indian-American doctor, author, lecturer)

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Our generation, like the one before us, must choose. Without the threat of the Cold War, without the pain of economic ruin, without the fresh memory of World War II's slaughter, it is tempting to pursue our private agendas -- to simply sit back and let history unfold. We must resist the temptation.


Bill Clinton (1946-, American President (42nd))


You can decide to be someone who brings people together, or you can fall prey to those who wish to divide us. You can be someone who educates yourself, or you can believe that being negative is clever and being cynical is fashionable. You have a choice.


Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947-, American First Lady, senator, wife of Bill Clinton)


On this narrow planet, we have only the choice between two unknown worlds. One of them tempts us --ah! what a dream, to live in that! -- the other stifles us at the first breath.


Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French author)


Of course, fortune has its part in human affairs, but conduct is really much more important.


Jean Detourbey


The path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alternation of old beliefs. Self-conceit often regards it as a sign of weakness to admit that a belief to which we have once committed ourselves is wrong. We get so identified with an idea that it is literally a "pet" notion and we rise to its defense and stop our eyes and ears to anything different.


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


Anything inside that immobilizes me, gets in my way, keeps me from my goals, is all mine.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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You can't choose up sides on a round world.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both.


Tryon Edwards (1809-1894, American theologian)


It is your own convictions which compels you; that is, choice compels choice.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


We are as much informed of a writer's genius by what he selects as by what he originates.


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


You can lay down and die, or you can get up and fight, but that's it -- there's no turning back.


Jon English


Most of life is choices, and the rest is pure dumb luck.


Marian Erickson


There is abundant testimony that if we choose love rather than self, we gain immeasurably.


Charles Field


It is not something I must do but something I want to do.


James Fixx


You can do one of two things; just shut up, which is something I don't find easy, or learn an awful lot very fast which is what I tried to do.


Jane Fonda (1937-, American screen actor)


He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determine the end.


Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969, American minister)


A human being is a deciding being.


Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997, Austrian psychiatrist, author, "Man's Search for Meaning")


Everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedom -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.


Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997, Austrian psychiatrist, author, "Man's Search for Meaning")


The key to your universe is that you can choose.


Frederick (Carl) Frieseke (1874-1939, American-born French painter)


The way to activate the seeds of your creation is by making choices about the results you want to create. When you make a choice, you activate vast human energies and resources, which otherwise go untapped. All too often people fail to focus their choices upon results and therefore their choices are ineffective. If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.


Robert Fritz


In the choice between changing one's mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.


John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-, American economist)


Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.


Jerry Garcia (1945-1995, American rock musician, "Grateful Dead")


If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


You are the person who has to decide. Whether you'll do it or toss it aside. You are the person who makes up your mind. Whether you'll lead or will linger behind. Whether you'll try for the goal that's afar. Or just be contented to stay where you are.


Edgar A. Guest


The only causes of regret are laziness, outbursts of temper, hurting others, prejudice, jealousy, and envy.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


There is always a time to make right what is wrong.


Susan Griffin


It is enough that we set out to mold the motley stuff of life into some form of our own choosing; when we do, the performance is itself the wage.


Learned Hand (1872-1961, American judge)


He that cannot decidedly say, "No," when tempted to evil, is on the highway to ruin. He loses the respect even of those who would tempt him, and becomes but the pliant tool and victim of their evil designs.


Joel Hawes


You are everything that is, your thoughts, your life, your dreams come true. You are everything you choose to be. You are as unlimited as the endless universe.


Shad Helmstetter (American leading behavioral psychologist, author)


It is always your next move.


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


Watch what you choose to do. For instance, someone might want you to smoke. Never forget that I told you -- don't do it. Say no. That can of beer that somebody wants you to try, don't do it. Don't you ever do it. That drug that someone might want you to use, don't touch it. Stay away from it. It can destroy you.


Gordon B. Hinckley


We cannot lead a choiceless life. Every day, every moment, every second, there is a choice. If it were not so, we would not be individuals.


Ernest Holmes


Seeing the light is a choice, not seeing the light is no choice.


Doug Horton


We are exactly where we have chosen to be.


Vernon Howard (1935-1992, American author, speaker)


If this life be not a real fight in which something is eternally gained... it is no better than a game of private theatricals from which one may withdraw at will.


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


When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that in itself is a choice.


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


We do pretty much whatever we want to.


Philip Johnson (1906-, American architect and theorist)


When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Once in a while it really hits people that they don't have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.


Alan Keightley


Bright lights cast dark shadows when shone from only one direction.


David Kelley


Any person who recognizes this greatest power... the power to choose. Begins to realize that he is the one that is doing the choosing and that friends, although they mean well, cannot do his choosing for him, nor can his relatives. Consequently, he develops real self-confidence based upon his own ability, upon his own action, and upon his own initiative.


Martin J. Kohe (American publisher, author)


Let us choose to believe something good can happen.


Martin J. Kohe (American publisher, author)


The greatest power that a person possesses is the power to choose.


Martin J. Kohe (American publisher, author)


You can choose to be lazy or you can choose to be ambitious. Stop to think about it again. Don't you do your own choosing?


Martin J. Kohe (American publisher, author)


To be a great man, one should know how to exploit advantages of every phase of chance.


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


When we acknowledge that all of life is sacred and that each act is an act of choice and therefore sacred, then life is a sacred dance lived consciously each moment. When we live at this level, we participate in the creation of a better world.


Scout Cloud Lee (American author)

Source: The Circle is Sacred


The difficulty in life is the choice.


George Moore (1852-1933, Irish writer)


When a defining moment comes along, you can do one of two things. Define the moment, or let the moment define you.


Tin Cup Movie


I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


No one ever went broke by saying no too often.


Harvey MacKay (American businessman, speaker, author)


I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


A man is too apt to forget that in this world he cannot have everything. A choice is all that is left for him.


Harry Mathews (1930-, American novelist)


There is no shame in finding someone else to be attractive, or good company. Even if they don't like you, there is still no shame. If you happen to be fond of someone, and they're not fond of you, it's OK.. You don't have to wait and see if they'll love you back. You can announce in life comes from expressing ourselves, in taking risks and jumping in. Everyone is not going to like you. But you can like who you like.


Andrew Matthews (1948-, American artist, cartoonist, author)


It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


Only when someone refuses to do certain things will he be capable of doing great things.


Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (c.370-300 BC,  Chinese philosopher)


Life is a constant oscillation between the sharp horns of dilemmas.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Before my accidents, there were ten thousands things I could do. I could spend the rest of my life dwelling on the things that I had lost, but instead I chose to focus on the nine thousand I still had left.


W. Mitchell (American businessman, mayor, speaker)


I knew that I did not have to buy into society's notion that I had to be handsome and healthy to be happy. I was in charge of my "spaceship" and it was my up, my down. I could choose to see this situation as a setback or as a starting point. I chose to begin life again.


Warren Mitchell (1926-, British actor)


Choose your love, Love your choice.


Thomas S. Monson


Every person has free choice. Free to obey or disobey the Natural Laws. Your choice determines the consequences. Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices.


Alfred A. Montapert (American author)


It is the moment of evolutionary truth for the race, and what man does with that moment will be more important than the events of the previous millenium.


Charles Muses


One does what one is; one becomes what one does.


Robert von Musil


People are where they are because that is exactly where they really want to be -- whether they will admit that or not.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


The highest order of mind is accused of folly, as well as the lowest. Nothing is thoroughly approved but mediocrity. The majority has established this, and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


Choose a wife to please yourself, not others.


Romanian Proverb


A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.


Gene Roddenberry (1921-, American producer, director, creator of Star Trek series)


We are the only beings on the planet who lead such rich internal lives that it's not the events that matter most to us, but rather, it's how we interpret those events that will determine how we think about ourselves and how we will act in the future.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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You are now at a crossroads. This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make. Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now? Don't think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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You see, it's never the environment; it's never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events -- how we interpret them -- that shapes who we are today and who we'll become tomorrow.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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The more equally attractive two alternatives seem, the harder it can be to choose between them -- no matter that, to the same degree, the choice can only matter less.


Edward Fredkin's Paradox


If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.


Neil Peart


Anything you strive to hold captive will hold you captive and if you desire freedom you must give freedom.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


Choice strengthens all.


Neal Prescot


It is a mistake to speak of a bad choice in love, since, as soon as a choice exists, it can only be bad.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


The person who is cornered will fight.


Afghani Proverb


It's better to have a thousand enemies outside of the tent than one inside the tent.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


It's better to be the pot than the lid.


Colombian Proverb


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