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





At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.


Maya Angelou (1928-, African-American poet, writer, performer)

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Fatalism is the lazy man's way of accepting the inevitable.


Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972, American-born French author)


Make sense who may. I switch off.


Samuel Beckett (1906-1989, Irish dramatist, novelist)


Resignation, not mystic, not detached, but resignation open-eyed, conscious, and informed by love, is the only one of our feelings for which it is impossible to become a sham.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


We'd like to fight but we fear defeat, we'd like to work but we're feeling too weak, we'd like to be sick but we'd get the sack, we'd like to behave, we'd like to believe, we'd like to love, but we've lost the knack.


Cecil Day Lewis


I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


We learn resignation not by our own suffering, but by the suffering of others.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.


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


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