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





I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.


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


Immortality is what nature possesses without effort and without anybody's assistance, and immortality is what the mortals must therefore try to achieve if they want to live up to the world into which they were born, to live up to the things which surround them and to whose company they are admitted for a short while.


Hannah Arendt (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)


If we keep an open mind, too much is likely to fall into it.


Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972, American-born French author)


Every idea is endowed of itself with immortal life, like a human being. All created form, even that which is created by man, is immortal. For form is independent of matter: molecules do not constitute form.


Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet)


Impartial. Unable to perceive any promise of personal advantage from espousing either side of a controversy.


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


If there is a God, man's immortality is certain. If not, Immortality would not be worth having.


Edgar Sheffield Brightman


To himself everyone is an immortal. He may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.


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


It has been said that the immortality of the soul is a "grand peut-tre" -- but still it is a grand one. Everybody clings to it; the stupidest, and dullest, and wickedest of human bipeds is still persuaded that he is immortal.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


It has been said that the immortality of the soul is a "grand peut-tre" -- but still it is a grand one. Everybody clings to it; the stupidest, and dullest, and wickedest of human bipeds is still persuaded that he is immortal.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.


Herb Caen


For them that think death's honesty won't fall upon them naturally life sometimes must get lonely.


Bob Dylan (1941-, American musician, singer, songwriter)


Our impartiality is kept for abstract merit and demerit, which none of us ever saw.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Higher than the question of our duration is the question of our deserving. Immortality will come to such as are fit for it, and he would be a great soul in future must be a great soul now.


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


Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.


Susan Ertz


Balance is the enemy of art.


Richard Eyre


He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt.


Joseph Heller (1923-, American author)


Immortal mortals, mortal immortals, one living the others death and dying the others life.


Heraclitus (BC 535-475, Greek philosopher)


The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one.


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


The first requisite for immortality is death.


Stanislaw J. Lec (1909-1966, Polish writer)


Man is always partial and is quite right to be. Even impartiality is partial.


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


Immorality: The morality of those who are having a better time.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


What we do for ourselves dies with us -- what we do for others remains and is immortal.


Albert Pike (1809-1891, American lawyer, Masonic author, historian)


I have good hope that there is something after death.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Immortality is the genius to move others long after you yourself have stopped moving.


Frank Rooney


Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


In endowing us with memory, nature has revealed to us a truth utterly unimaginable to the unreflective creation, the truth of immortality. The most ideal human passion is love, which is also the most absolute and animal and one of the most ephemeral.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


But thy eternal summer shall not fade.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


The belief in immortality has always seemed cowardly to me. When very young I learned that all things die, and all that we wish of good must be won on this earth or not at all.


Anne Smedley (c. 1894-1950, American author, lecturer)


We feel and know that we are eternal.


Baruch Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677, Dutch philosopher and theologian)


Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou has sent.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: John 17:3


All things by immortal power. Near or far, to each other linked are, that thou canst not stir a flower without troubling of a star.


Francis Thompson (1859-1907, British poet)


The self-existent Lord pierced the senses to turn outward. Thus we look to the world outside and see not the Self within us. A sage withdrew his senses from the world of change and, seeking immortality, looked within and beheld the deathless self.


Katha Upanishad (Ancient Hindu scripture)


Deathlessness should be arrived at in a... haphazard fashion. Loving fame as much as any man, we shall carve our initials in the shell of a tortoise and turn him loose in a peat bog.


Elwyn Brooks White (1899-1985, American author, editor)


Man, as long as he lives, is immortal. One minute before his death he shall be immortal. But one minute later, God wins.


Elie Wiesel (1928-, Rumanian-born American writer)


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