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





What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.


Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


The wise man, knowing how to enjoy achieved results without having constantly to replace them with others, finds in them an attachment to life in the hour of difficulty. But the man who has always pinned all his hopes on the future and lived with his eyes fixed upon it, has nothing in the past as a comfort against the present's afflictions, for the past was nothing to him but a series of hastily experienced stages. What blinded him to himself was his expectation always to find further on the happiness he had so far missed. Now he is stopped in his tracks; from now on nothing remains behind or ahead of him to fix his gaze upon.


Emile Durkheim (1858-1917, French sociologist)


We could hardly believe that after so many ordeals, after all the trials of modern skepticism, there was still so much left in our souls to destroy.


Alexander Herzen (1812-1870, Russian journalist, political thinker)


What usually makes men brave and women chaste are vanity, shame, and most of all, disposition.


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


I saw that all beings are fated to happiness: action is not life, but a way of wasting some force, an enervation. Morality is the weakness of the brain.


Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891, French poet)


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