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





Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


All great art is born of the metropolis.


Ezra Pound (1885-1972, American poet, critic)


Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but build no house on it.


Indian Proverb (Sayings of Indian origin)


God's greatest act was to make one day follow another.


Puerto Rican Proverb


So let man consider of what he was created; he was created of gushing water issuing between the loins and the breast-bones.


Qur'an (Holy book)


Living in cities is an art, and we need the vocabulary of art, of style, to describe the peculiar relationship between man and material that exists in the continual creative play of urban living. The city as we imagine it, then, soft city of illusion, myth, aspiration, and nightmare, is as real, maybe more real, than the hard city one can locate on maps in statistics, in monographs on urban sociology and demography and architecture.


Jonathan Raban (1942-, British author, critic)


Life is easier to take than you think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable and bear the intolerable.


Kathleen Norris (1880-1966, American novelist)


There is no solitude in the world like that of the big city.


Kathleen Norris (1880-1966, American novelist)


What's important? That I'm fair and honest, and that perhaps along life's way, I can help others.


Deborah Norville


Much violence is based on the illusion that life is a property to be defended and not to be shared.


Henri Nouwen (Christian author)


We never live, but we hope to live; and as we are always arranging to be happy, it must be that we never are so.


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


The man who thinks he can live without others is mistaken; the one who thinks others can't live without him is even more deluded.


Hasidic Proverb (Sayings of Hasidic origin)


Dance like no one is watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like no one is listening, Live like it's heaven on earth.


William Purkey


We are here not to get all we can out of life for ourselves, but to try to make the lives of others happier.


William Older


Life is a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.


Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953, American dramatist)


Today's city is the most vulnerable social structure ever conceived by man.


Martin Oppenheimer


Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down.


Robert Orben (1927-, American editor, writer, humorist)


Every time I look into the eyes of an animal I see life; the force of life and the beauty of creation


Radar O'Reilly


You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they're going.


P.J. O'Rourke


Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease.


Sir William Osler (1849-1919, Canadian physician)


We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.


Sir William Osler (1849-1919, Canadian physician)


This also -- that I live, I consider a gift of God.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Life is a wheel. The more you give, the more you get back.


Jerold Panas


When we come into this life, we don't really own anything. And we own nothing when we leave. It is only a lease we have during our lifetime and it is up to us to make the most of it.


Jerold Panas


Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.


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


Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.


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


Death does determine life. Once life is finished it acquires a sense; up to that point it has not got a sense; its sense is suspended and therefore ambiguous. However, to be sincere I must add that for me death is important only if it is not justified and


Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975, Italian filmmaker, author)


Man is born to live and not to prepare to live.


Boris Pasternak (1890-1960, Russian poet, novelist, translator)


Living is like working out a long addition sum, and if you make a mistake in the first two totals you will never find the right answer. It means involving oneself in a complicated chain of circumstances.


Cesare Pavese (1908-1950, Italian poet, novelist, translator)


No nation became great by becoming rich. Neither does a man find enduring satisfaction in life by owning something -- only by becoming something.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


People fail to understand that unless they are themselves willing to give, they will never receive.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


You can have peace of mind, improved health and an ever-increasing flow of energy. Life can be full of joy and satisfaction.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


Life is a team sport. Sometimes you give and sometimes you get.


Ann Pearson


Life is like riding a bicycle. You don't fall off unless you stop peddling.


Claude D. Pepper


The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.


Walker Percy (1916-1990, American novelist)


You live in a deranged age, more deranged that usual, because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.


Walker Percy (1916-1990, American novelist)


Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works.


Thomas J. Peters (1942-, American management consultant, author, lecturer)


Life is a campaign not a battle, and has its defeats as well as its victories.


Don Piatt


Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.


Marge Piercy


Most of us fall short much more by omission than by commission. While the world perishes we go our way: purposeless, passionless, day after day.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in one's life.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


To attain inner peace you must actually give your life, not just your possessions. When you at last give your life -- bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live then, and only then, can you begin to find inner peace.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


Every true man, sir, who is a little above the level of the beasts and plants does not live for the sake of living, without knowing how to live; but he lives so as to give a meaning and a value of his own to life.


Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936, Italian author, playwright)


Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another.


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


The enjoyments of this life are not equal to its evils.


Pliny The Elder (c.23-79, Roman neophatonist)


After reading all that has been written, and after thinking all that can be thought on the topics of God and the soul, the man who has a right to say that he thinks at all, will find himself face to face with the conclusion that, on these topics, the most profound thought is that which can be the least easily distinguished from the most superficial sentiment.


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


Too often man handles life as he does the bad weather. He whiles away the time as he waits for it to stop.


Alfred Polgar


We come and go just like ripples in a stream.


John V. Politis


Never hesitate to hold out your hand; never hesitate to accept the outstretched hand of another.


Pope John XXIII (1881-1963, Italian head of Roman Catholic order)


See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little.


Pope John XXIII (1881-1963, Italian head of Roman Catholic order)


Life is too short to learn German.


R. Porson


Make your life a happy one. That is where success is possible to every man.


Robert Powell


Live as if everything you do will eventually be known.


Hugh Prather


Life's a bitch, and life's got lots of sisters.


Ross Presser


Life is just a journey


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


Life -- how curious is that habit that makes us think it is not here, but elsewhere.


V. S. Pritchett (1900-1997, British author, critic)


A city is a large community where people are lonesome together.


Herbert Prochnow


Some people seem to go through life standing at the complaint counter.


Fred Propp Jr.


No rose is without thorns.


Afghani Proverb


If you are planning for a year, plant grain. If you are planning for a decade, plant trees. If you are planning for a century, plant men.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


If you are standing upright, don't worry if your shadow is crooked. If you want an audience, start a fight.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Life is short; but it barely takes a second to smile.


Cuban Proverb (Sayings of Cuban origin)


The town is new every day.


Estonian Proverb


Everything passes; everything wears out; everything breaks.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Life is an onion and one cries while peeling it.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


In the morning of life, work; in the midday give council; in the evening, pray.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Who goes to Rome a beast returns a beast.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Live near water, and ask not about sustenance.


Omani Proverb


There are four things every person has more of than they know; sins, debt, years, and foes.


Persian Proverb (Sayings of Persian origin)


A wooden bed is better than a golden coffin.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


A wooden bed is better than a golden coffin.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


Where there is life, there is also hope.


Salvadoran Proverb


He who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity and enjoying life's pleasures is like a blacksmith's bellows. He breathes, but does not live.


Sanscrit Proverb


May God bless you to live as long as you want to; and want to as long as you live!


Scottish Proverb (Sayings of Scottish origin)


Who can say for sure that one will live to see tomorrow.


Tibetan Proverb (Sayings of Tibetan origin)


God created people because he loves stories.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


The life you have led doesn't need to be the only life you have.


Anna Quindlen


One act of beneficence, one act of real usefulness, is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world.


Ann Radgliffe


Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.


Gilda Radner (1946-1989, American comedienne)


Life is a series of steps. Things are done gradually. Once in a while there is a giant step, but most of the time we are taking small, seemingly insignificant steps on the stairway of life.


Ralph Ransom


Life is really about a spiritual unfolding that is personal and enchanting -- an unfolding that no science or philosophy or religion has yet fully clarified.


James Redfield (1950-, American author, "The Celestine Prophesy")


Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony.


Lou Reed (1942-, American musician, guitarist, singer, songwriter)


Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever.


Eben Eugene Rexford


Just as language has no longer anything in common with the thing it names, so the movements of most of the people who live in cities have lost their connection with the earth; they hang, as it were, in the air, hover in all directions, and find no place where they can settle.


Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926, German poet)


Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.


Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926, German poet)


Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.


Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926, German poet)


The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things


Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926, German poet)


Life is the farce which everyone has to perform.


Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891, French poet)


What a life! True life is elsewhere. We are not in the world.


Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891, French poet)


Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, in fear of the future.


Antoine Rivarol (1753-1801, French journalist, epigrammatist)


Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.


Jackie Robinson


The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.


Carl Rogers (1902-1987, American psychotherapist)


In the early days of the Indian Territory, there were no such things as birth certificates. You being there was certificate enough.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.


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


Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.


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


The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.


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


What shall I do with my life? How much am I willing to give of myself, of my time, of my love?


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


Eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, American President (32nd))


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