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





Example has more followers than reason.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


Examples are few of men ruined by giving. Men are heroes in spending, cravens in what they give.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


By a small sample we may judge of the whole piece.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


By a small sample we may judge of the whole piece.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


We can be wise from goodness and good from wisdom.


Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach


Service to others is the rent you pay for living on this planet.


Marian Wright Edelman


Call the roll in your memory of conspicuously successful business giants and... you will be struck by the fact that almost every one of them encountered inordinate difficulties sufficient to crush all but the gamest of spirits. Edison went hungry many times before he became famous.


B.C. Forbes


Judgement can be acquired only by acute observation, by actual experience in the school of life, by ceaseless alertness to learn from others, by study of the activities of men who have made notable marks, by striving to analyze the everyday play of causes and effects, by constant study of human nature.


B.C. Forbes


It is not who you attend school with but who controls the school you attend.


Nikki Giovanni (1943-, American poet)


Nothing arouses ambition so much as the trumpet clang of another's fame.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


As it is our nature to be more moved by hope than fear, the example of one we see abundantly rewarded cheers and encourages us far more than the sight of many who have not been well treated disquiets us.


Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540, Italian historian)


What is buried in the past of one generation falls to the next to claim.


Susan Griffin


Very few men are wise by their own counsel, or learned by their own teaching. For he that was only taught by himself had a fool for his master.


Ben Johnson (1572-1637, British clergyman, poet, painter)


No matter how lofty you are in your department, the responsibility for what your lowliest assistant is doing is yours.


Bessie Rowland James


I never thought a role model should be negative.


Michael Jordan (1963-, American basketball player, actor)


My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.


Clarence Buddinton Kelland


Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained.


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


We need to teach the next generation of children from day one that they are responsible for their lives.


Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-2004, Swiss-born American psychiatrist)


When I was coaching, the one thought that I would try to get across to my players was that everything I do each day, everything I say, I must first think what effect it will have on everyone concerned.


Frank Layden (American basketball coach)


Nothing is so infectious as example.


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


When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts.... A mother has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.


Sophia Loren (1934-, Italian film actress)


The oppressed never free themselves-they do not have the necessary strengths.


Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987, American diplomat, writer)


A prudent man should always follow in the path trodden by great men and imitate those who are most excellent.


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


Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don't know how far we can go.


Bernard Malamud


My voice has been raised not only in song, but to make the big world outside Through me, understand something of the spirit of my beloved country.


Nellie Melba


An elephant has enormous dung -- don't try to defecate like an elephant. Don't try to wipe someone else's ass if yours is unwiped.


Tibetan Proverb (Sayings of Tibetan origin)


Christ has made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace and virtue.


Saint Agnes


I think if I were dying and I heard of an act of injustice, it would start me up to a moment's life again.


Olive Schreiner


The most important single influence in the life of a person is another person... who is worthy of emulation.


Paul D. Shafer


Let everyone who has the grace of intelligence fear that, because of it, he will be judged more heavily if he is negligent.


St. Bridget of Sweden


I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.


Harry S. Truman (1884-1972, American President (33rd))


I am glad to see that men are getting their rights, but I want women to get theirs, and while the water is stirring I will step into the pool.


Sojourner Truth (1797-1883, American feminist, anti-slavery advocate)


I think it's an honor to be a role model to one person or maybe more than that. If you are given a chance to be a role model, I think you should always take it because you can influence a person's life in a positive light, and that's what I want to do. That's what it's all about.


Tiger Woods (1975-, American golfer)


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