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





From a little spark may burst a mighty flame.


Dante Alighieri


You can never get enough of the things you don't need, because the things you don't need can never satisfy.


Marvin J. Ashton (1915-1994, American religious leader, business executive, state senator)


In a land which is fully settled, most men must accept their local environment or try to change it by political means; only the exceptionally gifted or adventurous can leave to seek his fortune elsewhere. In America, on the other hand, to move on and make a fresh start somewhere else is still the normal reaction to dissatisfaction and failure.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


No sooner is your ocean filled, than he grumbles that it might have been of better vintage. Try him with half of a Universe, of an Omnipotence, he sets to quarrelling with the proprietor of the other half and declares himself the most maltreated of men. Always there is a black spot in our sunshine: it is even as I said the 'Shadow of Ourselves'.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


I am easily satisfied with the very best.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Relentlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


There are three wants which never can be satisfied: that of the rich, who want something more; that of the sick, who want something different; and that of the traveler, who says, "Anywhere but here."


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


Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.


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


The idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone, All centuries but this, and every country but his own.


W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911, British librettist)


The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette.


Henry S. Haskins


The chemistry of dissatisfaction is as the chemistry of some marvelously potent tar. In it are the building stones of explosives, stimulants, poisons, opiates, perfumes and stenches.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Change occurs in direct proportion to dissatisfaction, but dissatisfaction never changes.


Doug Horton


If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger.


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


No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


Life at court does not satisfy a man, but it keeps him from being satisfied with anything else.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


A terrace nine stories high begins with a pile of earth.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


A gold medal is a wonderful thing, but if you're not enough without the medal, you'll never be enough with it.


Cool Runnings Movie


Few things are necessary to make the wise man happy while no amount of material wealth would satisfy a fool. I am not a fool.


Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)

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A fierce unrest seethes at the core of all existing things: it was the eager wish to soar that gave the gods their wings.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


That spot of earth has special charms for me, in which a limited income produces happiness, and moderate wealth abundance.


Marcus Valerius Martial (40-104, Latin poet and epigrammatist)


When we have got it, we want something else.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.


Linus Pauling (1901-1994, American chemist, 2-time Nobel Prize winner)


Great issues develop from small beginnings.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


Enough is better than too much.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Until you get dissatisfied, you won't do anything to really move your life to another level. Dissatisfaction is a gem. If you're totally satisfied, you're going to get comfortable. And then your life begins to deteriorate.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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Satisfaction consists in freedom from pain, which is the positive element of life.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.


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


Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Job 8:7


If we are suffering illness, poverty, or misfortune, we think we shall be satisfied on the day it ceases. But there too, we know it is false; so soon as one has got used to not suffering, one wants something else.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.


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


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