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





God loves to help him who strives to help himself.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


You are the handicap you must face. You are the one who must choose your place.


James Allen (1864-1912, British-born American essayist, author, "As A Man Thinketh")


It's so important to believe in yourself. Believe that you can do it, under any circumstances. Because if you believe you can, then you really will. That belief just keeps you searching for the answers, and then pretty soon you get it.


Wally Amos (American businessman, founder of Famous Amos Cookies)


The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing.


St. Thomas Aquinas


The closer one gets to the top, the more one finds there is no "top."


Nancy Barcus


A woman finds the natural lay of the land almost unconsciously; and not feeling it incumbent on her to be guide and philosopher to any successor, she takes little pains to mark the route by which she is making her ascent.


Antoinette Brown Blackwell


No matter what the competition is, I try to find a goal that day and better that goal.


Antoinette Brown Blackwell


It doesn't matter what anybody thinks of what I do. The clock doesn't lie.


Bonnie Blair (1964-, American speed skater)


You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.


John Henry Boetker


No one can really pull you up very high -- you lose your grip on the rope. But on your own two feet you can climb mountains.


Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941, American judge)


Don't take anyone else's definition of success as your own.


Jacqueline Briskin


You can have your titular recognition. I'll take money and power.


Helen Gurley Brown (1922-, American businesswoman, founder of Cosmopolitan Magazine)


A secure individual... knows that the responsibility for anything concerning his life remains with himself -- and he accepts that responsibility.


Harry Browne (1933-, American financial advisor, writer)


We carry with us the wonders we seek without us.


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


We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.


Carlos Castaneda (1925-, American anthropologist, author)


The best things in life must come by effort from within, not by gifts from the outside.


Fred Corson


The more help a person has in his garden, the less it belongs to him.


William H. Davies (1871-1940, British poet)


No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.


Demosthenes (c.383-322 BC, Greek orator)


I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.


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


No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself.


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


Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.


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


The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.


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


This gives force to the strong -- that the multitude have no habit of self-reliance or original action.


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


Ruin and recovery are both from within.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


I was raised to sense what someone wanted me to be and be that kind of person. It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes.


Sally Field (1946-, American actress)


He can inspire a group only if he himself is filled with confidence and hope of success.


Floyd V. Filson


Search and you will find that at the base and birth of every great business organization was an enthusiast, man consumed with earnestness of purpose, with confidence in his powers, with faith in the worthwhileness of his endeavors.


B.C. Forbes


If you want a thing done, go; if not, send.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


It's a sign of your own worth sometimes if you are hated by the right people.


Miles Franklin (1879-1954, Australian author)


There is only one meaning of life, the act of living itself.


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


Every tub must stand on its own bottom.


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


The best bet is to bet on yourself.


Arnold H. Glasow


My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between I occupy myself as best I can.


Cary Grant (1904-1986, British-born American actor)


The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone.


Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906, Norwegian dramatist)


Real adulthood is the result of two qualities: self-discipline and self-reliance. The process of developing them together in balance is called maturing.


J.W. Jepson


If it is to be, it is up to me.


William H. Johnsen


For me it's the challenge -- the challenge to try to beat myself or do better than I did in the past. I try to keep in mind not what I have accomplished but what I have to try to accomplish in the future.


Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1962-, American track athlete)


The future is not in the hands of fate, but in ours.


Jules Jusserano


You make yourself and others suffer just as much when you take offense as when you give offense.


Ken Keyes Jr. (1921-1995, American author)


The longer I am out of office, the more infallible I appear to myself.


Henry Kissinger (1923-, American Secretary of State)


Help yourself, and Heaven will help you.


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


A man who finds no satisfaction in himself, seeks for it in vain else where.


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


My future is one I must make myself.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him; then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be.... Everyone has it within his power to say, this I am today, that I shall be tomorrow.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


There are three types of baseball players -- those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened.


Tommy Lasorda (1927-, American  baseball manager)


You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good, and whose enemies are decidedly bad.


Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801, Swiss theologian, mystic)


There's a very fine line between a groove and a rut; a fine line between eccentrics and people who are just plain nuts.


Christine Lavin


Only those means of security are good, are certain, are lasting, that depend on yourself and your own vigor.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


Promises that you make to yourself are often like the Japanese plum tree -- they bear no fruit.


Frances Marion


Every man paddles his own canoe.


Frederick Marryat


Even God lends a hand to honest boldness.


Menander of Athens (BC 342-291, Greek dramatic poet)


We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


I'm not going to let my life revolve around losing weight. I have other things to do.


Rosie O'Donnell (1962-, American talk show host, TV personality, comedian, actress,)


I take a simple view of living. It is, keep your eyes open and get on with it.


Sir Lawrence Olivier (1907-1989, British actor, producer, director)


What exactly is success? For me it is to be found not in applause, but in the satisfaction of feeling that one is realizing one's ideal.


Anna Pavlova (1881-1931, Russian ballerina)


The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system.


Robert C. Peale


We cannot solve life's problems except by solving them.


M. Scott Peck (1936-, American psychiatrist, author)


Do for yourself or do without.


Gaylord Perry


Rogers sees daylight. Campbell makes daylight.


Bum Phillips (1923-, American football coach)


Eat when you're hungry. Drink when you're thirsty. Sleep when you're tired.


Buddhist Proverb


Food tastes best when you eat it with your own spoon.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


He has his own brain -- he can solve his own problems.


Egyptian Proverb


If there is no wind, row.


Latin Proverb (Sayings of Latin origin)


Don't borrow someone else's nose to breathe with.


Thai Proverb


The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world sees us.


Arlene Raven


No one can be great, or good or happy except through the inward efforts of themselves.


Frederick W. Robertson


To be a man is, precisely, to be responsible.


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one's own person is its ultimate reward.


Patricia Sampson


Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one's own person is its ultimate reward.


Patricia Sampson


Chance never helps those who do not help themselves.


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


An axe at home saves hiring a carpenter.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


You have to define success in your own way. What maintains your dignity and integrity and what is your life's plan, where do you want to put your efforts. I could be richer and more famous, but I would have to give up things that are of infinitely more value.


Dr. Laura Schlessinger (1947-, American family therapist)


For the great benefits of our being -- our life, health, and reason -- we look upon ourselves.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


God the almighty and all terrible, who expects us to do something to help ourselves.


Dorothy Serrity


If you don't like something about yourself, change it. If you can't change it, accept it.


Ted Shackelford


Men are made stronger on realization that the helping hand they need is at the end of their own arm.


Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586, British author, courtier)


He who prays and labours lifts his heart to God with his hands.


St. Bernard (1090-1153, French theologian and reformer)


The boy and girl going hand in hand through a meadow; the mother washing her baby; the sweet simple things in life. We have almost lost track of them. On the one side, we over intellectualize everything; on the other hand, we are over-mechanized. We can understand the danger of the atomic bomb, but the danger of our misunderstanding the meaning of life is much more serious.


Edward Steichen (1879-1973, Luxembourg photographer)


I will not change just to court popularity.


Margaret Thatcher (1925-, British Prime Minister (1979-90))


If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.


Margaret Thatcher (1925-, British Prime Minister (1979-90))


Our victory is sure to come, and I can endure anything but recreancy to principle.


Lucy Stone


I have always regarded myself as the pillar of my life.


Meryl Streep (1949-, American actress)


You can't get spoiled if you do your own ironing.


Meryl Streep (1949-, American actress)


He who would be well taken care of must take care of himself.


William Graham Sumner


When you are at sea, keep clear of the land.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.


Edwin Way Teale (1899-1980, American naturalist and writer)


Depend not on another, but lean instead on thyself. True happiness is born of self-reliance.


The Laws of Manu


There's no one to stop you but yourself.


David Thomas (1953-, American businessman, founder of Wendy's Restaurants)


Is nothing in life ever straight and clear, the way children see it?


Rosie Thomas


Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you.


Frank Tyger


Everyone is a self-made person, but only the successful admit it.


Author Unknown


God helps those who help themselves.


Author Unknown


I don't know what my future holds, but I do know who holds my future.


Author Unknown


No one's gonna drag you up to get into the light where you belong.


Author Unknown


The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.


Author Unknown


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