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





Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


Union gives strength.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


It is probably not love that makes the world go around, but rather those mutually supportive alliances through which partners recognize their dependence on each other for the achievement of shared and private goals.


Fred A. Allen (1894-1957, American radio comic)


Always try to do something for the other fellow and you will be agreeably surprised how things come your way -- how many pleasing things are done for you.


Claude M. Bristol (1891-1951, American author of "The Magic Of Believing")


Doing things for others always pays dividends...


Claude M. Bristol (1891-1951, American author of "The Magic Of Believing")


A supreme social challenge.


Cleveland Amory (1887-1950, American animal rights activist)


Let's face it. In most of life we really are interdependent. We need each other. Staunch independence is an illusion, but heavy dependence isn't healthy, either. The only position of long-term strength is interdependence: win/win.


Greg Anderson (American author, "The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness")


Pleasure usually takes the form of me and now; joy is us and always.


Marvin J. Ashton (1915-1994, American religious leader, business executive, state senator)


If music in general is an imitation of history, opera in particular is an imitation of human willfulness; it is rooted in the fact that we not only have feelings but insist upon having them at whatever cost to ourselves. The quality common to all the great operatic roles, e.g., Don Giovanni, Norma, Lucia, Tristan, Isolde, Brunnhilde, is that each of them is a passionate and willful state of being. In real life they would all be bores, even Don Giovanni.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


Men exist for the sake of one another.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


Opera once was an important social instrument -- especially in Italy. With Rossini and Verdi people were listening to opera together and having the same catharsis with the same story, the same moral dilemmas. They were holding hands in the darkness. That has gone. Now perhaps they are holding hands watching television.


Luciano Berio (1925-, Italian composer)


The world basically and fundamentally is constituted on the basis of harmony. Everything works in co-operation with something else.


Preston Bradley


No man has come to true greatness who has not felt that his life belongs to his race, and that which God gives to him, He gives him for mankind.


Phillips Brooks (1835-1893, American minister, poet)


If one of us could ascend to the heavenly realm and for a few hours accompany the divine on His daily rounds, he would see below millions of his fellow humans busily hurling themselves into the passions, sports, and action of those around him. But if our observer had the power and omniscience of the Lord, he would also feel and sense, pulsing through and vibrating from every one of us here below, a desperate and unending plea, "Notice me! I want to be known admired, and loved by the whole world!" And it is this, this glorious weakness, this dependence of ours on each other, that makes some of us usually heroes and fools at the same time.


Rev. Michael Burry (American minister)


There is nothing that puts a man more in your debt than that he owes you nothing.


Mark Caine


There is nothing wrong in using people. The success never uses people except to their advantage.


Mark Caine


You are beginning to see that any man to whom you can do favor is your friend, and that you can do a favor to almost anyone.


Mark Caine


A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


It is through cooperation, rather than conflict, that your greatest successes will be derived…


Ralph Charell (American author)


Opera, next to Gothic architecture, is one of the strangest inventions of Western man. It could not have been foreseen by any logical process.


Kenneth, Lord Clark


A Librettist is a mere drudge in the world of opera.


Robertson Davies (1913-1995, Canadian novelist, journalist)


No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.


John Donne (1572-1632, British metaphysical poet)


A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.


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


Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.


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


Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


There is the sky, which is all men's together.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


There are three ways of dealing with difference: domination, compromise, and integration. By domination only one side gets what it wants; by compromise neither side gets what it wants; by integration we find a way by which both sides may get what they wish.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


Women and men have to fight together to change society -- and both will benefit.


Muriel Fox


If we do not hang together, we will all hang separately.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Now you can begin to see quite transparently that nothing purchased life is one of argument, If other people don't agree with you you're in big trouble. How far would you get in your work if nobody agreed that what you were doing had value?


Frederick (Carl) Frieseke (1874-1939, American-born French painter)


We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


If we would just support each other -- that's ninety percent of the problem.


Edward Gardner (American businessman, founder of Soft Sheen Products)


No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.


Althea Gibson (1927-, American tennis player)


In walking, the will and the muscles are so accustomed to working together and performing their task with so little expenditure of force that the intellect is left comparatively free.


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


I'm not a self-made man. I cannot forget those who have sacrificed for me to get where I am today.


Jessie Hill (American business executive, CEO of Atlanta Life Insurance)


If your imagination leads you to understand how quickly people grant your requests when those requests appeal to their self-interest, you can have practically anything you go after.


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


Live to learn, learn to live, then teach others.


Doug Horton


Put yourself in the other man's place and then you will know why he thinks certain things and does certain deeds.


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


God does notice us, and He watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs.


Spencer W. Kimball


We are so bound together that no man can labor for himself alone. Each blow he strikes in his own behalf helps to mold the universe.


Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927, British humorous writer, novelist, playwright)


Don't be afraid to let her into your heart and when your down, don't try to carry the whole world on your shoulders.


Elton John (1947-, British musician, singer, songwriter)


No two men can be half an hour together but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing.


Quincy Jones


I know some good marriages -- marriages where both people are just trying to get through their days by helping each other, being good to each other.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances. If there is any reaction, both are transformed.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


I never was an opera fan -- about twenty-five musically supreme masterpieces in this curious medium apart.


Hans Keller


We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.


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


The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


I love Italian opera -- it's so reckless. Damn Wagner, and his bellowings at Fate and death. Damn Debussy, and his averted face. I like the Italians who run all on impulse, and don't care about their immortal souls, and don't worry about the ultimate.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


Come all good people far and near, Oh, come and see what you can hear.


Julia A. Moore


Either men will learn to live like brothers, or they will die like beasts.


Max Lerner (1902-1992, American author, columnist)


People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


Take the trouble to stop and think of the other person's feelings, his viewpoints, his desires and needs. Think more of what the other fellow wants, and how he must feel.


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


I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.


Lone Man


No employer today is independent of those about him. He cannot succeed alone, no matter how great his ability or capital. Business today is more than ever a question of cooperation.


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


I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.


Paul McCartney (1942-, British popstar, composer, songwriter, member of the "Beatles")


Opera in English, is about as sensible as baseball in Italian.


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


We do not exist for ourselves...


Thomas Merton (1915-1968, American religious writer, poet)


Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.


Hannah More (1745-1833, British writer, reformer, philanthropist)


Competition is about passion for perfection, and passion for other people who join in this impossible quest.


Mariah Burton Nelson


Everything in the world we want to do or get done, we must do with and through people.


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


We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another -- until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices.


Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994, American President (37th))


Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.


M. Scott Peck (1936-, American psychiatrist, author)


Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.


M. Scott Peck (1936-, American psychiatrist, author)


I never can hear a crowd of people singing and gesticulating, all together, at an Italian opera, without fancying myself at Athens, listening to that particular tragedy, by Sophocles, in which he introduces a full chorus of turkeys, who set about bewailing the death of Meleager.


Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845, American poet, critic, short-story writer)


It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


The tourist may complain of other tourists, but he would be lost without them.


Agnes Repplier (1858-1950, American author, social critic)


How wonderful opera would be if there were no singers.


Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (1792-1868, Italian composer)


Exchange is creation.


Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980, American writer)


The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts.


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


A minor operation is one that is done on someone else


Dr. Richard Selzer


We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.


George Shinn


The duty of helping one's self in the highest sense involves the helping of one's neighbors.


Samuel Smiles (1812-1904, Scottish author)


In spite of my great admiration for individual splendid talents I do not accept the star system. Collective creative effort is the root of our kind of art. That requires ensemble acting and whoever mars that ensemble is committing a crime not only against his comrades but also against the very art of which he is the servant.


Konstantin Stanislavisky (1863-1968, Russian actor, theatre director, teacher)


Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows.


Ben Stein (1944-, American professor, writer)


We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to its security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.


Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965, American lawyer, politician)


Tell everyone what you want to do and someone will want to help you do it.


W. Clement Stone (1902-2002, American businessman, author, founder of Combined Insurance Companies)


If I weren't reasonably placid, I don't think I could cope with this sort of life. To be a diva, you've got to be absolutely like a horse.


Joan Sutherland


Cooperation is an intelligent functioning of the concept of laissez faire -- a thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.


Virginia Burden Tower


No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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The banging and slamming and booming and crashing were something beyond belief. [On Lohengrin]


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Cooperation is doing with a smile what you have to do anyway.


Author Unknown


If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive. If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative.


Author Unknown


The moral duty to be expected in different ages is not a unity of standard, or of acts, but a unity of tendency. At one time the benevolent affections embrace merely the family, soon the circle expanding includes first a class, then a nation, then a coalition of nations, then all humanity and finally, its influence is felt in the dealings of man with the animal world.


Author Unknown


We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.


Jeff Warner


If enough people think of a thing and work hard enough at it, I guess it's pretty nearly bound to happen, wind and weather permitting.


Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957, American author, "Little House On The Prairie")


For everyone of us that succeeds, it's because there's somebody there to show you the way out.


Oprah Winfrey (1954-, American TV personality, producer, actress, author)


I have always believed that opera is a planet where the muses work together, join hands, and celebrate all the arts.


Franco Zeffirelli


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