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





It is impossible to underrate human intelligence -- beginning with one's own.


Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918, American historian)


Fear of error which everything recalls to me at every moment of the flight of my ideas, this mania for control, makes men prefer reason's imagination to the imagination of the senses. And yet it is always the imagination alone which is at work.


Louis Aragon (1897-1982, French poet)


Both men and women are fallible. The difference is, women know it.


Eleanor Bron (1934-, British actress)


From a worldly point of view, there is no mistake so great as that of being always right.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes, and our ravages. But our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to fight them in ourselves and in others.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


The organizations of men, like men themselves, seem subject to deafness, near-sightedness, lameness, and involuntary cruelty. We seem tragically unable to help one another, to understand one another.


John Cheever (1912-1982, American author)


Great blunders are often made, like large ropes, of a multitude of fibers.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy. It is in our follies that we are one.


Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927, British humorous writer, novelist, playwright)


Once we know our weaknesses, they cease to do us any harm.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


In the works of man, everything is as poor as its author; vision is confined, means are limited, scope is restricted, movements are labored, and results are humdrum.


Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821, French diplomat, philosopher)


It wounds a man less to confess that he has failed in any pursuit through idleness, neglect, the love of pleasure, etc., etc., which are his own faults, than through incapacity and unfitness, which are the faults of his nature.


Lord Melbourne (1779-1848, British statesman, Prime Minister)


If I have any justification for having lived it's simply, I'm nothing but faults, failures and so on, but I have tried to make a good pair of shoes. There's some value in that.


Arthur Miller (1915-, American dramatist)


It says nothing against the ripeness of a spirit that it has a few worms.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


We like security: we like the pope to be infallible in matters of faith, and grave doctors to be so in moral questions so that we can feel reassured.


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


The first faults are theirs that commit them, the second theirs that permit them.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


In the stress of modern life, how little room is left for that most comfortable vanity that whispers in our ears that failures are not faults! Now we are taught from infancy that we must rise or fall upon our own merits; that vigilance wins success, and incapacity means ruin.


Agnes Repplier (1858-1950, American author, social critic)


We are none of us infallible -- not even the youngest of us.


William Hepworth Thompson


Error is a hardy plant: It flourisheth in every soil.


Martin Tupper (1810-1889, British author, poet, inventor)


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