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





Fools take to themselves the respect that is given to their office.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


Waiting is one of the great arts.


Margery Allingham


Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.


Lisa Alther (1944-, American author)


The inquiry in England is not whether a man has talents and genius, but whether he is passive and polite and a virtuous ass and obedient to noblemen's opinions in art and science. If he is, he is a good man. If not, he must be starved.


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


Mutual respect implies discretion and reserve even in love itself; it means preserving as much liberty as possible to those whose life we share. We must distrust our instinct of intervention, for the desire to make one's own will prevail is often disguised under the mask of solicitude.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


To depersonalize man is the dominant drift of our times.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


To know one's self is wisdom, but to know one's neighbor is genius.


Minna Antrim (1861-1950, American epigrammist)


I know that everyone brings to the work his or her own experiences and background and may interpret the piece like a Rorschach, in their own way.


Ida Applebroog


Treat a horse like a woman and a woman like a horse. And they'll both win for you.


Elizabeth Arden (1876-1966, Canadian-born American beautician and businesswoman)


I believe every person has the ability to achieve something important, and with that in mind I regard everyone as special.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


Power is the ability to do good things for others.


Brooke Astor


To argue over who is the more noble is nothing more than to dispute whether dirt is better for making bricks or for making mortar.


St. Teresa of Avila


Unless one's philosophy is all-inclusive, nothing can be understood.


Mary Ritter Beard


There are no little events in life, those we think of no consequence may be full of fate, and it is at our own risk if we neglect the acquaintances and opportunities that seem to be casually offered, and of small importance.


Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919, Anglo-American novelist)


The Christian tradition was passed on to me as a great rich mixture, a bouillabaisse of human imagination and wonder brewed from the richness of individual lives.


Mary Bateson (American author)


We really have no definition of mother in our law books. Mother was believed to have been so basic that no definition was deemed necessary.


Marianne O. Battani


The fact that we are human beings is infinitely more important than all the peculiarities that distinguish human beings from one another.


Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986, French novelist, essayist)


I have just about all I can take of myself.


S. Behrman


Connected knowers do not measure other people's words by some impersonal standard. Their purpose is not to judge but to understand.


Mary Field Belenky


Really listening and suspending one's own judgment is necessary in order to understand other people on their own terms. As we have noted, this is a process that requires trust and builds trust.


Mary Field Belenky


A remembrance can mean nothing to the one remembered; it can only remind the ones left behind how little they did while you were still alive.


Sandra Bernhard (1955-, American actress)


Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.


Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955, American educator, consultant for the U.S. government)


Like all children I had taken my father for granted. Now that I had lost him, I felt an emptiness that could never be filled.


Benazir Bhutto


Nature is just enough; but men and women must comprehend and accept her suggestions.


Antoinette Brown Blackwell


A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Respect the burden.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


To understand another human being you must gain some insight into the conditions which made him what he is.


Margaret Bourke-White


Better to be without logic than without feeling.


Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855, British novelist)


Never fail to know that if you are doing all the talking, you are boring somebody.


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


You cannot make yourself feel something you cannot feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


Respect is love in plain clothes.


Frankie Byrne


Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Eminence without merit earns deference without esteem.


Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794, French writer, journalist, playwright)


No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theatre of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions.


Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880, American author, clergyman)


Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice. We are uncommonly and marvelously intricate in thought and action.


Alice Childress


There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must pay a price.


Shirley Chisholm (1924-, American social activist)


Self-respect permeates every aspect of your life.


Joe Clark


Respect commands itself and it can neither be given nor withheld when it is due.


Eldridge Cleaver (1935-, American black leader, writer)


It is no good to think that other people are out to serve our interests.


Ivy Compton-Burnett


Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


On what strange stuff Ambition feeds!


Eliza Cook (1818-1889, British poet)


Whenever I try to recall that long-ago first day at school only one memory shines through: my father held my hand.


Marcelene Cox (American writer)


Decency must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite. Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep.


Quentin Crisp (1908-1999, British author)


In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society, it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. After that, be a snob.


Salvador Dali (1904-1989, Spanish painter)


I get no respect. The way my luck is running, if I was a politician, I would be honest.


Rodney Dangerfield (1921-, American comedian, actor)


Great mischief comes from attempts to steady other people's altars.


Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910, American founder of the Christian Science Church)


Let a man then know his worth, and keep things under his feet. Let him not peep or steal, or skulk up and down with the air of a charity-boy, a bastard, or an interloper.


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


Men are respectable only as they respect.


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


My father ... lived as if he were poured of iron, and loved his family with a vulnerability that was touching.


Mari E. Evans


The only people who would be in government are those who care more about people than they do about power.


Millicent Fenwick


Mother knows best.


Edna Ferber (1887-1968, American author)


To her the name of father was another name for love.


Fanny Fern


Leaders can be moral -- and they should be moral -- without imposing their morality on others.


Geraldine Ferraro


My dear father! When I remember him, it is always with his arms open wide to love and comfort me.


Isobel Field


Without self-respect there can be no genuine success. Success won at the cost of self-respect is not success – for what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own self-respect.


B.C. Forbes


They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.


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


If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.


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


If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.


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


I am in earnest -- I will not equivocate -- I will not excuse -- I will not retreat a single inch -- and I will be heard!


William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879, American abolitionist)


Someone has said that it requires less mental effort to condemn than to think.


Emma Goldman (1869-1940, American anarchist)


The motto should not be: Forgive one another; rather understand one another.


Emma Goldman (1869-1940, American anarchist)


A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.


Billy Graham (1918-, American evangelist)


Before a secret is told, one can often feel the weight of it in the atmosphere.


Susan Griffin


The myths have always condemned those who "looked back." Condemned them, whatever the paradise may have been which they were leaving. Hence this shadow over each departure from your decision.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928, British novelist, poet)


To be meek, patient, tactful, modest, honorable, brave, is not to be either manly or womanly, it is to be humane.


Jane Harrison (1850-1928, British classical scholar, writer)


Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.


Sir John Herschel (1792-1871, British scientist)


The crocodile doesn't harm the bird that cleans his teeth for him. He eats the others but not that one.


Linda Hogan


One of the surprising things in this world is the respect a worthless man has for himself.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


Respect a man; he will do it the more.


James Howell


I was not close to my father, but he was very special to me. Whenever I did something as a little girl-learn to swim or act in a school play, for instance -- he was fabulous. There would be this certain look in his eyes. It made me feel great.


Diane Keaton


I think the worst thing this nation could do for humanity would be to leave any uncertainty as to our will, our purpose and our capacity to carry out our purpose.


Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, American Vice President)


Your home is regarded as a model home, your life as a model life. But all this splendor, and you along with it... it's just as though it were built upon a shifting quagmire. A moment may come, a word can be spoken, and both you and all this splendor will collapse.


Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906, Norwegian dramatist)


A mere literary man is a dull man; a man who is solely a man of business is a selfish man; but when literature and commerce are united, they make a respectable man.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Attention and respect give pleasure, however late, or however useless. But they are not useless, when they are late, it is reasonable to rejoice, as the day declines, to find that it has been spent with the approbation of mankind.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Treating your adversary with respect is giving him an advantage to which he is not entitled.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.


Mother Jones


I never fight, except against difficulties.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


According to my method of thinking, and that of many others, not woman but the mother is the most precious possession of the nation, so precious that society advances its highest well-being when it protects the functions of the mother.


Ellen Key (1849-1926, Swedish author, feminist)


Personal virtue is a good in itself, but it is not a sufficient means to an end of good government.


Jeane Kirkpatrick (1926-, American stateswoman, academic)


Tyranny and anarchy are alike incompatible with freedom, security, and the enjoyment of opportunity.


Jeane Kirkpatrick (1926-, American stateswoman, academic)


The worst indignity is to be given a bedpan by a stranger who calls you by your first name.


Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995, American civil rights activist, author)


Honest people will respect us for our merit: the public, for our luck.


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


It seems odd that whenever man chooses to play God, God loses.


Felicia Lamport


All sweeping assertions are erroneous.


Letitia Elizabeth Landon


Whatever people in general do not understand, they are always prepared to dislike; the incomprehensible is always the obnoxious.


Letitia Elizabeth Landon


I shall be glad when you have strangled the invincible respectability that dogs your steps.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


All the goodness, beauty, and perfection of a human being belong to the one who knows how to recognize these qualities.


Georgette Leblanc


I must respect the opinions of others even if I disagree with them.


Herbert Henry Lehman (1878-1963, American banker, politician, philanthropist)


No place in England where everyone can go, is considered respectable.


George Moore (1852-1933, Irish writer)


Because you're not what I would have you be, I blind myself to who, in truth, you are.


Madeleine L'Engle


Having thus chosen our course, without guile and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear and with manly hearts.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


He that respects himself is safe from others; He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


If we can genuinely honor our mother and father, we are not only at peace with ourselves but we can then give birth to our future.


Shirley MacLaine (1934-, American actress)


I don't know what a scoundrel is like, but I know what a respectable man is like, and it's enough to make one's flesh creep.


Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821, French diplomat, philosopher)


Africa has her mysteries, and even a wise man cannot understand them. But a wise man respects them.


Miriam Makeba


I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.


Malcolm X (1925-1965, American black leader, activist)


To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.


Nelson Mandela (1918-, South African president)


Some people have so much respect for their superiors they have none left for themselves.


Peter McArthur


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