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





Bernard always had a few prayers in the hall and some whiskey afterwards as he was rather pious.


Daisy Ashford (American author)


You smile with pomp and rigor, you talk of benevolence and virtue; I act with benevolence and virtue and get murdered time after time.


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


A wicked fellow is the most pious when he takes to it. He'll beat you all at piety.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Piety practiced in solitude, like the flower that blooms in the desert, may give its fragrance to the winds of heaven, and delight those unbodied spirits that survey the works of God and the actions of men; but it bestows no assistance upon earthly beings, and however free from taints of impurity, yet wants the sacred splendor of beneficence.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


I judge a man by his actions with men, much more than by his declarations Godwards -- When I find him to be envious, carping, spiteful, hating the successes of others, and complaining that the world has never done enough for him, I am apt to doubt whether his humility before God will atone for his want of manliness.


Anthony Trollope (1815-1882, British novelist)


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