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





Our disputants put me in mind of the cuttlefish that, when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens the water about him till he becomes invisible.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Backbite. To "speak of a man as you find him" when he can't find you.


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


In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person.


George Bancroft (1800-1891, American historian)


To every people the land is given on condition. Perceived or not, there is a Covenant, beyond the constitution, beyond sovereign guarantee, beyond the nation's sweetest dreams of itself.


Leonard Cohen (1934-, Canadian-born American musician, songwriter, singer)


Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


The land was ours before we were the land s. She was our land more than a hundred years before we were her people.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


The land was ours before we were the land s. She was our land more than a hundred years before we were her people.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


I am about courting a girl I have had but little acquaintance with. How shall I come to a knowledge of her faults, and whether she has the virtues I imagine she has? Answer. Commend her among her female acquaintances.


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


The Landlord is a gentleman who does not earn his wealth. He has a host of agents and clerks that receive for him. He does not even take the trouble to spend his wealth. He has a host of people around him to do the actual spending. He never sees it until he comes to enjoy it. His sole function, his chief pride, is the stately consumption of wealth produced by others.


David Lloyd George (1863-1945, British Prime Minister)


This land is your land, this land is my land, from California to the New York Island. From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream's waters. This land was made for you and me.


Woody Guthrie (1912-1967, American folksinger and songwriter)


Every one in a crowd has the power to throw dirt; none out of ten have the inclination.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


A man calumniated is doubly injured -- first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.


Herodotus (BC 484-425, Greek historian)


If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Topographically the country is magnificent -- and terrifying. Why terrifying? Because nowhere else in the world is the divorce between man and nature so complete. Nowhere have I encountered such a dull, monotonous fabric of life as here in America. Here boredom reaches its peak.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


Landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed.


Karl Marx (1818-1883, German political theorist, social philosopher)


Land is the only thing in the world that amounts to anything, for 'Tis the only thing in this world that lasts,  'Tis the only thing worth working for, worth fighting for -- worth dying for.


Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949, American novelist)


You have got to be careful quoting Ronald Reagan, because when you quote him accurately it is called mudslinging.


Fritz Mondale


Let nobody speak mischief of anybody.


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


Slander-mongers and those who listen to slander, if I had my way, would all be strung up, the talkers by the tongue, the listeners by the ears.


Titus Maccius Plautus (BC 254-184, Roman comic poet)


To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.


Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845, American poet, critic, short-story writer)


With one hand he put a penny in the urn of poverty, and with the other took a shilling out.


Robert Pollok (1798-1827, Scottish religious poet)


Slander expires at a good woman's door.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.


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


Slanderers do not hurt me because they do not hit me.


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


Slander is a poison which kills charity, both in the slanderer and the one who listens.


St. Bernard (1090-1153, French theologian and reformer)


It is harder to kill a whisper than even a shouted calumny.


Mary W. Stewart


I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.


Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965, American lawyer, politician)


The slanders poured down like Niagara. If you take into consideration the setting -- the war and the revolution -- and the character of the accused -- revolutionary leaders of millions who were conducting their party to the sovereign power -- you can say without exaggeration that July 1917 was the month of the most gigantic slander in world history.


Leon Trotsky (1879-1940, Russian revolutionary)


It takes an enemy and a friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart. The one to slander you, and the other to get the news to you.


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


You are the land. The land is you.


Author Unknown


O lands! O all so dear to me -- what you are, I become part of that, whatever it is.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


What is said of a man is nothing. The point is, who says it.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


If you know somebody is going to be awfully annoyed by something you write, that's obviously very satisfying, and if they howl with rage or cry, that's honey.


A. N. Wilson


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