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





The government must always be a step ahead of the popular movement.


Count Boytzwnburg


If you don't like what you're doing, then don't do it.


Ray Bradbury (1920-, American science fiction writer)


A player's effectiveness is directly related to his ability to be right there, doing that thing, in the moment.... He can't be worrying about the past or the future or the crowd or some other extraneous event. He must be able to respond in the here and now.


John Brodie


You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Arguments are like fire-arms which a man may keep at home but should not carry about with him.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


A severe though not unfriendly critic of our institutions said that the cure for admiring the House of Lords was to go and look at it.


Walter Bagehot (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


Men who do not make advances to women are apt to become victims to women who make advances to them.


Walter Bagehot (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


Judges don't age. Time decorates them.


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


We live in deeds, not years: In thoughts not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.


David Bailey (1938-, British photographer)


Still on it creeps; Each little moment at another's heels; Till hours, days, years, and ages are made up of such small parts as these, and men look back Worn and bewilder'd, wondering how it is.


Joanna Baillie (1762-1851, British Romantic writer)


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


Christina Baldwin


Men's private self-worlds are rather like our geographical world's seasons, storm, and sun, deserts, oases, mountains and abysses, the endless-seeming plateaus, darkness and light, and always the sowing and the reaping.


Faith Baldwin


Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.


Faith Baldwin


Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires makes a wise and a happy purchase.


John Balguy (1686-1748, British philosopher, writer)


Being nice to governments doesn't work, they are such lying bastards.


Joy Baluch


Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


If those who are the enemies of innocent amusements had the direction of the world, they would take away the spring and youth -- the former from the year, the latter from human life.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even out virtues.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


The ultimate sin of any performer is contempt for the audience.


Lester Bangs (1948-1982, American rock journalist)


Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month I can be myself.


Roseanne Barr (1952-, American comedienne)


Every man who is high up loves to think that he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


It's a sort of bloom on a woman. If you have it you don't need to have anything else; and if you don't have it, it doesn't much matter what else you have.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


Men's second childhood begins when a woman gets a hold of him.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


Nothing of worthy or weight can be achieved with half a mind, with a faint heart, and with a lame endeavor.


Isaac Barrow


Guys are simple... women are not simple and they always assume that men must be just as complicated as they are, only way more mysterious. The whole point is guys are not thinking much. They are just what they appear to be. Tragically.


Dave Barry (1947-, American humorist, author)


What Women Want: To be loved, to be listened to, to be desired, to be respected, to be needed, to be trusted, and sometimes, just to be held. What Men Want: Tickets for the world series.


Dave Barry (1947-, American humorist, author)


Economy, prudence, and a simple life are the sure masters of need, and will often accomplish that which their opposites, with a fortune at hand, will fail to do.


Clara Barton (1821-1912, American humanitarian)


Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.


Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850, French legislator)


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)


The being who, for most men, is the source of the most lively, and even, be it said, to the shame of philosophical delights, the most lasting joys; the being towards or for whom all their efforts tend for whom and by whom fortunes are made and lost; for whom, but especially by whom, artists and poets compose their most delicate jewels; from whom flow the most enervating pleasures and the most enriching sufferings -- woman, in a word, is not, for the artist in general... only the female of the human species. She is rather a divinity, a star.


Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet)


We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose.


Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet)


Every woman is like a time-zone. She is a nocturnal fragment of your journey. She brings you unflaggingly closer to the next night.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


Governing today means giving acceptable signs of credibility. It is like advertising and it is the same effect that is achieved -- commitment to a scenario.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


We have dreamt of every woman there is, and dreamt too of the miracle that would bring us the pleasure of being a woman, for women have all the qualities -- courage, passion, the capacity to love, cunning -- whereas all our imagination can do is naively pile up the illusion of courage.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


Beaverbrook is so pleased to be in the government that he is like the town tart who finally married the mayor.


Beverley Baxter


It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.


Pierre De Beaumarchais (1732-1799, French dramatist)


Without pleasure man would live like a fool and soon die.


Pierre De Beaumarchais (1732-1799, French dramatist)


Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection.


Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986, French novelist, essayist)


A grindstone that had not grit in it, how long would it take to sharpen an ax? And affairs that had not grit in them, how long would they take to make a man?


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Gambling with cards or dice or stocks is all one thing. It's getting money without giving an equivalent for it.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


The worst thing in the world next to anarchy, is government.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Most of the arguments to which I am party fall somewhat short of being impressive, knowing to the fact that neither I nor my opponent knows what we are talking about


Robert Benchley (1889-1945, American humorist, critic, parodist)


The supply of time is a daily miracle. You wake up in the morning and lo! Your purse is magnificently filled with 24 hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of life. It is yours! The most precious of your possessions.


Arnold Bennet


A sense of the value of time... is an essential preliminary to efficient work; it is the only method of avoiding hurry.


Arnold Bennett (1867-1931, British novelist)


We shall never have more time. We have, and have always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going.... Concentrate on something useful.


Arnold Bennett (1867-1931, British novelist)


You wake up in the morning, and your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of un-manufactured tissue of the universe of your life! It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions. No one can take it from you. And no one receives either more or less than you receive.


Arnold Bennett (1867-1931, British novelist)


How monotonous the sounds of the forest would be if the music came only from the Top Ten birds.


Dan Bennett


Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.


Thomas A. Bennett


We never shall have any more time we have, and we have always had, all the time there is.


Thomas A. Bennett


Compare the cinema with theatre. Both are dramatic arts. Theatre brings actors before a public and every night during the season they re-enact the same drama. Deep in the nature of theatre is a sense of ritual. The cinema, by contrast, transports its audience individually, singly, out of the theatre towards the unknown.


John Berger (1926-, British actor, critic)


Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at.


John Berger (1926-, British actor, critic)


Modern thought has transferred the spectral character of Death to the notion of time itself. Time has become Death, triumphant over all.


John Berger (1926-, British actor, critic)


There's never enough time to do it right, but there's always enough time to do it over.


Jack Bergman


Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.


Hector Louis Berlioz (1803-1869, French conductor, music critic, author)


When you think of the huge uninterrupted success of a book like Don Quixote, you're bound to realize that if humankind have not yet finished being revenged, by sheer laughter, for being let down in their greatest hope, it is because that hope was cherished so long and lay so deep!


Georges Bernanos (1888-1948, French novelist, political writer)


The question arises as to whether it is possible not to live in the world of men and still to live in the world.


Louise Bernikow (American author)


I have had more than half a century of such happiness. A great deal of worry and sorrow, too, but never a worry or a sorrow that was not offset by a purple iris, a lark, a bluebird, or a dewy morning glory.


Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955, American educator, consultant for the U.S. government)


Whatever glory belongs to the race for a development unprecedented in history for the given length of time, a full share belongs to the womanhood of the race.


Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955, American educator, consultant for the U.S. government)


Killing time is the chief end of our society.


Ugo Betti


The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.


William Henry Beveridge (1879-1963, Indian economist)


Those whose consciousness is unified abandon all attachment to the results of action and attain supreme peace. But those whose desires are fragmented, who are selfishly attached to the results of their work, are bound in everything they do.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


Men mourn for what they have lost; women for what they ain't got.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


Time is like money, the less we have of it to spare the further we make it go.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


Enjoy the journey, enjoy every moment, and quit worrying about winning and losing.


Matt Biondi (1965-, American swimmer)


Femininity appears to be one of those pivotal qualities that is so important no one can define it.


Caroline Bird (American author)


A government must not waiver once it has chosen it's course. It must not look to the left or right but go forward.


Otto Von Bismarck (1815-1898, Russian statesman, Prime Minister)


Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.


Emily P. Bissell


The deeper interior you have the more you have in your library.


Jacqueline Bisset (1946-, American screen actor)


You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.


Charles Bixton


You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.


Charles Bixton


The sexes in each species of beings ... are always true equivalents-equals but not identical.


Antoinette Brown Blackwell


I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.


Kenneth Blancbard


For a manager to be perceived as a positive manager, they need a four to one positive to negative contact ratio.


Ken Blanchard (American business lecturer, author)

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If you improve or tinker with something long enough, eventually it will break or malfunction.


Arthur Bloch


Competing in sports has taught me that if I'm not willing to give 120 percent, somebody else will.


Ron Blomberg (1948-, American baseball player)


The fact remains that the overwhelming majority of people who have become wealthy have become so thanks to work they found profoundly absorbing. The long term study of people who eventually become wealthy clearly reveals that their "Luck" arouse from the accidental dedication they had to an area they enjoyed.


Srully Blotnick (American psychologist, author)


It is our belief that if people are set free to express themselves to the fullest, their accomplishments will be far beyond their dreams, and they will not only contribute to the growth of the company, but will also be more useful citizens and contribute to the society at large.


Wilton M. Blount (American businessman, founder of Blount, Inc.)


While farmers generally allow one rooster for ten hens, ten men are scarcely sufficient to service one woman.


Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375, French professor, writer)


Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record each and everyday, and you are a success.


William Boetcker


Women have no wilderness in them. They are provident instead content in the tight hot cell of their hearts. To eat dusty bread.


Louise Bogan (1897-1970, American poet, critic)


Who is content with nothing possesses all things.


Nicholas Boileau (1636-1711, French literary poet, critic)


There is a potential heroine in every woman.


Jean Shinoda Bolen (American medical doctor)


A true man hates no one.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle this matter by lunch time.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Incidents should not govern policy; but, policy incidents.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Large legislative bodies resolve themselves into coteries, and coteries into jealousies.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Public instruction should be the first object of government.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


The art of government is not to let me grow stale.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


There is no class of people so hard to manage in a state, as those whose intentions are honest but whose consciences are bewitched.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


You may ask me for anything you like except time.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Time is the most precious gift in our possession, for it is the most irrevocable.


Dietrich Bonboeffer


Time is lost when we have not lived a full human life, time unenriched by experience, creative endeavor, enjoyment, and suffering.


Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945, German Lutheran pastor and theologian)


A man must be master of his hours and days, not their servant.


William Frederick Book


People are never free of trying to be content.


Murray Bookchin (1941-, American ecologist)


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