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





This is the gist of what I know: Give advice and buy a foe.


Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978, American poet, author)


Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


The duty of man is the same in respect to his own nature as in respect to the nature of all other things, namely not to follow it but to amend it.


John Stuart Mill (1806-1873, British philosopher, economist)


Prestige is the shadow of money and power. Where these are, there it is. Like the national market for soap or automobiles and the enlarged arena of federal power, the national cash in area for prestige has grown, slowly being consolidated into a truly national system.


Wright C. Mills (1916-1962, American sociologist)


What reinforcement  may we gain from hope? If not, what resolution from despair?


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease.


Marianne Moore (1887-1972, American poet)


There is an incredible amount of magic and feistiness in black men that nobody has been able to wipe out. But everybody has tried.


Toni Morrison (1931-, African-American novelist)


We cannot safely assume that other people's minds work on the same principles as our own. All too often, others with whom we come in contact do not reason as we reason, or do not value the things we value, or are not interested in what interests us.


Isabel Briggs Myers


The history, the root, the strength of my father is the strength we now rest on.


Carolyn M. Rodgers


If you steal something small you are a petty thief, but if you steal millions you are a gentleman of society.


Greek Proverb (Sayings of Greek  origin)


Don't despise someone for telling the truth.


Guatemalan Proverb


Don't spend time with people who don't respect you.


New Zealander Proverb


What we forget as children is that our parents are children, also. The child in them has not been satisfied or met or loved, often.


Edna O'Brien


Justice and judgment lie often a world apart.


Emmeline Pankhurst (1857-1928, British suffragette)


Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect.


Theodore Parker (1810-1860, American minister)


We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


Boys don't make passes at female smart-asses.


Letty Cottin Pogrebin (1939-, American journalist, author)


If you think a complimentary thought about someone, don't just think it. Dare to compliment people and pass on compliments to them from others.


Catherine Ponder


By foreign hands thy humble grave (is) adorned: by strangers honored, by strangers mourned.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


I love different folks.


Eleanor H. Porter


Respect yourself, and you will get it back.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


One who cannot respect himself cannot respect another.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


Nothing is as burdensome as a secret.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Who sows thorns should not go barefoot.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


If you respect others, others will respect you.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


Respect old people, and be gentle with children.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


The person who knew you when you were young will seldom respect you as an adult.


Lebanese Proverb (Sayings of Lebanese origin)


He is a fool who does not consider his own interests.


Maltese Proverb


If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


If you lose your self-respect, you also lose the respect of others.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


It's easier to be a critic than an author.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


True patriotism doesn't exclude an understanding of the patriotism of others.


Queen Elizabeth II (1900-2002, British Queen)


She makes everything possible.


Helen Reddy


My life has been one long descent into respectability.


Mandy Rice-Davies


Coercion. The unpardonable crime.


Dorothy Miller Richardson


My father would pick me up and hold me high in the air. He dominated my life as long as he lived, and was the love of my life for many years after he died.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


Something in me has always been opposed to capital punishment. What right has one group of human beings to take away the life of any other human being?


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


We need our heroes.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


We need our heroes.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


Ambition, old as mankind, the immemorial weakness of the strong.


Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962, British novelist, poet)


I hate victims who respect their executioners.


Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980, French writer, philosopher)


What women want is what men want. They want respect.


Marilyn Vos Savant


Only those who respect the personality of others can be of real use to them.


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


To have one's individuality completely ignored is like being pushed quite out of life. Like being blown out as one blows out a light.


Evelyn Scott


This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.


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


Well, dearie, men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability. But you can't blame them for that, can you?


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


As soon as you bring up money, I notice, conversation gets sociological, then political, then moral.


Jane Smiley


Where there is reverence there is fear, but there is not reverence everywhere that there is fear, because fear presumably has a wider extension than reverence.


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


Now that I'm over sixty I'm veering toward respectability.


Shelley Winters (1920-, American actress)


Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.


Laurence Sterne (1713-1768, British author)


When you're jumping so high for something so far up in the sky, you have to know that there is definitely someone there who can catch you, someone who knows how to catch you and when. Mom is just that way.


Picabo Street (1971-, American alpine skier)


We live thick and are in each other's way, and stumble over one another, and I think we thus lose some respect for one another.


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


In his private heart no man much respects himself.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet deep down in his private heart no man much respects himself.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


It's funny how your initial approach to a person can determine your feelings toward them, no matter what facts develop later on.


Dorothy Uhnak


Not respecting yourself is the same as committing suicide at a slow rate.


Author Unknown


Respect starts with yourself.


Author Unknown


Reverence is one of the signs of strength, irreverence one of the surest indications of weakness. No man will rise high who jeers at sacred things. The fine loyalties of life must be reverenced or they will be foreworn in the day of trial.


Author Unknown


It's so clear that you have to cherish everyone. I think that's what I get from these older black women, that every soul is to be cherished, that every flower is to bloom.


Alice Walker (1944-, American author, critic)


Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Their origin is pure vanity. Their result is absolutely nil. They give us, now and then, some of those luxurious sterile emotions that have a certain charm for the weak.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


If you give your life as a wholehearted response to love, then love will wholeheartedly respond to you.


Marianne Williamson (1952-, American author, lecturer on spirituality)


Nobody really knows Indians who cheat them and treat them badly.


Sarah Winnemucca


Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you.


Elsie De Wolfe


Into the father's grave the daughter, sometimes a gray-haired woman, lays away forever the little pet names and memories which to all the rest of the world are but foolishness.


Constance Fenimore Woolson


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