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





Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part.


Hermann Broch (1886-1951, Austrian novelist)


Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.


Marston Bates


Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.


Al Bernstein


Enough research will tend to support your conclusions.


Arthur Bloch


Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.


Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973, Anglo-Irish novelist)


Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.


Wernher Von Braun (1912-1977, German rocket pioneer)


Everyone detected with AIDS should be tattooed in the upper forearm, to protect common needle users, and on the buttock, to prevent the victimization of other homosexuals.


William F. Buckley (1925-, American writer)


When chill November's surly blast make fields and forest bare.


Robert Burns (1759-1796, Scottish poet)


Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm?


William S. Burroughs (1914-1997, American writer)


The worst of all diseases is a nervous ability.


Edward Dyson


The sea -- this truth must be confessed -- has no generosity. No display of manly qualities -- courage, hardihood, endurance, faithfulness -- has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power.


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


The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.


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


Even diseases have lost their prestige, there aren't so many of them left. Think it over... no more syphilis, no more clap, no more typhoid... antibiotics have taken half the tragedy out of medicine.


Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1894-1961, French author)


A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect.


E. M. Cioran (1911-1995, Rumanian-born French philosopher)


Not many appreciate the ultimate power and potential usefulness of basic knowledge accumulated by obscure, unseen investigators who, in a lifetime of intensive study, may never see any practical use for their findings but who go on seeking answers to the unknown, without thought of financial or practical gain.


Eugenie Clark (1922-, American marine biologist, author)


It is with disease of the mind, as with those of the body; we are half dead before we understand our disorder, and half cured when we do.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


After all, the ultimate goal of all research is not objectivity, but truth.


Helene Deutsch (1884-1982, American psychiatrist)


Disease is an experience of a so-called mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body.


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


To me, the sea is like a person -- like a child that I've known a long time. It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea I talk to it. I never feel alone when I'm out there.


Gertrude Ederle


If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be research.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


What is research, but a blind date with knowledge.


William Henry (1774-1836, British chemist)


The sea, washing the equator and the poles, offers its perilous aid, and the power and empire that follow it... "Beware of me," it says, "but if you can hold me, I am the key to all the lands."


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


To write it, it took three months; to conceive it -- three minutes; to collect the data in it -- all my life.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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He who cures a disease may be the skillfullest, but He who prevents it is the safest physician.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Disease is a vital expression of the human organism.


Georg Groddeck


One might say, for example, that a patient has a kind of St Vitus's dance; a kind of dropsy; a kind of nerve fever; a kind of ague. One would never say, however (to end once and for all the confusion of these names) "He has St. Vitus's dance," "He has nerve fever," "He has dropsy," "He has ague," since there simply are not any fixed, unchanging diseases to be known by such names.


Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843, German physician, founder of Homeopathy)


I hate to be near the sea and to hear it roaring and raging like a wild beast in its den. It puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of the human mind, struggling to be free, and ending just where it began.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Data is what distinguishes the dilettante from the artist.


George V. Higgins (1939-, American novelist)


Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease


Hippocrates (Ancient Greek physician)


Summer afternoon -- summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.


Henry James (1843-1916, American author)


One of the joys our technological civilization has lost is the excitement with which seasonal flowers and fruits were welcomed; the first daffodil, strawberry or cherry are now things of the past, along with their precious moment of arrival. Even the tangerine -- now a satsuma or clementine -- appears de-pipped months before Christmas.


Derek Jarman (1942-, British filmmaker, artist, author)


Disease generally begins that equality which death completes.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


When men come to like a sea-life, they are not fit to live on land.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Misdirected life force is the activity in disease process. Disease has no energy save what it borrows from the life of the organism. It is by adjusting the life force that healing must be brought about, and it is the sun as transformer and distributor of primal spiritual energy that must be utilized in this process, for life and the sun are so intimately connected.


Kabbalah (BC 1200-1270 AD, Jewish esoteric doctrine)


Wide sea, that one continuous murmur breeds along the pebbled shore of memory!


John Keats (1795-1821, British poet)


He who considers disease results to be the disease itself, and expects to do away with these as diseases, is insane. It is an insanity in medicine, an insanity that has grown out of the milder forms of mental disorder in science, crazy whims.


James Tyler Kent (1849-1916, American homeopathic teacher, physician)


There are relapses in the diseases of the mind just like those of the body; what we call a cure is often merely an intermission or change of disease.


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


Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.


Doug Larson


Research is usually a policeman stopping a novel from progressing.


Brian Moore (1921-, Irish novelist)


One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring.


Aldo Leopold


Research serves to make building stones out of stumbling blocks.


Arthur D. Little


There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


If politics is the art of the possible, research is surely the art of the soluble. Both are immensely practical-minded affairs.


Sir Peter Medawar (1915-1987, British immunologist)


April comes like an idiot, babbling and stewing flowers.


Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950, American poet)


If you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research.


Wilson Mizner (1876-1933, American author)


Research is subordinated (not to a long-term social benefit) but to an immediate commercial profit. Currently, disease (not health) is one of the major sources of profit for the pharmaceutical industry, and the doctors are willing agents of those profits.


Walter Modell


The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


Indoors or out, no one relaxes in March, that month of wind and taxes, the wind will presently disappear, the taxes last us all the year.


Ogden Nash (1902-1971, American humorous poet)


Disease can never be conquered, can never be quelled by emotion's willful screaming or faith's symbolic prayer. It can only be conquered by the energy of humanity and the cunning in the mind of man. In the patience of a Curie, in the enlightenment of a Faraday, a Rutherford, a Pasteur, a Nightingale, and all other apostles of light and cleanliness, rather than of a woebegone godliness, we shall find final deliverance from plague, pestilence, and famine.


Sean O'Casey (1884-1964, Irish dramatist)


Once a disease has entered the body, all parts which are healthy must fight it: not one alone, but all. Because a disease might mean their common death. Nature knows this; and Nature attacks the disease with whatever help she can muster.


Philippus A. Paracelsus (1493-1541, German physician and chemist)


Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud, and that the major cancer research organizations are derelict in their duties to the people who support them.


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


The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?


J. B. Priestley (1894-1984, American writer)


If you want to avoid being cheated, ask for prices at three different stores.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


There is hope from the sea, but none from the grave.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


Diseases are the tax on pleasures.


John Ray (1627-1705, British naturalist)


The ocean, whose tides respond, like women's menses, to the pull of the moon, the ocean which corresponds to the amniotic fluid in which human life begins, the ocean on whose surface vessels (personified as female) can ride but in whose depth sailors meet their death and monsters conceal themselves... it is unstable and threatening as the earth is not; it spawns new life daily, yet swallows up lives; it is changeable like the moon, unregulated, yet indestructible and eternal.


Adrienne Rich (1929-, American poet)


The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other.


Arthur Rubenstein


The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.


Carl Sandburg (1878-1967, American poet)


The diseases which destroy a man are no less natural than the instincts which preserve him.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


To be interested in the changing seasons is, in this middling zone, a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


Just as the largest library, badly arranged, is not so useful as a very moderate one that is well arranged, so the greatest amount of knowledge, if not elaborated by our own thoughts, is worth much less than a far smaller volume that has been abundantly and repeatedly thought over.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


Disease is not of the body but of the place.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


The sea is mother-death and she is a mighty female, the one who wins, the one who sucks us all up.


Anne Sexton (1928-1974, American poet)


Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased; pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow; raze out the written troubles of the brain; and with some sweet oblivious antidote cleanse the fraught bosom of that perilous stuff which weighs upon the heart?


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


January gray is here, like a sexton by her grave; February bears the bier, march with grief doth howl and rave, and April weeps -- but, O ye hours! Follow with May's fairest flowers.


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)


Cancer patients are lied to, not just because the disease is (or is thought to be) a death sentence.  It is felt to be obscene -- in the original meaning of that word: ill-omened, abominable, repugnant to the senses.


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


We are so fond on one another because our ailments are the same.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


Is not disease the rule of existence? There is not a lily pad floating on the river but has been riddled by insects. Almost every shrub and tree has its gall, oftentimes esteemed its chief ornament and hardly to be distinguished from the fruit. If misery loves company, misery has company enough. Now, at midsummer, find me a perfect leaf or fruit.


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


Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. Let them be your only diet drink and botanical medicines.


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


Scientific research consists in seeing what everyone else has seen, but thinking what no one else has thought.


Author Unknown


Spring is not the best of seasons. Cold and flu are two good reasons; wind and rain and other sorrow, warm today and cold tomorrow. Whoever said Spring was romantic? The word that best applies is frantic!


Author Unknown


The Mediterranean has the color of mackerel, changeable I mean. You don't always know if it is green or violet, you can't even say it's blue, because the next moment the changing reflection has taken on a tint of rose or gray.


Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890, Dutch-born French painter)


Fools make researches and wise men exploit them.


H.G. Wells (1866-1946, British-born American author)


Lost in a gloom of uninspired research.


William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British poet)


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