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





In a land which is fully settled, most men must accept their local environment or try to change it by political means; only the exceptionally gifted or adventurous can leave to seek his fortune elsewhere. In America, on the other hand, to move on and make a fresh start somewhere else is still the normal reaction to dissatisfaction and failure.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


No sooner is your ocean filled, than he grumbles that it might have been of better vintage. Try him with half of a Universe, of an Omnipotence, he sets to quarrelling with the proprietor of the other half and declares himself the most maltreated of men. Always there is a black spot in our sunshine: it is even as I said the 'Shadow of Ourselves'.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Relentlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


There are three wants which never can be satisfied: that of the rich, who want something more; that of the sick, who want something different; and that of the traveler, who says, "Anywhere but here."


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


The problem lay buried, unspoken for many years in the minds of American women. It was a strange stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction, a yearning that women suffered in the middle of the twentieth century in the United States. Each suburban housewife struggled with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night, she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question: "Is this all?"


Betty Friedan (1921-, American feminist writer)


The idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone, All centuries but this, and every country but his own.


W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911, British librettist)


The chemistry of dissatisfaction is as the chemistry of some marvelously potent tar. In it are the building stones of explosives, stimulants, poisons, opiates, perfumes and stenches.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Change occurs in direct proportion to dissatisfaction, but dissatisfaction never changes.


Doug Horton


If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger.


Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, American Vice President)


No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


A fierce unrest seethes at the core of all existing things: it was the eager wish to soar that gave the gods their wings.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


Until you get dissatisfied, you won't do anything to really move your life to another level. Dissatisfaction is a gem. If you're totally satisfied, you're going to get comfortable. And then your life begins to deteriorate.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.


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


If we are suffering illness, poverty, or misfortune, we think we shall be satisfied on the day it ceases. But there too, we know it is false; so soon as one has got used to not suffering, one wants something else.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


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