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





The ambitious will always be first in the crowd; he presseth forward, he looketh not behind him. More anguish is it to his mind to see one before him, than joy to leave thousands at a distance.


Akhenaton (1375 BC, Egyptian king, monotheist)


If you have the will to win, you have achieved half your success; if you don't, you have achieved half your failure.


David Ambrose


Enthusiasms, like stimulants, are often affected by people with small mental ballast.


Minna Antrim (1861-1950, American epigrammist)


I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill.


Edward Appleton (1892-1965, British physicist, winner of Nobel Prize, 1947)


Charisma is the transference of enthusiasm.


Ralph Archbold (American speaker, entertainer, performer, "Portrays Ben Franklin")


The difference between one man and another is not mere ability... it is energy.


Thomas Arnold (1795-1842, British educator, scholar)


The only thing that keeps a man going is energy. And what is energy but liking life?


Louis Auchincloss (1917-, American author)


Energy, even like the Biblical grain of mustard-seed, will move mountains.


Hosea Ballou (1771-1852, American theologian, founder of "Universalism")


Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


Enthusiasm moves the world.


Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930, British Prime Minister)


If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.


Bruce Barton (1886-1967, American author, advertising expert)


Enthusiasm. A distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


Enthusiasm. A distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


The prudent person may direct a state, but it is the enthusiast who regenerates or ruins it.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.


Edward B. Butler


Sometimes success is due less to ability than to zeal.


Charles Buxton (1823-1871, British author)


You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.


Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French author)


Enthusiasm for one's goal to lessens the disagreeableness of working toward it.


Thomas Eakins


The real secret to success is enthusiasm.


Walter Chrysler (1875-1940, American businessman, founder of Chrysler Motors)


Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


Most great men and women are not perfectly rounded in their personalties, but are instead people whose one driving enthusiasm is so great it makes their faults seem insignificant.


Charles A. Cerami


Human nature, if it healthy, demands excitement; and if it does not obtain its thrilling excitement in the right way, it will seek it in the wrong. God never makes bloodless stoics; He makes no passionless saints.


Oswald Chambers (1874-1917, Scottish preacher, author)


Success produces success, just as money produces money.


Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794, French writer, journalist, playwright)


All noble enthusiasms pass through a feverish stage, and grow wiser and more serene.


William Ellery Channing (1780-1842, American Unitarian minister, author)


Enthusiasm is nothing more or less than faith in action.


Henry Chester


Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. It beats money, power and influence.


Henry Chester


My enthusiasms... constitute my reserves, my unexploited resources, perhaps my future.


E.M. Cioran


What we love, we shall grow to resemble.


Bernard of Clairvaux


Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British poet, critic, philosopher)


No wild enthusiast could rest, till half the world like him was possessed.


William Cowper (1731-1800, British poet)


You can't sweep other people off their feet, if you can't be swept off your own.


Clarence Day (1874-1935, American essayist)


Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


The people of England are the most enthusiastic in the world.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.


Tryon Edwards (1809-1894, American theologian)


Morale is the greatest single factor in successful wars.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


Enthusiasm is the leaping lightning, not to be measured by the horse-power of the understanding.


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


Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is due to the triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it.


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


Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.


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


The world belongs to the energetic.


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


Vigor is contagious, and whatever makes us either think or feel strongly adds to our power and enlarges our field of action.


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


Vigor is contagious, and whatever makes us either think or feel strongly adds to our power and enlarges our field of action.


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


Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin.


Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466-1536, Dutch humanist)


You see me in my most virile moment when you see me doing what I do. When I am directing, a special energy comes upon me.... It is only when I am doing my work that I feel truly alive. It is like having sex.


Federico Fellini


Many of the most successful men I have known have never grown up. They have retained bubbling-over boyishness. They have relished wit, they have indulged in humor. They have not allowed "dignity" to depress them into moroseness. Youthfulness of spirit is the twin brother of optimism, and optimism is the stuff of which American business success is fashioned. Resist growing up!


B.C. Forbes


People who never get carried away should be.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


You can do anything if you have enthusiasm... . Enthusiasm is at the bottom of all progress. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it, there are only alibis.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


Practice being excited.


Bill Foster


I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


No person is ever good for much that hasn't been swept off their feet by enthusiasm between ages twenty and thirty.


James A. Froude (1818-1894, British historian)


The real difference between men is energy.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Energy will do anything that can be done in this world.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


The same reason makes a man a religious enthusiast that makes a man an enthusiast in any other way... an uncomfortable mind in an uncomfortable body.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Zeal will do more than knowledge.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


He who possesses the source of enthusiasm will achieve great things. Doubt not. You will gather friends around you as a hair clasp gathers the hair.


I Ching (12th century BC, Chinese book of changes)


The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


What a man knows only through feeling can be explained only through enthusiasm.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


Do it big or stay in bed.


Larry Kelly


All we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.


Charles Kingsley (1819-1875, British author, clergyman)


Wake up with a smile and go after life.... Live it, enjoy it, taste it, smell it, feel it.


Joe Knapp


The figure of the enthusiast who has just discovered jogging or a new way to fix tofu can be said to stand or, more accurately, to tremble on the threshold of conversion, as the representative American.


Lewis H. Lapham (1935-, American essayist, editor)


There is nothing greater than enthusiasm.


Henry Moore


This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought.


Yutang, Lin (1895-1976, Chinese writer and philologist)


When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


If you aren't fired up with enthusiasm, you'll be fired with enthusiasm.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


Years wrinkle the face, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.


Watterson Lowe


Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no mater how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.


Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)

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The world belongs to the Enthusiast who keeps cool.


William McFee


The important thing is not that we can live on hope alone, but that life is not worth living without it.


Harvey Milk


Enthusiasm is the most beautiful word on earth.


John Christian Morgenstern


The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day to his figures. They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration.


Ernest Newman


Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


No battle of any importance can be won without enthusiasm.


John Lord O'Brian


Life is enthusiasm, zest.


Lawrence Oliver


Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all you do.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


Your enthusiasm will be infectious, stimulating and attractive to others. They will love you for it. They will go for you and with you.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.


Pele (1940-, Brazilian soccer player)


He fights with spirit as well as with the sword.


Latin Proverb (Sayings of Latin origin)


What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Let a man in a garret burn with enough intensity, and he will set fire to the world.


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


Whatever course you have chosen for yourself, it will not be a chore but an adventure if you bring to it a sense of the glory of striving, if your sights are set far above the merely secure and mediocre.


David Sarnoff (1891-1971, Belarus-born American entrepreneur)


A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.


Charles M. Schwab (1862-1939, American industrialist, businessman)


Enthusiasm is life.


Paul Scofield


Enthusiasm is the best protection in any situation. Wholeheartedness is contagious. Give of yourself, if you wish to get others.


David Seabury (American doctor, author)


No virtue is safe that is not enthusiastic.


Sir John Robert Seeley


The aim of military training is not just to prepare men for battle, but to make them long for it.


Louis Simpson


Enthusiasm... the sustaining power of all great action.


Samuel Smiles (1812-1904, Scottish author)


It is energy -- the central element of which is will -- that produces the miracle that is enthusiasm in all ages. Everywhere it is what is called force of character and the sustaining power of all great action.


Samuel Smiles (1812-1904, Scottish author)


The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it; enthusiasm signifies God in us.


Anne Germain De Stael (1766-1817, French-Swiss novelist)


How poor a guide enthusiasm is when it is not informed with the mind and spirit of God.


James Stalker


No matter how carefully you plan your goals, they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto.


W. Clement Stone (1902-2002, American businessman, author, founder of Combined Insurance Companies)


The measure of an enthusiasm must be taken between interesting events. It is between bites that the lukewarm angler loses heart.


Edwin Way Teale (1899-1980, American naturalist and writer)


And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Colossians 3:23


He did it with all his heart, and prospered.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Chronicles 31:21


Enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal which takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite, intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.


Arnold Toynbee (1852-1883, British economic historian and social reformer)


Be ENTHUSIASTIC as a leader. You can't light a fire with a wet match!


Author Unknown


Enthusiasm finds the opportunities, and energy makes the most of them.


Author Unknown


Enthusiasm is a telescope that yanks the misty, distant future into the radiant, tangible present.


Author Unknown


Enthusiasm is contagious.  You can start an epidemic.


Author Unknown


Enthusiasm is that kindling spark which marks the difference between the leaders in every activity and the laggards who put in just enough to get by.


Author Unknown


Enthusiasm is the Spirit of God working with you.


Author Unknown


Enthusiasm is very good lubrication for the mind.


Author Unknown


Enthusiasm is: A quiet spiritual strength: An inner glow: Faith in action: Greatest asset in the world: Beats money power influence: Tramples over prejudice.


Author Unknown


Enthusiasm makes ordinary people extraordinary.


Author Unknown


Enthusiasm will be as contagious as ever.


Author Unknown


Enthusiasm: A little thing that makes a BIG difference.


Author Unknown


National enthusiasm is the nursery of genius.


Author Unknown


No one keeps up his enthusiasm automatically. Enthusiasm must be nourished with new actions, new aspirations, new efforts, new vision. Compete with yourself; set your teeth and dive into the job of breaking your own record. It is one's own fault if his enthusiasm is gone; he has failed to feed it.


Author Unknown


The person who's not fired with enthusiasm, usually gets fired otherwise. A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on.


Author Unknown


Why were the saints, saints? Because they were cheerful when it was difficult to be cheerful, patient when it was difficult to be patient; and because they pushed on when they wanted to stand still, and kept silent when they wanted to talk, and were agreeable when they wanted to be disagreeable. That was all. It was quite simple and always will be.


Author Unknown


You cannot buy enthusiasm.... You cannot buy loyalty.... You cannot buy the devotion of hearts, minds, or souls. You must earn these.


Author Unknown


Man never rises to great truths without enthusiasm.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


Let us go singing as far as we go; the road will be less tedious.


Virgil (c. 70 - 19 BC, Roman poet)


Get excited and enthusiastic about your own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire -- you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

Author's website:


Enthusiasm, like measles, mumps and the common cold, is highly contagious.


Emory Ward


What is man but his passion?


Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989, American writer, poet)


Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.


John Wesley (1703-1791, British preacher, founder of Methodism)


Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.


Tennessee Williams (1914-1983, American dramatist)


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