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





'Tis not in mortals to command success, but we'll do more, Sempronius, we'll deserve it.


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


Here is a field open for talent; and here, merit will a have certain favor, and industry is graced with its due reward.


Claudius (10 BC-AD 54, Roman emperor)


We may not always get what we want, but surely we will get what we deserve.


Doug Horton


An ingenuous, mind feels in unmerited praise, the bitterest reproof.


Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, British poet, essayist)


What is merit? The opinion one man entertains of another.


Lord Palmerston (1784-1865, British politician, Prime Minister)


It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.


Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374, Italian poet, humanist)


Charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


Speak little and well if you wish to be esteemed a person of merit.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Merit, however inconsiderable, should be sought for and rewarded. Methods are the master of masters.


Charles Maurice De Talleyrand (1754-1838, French statesman)


Merit is often an obstacle to fortune; the reason is it produces two bad effects, envy and fear.


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