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





Be yourself. The world worships the original.


Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982, Swedish-born American screen, stage actress)


Whatever their other contributions to our society, lawyers could be an important source of protein.


Guindon cartoon caption


What is important what I consider success is that we make a contribution to our world.


Ben Carson


When you are laboring for others, let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


We should try to bring to any power what we have as women. We will destroy it all if we try to imitate that absolutely unfeeling, driving ambition that we have seen coming at us across the desk.


Colleen Dewhurst


To be a man is to feel that one's own stone contributes to building the edifice of the world.


Antoine de Saint Erupery


To be a man is to feel that one's own stone contributes to building the edifice of the world.


Antoine de Saint Erupery


We fought hard. We gave it our best. We did what was right. And we made a difference.


Geraldine Ferraro


It is the duty of youth to bring its fresh powers to bear on social progress. Each generation of young people should be to the world like a vast reserve force to a tired army. They should lift the world forward. That is what they are for.


Charlotte P. Gillman (1860-1935, American feminist and writer)


You have not done enough, you have never done enough, so long as it is still possible that you have something to contribute.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


We have contributed, each in the time allotted us, our endeavors to render... a permanent blessing to our country.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


The greatest thing this generation can do is to lay a few stepping stones for the next generation.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


We seldom find people ungrateful as long as we are in a position to be helpful.


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


I looked always outside of myself to see what I could make the world give me instead of looking within myself to see what was there.


Belle Livingstone


To do something, however small, to make others happier and better, is the highest ambition, the most elevating hope, which can inspire a human being.


Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913, British statesman, banker, naturalist)


Why can a man not act himself, be himself, and think for himself? It seems to me that naturalness alone is power; that a borrowed word is weaker than our own weakness, however small we may be.


Maria Mitchell (1943-, Canadian singer, songwriter)


To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.


Paulette Mitchell


When one is pretending the entire body revolts.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


To seek to improve the lives of others or to work for the common good is to act with moral consequences.


Robert L. Payton


We are temporary stewards with an obligation to manage the inheritance in such a way that it can be passed along even better and stronger than it was when we received it.


Robert L. Payton


When people contribute to your sense of self-worth and self-esteem, they give you more than money can buy.


Miley Phipps


By always taking out and never putting in, the bottom is soon reached.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


We cannot work for others without working for ourselves.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


It is not easy to be sure that being yourself is worth the trouble, but we do know it is our sacred duty.


Florida Scott-Maxwell


Why not be oneself? That is the whole secret of a successful appearance. If one is a greyhound, why try to look like a Pekingese?


Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964, British poet)


Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another.


Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902, American social reformer and women's suffrage leader)


Style is something peculiar to one person; it expresses one personality and one only; it cannot be shared.


Freya Stark (1893-1993, British travel writer)


The noblest contribution which one can make for the benefit of posterity is a good character, the richest bequest which any can leave is a shining, spotless example.


Robert Charles Winthrop


We have all drink from wells we did not dig and have been warmed by fires we did not build.


Author Unknown


The measure of a man's value is the degree to which he has made a difference in the lives of those he has touched.


Jackie A. Strange


Blessed is the person who sees the need, recognizes the responsibility, and actively becomes the answer.


William A. Ward


If you put a woman in a man's position, she will be more efficient, but no more kind.


Fay Weldon (1933-, British novelist)


We are not here to merely make a living. We are here to enrich the world, and we impoverish ourselves if we forget this errand.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


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