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





The best condition in life is not to be so rich as to be envied nor so poor as to be damned.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


Security is a false god; begin making sacrifices to it and you are lost.


Paul Bowles's simply the recognition that changes will take place and the knowledge that you're willing to deal with whatever happens.


Harry Browne (1933-, American financial advisor, writer)


When you know that you're capable of dealing with whatever comes, you have the only security the world has to offer.


Harry Browne (1933-, American financial advisor, writer)


Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.


James F. Byrnes (1879-1972, American judge, secretary of state)


Security represents your sense of worth, your identity, your emotional anchorage, your self-esteem, your basic personal strength or lack of it.


Stephen R. Covey (1932-, American speaker, trainer, author of "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People")


I'm insecure about everything, because... I'm never going to look in the mirror and see this blond, blue-eyed girl. That is my idea of what I'd like to look like.


Cher (1946-, American singer, actress)


Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.


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


We are never more in danger than when we think ourselves most secure, nor in reality more secure than when we seem to be most in danger.


William Cowper (1731-1800, British poet)


It's an old adage that the way to be safe is never to be secure. Each one of us requires the spur of insecurity to force us to do our best.


Harold W. Dodds (American professor)


Only the insecure strive for security.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


No one has a prosperity so high and firm that two or three words can't dishearten it.


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


Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit.


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


Happiness, greatness, pride -- nothing is secure, nothing keeps.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


There can be no security where there is fear.


Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965, Austrian-born American law teacher, judge)


The way to be safe is never to be secure.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


Security is when everything is settled. When nothing can happen to you. Security is the denial of life.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


There is no such thing as security. There never has been.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


Man's security comes from within himself.


Manly Hall (1901-1990, American philosopher, founder Philosophical Research Society)


There is nothing assured to mortals.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Security is the priceless product of freedom. Only the strong can be secure, and only in freedom can men produce those material resources which can secure them from want at home and against aggression from abroad.


B. E. Hutchinson


Security will produce danger.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Security will produce danger.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The ultimate security is your understanding of reality.


H. Stanley Judd (American author)


There is nothing stable in the world; uproar's your only music.


John Keats (1795-1821, British poet)


God himself is not secure, having given man dominion over his work.


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


Security depends not so much upon how much you have, as upon how much you can do without.


Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970, American writer, critic, naturalist)


Anyone who says that economic security is a human right, has been too much babied. While he babbles, other men are risking and losing their lives to protect him. They are fighting the sea, fighting the land, fighting disease and insects and weather and space and time, for him, while he chatters that all men have a right to security and that some pagan god -- Society, The State, The Government, The Commune -- must give it to them. Let the fighting men stop fighting this inhuman earth for one hour, and he will learn how much security there is.


Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968, American author and journalist)


There's no security on this earth, only opportunity.


Douglas Macarthur (1880-1964, American army general during WW II)


The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


I'm hostile to men, I'm hostile to women, I'm hostile to cats, to poor cockroaches, I'm afraid of horses.


Norman Mailer (1923-, American author)


Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.


Maxwell Maltz (1944-, Canadian-born American plastic surgeon, author of "Psycho-Cybernetics")


In a world we find terrifying, we ratify that which doesn't threaten us.


David Mamet (1947-, American playwright)


Stability is not immobility.


Klemens Von Metternich (1773-1859, Austrian statesman)


Shun security.


Thales of Miletos


A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the existing of better men than himself.


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


The middle station is the most secure.




Yet one thing secures us what ever betide, the scriptures assures us the Lord will provide.


Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727, British scientist, mathematician)


All things human hang by a slender thread; and that which seemed to stand strong suddenly falls and sinks in ruins.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


I don't want expensive gifts; I don't want to be bought. I have everything I want. I just want someone to be there for me, to make me feel safe and secure.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


Although he who walks behind an elephant may feel very secure, he is likely to get splattered with elephant dung.


Lao Proverb


I have come back again to where I belong; not an enchanted place, but the walls are strong.


Dorothy H. Rath


Insecurity, commonly regarded as a weakness in normal people, is the basic tool of the actor's trade.


Miranda Richardson


Most people never feel secure because they are always worried that they will lose their job, lose the money they already have, lose their spouse, lose their health, and so on. The only true security in life comes from knowing that every single day you are improving yourself in some way, that you are increasing the caliber of who you are and that you are valuable to your company, your friends, and your family.


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

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In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way -- everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want -- which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants -- everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear -- which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression gainst any neighbor -- anywhere in the world.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, American President (32nd))


Whatever has overstepped its due bounds is always in a state of instability.


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


Security is the chief enemy of mortals.


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


Happiness has many roots, but none more important than security.


E. R. Stettinius


Security in human systems we're told will always last. Emotions are the sail, and blind faith is the mast. Without the breath of real freedom we're getting nowhere fast.


Gordon Sumner


Men are afraid to rock the boat in which they hope to drift safely through life's currents, when, actually, the boat is stuck on a sandbar. They would be better off to rock the boat and try to shake it loose, or, better still, jump in the water and swim for the shore.


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.


Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117, Roman historian)


The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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Safety first has been the motto of the human race for half a million years; but it has never been the motto of leaders.


Author Unknown


It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.


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


One has to abandon altogether the search for security, and reach out to the risk of living with both arms. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.


Morris L. West


To be on the alert is to live; to be lulled into security is to die.


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


Security is a kind of death.


Tennessee Williams (1914-1983, American dramatist)


In no direction that we turn do we find ease or comfort. If we are honest and if we have the will to win we find only danger, hard work and iron resolution.


Wendell L. Willkie (1892-1944, American businessman, presidential candidate)


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