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





Every life is a profession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent influence.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


I'm just a person trapped inside a woman's body.


Elayne Boosler


One concept corrupts and confuses the others. I am not speaking of the Evil whose limited sphere is ethics; I am speaking of the infinite.


Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986, Argentinean author)


It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.


Tom Brokaw (1940-, American TV personality)


It is a strange trade that of advocacy. Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale.


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


It's funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they'll do practically anything you want them to.


Holden Caulfield


A community is like the ones who govern it.


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


The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.


Salvador Dali (1904-1989, Spanish painter)


Every one comes between men's souls and God, either as a brick wall or as a bridge. Either you are leading men to God or you are driving them away.


Canon Lindsay Dewar


We must not enable anyone to impose his personal view regarding religion on others by force, oppression, or pressure.


Shirin Ebadi


At the same time, as social beings, we are moved in the relations with our fellow beings by such feelings as sympathy, pride, hate, need for power, pity, and so on.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


People exercise an unconscious selection in being influenced.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


Every thought which genius and piety throw into the world alters the world.


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


Some wisdom you must learn from one who's wise.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


The best efforts of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.


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


Who shall set a limit to the influence of a human being?


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


Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and where ever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power.


Henry George (1839-1897, American social reformer, economist)


A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success.


Cullen Hightower


It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence.


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


He who influences the thought of his times influences the times that follow.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


We live in a world which is full of misery and ignorance, and the plain duty of each and all of us is to try to make the little corner he can influence somewhat less miserable and somewhat less ignorant than it was before he entered it.


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


Be not angry that you cannot make another what you wish them to be; since you cannot make yourself what you wish to be.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


Confronted by an absolutely infuriating review, it is sometimes helpful for the victim to do a little personal research on the critic. Is there any truth to the rumor that he had no formal education beyond the age of eleven? In any event, is he able to construct a simple English sentence? Do his participles dangle? When moved to lyricism, does he write "I had a fun time"? Was he ever arrested for burglary? I don't know that you will prove anything this way, but it is perfectly harmless and quite soothing.


Jean Kerr (1923-, American author, playwright)


It's just like magic. When you live by yourself, all your annoying habits are gone!


Merrill Markoe


We should gain more by letting the world see what we are than by trying to seem what we are not.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


In our society a man is known by the company he owns.


Gerald F. Lieberman (American writer)


We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us.


John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)


The influence of individual character extends from generation to generation.


Iain MacLeod (1913-1970, British statesman)


The influence of individual character extends from generation to generation.


Iain MacLeod (1913-1970, British statesman)


The influential man is the successful man, whether he be rich or poor.


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


It's better to be alone than in foolish and troublesome company. I lay no great stress upon my opinions, or on those of others.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Socrates had a student named Plato, Plato had a student named Aristotle, and Aristotle had a student named Alexander the Great.


Tom Morris


The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.


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


The influence of a beautiful, helpful character is contagious, and may revolutionize a whole town.


Eleanor H. Porter


Those who sleep with dogs get up with fleas.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


What goes around comes around.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


What little Jack does not learn, big John will never.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


The person who lives with cripples will soon learn to limp.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Power lasts ten years; influence not more than a hundred.


Korean Proverb (Sayings of Korean origin)


The mouth that eats pepper is the one that the pepper influences.


Nigerian Proverb (Sayings of Nigerian origin)


The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering galleries, they are clearly heard at the end, and by posterity.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


Get around people who have something of value to share with you. Their impact will continue to have a significant effect on your life long after they have departed.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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There are only about a half dozen things that make 80% of the difference in any area of our lives.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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People will sit up and take notice of you if you will sit up and take notice of what makes them sit up and take notice.


Frank Romer


We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us.


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


Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything.


B(urrhus) F(rederic) Skinner (1904-1990, American psychologist)


See that no one puts a stumbling block, or an occasion to fall in his brothers way.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


We perceive and are affected by changes too subtle to be described.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life.


Booker T. Washington (1856-1915, American black leader and educator)


Wherever our life touches yours we help or hinder. There is no escape -- man drags man down, or man lifts man up.


Booker T. Washington (1856-1915, American black leader and educator)


Influence: What you think you have until you try to use it.


Joan Welsh


So far as true love influences our minds; so far we feel a desire to make use of every opportunity to lessen the distresses of the afflicted; and to increase the happiness of the creation; to turn all the treasures we possess into the channel of universal, love becomes the business of our lives.


John Woolman


Influence is like a savings account. The less you use it, the more you've got.


Andrew Young (1932-, Civil rights activist, protestant minister, public official)


Cuteness in children is totally an adult perspective. The children themselves are unaware that the quality exists, let alone its desirability, until the reactions of grown-ups inform them.


Leontine Young


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