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





What's important is promising something to the people, not actually keeping those promises. The people have always lived on hope alone.


Hermann Broch (1886-1951, Austrian novelist)


If the people are happy, united, wealthy, and powerful, we presume the rest. We conclude that to be good from whence good is derived.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet. Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


There are two types of people. Those we who come into a room and say, "Well, here I am!" and those who come in and say, "Ah, there you are."


Frederick L. Collins


A man's real life is that accorded to him in the thoughts of other men by reason of respect or natural love.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


We have no higher life that is really apart from other people. It is by imagining them that our personality is built up; to be without the power of imagining them is to be a low-grade idiot.


Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929, American sociologist)


If one had to worry about one's actions in respect of other people's ideas, one might as well be buried alive in an antheap or married to an ambitious violinist. Whether that man is the prime minister, modifying his opinions to catch votes, or a bourgeois in terror lest some harmless act should be misunderstood and outrage some petty convention, that man is an inferior man and I do not want to have anything to do with him any more than I want to eat canned salmon.


Aleister Crowley (1875-1947, British occultist)


Only a few human beings should grow to the square mile; they are commonly planted too close.


William T. Davis


What we know of other people's only our memory of the moments during which we knew them.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


Any man who does not see everything in terms of self, that is to say who wants to be something in respect of other men, to do good to them or simply give them something to do, is unhappy, disconsolate, and accursed.


Edmond and Jules De Goncourt (1822-1896, French writers)


Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds. Each man seeks those of different quality from his own, and such as are good of their kind; that is, he seeks other men, and the rest.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The people are to be taken in small doses.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


And finally I twist my heart round again, so that the bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside, and keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be, and could be, if there weren't any other people living in the world.


Anne Frank (1929-1945, German Jewish refugee, diarist)


The time comes when each one of us has to give up as illusions the expectations which, in his youth, he pinned upon his fellow-men, and when he may learn how much difficulty and pain has been added to his life by their ill-will.


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


The time comes when each one of us has to give up as illusions the expectations which, in his youth, he pinned upon his fellow-men, and when he may learn how much difficulty and pain has been added to his life by their ill-will.


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices.


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


Only when human sorrows are turned into a toy with glaring colors will baby people become interested -- for a while at least. The people are a very fickle baby that must have new toys every day.


Emma Goldman (1869-1940, American anarchist)


No matter where or what, there are makers, takers, and fakers.


Robert Heinlein (1907-1988, American science fiction writer)


The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


I hate the irreverent rabble and keep them far from me.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.


William Dean Howells (1837-1920, American novelist, critic)


The person who can be only serious or only cheerful, is but half a man.


Leigh Hunt (1784-1859, British poet, essayist)


We demand that people should be true to the pictures we have of them, no matter how repulsive those pictures may be: we prefer the true portrait in all its homogeneity, to one with a detail added which refuses to fit in.


Pamela Hansford Johnson (1912-1981, British writer)


The people long eagerly for just two things. Bread and circuses.


(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal (c.55-c.130, Roman satirical poet)


All the people like us are We, and everyone else is They.


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


A person well satisfied with themselves is seldom satisfied with others, and others, rarely are with them.


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


One can no longer live with people: it is too hideous and nauseating. Owners and owned, they are like the two sides of a ghastly disease.


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


I am convinced we do not only love ourselves in others but hate ourselves in others too.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.


Zedong Mao (1893-1976, Founder of the People's Republic of China)


I do not care to belong to a club that accepts people like me.


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them.


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


The south produced statesmen and soldiers, planters and doctors and lawyers and poets, but certainly no engineers and mechanics. Let Yankees adopt such low callings. [Gone With The Wind]


Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949, American novelist)


There are only three types of people; those who have found God and serve him; those who have not found God and seek him, and those who live not seeking, or finding him. The first are rational and happy; the second unhappy and rational, and the third foolish and unhappy.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


When you have a taste for exceptional people, you always end up meeting them everywhere.


Mac Orlan


That you may please others you must be forgetful of yourself.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


There are three kinds of people; those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those who don't know what's happening.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


Never take a quiet person for granted. He might have great qualities underneath his quiet nature.


Singaporean Proverb


Some people are electrifying, they light up a room when they leave.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


People are eternally divided into two classes, the believer, builder, and praiser, and the unbeliever, destroyer and critic.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Unhurt people are not much good in the world.


Enid Starkie


There used to be a thing or a commodity we put great store by. It was called the People. Find out where the People have gone. I don't mean the square-eyed toothpaste-and-hair-dye people or the new-car-or-bust people, or the success-and-coronary people. Maybe they never existed, but if there ever were the People, that's the commodity the Declaration was talking about, and Mr. Lincoln.


John Steinbeck (1902-1968, American author)


We are the people our parents warned us about.


Author Unknown


Men often treat others worse than they treat themselves, but they rarely treat anyone better. It is the height of folly to expect consideration and decency from a person who mistreats himself.


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


You know about a person who deeply interests you more than you can be told. A look, a gesture, an act, which to everybody else is insignificant tells you more about that one than words can.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


People will teach you how to sell them if you'll pay attention to the messages they send you.


Author Unknown


There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who walk into a room and say, "There you are!" and those who say, "Here I am."


Abigail Van Buren (1918-, American advice columnist, "Dear Abby")


There are two kinds of people; those who can count and those who can't.


Author Unknown


The public is a ferocious beast. One must either chain it up or flee from it.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


We are all what we pretend to be, but, we had better be very careful what we pretend.


Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-, American novelist)


I am a deeply superficial person.


Andy Warhol (1930-, American artist, filmmaker)


I wonder if we are all wrong about each other, if we are just composing unwritten novels about the people we meet?


Rebecca West (1892-1983, British author)


The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.


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


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