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





The real history of consciousness starts with one's first lie.


Joseph Brodsky (1940-, Russian-born American poet, critic)


But they for whom I am the supreme goal, who do all work renouncing self for me and meditate on me with single-hearted devotion, these I will swiftly rescue from death's vast sea, for their consciousness has entered into me.


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


It is our less conscious thoughts and our less conscious actions which mainly mould our lives and the lives of those who spring from us.


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


The unconscious is the ocean of the unsayable, of what has been expelled from the land of language, removed as a result of ancient prohibitions.


Italo Calvino (1923-1985, Cuban writer, essayist, journalist)


A sub-clerk in the post-office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.


E. M. Cioran (1911-1995, Rumanian-born French philosopher)


Of Consciousness, her awful Mate. The Soul cannot be rid -- as easy the secreting her behind the Eyes of God.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them they are gone.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


His was a great sin who first invented consciousness. Let us lose it for a few hours.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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The ego is not master in its own house.


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.


Dean William R. Inge (1860-1954, Dean of St. Paul's, London)


Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.


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


The images of the unconscious place a great responsibility upon a man. Failure to understand them, or a shirking of ethical responsibility, deprives him of his wholeness and imposes a painful fragmentariness on his life.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious.


Karl Kraus (1874-1936, Austrian satirist)


The human consciousness is really homogeneous. There is no complete forgetting, even in death.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


The only way to give finality to the world is to give it consciousness.


Miguel De Unamuno (1864-1936, Spanish philosophical writer)


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