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





Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.


Edward Abbey (1927-1989, American writer of environmental literature classics)


We grow because we struggle, we learn and overcome.


R. C. Allen (Canadian professor of Economic History at Oxford University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada)


The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in man as the need in a plant for the light, or the need in man himself for going upright. The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion.


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


I am convinced that the world is not a mere bog in which men and woman trample themselves in the mire and die. Something magnificent is taking place here amid the cruelties and tragedies, and the supreme challenge to intelligence is that of making the noblest and best in our curious heritage prevail.


Charles A. Beard (American writer)


Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.


Karl Baker


In any evolutionary process, even in the arts, the search for novelty becomes corrupting.


Kenneth Boulding


Some people are molded by their admirations, others by their hostilities.


Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973, Anglo-Irish novelist)


All of us need to grow continuously in our lives.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


In the end, it is the person you become, not the things you have achieved, that is the most important.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


You need circles of community to sustain your continual growth... and they must be of your choosing and your building.


Paula P. Brownlee


Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


Love dies only when growth stops.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


Don't go through life, grow through life.


Eric Butterworth


Every winner has scars.


Herbert N. Casson (American author)


Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.


Hare Charles


The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


For is it not true that human progress is but a mighty growing pattern woven together by the tenuous single threads united in a common effort?


Madame Chiang Kai-Shek (1898-2003, Wife of Chinese revolutionary leader Chiang Kai-Shek)


Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists.


Noam Chomsky (1928-, American linguist, political activist)


The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


We find comfort among those who agree with us -- growth among those who don't.


Frank A. Clark


All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.


Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933, American President (30th))


Slow buds the pink dawn like a rose. From out night's gray and cloudy sheath; Softly and still it grows and grows, Petal by petal, leaf by leaf.


Susan Coolidge (1845-1905, American writer)


I am a frayed and nibbled survivor in a fallen world, and I am getting along. I am aging and eaten and have done my share of eating too. I am not washed and beautiful, in control of a shining world in which everything fits, but instead am wandering awed about on a splintered wreck I've come to care for, whose gnawed trees breathe a delicate air, whose bloodied and scarred creatures are my dearest companions, and whose beauty bats and shines not in its imperfections but overwhelmingly in spite of them...


Annie Dillard (1945-, American author, poet)


I will grow. I will become something new and grand, but no grander than I now am. Just as the sky will be different in a few hours, its present perfection and completeness is not deficient, so am I presently perfect and not deficient because I will be different tomorrow. I will grow and I am not deficient.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Unless you try to do something beyond what you have mastered, you will never grow.


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


If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.


Edward Gibbon (1737-1794, British historian)


Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.


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


Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


The minute a man ceases to grow, no matter what his years, that minute he begins to be old.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.


Pir Vilayat Khan (1916-, Western philosopher teacher, master, author)


Are you green and growing or ripe and rotting?


Ray Kroc (1902-1984, American businessman, founder of McDonalds)


Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential.


Bruce Lee (1940-1973, Chinese-American martial artist, actor, director, author)

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The entrepreneurial approach is not a sideline at 3M. It is the heart of our design for growth.


Lewis Lehr (1852-1921, American businessman, founder of 3M Company)


Close scrutiny will show that most "crisis situations" are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.


Maxwell Maltz (1944-, Canadian-born American plastic surgeon, author of "Psycho-Cybernetics")


The sculptor will chip off all unnecessary material to set free the angel. Nature will chip and pound us remorselessly to bring out our possibilities. She will strip us of wealth, humble our pride, humiliate our ambition, let us down from the ladder of fame, will discipline us in a thousand ways, if she can develop a little character, Everything must give way to that. Wealth is nothing, position is nothing, fame is nothing, manhood is everything.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees.


Willard J. Marriott (1900-1985, American businessman, founder of Marriott Hotels)


One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.


Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970, American psychologist)


All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


The growth of affluence, the growth of education, has led to a shortage of morons.


Leonard Neal


Growth is the only evidence of life.


John Henry Newman (1801-1890, British religious leader, prelate, writer)


Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love.


M. Scott Peck (1936-, American psychiatrist, author)


A small shrub may grow into a tree.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


Climb mountains to see lowlands.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Enough shovels of earth -- a mountain. Enough pails of water -- a river.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.


Virginia Satir (1916-1988, American family therapist, lecturer, trainer, author)


You don't learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking and getting well hammered yourself.


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


Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.


Gail Sheehy (1937-, American journalist, author)


Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.


George Shinn


The unexamined life is not worth living.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


When I am grown to man's estate I shall be very proud and great. And tell the other girls and boys Not to meddle with my toys.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


Only by contending with challenges that seem to be beyond your strength to handle at the moment you can grow more surely toward the stars.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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What is the most rigorous law of our being? Growth. No smallest atom of our moral, mental, or physical structure can stand still a year. It grows -- it must grow; nothing can prevent it.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Add value to everyday. Sharpen your skills and your understanding.


Author Unknown


Some people grow under responsibility, others merely swell.


Author Unknown


There is no growth without discontent.


Author Unknown


We grow a little every time we do not take advantage of somebody's weakness.


Bern Williams


If you live in the past and allow the past to define who you are, then you never grow.


Oprah Winfrey (1954-, American TV personality, producer, actress, author)


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