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





Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.


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


Although our inattention can contribute to our lack of total well-being, we also have the power to choose positive behaviors and responses. In that choice we change our every experience of life!


Greg Anderson (American author, "The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness")


Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.


Mario Andretti (1940-, Italian-born American car racer)


Look well into thyself; there is a source which will always spring up if thou wilt always search there.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


Man must be arched and buttressed from within, else the temple wavers to dust.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


Man must be arched and buttressed from within, else the temple wavers to dust.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


If you haven't been happy very young, you can still be happy later on, but it's much harder.You need more luck.


Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986, French novelist, essayist)


It is our relation to circumstances that determine their influence over us. The same wind that blows one ship into port may blow another off shore.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


I've never met a person, I don't care what his condition, in whom I could not see possibilities. I don't care how much a man may consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life anytime he is prepared and ready to do it. Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the thing that is defeating it. The capacity for reformation and change lies within.


Preston Bradley


You are where you are today because you've chosen to be there.


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


We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves.


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


The foundations which we would dig about and find are within us, like the Kingdom of Heaven, rather than without.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


Men are the sport of circumstances when it seems circumstances are the sport of men.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Do not let circumstances control you. You change your circumstances.


Jackie Chan (1954-, Hong Kong actor, director, producer, singer, stun choreographer)

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Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.


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


To have a curable illness and to leave it untreated except for prayer is like sticking your hand in a fire and asking God to remove the flame.


Sandra L. Douglas


No external advantages can supply self-reliance. The force of one's being... must come from within.


R.W. Clark


How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us.


Parks Cousins


If you're proactive, you don't have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own.


Stephen R. Covey (1932-, American speaker, trainer, author of "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People")


Man is more powerful than matter.


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


Every time I start a picture... I feel the same fear, the same self-doubts... and I have only one source on which I can draw, because it comes from within me.


Federico Fellini


Whether you're winning or losing, it is important to always be yourself. You can't change because of the circumstances around you.


Cotton Fitzsimmons (1931-2004, American basketball coach)


Heaven and hell is right now.... You make it heaven or you make it hell by your actions.


George Harrison (1943-, British-born American musician, guitarist, singer, actor, film and record)


Heaven and hell is right now.... You make it heaven or you make it hell by your actions.


George Harrison (1943-, British-born American musician, guitarist, singer, actor, film and record)


There is no reality except the one contained within us.


Hermann Hesse (1877-1962, German-born Swiss novelist, poet)


To see your drama clearly is to be liberated from it.


Ken Keyes Jr. (1921-1995, American author)


Mankind's greatest gift ... is that we have free choice.


Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-2004, Swiss-born American psychiatrist)


The circumstances of your life have uniquely qualified you to make a contribution. And if you don't make that contribution, nobody else can make it.


Rabbi Harold S. Kushner


I would not sit waiting for some value tomorrow, nor for something to happen. One could wait a lifetime.... I would make something happen.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


Circumstances - hell! I make circumstances!


Bruce Lee (1940-1973, Chinese-American martial artist, actor, director, author)

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Events of great consequence often spring from trifling circumstances.


Titus Livy (BC 59-17 AD, Roman historian)


Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.


Jack London (1876-1916, American novelist)


Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise.


Samuel Lover (1797-1868, American author)


I am bigger than anything that can happen to me.


Charles F. Lummis


The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained. By the age of fifty, you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth.


Marya Mannes (1904-1990, American writer)


There is no man so low down that the cure for his condition does not lie strictly within himself.


Thomas L. Masson


The strength of any plan depends on the time. Circumstances and things eternally shift and change.


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


Upright whether in prosperous or in critical circumstances.




You are an extremely valuable, worthwhile, significant person even though your present circumstances may have you feeling otherwise.


James Newman


We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.


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


It is a fact that you project what you are.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.


Robert M. Pirsig (1928-, American author)


When the water rises, the fish eat the ants; when the water falls, the ants eat the fish.


Lao Proverb


It's not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.


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

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It is not the situation that makes the man, but the man who makes the situation.


Frederick W. Robertson


If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


There is no movement without our own resistance.


Dr. Laura Schlessinger (1947-, American family therapist)


How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.


David J. Schwartz (American trainer, author of "The Magic of Thinking Big")


Tear man out of his outward circumstances; and what he then is; that only is he.


Johann G. Seume (1763-1810, German theologist)


People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.


Amy Tan (1952-, Chinese-American author, "The Joy Luck Club")


And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Genesis 50:20


Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Choice is the essence of what I believe it is to be human.


Liv Ullmann


No person is either as happy or as unhappy as they imagine. Things are never as good or as bad as they seem.


Author Unknown


I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.


Martha Washington (1731-1802, American First Lady)


God, why do I storm heaven for answers that are already in my heart? Every grace I need has already been given me. Oh, lead me to the Beyond within.


Macrina Wiederkehr


I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.


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


It is what you are inside that matters. You, yourself, are your only real capital.


Vladimir Zworykin


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