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





There is not any present moment that is unconnected with some future one. The life of every man is a continued chain of incidents, each link of which hangs upon the former. The transition from cause to effect, from event to event, is often carried on by secret steps, which our foresight cannot divine, and our sagacity is unable to trace. Evil may at some future period bring forth good; and good may bring forth evil, both equally unexpected.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Everyone will experience the consequences of his own acts. If his acts are right, he'll get good consequences; if they're not, he'll suffer for it.


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


A human being fashions his consequences as surely as he fashions his goods or his dwelling. Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences.


Norman Cousins (1915-1990, American editor, humanitarian, author)


Man cannot really improve himself without improving others.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


Perhaps his might be one of the natures where a wise estimate of consequences is fused in the fires of that passionate belief which determines the consequences it believes in.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


For every life and every act consequence of good and evil can be shown and as in time results of many deeds are blended so good and evil in the end become confounded.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


All successful men have agreed in one thing -- they were causationists. They believed that things went not by luck, but by law; that there was not a weak or a cracked link in the chain that joins the first and last of things.


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


Man holds in his hands through life and hereafter only that which he has given away.


Arthur C. Frantzreb


In history an additional result is commonly produced by human actions beyond that which they aim at and obtain -- that which they immediately recognize and desire. They gratify their own interest; but something further is thereby accomplished, latent in the actions in question, though not present to their consciousness, and not included in their design.


Georg Hegel (1770-1831, German philosopher)


Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


There are no rewards or punishments -- only consequences.


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


In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are only consequences.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


The Devil beget darkness; darkness beget ignorance; ignorance beget error and his brethren; error beget free-will and presumption; free-will beget works; works beget forgetfulness of God; forgetfulness beget transgression; transgression beget superstition; superstition beget satisfaction; satisfaction beget the mass-offering; the mass-offering beget the priest; the priest beget unbelief; unbelief beget hypocrisy; hypocrisy beget traffic in offerings for gain; traffic in offerings for gain beget Purgatory; Purgatory beget the annual solemn vigils; the annual vigils beget church-livings; church-livings beget avarice; avarice beget swelling superfluity; swelling superfluity beget fulness; fulness beget rage; rage beget license; license beget empire and domination; domination beget pomp; pomp beget ambition; ambition beget simony; simony beget the pope and his brethren, about the time of the Babylonish captivity.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


Whatever our creed, we feel that no good deed can by any possibility go unrewarded, no evil deed unpunished.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


You can do anything in this world if you are prepared to take the consequences.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


Men must try and try again. They must suffer the consequences of their own mistakes and learn by their own failures and their own successes.


Lawson Purdy


No matter how fast a man is, he cannot outrun his shadow.


Cameroon Proverb (Sayings of Cameroonian origin)


Being too nice can cost a lot.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


No effect is ever the effect of a single cause, but only a combination of causes.


Herbert Samuel (1870-1963, British statesman, philosophical writer)


Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.


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


The consequences of an act affect the probability of it's occurring again.


B(urrhus) F(rederic) Skinner (1904-1990, American psychologist)


It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.


Sir Josiah Stamp


Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


Every act of virtue is an ingredient unto reward.


Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667, British churchman, writer)


Our deeds are like stones cast into the pool of time; though they themselves may disappear, their ripples extend to eternity.


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