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





More will mean worse.


Martin Amis (1949-, British author)


More will mean worse.


Martin Amis (1949-, British author)


As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.


Marian Anderson (1902-1993, American contralto concert and opera singer)


The term up has no meaning apart from the word down. The term fast has no meaning apart from the term slow. In addition such terms have no meaning even when used together, except when confined to a very particular situation... most of our language about the organization and objective's of government is made up of such polar terms. Justice and injustice are typical. A reformer who wants to abolish injustice and create a world in which nothing but justice prevails is like a man who wants to make everything up. Such a man might feel that if he took the lowest in the world and carried it up to the highest point and kept on doing this, everything would eventually become up. This would certainly move a great many objects and create an enormous amount of activity. It might or might not be useful, according to the standards which we apply. However it would never result in the abolishment of down.


Thurman W. Arnold (1891–1961, American lawyer, judge, professor, author)


If there was strife and contention in the home, very little else in life could compensate for it.


Lawana Blackwell


You are at enmity with yourself.


Jacob Boehme (1575-1624, German mystic)


The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Reason and emotion are not antagonists. What seems like a struggle between two opposing ideas or values, one of which, automatic and unconscious, manifests itself in the form of a feeling.


Nathaniel Branden (1930- Canadian-born American psychologist, author, expert on self-esteem)

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What good is it if I talk in flowers while you're thinking in pastry™?


Ashleigh Brilliant (1933-, British-American humorist)

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We gain our ends only with the laws of nature; we control her only by understanding her laws.


Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974, British scientist, author)


Those that are the loudest in their threats are the weakest in their actions.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


The archenemy is the arch stupid!


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


I believe in getting into hot water. I think it keeps you clean.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


One might as well try to ride two horses moving in different directions, as to try to maintain in equal force two opposing or contradictory sets of desires.


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


The easiest thing to find on God's green earth is someone to tell you all the things you cannot do.


Richard M. DeVos (1926-, American businessman, co-founder of Amway Corp.)


No man is hurt but by himself


Diogenes of Sinope (c.410-320 BC, Cynic philosopher)


Don't jump on a man unless he is down.


Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936, American journalist, humorist)


You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


We know better than we do. We do not yet possess ourselves...


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


Perhaps no mightier conflict of mind occurs ever again in a lifetime than that first decision to unseat one's own tooth.


Gene Fowler (1890-1960, American journalist, biographer)


If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.


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


The days are too short even for love; how can there be enough time for quarreling?


Margaret Gatty


I'm not a combative person.  My long experience has taught me to resolve conflict by raising the issues before I or others burn their boats.


Alistair Grant (1947-, Business executive, chairman of Argyll Group)


Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.


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


Why don't you want to do what you know you should do? The reason you don't is that you're in conflict with yourself.


Tom Hopkins (1944-, American sales trainer, speaker, author)


Fortunately, analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.


Karen Horney (1885-1952, American psychiatrist)


Insight into the two selves within a man clears up many confusions and contradictions. It was our understanding that preceded our victory.


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


We must become acquainted with our emotional household: we must see our feelings as they actually are, not as we assume they are. This breaks their hypnotic and damaging hold on us.


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


What people need and what they want may be very different.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


The split in you is clear. There is a part of you that knows what it should do, and a part that does what it feels like doing.


John Cantwell Kiley


The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


No man ever did a designed injury to another, but at the same time he did a greater to himself.


Lord Kames


If we cannot end our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity.


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


What a man knows is everywhere at war with what he wants.


Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970, American writer, critic, naturalist)


It is the eternal struggle between these two principles -- right and wrong. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time and will ever continue to struggle. It is the same spirit that says, "You work and toil and earn bread, and I'll eat it."


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


Instead of suppressing conflicts, specific channels could be created to make this conflict explicit, and specific methods could be set up by which the conflict is resolved.


Albert Low (American author)


The effect of violent dislike between groups has always created an indifference to the welfare and honor of the state.


Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859, American essayist and historian)


The most important of life's battles is the one we fight daily in the silent chambers of the soul.


David O. McKay


The most dramatic conflicts are perhaps, those that take place not between men but between a man and himself -- where the arena of conflict is a solitary mind.


Clark Moustakas (Humanistic psychologist)


Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation.


Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994, American President (37th))


Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation.


Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994, American President (37th))


This duality has been reflected in classical as well as modern literature as reason versus passion, or mind versus intuition. The split between the "conscious" mind and the "unconscious." There are moments in each of our lives when our verbal-intellect suggests one course, and our "hearts," or intuition, another.


Robert E. Ornstein


Have a dialogue between the two opposing parts and you will find that they always start out fighting each other until we come to an appreciation of difference, ... a oneness and integration of the two opposing forces. Then the civil war is finished, and your energies are ready for your struggle with the world.


Frederick Salomon Perls (1893-1970, German psychiatrist)


I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


You can't comfort the afflicted with afflicting the comfortable,


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


No matter how tall the mountain is, it cannot block the sun. Tenacity and adversity are old foes.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


A good swordsman is not given to quarrel.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Who digs a pit for others will fall in themselves.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Reason guides but a small part of man, and the rest obeys feeling, true or false, and passion, good or bad.


Joseph Roux (1834-1905, French priest, writer)


We cannot really think in one way and act in another...


Thomas Troward


When our knowing exceeds our sensing, we will no longer be deceived by the illusions of our senses.


Walter Russell


A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


Modern science knows much about such conflicts. We call the mental state that engenders it "ambivalence": a collision between thought and feeling.


David Seabury (American doctor, author)


Remember that when you meet your antagonist, to do everything in a mild agreeable manner. Let your courage be keen, but, at the same time, as polished as your sword.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


Commonly they must use their feet for defense whose only weapon is their tongue.


Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586, British author, courtier)


What rights are those that dare not resist for them?


Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)


For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Romans 7:19


Only by pride comes contention; but, with the well-advised is wisdom.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 13:10


The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is week.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Matthew 26:41


The fibers of all things have their tension and are strained like the strings of an instrument.


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


Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?


James Thurber (1894-1961, American humorist, illustrator)


The one thing I know, everyone respects the true person and everyone's not true with themselves.


Mike Tyson (1966-, American boxer)


Like a ball batted back and forth, a human being is batted by two forces within.


Yogabindu Upanishad (Ancient Hindu scripture)


The subconscious part in us is called the subjective mind, because it does not decide and command. It is subject rather than a ruler. Its nature is to do what it is told, or what really in your heart of hearts you desire.


William T. Walsh


It's when you're safe at home that you wish you were having an adventure. When you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.


Thornton Wilder (1897-1975, American novelist, playwright)


There are always two forces warring against each other within us.


Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952, Indian spiritual author, lecturer)


You cannot perform in a manner inconsistent with the way you see yourself.


Zig Ziglar (1926-, American sales trainer, author, motivational speaker)

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