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





We should be lenient in our judgment, because often the mistakes of others would have been ours had we had the opportunity to make them.


R. L. Dr. Alsaker (American doctor, authority on foods and feeding)


If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


Judges don't age. Time decorates them.


Enid Bagnold (1889-1981, British novelist, playwright)


With compassion, we see benevolently our own human condition and the condition of our fellow beings. We drop prejudice. We withhold judgment.


Christina Baldwin


A judgment about life has no meaning except the truth of the one who speaks last, and the mind is at ease only at the moment when everyone is shouting at once and no one can hear a thing.


Georges Bataille (1897-1962, French novelist, critic)


We are more casual about qualifying the people we allow to act as advocates in the courtroom than we are about licensing electricians.


Warren E. Burger


There's no need to hang about waiting for the last judgment. It takes place every day.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


In the last analysis sound judgment will prevail.


Joseph Cannon


Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death.


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


For all right judgment of any man or things it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.


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


A major advantage of age is learning to accept people without passing judgment.


Liz Carpenter (American writer)


But men never violate the laws of God without suffering the consequences, sooner or later.


Lydia M. Child (1802-1880, American abolitionist, writer, editor)


We are ashamed to seem evasive in the presence of a straightforward man, cowardly in the presence of a brave one, gross in the eyes of a refined one, and so on. We always imagine, and in imagining share, the judgments of the other mind.


Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929, American sociologist)


Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others.


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

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To sit in judgment of those things which you perceive to be wrong or imperfect is to be one more person who is part of judgment, evil or imperfection.


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

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When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.


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

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A man is not good or bad for one action.


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


I have tried to make all my acts and commercial moves the result of definite consideration and sound judgment. There were never any great ventures or risks. I practiced honest, slow-growing business methods, and tried to back them with energy and good system.


Marshall Field (1834-1906, American merchant)


It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes.


Sally Field (1946-, American actress)


The judges of normality are present everywhere. We are in the society of the teacher-judge, the doctor-judge, the educator-judge, the "social worker" -judge.


Michel Foucault (1926-1984, French essayist, philosopher)


Don't judge men's wealth or godliness by their Sunday appearance.


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


It is the property of fools, to be always judging.


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


How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly!


Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865, British novelist)


Never judge someone by who he's in love with; judge him by his friends. People fall in love with the most appalling people. Take a cool, appraising glance at his pals.


Cynthia Heimel


Eyes are more accurate witnesses than ears.


Heraclitus (BC 535-475, Greek philosopher)


No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person's enemies say about him.


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


We find it hard to apply the knowledge of ourselves to our judgment of others. The fact that we are never of one kind, that we never love without reservations and never hate with all our being cannot prevent us from seeing others as wholly black or white.


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


The average man's judgment is so poor, he runs a risk every time he uses it.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


Let us remember, when we are inclined to be disheartened, that the private soldier is a poor judge of the fortunes of a great battle.


Dean William R. Inge (1860-1954, Dean of St. Paul's, London)


Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.


Henry James (1843-1916, American author)


Sainthood is acceptable only in saints.


Pamela Hansford Johnson (1912-1981, British writer)


A Judge may be a farmer; but he is not to geld his own pigs. A Judge may play a little at cards for his own amusement; but he is not to play at marbles, or chuck farthing in the Piazza.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.


Franz Kafka (1883-1924, German novelist, short-story writer)


Rabbi Zusya said that on the Day of Judgment, God would ask him, not why he had not been Moses, but why he had not been Zusya.


Walter Kaufmann (1921-1980, American philosopher)


It is no little wisdom for a man to keep himself in silence and in good peace when evil words are spoken to him, and to turn his heart to God and not to be troubled with man's judgment.


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


Everyone complains of the badness of his memory, but nobody of his judgment.


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


Everyone complains of the badness of his memory, but nobody of his judgment.


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


Men and things each have their proper perspective. To judge some of them rightly, it is necessary to see them at near, while to judge others rightly, we must see them at a distance.


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


Most people judge men only by success or by fortune.


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


Most things are praised or condemned only because it is fashionable to praise or condemn them.


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


We label judges with having the meanest motives, and yet we desire that our reputation and fame should depend upon the judgment of men, who are all, either from their jealousy or preoccupation or want of intelligence, opposed to us -- and yet despite their bias, just for the sake of making these men decide in our favor, we peril in so many ways both our peace and our life.


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


One out of four people in this country is mentally imbalanced. Think of your three closest friends. If they seem okay, then you're the one.


Ann Landers (1918-, American advice columnist)


If we could first know where we are and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do and how to do it.


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


There are few things wholly evil or wholly good. Almost everything, especially of government policy, is an inseparable compound of the two, so that our best judgment of the preponderance between them is continually demanded.


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


We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see, but only a few can test by feeling. Everyone sees what you seem to be, few know what you really are, and those few do not dare take a stand against the general opinion.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


Make no judgments where you have no compassion.


Anne McCaffrey


It is a common seen by experience that excellent memories do often accompany weak judgments.


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


Judge by the eye of reason, and not from common report.


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


There is no passion so much transports the sincerity of judgment as cloth anger.


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


We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him.


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


When one cannot appraise out of one's own experience, the temptation to blunder is minimized, but even when one can, appraisal seems chiefly useful as appraisal of the appraiser.


Marianne Moore (1887-1972, American poet)


If you judge people, you have no time to love them.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.


Iris Murdoch (1919-, British novelist, philosopher)


Judgments, value judgments concerning life, for or against, can in the last resort never be true: they possess value only as symptoms, they come into consideration only as symptoms -- in themselves such judgments are stupidities.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Remember, when the judgment's weak, the prejudice is strong.


K. O'Hara


A judge is not supposed to know anything about the facts of life until they have been presented in evidence and explained to him at least three times.


Lord Chief Justice Parker


Outward judgment often fails, inward judgment never.


Theodore Parker (1810-1860, American minister)


It is a purely relative matter where one draws the plimsoll-line of condemnation, and if you find the whole of humanity falls below it you have simply made a mistake and drawn it too high. And are probably below it yourself.


Frances Partridge


Youth condemns; maturity condones.


Josephine Preston Peabody


Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


We judge others by their behavior. We judge ourselves by our intentions.


Ian Percy


People see themselves as the center of the universe and judge everything as it relates to them.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


It is with our judgments as with our watches: no two go just alike, yet each believes his own.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


Great Spirit, help me never to judge another until I have walked in his moccasins.


Sioux Indian Prayer


If you marry wise judgment, peace will become your brother-in-law.


Bolivian Proverb


Don't judge a dog by its hair.


Finnish Proverb


A man with good judgment does not make the goat his gardener.


Hungarian Proverb (Sayings of Hungarian origin)


Don't judge a horse by its harness.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Don't judge any man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.


Native American Proverb (Sayings of Native American origin)


When you meet a man, you judge him by his clothes; when you leave, you judge him by his heart.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


Rich man down and poor man up -- they are still not even.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Give me six lines written by the most honorable person alive, and I shall find enough in them to condemn him to the gallows.


Cardinal De Richelieu (1585-1642, French statesman)


To say of men that they are bad is to say they are worse than we think we are, or worse than the ideal man whose image we have built up on the basis of a certain few.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


To say of men that they are bad is to say they are worse than we think we are, or worse than the ideal man whose image we have built up on the basis of a certain few.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


Do not judge, and you will never be mistaken.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


Listening to both sides does not necessarily bring about a correct judgment.


Donald Rumsfeld (1932-, American Secretary of Defense, 2000-present)


Hesitancy in judgment is the only true mark of the thinker.


Dagobert D. Runes (1902-1982, American philosophical writer)


My salad days, when I was green in judgment.


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


Men of ill judgment ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it.


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


If you judge, investigate.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


If you would judge, understand.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


I followed his argument with the blank uneasiness which one might feel in the presence of a logical lunatic.


Victor Serge


Speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate, nor set down aught in malice.


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


Very often when you look at the moon, you see only a part of it, but you know there is a much larger object there. Very often we look (or converse) with a person, and we see or are aware of only a small sliver of their life and we may think that is all there is. Try to get to know more about the whole person!


Author Unknown


A hasty judgment is a first step to recantation.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Judge not, that ye be not judged.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Matthew 7:1


You can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus.


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


Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong.


Author Unknown


Even God doesn't plan to judge a man till the end of his days, why should you and I?


Author Unknown


Every act is to be judged by the intention of the agent.


Author Unknown


I mistrust the judgment of every man in a case in which his own wishes are concerned.


Author Unknown


Judge others by their questions rather than by their answers. For every author, let us distinguish the person from his works.


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


One is never more on trial than in the moment of excessive good fortune.


Lew Wallace (1827-1905, American writer, soldier)


It is fair to judge people and stained-glass windows only in their best light.


William A. Ward


In our judgment of human transactions, the law of optics is reversed, we see most dimly the objects which are close around us.


Richard Whately (1787-1863, British prelate, writer)


Be curious, not judgmental.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


I have a thing with the camera. The lens is unconditional. It doesn't judge you.


Debra Winger (1955-, American actress)


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