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





Light half-believers of our casual creeds, who never deeply felt, nor clearly will'd, whose insight never has borne fruit in deeds, whose vague resolves never have been fulfilled.


Matthew Arnold (1822-1888, British poet, critic)


Vain are the thousand creeds that move men's hearts, unutterably vain; worthless as withered weeds, or idlest froth amid the boundless main.


Emily Bronte (1818-1848, British novelist, poet)


A man must not swallow more beliefs than he can digest.


Havelock Ellis (1859-1939, British psychologist)


As men's prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect.


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


There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and hard for which the worshipper may one day be required to suffer.


Edward M. Forster (1879-1970, British novelist, essayist)


I always divide people into two groups. Those who live by what they know to be a lie, and those who live by what they believe, falsely, to be the truth.


Christopher Hampton (1946-, British playwright)


When suave politeness, tempering bigot zeal, corrected "I believe" to "One does feel."


Ronald Knox (1888-1957, British scholar, priest)


If you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics -- a creed from which you yourself cannot expect to draw any material advantage -- surely that proves that you are in the right?


George Orwell (1903-1950, British author, "Animal Farm")


I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow creatures happy.


Thomas Paine (1737-1809, Anglo-American political theorist, writer)


I believe in Michelangelo, Velasquez, and Rembrandt; in the might of design, the mystery of color, the redemption of all things by Beauty everlasting, and the message of Art that has made these hands blessed. Amen. Amen.


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


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