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





Any man who does not accept the conditions of human life sells his soul.


Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet)


Negation is the mind's first freedom, yet a negative habit is fruitful only so long as we exert ourselves to overcome it, adapt it to our needs; once acquired it can imprison us.


E. M. Cioran (1911-1995, Rumanian-born French philosopher)


To be no part of any body, is to be nothing.


John Donne (1572-1632, British metaphysical poet)


Dear to us are those who love us... but dearer are those who reject us as unworthy, for they add another life; they build a heaven before us whereof we had not dreamed, and thereby supply to us new powers out of the recesses of the spirit, and urge us to


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


We keep going back, stronger, not weaker, because we will not allow rejection to beat us down. It will only strengthen our resolve. To be successful there is no other way.


Earl G. Graves


In so far as one denies what is, one is possessed by what is not, the compulsions, the fantasies, the terrors that flock to fill the void.


Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-, American author)


Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.


Franz Kafka (1883-1924, German novelist, short-story writer)


Over emphatic negatives always suggest that what is being denied may be what is really being asserted.


Jonathan Raban (1942-, British author, critic)


Oh, great reviews are the worst. They mislead you more than the bad ones, because they only fuel your ego. Then you only want another one, like potato chips or something, and the best thing you get is fat and bloated. I'd rather just refuse, thanks.


Chazz Palminteri (1951-, American actor, playwright, screenwriter)


When you make a mistake or get ridiculed or rejected, look at mistakes as learning experiences, and ridicule as ignorance. Look at rejection as part of one performance, not as a turn down of the performer.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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