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





Perception is a mirror, not a fact. And what I look on is my state of mind, reflected outward.


A Course In Miracles (Course on forgiveness based on Christianity, Eastern philosophy)

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If I had my life to live over, I wish I could be a great pianist or something.


Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


Just because you're beautiful, they think you can't act.... I've got a lot more to prove.


Carol Alt (1960-, American model)


Every stage of life has its troubles, and no man is content with his own age.


Decimus Magnus Ausonius (310-395, Latin poet, man of letters)


To perceive means to immobilize...we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself.


Henri L. Bergson (1859-1941, French philosopher)


If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through chinks of his cavern.


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


People have the illusion that all over the world, all the time, all kinds o fantastic things are happening; when in fact, over most of the world most of the time, nothing is happening.


David Brinkley (1920-, American TV show host)


Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it "creative observation." Creative viewing.


William S. Burroughs (1914-1997, American writer)


You are only as wise as others perceive you to be.


Shawn M. Cole


Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.


The Condorcet


To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


I am desperate and vulnerable.... I am always terrified.... Beauty can sometimes be so very troublesome.


Faye Dunaway (1941-, American actress)


If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.


Max Ehrmann


It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.


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


Ah, if the rich were rich as the poor fancy riches.


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


Ah, if the rich were rich as the poor fancy riches.


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


Pray the gods do not envy your happiness!


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


There is as much confusion in the world of the gods as in ours.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


I'd like to be a truck driver. I think you could run your life that way. It wouldn't be such a bad way of doing it. It would offer a chance to be alone.


Princess Anne of England


However, no two people see the external world in exactly the same way. To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is -- in other words, not a thing, but a think.


Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-, British author)


Every horse thinks his own pack heaviest.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


When every blessed thing you have is made of silver, or of gold, you long for simple pewter.


W.S. Gilbert


Be careful how you interpret the world: It is like that.


Erich Heller


Money is another pressure. I'm not complaining, I'm just saying that :here's a certain luxury in having no money. I spent ten years in New York not having it, not worrying 'bout it. Suddenly you have it, then you worry, where is it going? Am I doing the right thing with it?


Dustin Hoffman (1937-, American actor)


Pale death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


The suffering of the rich is among the sweetest pleasures of the poor.


R.M. Huber


Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


The closer the look one takes at a word, the greater distance from which it looks back.


Karl Kraus (1874-1936, Austrian satirist)


Sadness flies away on the wings of time.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


A countless number of acts that appear foolish actually have secret motives that are very wise and weighty.


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


Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.


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


Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.


Hans Margolius


The females of all species are most dangerous when they appear to retreat.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


I want to be able to live without a crowded calendar. I want to be able to read a book without feeling guilty, or go to a concert when I like.


Golda Meir (1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister, 1969-74)


Diogenes was asked what wine he liked best, and he answered, "Somebody else's."


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.


Charles De Montesquieu (1689-1755, French jurist, political philosopher)


The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective.


Al Neuharth (American publisher, founder of USA today)


Alexander the Great wasn't tall.


Greek Proverb (Sayings of Greek  origin)


Many things are too bad to be blessed, and too good to be cursed.


Nicaraeuan Proverb


We must always tell what we see. Above all, and this is more difficult, we must always see what we see.


Charles Peguy (1873-1914, French poet, philosopher)


The heart has eyes which the brain knows nothing of.


Charles H. Perkhurst


Beauty can get a woman what she wants: love and money. But when beauty leaves you, so can the things it brought.


Paulina Porizkova


Being considered beautiful at a young age sends confusing signals. You think people only like you because of your beauty.


Priscilla Presley


A weapon that you don't have in your hand will not kill a snake. Looking for something can get in the way of finding it.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


The wolf is upset about what he left behind, and the shepherd is upset about what he took away.


Armenian Proverb


It is difficult to catch a black cat in a dark room -- especially if the cat isn't there.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Man's heart is never satisfied; the snake would swallow the elephant.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Things never go so well that someone should have no fear, nor so bad that someone should have no hope.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


What you can't get is just what suits you.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


What you can't get is just what suits you.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Other people's eggs have two yolks.


Hungarian Proverb (Sayings of Hungarian origin)


The twigs are rarely better than the trunk.


Icelandic Proverb (Sayings of Icelandic origin)


We all envy other people's luck.


Latin Proverb (Sayings of Latin origin)


All that glitters is not gold, and all that is sticky is not tar.


Lithuanian Proverb


A hammer breaks glass, but also forms steel. Everything cannot be hung on one nail.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


Under a good cloak may be a bad man.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


The clear-sighted do not rule the world, but they sustain and console it.


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


I look at what I have not and think myself unhappy; others look at what I have and think me happy.


Joseph Roux (1834-1905, French priest, writer)


I look forward to being older, when what you look like becomes less and less an issue and what you are is the point.


Susan Sarandon (1946-, American actress)


I intimidate men... People look a lot, but there's no line outside my door.


Joan Severance


The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty-stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.


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


If you're considered a beauty, it's hard to be accepted doing anything but standing around.


Cybil Shepherd


Happiness is... usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


Reality is a mysterious, changing thing (, because) . . . one's perception of it never remains the same.


Joe Tan


I don't like my voice. I don't like the way I look. I don't like the way I move. I don't like the way I act. I mean, period. So, you know, I don't like myself.


Elizabeth Taylor (1932-, British-born American actress)


I hate myself on the screen. I want to die... my voice is either too high or too gravelly. I want to dive under the carpet.... I'd love to be tall and willowy... I'm short.


Elizabeth Taylor (1932-, British-born American actress)


None of us is ever satisfied with what we are.


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


No story ever looks as bad as the story you've just bought; no story ever looks as good as the story the other fellow just bought.


Irving Thalberg


My facts shall be falsehoods to the common sense. I would so state facts that they shall be significant, shall be myths or mythologies. Facts which the mind perceived, thoughts which the body thought -- with these I deal.


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


Any perception can connect us to reality properly and fully. What we see doesn't have to be pretty, particularly; we can appreciate anything that exists. There is some principle of magic in everything, some living quality. Something living, something real, is taking place in everything.


Chogyam Trungpa


The apples on the other side of the wall are the sweetest.


Author Unknown


The only incurable troubles of the rich are the troubles that money can't cure.


Author Unknown


To think well of every other man's condition, and to dislike our own, is one of the misfortunes of human nature.


Author Unknown


I'd rather have written "Cheers" than anything I've written.


Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-, American novelist)


To most of us the real life is the life we do not lead.


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


Comparisons of one's lot with others' teaches us nothing and enfeebles the will.


Thornton Wilder (1897-1975, American novelist, playwright)


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