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





The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


The beauty of the human mind is that any decision that is made can be unmade.


Gay Hendricks (American psychologist, lecturer, author)


The mind never need stop growing. Indeed, one of the few experiences which never pall is the experience of watching one's own mind and how it produces new interests, responds to new stimuli, and develops new thoughts, apparently without effort and almost independently of one's own conscious control.


Gilbert Highet


With luck and resolution and good guidance... the human mind can survive not only poverty, but even wealth.


Gilbert Highet


Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Let it be remembered that practically the sole difference between Henry Ford and a majority of the more than one hundred thousand people who work for him, is this -- Ford has a mind and controls it, the others have minds which they do not try to control... You either control your mind or it controls you...


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


We do not have to wait for future discoveries in connection with the powers of the human mind for evidence that the mind is the greatest force known to mankind. We know, now, that any idea, aim or purpose that is fixed in the mind and held there with a will to achieve or attain its physical or material equivalent, puts into motion powers that cannot be conquered.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


We have found that any order that is properly given to the subconscious section of the mind... will be carried out unless it is sidetracked or countermanded by another and stronger order.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


A vacant mind invites dangerous inmates, as a deserted mansion tempts wandering outcasts to enter and take up their abode in its desolate apartments.


Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619, British court goldsmith, miniaturist)


There may be those on earth who dress better or eat better, but those who enjoy the peace of God sleep better.


Thomas L. Holdcroft


A mind grows by what it feeds on.


Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881, American author)


Our brains our seventy year clocks, the angel of life winds them up once and for all, then closes the case, and gives the key into the hands of the angel of resurrection.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


When you have a sound mind, you can do what's necessary.


Evander Holyfield (1962-, American world boxing champion)


Remember, when life's path is steep, to keep your mind even.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Rule your mind, or it will rule you.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.


Andrew Jackson (1767-1845, American President (7th))


The mind conceives with pain, but it brings forth with delight.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


The human mind is our fundamental resource.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


The calm or disturbance of our mind does not depend so much on what we regard as the more important things of life, as it does in the prudent or impracticable arrangement we make of the little things of daily occurrence.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The defects of the mind are like the wounds of the body: no matter how much care we take to heal them, the scars remain, and there is always the danger that they will reopen.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.


Washington Irving (1783-1859, American author)


Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others.


Gerald G. Jampolsky (1925-, American psychiatrist, lecturer, author)


I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.


Bruce Jenner (1949-, American track athlete, author, speaker)


The human brain is a wonderful organ. It starts to work as soon as you are born and doesn't stop until you get up to deliver a speech.


Sir George Jessel (1824-1883, British judge)


The true sound and strong mind is the one that can embrace equally great and small things.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


There are few minds to which tyranny is not delightful.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


Out of sight, out of mind. The absent are always in the wrong.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


A man's mind is wont to tell him more than seven watchmen sitting in a tower.


Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936, British author of Prose, Verse)


Little minds are too much wounded by little things; great minds see all these little things and are not hurt.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Our minds are lazier than our bodies.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Our minds are lazier than our bodies.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The head is ever the dupe of the heart.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Those who know their minds do not necessarily know their hearts.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Everything is nothing. Everything is all. All is one. One is inconceivable, infinite. Therefore it is nothing. Everything is matter. Matter is electricity. Electricity is invisible, intangible. Therefore it is nothing. Therefore, everything is nothing. At


John Lardner


There is no such thing as inner peace. There is only nervousness or death. Any attempt to prove otherwise constitutes unacceptable behavior.


Fran Lebowitz (1951-, American journalist)


The only peace, the only security, is in fulfillment.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.


Yutang, Lin (1895-1976, Chinese writer and philologist)


Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all.


Georg Christoph Litchenberg


This is a sane, wholesome, practical, working faith: That it is a man's business to do the will of God; second, that God himself takes on the care of that man; and third, that therefore that man ought never to be afraid of anything.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


Every goal, every action, every thought, every feeling one experiences, whether it be consciously or unconsciously known, is an attempt to increase one's level of peace of mind.


Sidney Madwed


Mind control is not one's birthright. The successful few owe their success to their perseverance.


Ramana Maharshi


This is where you will win the battle -- in the playhouse of your mind.


Maxwell Maltz (1944-, Canadian-born American plastic surgeon, author of "Psycho-Cybernetics")


It is psychological law that whatever we desire to accomplish we must impress upon the subjective or subconscious mind.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


It is psychological law that whatever we desire to accomplish we must impress upon the subjective or subconscious mind.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.


Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970, American psychologist)


In a world filled with causes for worry and anxiety.. we need the peace of God standing guard over our hearts and minds.


Jerry W. McCant


To nourish the mind, there is nothing better than to make the desires few. For the person whose desires are few, there will be some things he may not be able to keep his heart, but they will be few. To the person whose desires are many, there will be some things he may be able to keep his heart, but they will be few.


Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (c.370-300 BC,  Chinese philosopher)


If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


We live in the mind, in ideas, in fragments. We no longer drink in the wild outer music of the streets -- we remember only.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


The mind is its own place, and in itself can make heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


Today, it takes more brains and effort to make out the income-tax form than it does to make the income.


Alfred E. Neuman


The mind moves in the direction of our currently dominant thoughts


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


Your world is a living expression of how you are using and have used your mind.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


Our minds are like our stomachs; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetites.


John Quinton


There's nobody "out there." It's all in here.


Mal Pancoast


Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.


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


Man's mind is a mirror of a universe that mirrors man's mind.


Joseph Chilton Pearce


It is now a generally accepted and scientifically well-supported view that subliminal perception does occur that people are capable of receiving and responding to information presented to them at levels below the threshold of conscious recognition.


Maureen Phillips


Households, cities, countries, and nations have enjoyed great happiness when a single individual has taken heed of the Good and Beautiful. Such people not only liberate themselves; they fill those they meet with a free mind.


Philo (2nd century, Byzantine scientist)


We are that which activates the body.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


Is there no way out of the mind?


Sylvia Plath (1932-1963, American poet)


The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


How are you ever going to stop being weary until you've made your mind up to be strong.


Endless Praise


I've got to have a place where I can find peace of mind.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


There can be no peace of mind in love, since the advantage one has secured is never anything but a fresh starting-point for further desires.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


When you can't find peace within yourself, there is no use looking for it somewhere else.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


All the brains are not in one head.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Man's mind changes throughout the course of a day.


Korean Proverb (Sayings of Korean origin)


Ask for advice, and then use your brain.


Norwegian Proverb (Sayings of Norwegian origin)


If your inner mind isn't deceived, your outer actions won't be wrong.


Tibetan Proverb (Sayings of Tibetan origin)


If your inner mind isn't deceived, your outer actions won't be wrong.


Tibetan Proverb (Sayings of Tibetan origin)


When brains are needed, brawn won't help.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.


Dan Quayle (1947-, American politician, vice-president)


It is the mind that makes one wise or ignorant, bound or emancipated.


Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886, Indian mystic)


What is a demanding pleasure that demands the use of ones mind! Not in the sense of problem solving, but in the sense of exercising discrimination, judgment, awareness.


Ayn Rand (1905-1982, Russian philosopher, author, "Atlas Shrugged")


A full mind is an empty bat.


Branch Rickey


Your Design mind (right brain) attends to the melody of life, whereas your Sign mind (left brain) attends to the notes that compose the melodies. And here is the key to natural writing: the melodies must come first.


Gabriele Lusser Rico


The incredible thing about the human mind is that is didn't come with an instruction book.


Terry Riley


The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviors.


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

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All the resources we need are in the mind


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


The subjective mind is entirely under the control of the objective mind. With the utmost fidelity it reproduces and works out to its final consequences whatever the objective mind impresses upon it.


Thomas Troward


We employ the mind to rule, the body to serve.


Sallust (BC 86-34, Roman historian)


The human brain must continue to frame the problems for the electronic machine to solve.


David Sarnoff (1891-1971, Belarus-born American entrepreneur)


The mind is a matter over every kind of fortune; itself acts in both ways, being the cause of its own happiness and misery.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


The mind is never right but when it is at peace within itself.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


All things are ready, if our minds be so.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


It is the mind that makes the body rich; and as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, so honor peereth in the meanest habit."


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


'Tis the mind that makes the body rich.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

Source: The Taming of the Shrew. Act IV, scene III


The mind is so rarely disturbed, but that the company of friend will restore it to some degree of tranquility and sedateness.


Adam Smith (1723-1790, Scottish economist)


We must realize that the subconscious mind is the law of action and always expresses what the conscious mind has impressed on it. What we regularly entertain in our mind creates a conception of self. What we conceive ourselves to be, we become.


Grace Speare


It is the mind that maketh good or ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.


Edmund Spenser (1552-1599, British poet)


The gentle mind by gentle deeds is known. For a man by nothing is so ill betrayed, as by his manners.


Edmund Spenser (1552-1599, British poet)


What it comes down to is that modern society discriminates against the right hemisphere.


Roger Sperry


One dull pencil is worth two sharp minds.


Author Unknown


Our minds should not be empty because if they are not preoccupied by good, evil will break in upon them.


Author Unknown


Prosperity begins with a state of mind.


Author Unknown


Some minds are like concrete, all mixed up and permanently set.


Author Unknown


The blessing of an active mind, when it is in a good condition, is, that it not only employ itself, but is almost sure to be the means of giving wholesome employment to others.


Author Unknown


The brain is the only part of the human machine that doesn't wear out. Probably it's because the brain is the only part that is not overworked.


Author Unknown


The mind like a parachute functions only when open.


Author Unknown


The mind, like the dyer's hand, is colored by what it holds.


Author Unknown


The water we drink has to be purified, but look at the trash we feed our minds.


Author Unknown


What you THINK about reveals what you ARE. Sometimes we need to do a check-up from the neck-up.


Author Unknown


There is nothing so lovely and enduring in the regions which surround us, above and below, as the lasting peace of a mind centered in God.


Yoga Vasishtha


Mind moves matter.


Virgil (c. 70 - 19 BC, Roman poet)


Thinking doesn't seem to help very much. The human brain is too high-powered to have many practical uses in this particular universe.


Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-, American novelist)


If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't.


Lyall Watson (American biologist)


Mind is the great lever of all things.


Daniel Webster (1782-1852, American lawyer, statesman)


What is mind but motion in the intellectual sphere?


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


The mind has exactly the same power as the hands: not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.


Colin Wilson (1931-, British novelist and writer on philosophy, sociology, and the occult)


You cannot attain and maintain physical condition unless you are morally and mentally conditioned. And it is impossible to be in moral condition unless you are spiritually conditioned. I always told my players that our team condition depended on two factors -- how hard they worked on the floor during practice and how well they behaved between practices.


John Wooden (1910-, American basketball coach)


My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery -- always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for?


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


Where the Mind is biggest, the Heart, the Senses, Magnanimity, Charity, Tolerance, Kindliness, and the rest of them scarcely have room to breathe.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


Not chaos, not the darkest pit of lowest Erebus, nor aught of blinder vacancy, scooped out by help of dreams -- can breed such fear and awe as fall upon us often when we look into our minds, into the mind of man.


William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British poet)


I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.


Steven Wright (1955-, American humorist)


Thinking about interior peace destroys interior peace. The patient who constantly feels his pulse is not getting any better.


Hubert Van Zeller


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