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





No man goes before his time -- unless the boss leaves early.


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.


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


We should not say that one man's hour is worth another man's hour, but rather that one man during an hour is worth just as much as another man during an hour. Time is everything, man is nothing: he is at the most time's carcass.


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


No one provokes me with impunity.


Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1587, Queen of Scotland)


By these things examine thyself. By whose rules am I acting?  In whose name, in whose strength, in whose glory? What faith, humility, self-denial, and love of God and man have there been in all my actions?


Jackie Mason (1931-, American comedian)


As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment of time.


John Mason


Sentimentality is the only sentiment that rubs you the wrong way.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


The passing moment is all we can be sure of; it is only common sense to extract its utmost value from it.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion, but rather to know it.


Andre Maurois (1885-1967, French writer)


If we could know which of us, darling, would be the first to go, who would be first to breast the swelling tide and step alone upon the other side.  If we could know!


Julia Harris May


The most effective way to ensure the value of the future is to confront the present courageously and constructively.


Rollo May (1931-, American psychologist)


If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?


Jeffery J. Mayer


The angel of the Family is Woman. Mother, wife, or sister, Woman is the caress of life, the soothing sweetness of affection shed over its toils, a reflection for the individual of the loving providence which watches over Humanity. In her there is treasure enough of consoling tenderness to allay every pain. Moreover for every one of us she is the initiator of the future. The mother's first kiss teaches the child love; the first holy kiss of the woman he loves teaches man hope and faith in life; and love and faith create a desire for perfection and the power of reaching towards it step by step; create the future, in short, of which the living symbol is the child, link between us and the generations to come. Through her the Family, with its divine mystery of reproduction, points to Eternity.


Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872, Italian patriot, writer)


Make no judgments where you have no compassion.


Anne McCaffrey


One good analogy is worth three hours discussion.


James T. Mccay


Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.


Foster C. McClellan


To accept what you are is to be content, and contentment is the greatest wealth. To work with patience is to gather power.


Vimala McClure


While time, the endless idiot, runs screaming round the world.


Carson McCullers (1917-1967, American author)


The test of man is how well he is able to feel about what he thinks. The test of a woman is how well she is able to think about what she feels.


Mary McDowell


By concentrating on what is good in people, by appealing to their idealism and their sense of justice, and by asking them to put their faith in the future, socialists put themselves at a severe disadvantage.


Ian McEwan (1948-, British author)


A lady is smarter than a gentleman, maybe, she can sew a fine seam, she can have a baby, she can use her intuition instead of her brain, but she can't fold a paper in a crowded train.


Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978, American poet, author)


I do not know who first invented the myth of sexual equality, but it is a myth willfully fostered and nourished by certain semi-scientists and other fiction writers, and it has done more, I suspect, to unsettle marital happiness than any other false doctrine of this myth-ridden age.


Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978, American poet, author)


Sometimes I have a notion that what might improve the situation is to have women take over the occupations of government and trade and to give men their freedom. Let them do what they are best at. While we scrawl interoffice memos and direct national or extranational affairs, men could spend all their time inventing wheels, peering at stars, composing poems, carving statues, exploring continents -- discovering, reforming, or crying out in a sacramental wilderness. Efficiency would probably increase, and no one would have to worry so much about the Gaza Strip or an election.


Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978, American poet, author)


Women are the fulfilled sex. Through our children we are able to produce our own immortality, so we lack that divine restlessness which sends men charging off in pursuit of fortune or fame or an imagined Utopia. That is why we number so few geniuses among us. The wholesome oyster wears no pearl, the healthy whale no ambergris, and as long as we can keep on adding to the race, we harbor a sort of health within ourselves.


Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978, American poet, author)


The fact that it had never been done before made it even more irresistible.


William McGovern (American businessman, founder of MCI)


Decide that you really want to achieve the goal...


Robert J. McKain


Set priorities for your goals. A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. Indeed, the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.


Robert J. McKain


Man is the principal syllable in Management.


C. T. McKenzie


For tribal man space was the uncontrollable mystery. For technological man it is time that occupies the same role.


Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980, Canadian communications theorist)


Schizophrenia may be a necessary consequence of literacy.


Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980, Canadian communications theorist)


Coming to terms with the rhythms of women's lives means coming to terms with life itself, accepting the imperatives of the body rather than the imperatives of an artificial, man-made, perhaps transcendentally beautiful civilization. Emphasis on the male work-rhythm is an emphasis on infinite possibilities; emphasis on the female rhythms is an emphasis on a defined pattern, on limitation.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.


Golda Meir (1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister, 1969-74)


It's no accident many accuse me of conducting public affairs with my heart instead of my head. Well, what if I do? Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either.


Golda Meir (1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister, 1969-74)


To be successful, a woman has to be better at her job than a man.


Golda Meir (1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister, 1969-74)


Whether women are better than men I cannot say, but I can say they are certainly no worse.


Golda Meir (1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister, 1969-74)


The whole duty of government is to prevent crime and to preserve contracts.


Lord Melbourne (1779-1848, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey.


Harold V Melchert


Gentlemen prefer bonds.


Andrew William Mellon (1855-1937, American financier, philanthropist, statesman)


If you have learned how to disagree without being disagreeable, then you have discovered the secrete of getting along -- whether it be business, family relations, or life itself.


Bernard Meltzer (1914-, American law professor)


The best thing you can do is get good at being you.


Dennis the Menace


A gentlemen is one who never strikes a woman without provocation.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


A man's women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him secretly as an ass, and with something akin to pity. His most gaudy sayings and doings seldom deceive them; they see the actual man within, and know him for a shallow and pathetic fellow. In this fact, perhaps, lies one of the best proofs of feminine intelligence, or, as the common phrase makes it, feminine intuition.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Man is always looking for someone to boast to; woman is always looking for a shoulder to put her head on.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Man weeps to think that he will die so soon; woman, that she was born so long ago.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing, they marry later, for another thing, they die earlier.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


On one issue at least, men and women agree; they both distrust women.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Time stays, we go.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


A man may be a tough, concentrated, successful money-maker and never contribute to his country anything more than a horrible example. A manager may be tough and practical, squeezing out, while the going is good, the last ounce of profit and dividend, and may leave behind him an exhausted industry and a legacy of industrial hatred. A tough manager may never look outside his own factory walls or be conscious of his partnership in a wider world. I often wonder what strange cud such men sit chewing when their working days are over, and the accumulating riches of the mind have eluded them.


Robert Menzies (1894-1978, Australian liberal politician, Prime Minister)


I expect that Woman will be the last thing civilized by Man.


George Meredith (1828-1909, British author)


As long as male behavior is taken to be the norm, there can be no serious questioning of male traits and behavior. A norm is by definition a standard for judging; it is not itself subject to judgment.


Myriam Miedzian (American actor)


In the United States adherence to the values of the masculine mystique makes intimate, self-revealing, deep friendships between men unusual.


Myriam Miedzian (American actor)


We create our fate every day we live.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


What have we achieved in mowing down mountain ranges, harnessing the energy of mighty rivers, or moving whole populations about like chess pieces, if we ourselves remain the same restless, miserable, frustrated creatures we were before? To call such activity progress is utter delusion. We may succeed in altering the face of the earth until it is unrecognizable even to the Creator, but if we are unaffected wherein lies the meaning?


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


Aren't women prudes if they don't and prostitutes if they do?


Kate Millet (1934-, American feminist author)


Because of our social circumstances, male and female are really two cultures, and their life experiences are utterly different.


Kate Millet (1934-, American feminist author)


The great mass of women throughout history have been confined to the cultural level of animal life in providing the male with sexual outlet and exercising the animal functions of reproduction and care of the young.


Kate Millet (1934-, American feminist author)


Not wishing to be disturbed over moral issues of the political economy, Americans cling to the notion that the government is a sort of automatic machine, regulated by the balancing of competing interests.


Wright C. Mills (1916-1962, American sociologist)


A short retirement urges a sweet return.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


Thus Belial, with words clothed in reason's garb, counseled ignoble ease, and peaceful sloth, not peace.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


Time is the subtle thief of youth.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


To administer is to govern: to govern is to reign. That is the essence of the problem.


Gabriel Riqueti Mirabeau (1749-1791, French revolutionary politician, orator)


For women there are, undoubtedly, great difficulties in the path, but so much the more to overcome. First no woman would say "I am but a woman!" But a woman! What more can you ask to be?


Maria Mitchell (1943-, Canadian singer, songwriter)


Riches are not from abundance of worldly goods, but from a contented mind.


Mohammed (c.570-c.632, Mecca spiritual leader)


A man that is ashamed of passions that are natural and reasonable is generally proud of those that are shameful and silly.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


Nature has not placed us in an inferior rank to men, no more than the females of other animals, where we see no distinction of capacity. Though I am persuaded if there was a commonwealth of rational horses... it would be an established maxim amongst them that a mare could not be taught to pace.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.


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


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


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


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


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


It is much more easy to accuse the one sex than to excuse the other.


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)


The most unhappy and frail creatures are men and yet they are the proudest.


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 I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.


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


The greatest things are accomplished by individual people, not by committees or companies.


Alfred A. Montapert (American author)


Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.


Charles De Montesquieu (1689-1755, French jurist, political philosopher)


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)


My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate... at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in a maze of mediocrity. I won't give up, shut up, let up, or slow up.


Robert Moorehead


If Moses had gone to Harvard Law School and spent three years working on the Hill, he would have written the Ten Commandments with three exceptions and a saving clause.


Charles Morgan (1894-1958, British writer)


Don't accept rides from strange men, and remember that all men are as strange as hell.


Robin Morgan (1941-, American feminist author, poet)


You can always tell when a man's well informed. His views are pretty much like your own.


Louie Morris


Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought.


Dwight Whitney Morrow (1873-1931, American lawyer, banker, diplomat)


The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit.


Dwight Whitney Morrow (1873-1931, American lawyer, banker, diplomat)


God is the friend of silence. Trees, flowers, grass grow in silence. See the stars, moon, and sun how they move in silence.


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


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


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


Deeds, not stones, are the true monuments of the great.


John L. Motley (1814-1877, American historian)


There's nothing is this world more instinctively abhorrent to me than finding myself in agreement with my fellow humans.


Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990, British broadcaster)


Someone has defined genius as intensity of purpose: the ability to do, the patience to wait. Put these together and you have achievement.


Leo J. Muir


After my father had seen me in five or six things, he said, "Son, your mother and I really enjoyed your recent film, and I must say that you're a lot like John Wayne." And I said, "How so?" And he said, "Well, you're exactly the same in all your roles." Now, as a modern American actor, that's not what you want to hear. But for a guy who watched John Wayne movies and grew up in Iowa, it's a sterling compliment.


Dermot Mulroney (1963-, American actor, musician, producer)


Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved.


Iris Murdoch (1919-, British novelist, philosopher)


I think being a woman is like being Irish. Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the same.


Iris Murdoch (1919-, British novelist, philosopher)


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)


The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.


Mike Murdock


Minutes are worth more than money. Spend them wisely.


Thomas P. Murphy


The government can destroy wealth but it cannot create wealth, which is the product of labor and management working with creation.


Bill Murray (1950-, American comedian, actor, writer)


One of the best kept secrets in America is that people are aching to make a commitment, if they only had the freedom and environment in which to do so.


John Naisbitt (American trend analyst, futurist, author)


If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?


Joe Namath (1943-, American football player)


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