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





Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life, which is short and has to be lived by you alone; and there is only one glory, which is eternal. If you do this, there will be many things about which you care nothing.


St. Teresa of Avila


Everywhere one seeks to produce meaning, to make the world signify, to render it visible. We are not, however, in danger of lacking meaning; quite the contrary, we are gorged with meaning and it is killing us.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


Playing it safe is the riskiest choice we can ever make.


Sarah Ban Breathnach (American author)


Just as all thought, and primarily that of non-signification, signifies something, so there is no art that has no signification.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live -- moreover, the only one.


E. M. Cioran (1911-1995, Rumanian-born French philosopher)


Service is what life is all about; it never occurred to me not to be involved in the community.


Marian Wright Edelman


Man can find meaning in life only through devoting himself to society.


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


Man can find meaning in life only through devoting himself to society.


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


This is it. There are no hidden meanings. All that mystical stuff is just what's so.


Werner Erhard (American entrepreneur, scientologist)


If you seek, how is that different from pursuing sound and form? If you don't seek, how are you different from earth, wood, or stone? You must seek without seeking.




The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning -- in other words, of absurdity -- the more energetically meaning is sought.


Vaclav Havel (1936-, Czech playwright, president)


Security is not the meaning of my life. Great opportunities are worth the risk.


Shirley Hufstedler


The great end of life is not knowledge but action.


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


Darkness within darkness; the gateway to all understanding.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


Serving the needs of others is the light that brightens each day.


Douglas M. Lawson


The world is not to be put in order; the world is order, incarnate. It is for us to harmonize with this order.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


The real being, with no status, is always going in and out through the doors of your face.


Chi Lin


The central purpose of each life should be to dilute the misery in the world.


Karl A. Menninger (1893-1990, American psychiatrist)


Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


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)


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)


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))


How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on.


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


Being is. Being is in-itself. Being is what it is.


Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980, French writer, philosopher)


The best we can do is to go through life trying to be happy and helping those we meet along the way.


Kate Smith


If God exists and we are made in his image we can have real meaning, and we can have real knowledge through what he has communicated to us.


Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984, American author)


Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


Those who talk on the razor-edge of double-meanings pluck the rarest blooms from the precipice on either side.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received -- only what you have given: a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.


St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226,  Italian preacher, founder of The Franciscan Orde)


I am a part of all that I have met.


Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)


Take love away from life and you take away its pleasures.


Author Unknown


Man is not on the earth solely for his own happiness. He is there to realize great things for humanity.


Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890, Dutch-born French painter)


There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.


Thornton Wilder (1897-1975, American novelist, playwright)


The mountains, rivers, earth, grasses, trees, and forests are always emanating a subtle, precious light, day and night, always emanating a subtle, precious sound, demonstrating and expounding to all people the unsurpassed ultimate truth.




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