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





Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful; yourself.


Alan Alda (1936-, American actor)


There comes that mysterious meeting in life when someone acknowledges who we are and what we can be, igniting the circuits of our highest potential.


Rusty Berkus


Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.


Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682, British author, physician, philosopher)


Whatever your discipline, become a student of excellence in all things. Take every opportunity to observe people who manifest the qualities of mastery. These models of excellence will inspire you and guide you toward the fulfillment of your highest potential.


Tony Buzan (1942-, British peak performance expert, trainer, author, creator of "Mind Mapping")


In the depth of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Only the person of worth can recognize the worth in others.


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


The treacherous, unexplored areas of the world are not in continents or the seas; they are in the hearts and minds of men.


Allen E. Claxton


Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential. They experience synergy only in small, peripheral ways in their lives. But creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people's lives. It requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure.


Stephen R. Covey (1932-, American speaker, trainer, author of "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People")


A pint can't hold a quart -- if it holds a pint it is doing all that can be expected of it.


Margaret Deland


It's the moment you think you can't that you realize you can.


Celine Dion (1968-, French-Canadian singer)


Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future.


Marilyn Ferguson (American writer)


There is no man living who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


What's right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity, intellect and resources -- to do something about them.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!


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


What you can become you are already.


Hebbel Friedrich


The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problem.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


The cynic says, "One man can't do anything." I say, "Only one man can do anything."


John W. Gardner (1912-2002, American educator, social activist)


By stretching yourself beyond your perceived level of confidence you accelerate your development of competence.


Michael J. Gelb (American peak performance expert, author, trainer)


For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.


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


Man is not made for defeat.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become.


Ben Herbster


I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.


Lou Holtz (1937-, American football coach)


We all have the extraordinary coded within us... waiting to be released.


Jean Houston


Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view?


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


Everyone knows that on any given day, there are energies slumbering in him which the incitements of that day do not call forth. Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake. The human individual usually lives far within his limits.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make very small use of their possible consciousness, and of their soul's resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his little finger.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


Want to release your potential? Help others release theirs.


Pat Lynch


We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings.


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


And what is the potential man, after all? Is he not the sum of all that is human? Divine, in other words?


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


When you know what men are capable of you marvel neither at their sublimity nor their baseness. There are no limits in either direction apparently.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can.


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


I'm a very intense person. When I go after something, I want to go after it with everything I have. I want to push myself to the edge.


Greg Norman (1955-, Australian golfer)


Humanity has only scratched the surface of its real potential.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


Our being is subject to all the chances of life. There are so many things we are capable of, that we could be or do. The potentialities are so great that we never, any of us, are more than one-fourth fulfilled.


Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980, American short-story writer, novelist)


Every man is occasionally what he ought to be perpetually.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


I have known many who could not when they would, for they had not done it when they could.


Francois Rabelais (1495-1553, French satirist, physician, and humanist)


I have always had the feeling I could do anything, and my dad told me I could. I was in college before I found out he might be wrong.


Ann Richards (1933-, American politician)


To have built oneself into the structure of undying institutions, to have aided in the development of these priceless instruments of civilization, is to have lived, not in vain, but to have lived in perpetuity.


Elihu Root (1845-1937, American statesman)


Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit... The potential for greatness lives within each of us.


Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994, American track athlete)


We were not sent into this world to do anything into which we can not put our heart.


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


Man is as full of potential as he is of importance.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


Man is as full of potential as he is of importance.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


Everyone got it in him, if he'll only make up his mind and stick at it. None of us is born with a stop-valve on his powers or with a set limit to his capacities, There's no limit possible to the expansion of each one of us.


Charles M. Schwab (1862-1939, American industrialist, businessman)


We are hoarding potentials so great that they are just about unimaginable.


Jack Schwartz (American expert in human potential)


For he was likely, had he been put on, to have proved most royally.


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


Lord we may know what we are, but know not what we may be.


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


I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Ecclesiastes 5:19


Every man's work shall be made manifest.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Corinthians 3:13


Now the Name of Jesus is a concrete and powerful means of transforming men and women into their hidden, innermost utmost reality.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


We are not what we are, nor do we treat or esteem each other for such, but for what we are capable of being.


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


The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.


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

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You have available to you, right now, a powerful supercomputer. This powerful tool has been used through-out history to take people from rags to riches, from poverty and obscurity to success and fame, from unhappiness and frustration to joy and self-fulfillment, and it can do the same for you.


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

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You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.


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

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A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed, it feels an impulsion... .this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reason and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond the horizon.


Author Unknown


An old colored brother is said to have finished his prayer with words like these: and now good Lord; I know that you ain't going to let nothing come to me that me and you together can't handle.


Author Unknown


Anyone can count the seeds in an apple; no one can count the apples in a seed.


Author Unknown


Every great oak tree was once a nut that stood its ground.


Author Unknown


Every man is a whole volume, just dying to be read.


Author Unknown


Reach up as far as you can, and God will reach down all the way.


Author Unknown


Some people who think that everything is a nail, are down on themselves because they are not a hammer. They tend to deprecate their own unique talents and capacities to use a chisel or a pair of pliers.


Author Unknown


The Lord doesn't always choose men for what they are, but for what they can become.


Author Unknown


I always felt that I hadn't achieved what I wanted to achieve. I always felt I could get better. That's the whole incentive.


Virginia Wade (1945-, British tennis player)


If you think you're too small to make a difference, you've obviously never been in bed with a mosquito.


Michelle Walker


Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.


Sir Hugh Walpole (1884-1941, New Zealand writer)


The greatest quest in life is to reach one's potential.


Mychal Wynn (American author)


Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.


John Wooden (1910-, American basketball coach)


It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference.


Zig Ziglar (1926-, American sales trainer, author, motivational speaker)

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