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





A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter as fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.


Margaret Atwood (1939-, Canadian novelist, poet, critic)


A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.


Christina Baldwin


Our lives preserved. How it was; and how it will be. Passing it along in the relay. That is what I work to do: to produce stories that save our lives.


Toni Cade Bambara (1959-, American writer)


A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


One of the best things to do sometimes is simply to be.


Eric Butterworth


To know how to say what others only know how to think is what makes men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think makes men martyrs or reformers or both.


Elizabeth Charles


Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize. Your words are the greatest power you have. The words you choose and the use establish the life you experience.


Sonia Croquette


God expects but one thing of you, and that is that you should come out of yourself in so far as you are a created being made and let God be God in you.


Meister Eckhart (1260-1326, German mystic)


The efficient man is the man who thinks for himself.


Charles W. Eliot


By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. In fact, it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent.


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


Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession.


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


We have to look at our own inertia, insecurities, self-hate, fear that, in truth, we have nothing valuable to say. When your writing blooms out of the back of this garbage compost, it is very stable. You are not running from anything. You can have a sense of artistic security. If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you.


Natalie Goldberg


Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self-observation is an in


George Gurdjieff (1873-1949, Russian adept, teacher, writer)


Be yourself and think for yourself; and while your conclusions may not be infallible, they will be nearer right than the conclusions forced upon you.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


I write lustily and humorously. It isn't calculated; it's the way I think. I've invented a writing style that expresses who I am.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use -- silence, exile and cunning.


James Joyce (1882-1941, Irish author)


Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


Learn to depend upon yourself by doing things in accordance with your own way of thinking.


Grenville Kleiser (1868-1953, American author)


He who has no opinion of his own, but depends upon the opinion and taste of others, is a slave.


Friedrich Klopstock


My voice is still the same, and this makes me beside myself with Joy! Oh, mon Dieu, when I think what I might be able to do with it!


Jenny Lind


If we are not responsible for the thoughts that pass our doors, we are at least responsible for those we admit and entertain.


Charles B. Newcomb


Either remain quiet, or say things that improve the silence.


Greek Proverb (Sayings of Greek  origin)


You can't lead a cavalry if you think that you look funny riding a horse.


John Peers (American businessman, president of Logical Machine)


Communicate more with yourself than you do with others.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


That which is nearest a woman's heart is the first to come out.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


Enough with the irrelevant details.


Jamaican Proverb


I am scratching myself where I am itching.


Serbian Proverb


A person who talks a lot is bound to be right sometimes.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Don't talk too much -- your ignorance exceeds your knowledge.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


We have to take the whole universe as the expression of the one Self. Then only our love flows to all beings and creatures in the world equally.


Swami Ramdas


I'm a meathead. I can't help it, man. You've got smart people and you've got dumb people.


Keanu Reeves (1964-, Lebanese-born American actor)


Thinking is like loving and dying. Each of us must do it for himself.


Josiah Royce (1855-1916, American philosopher)


I like to think of myself as the Rutger Hauer of this show [Star Trek: The Next Generation]. But then I like to think  of myself as Rutger Hauer in real life: strikingly handsome, irresistible to women, an intergalactic enigma.


Brent Spiner (1960-, American actor)


For me, writing is the only thing that passes the three tests of metier: (1) when I'm doing it, I don't feel that I should be doing something else instead; (2) it produces a sense of accomplishment and, once in a while, pride; and (3) it's frightening.


Gloria Steinem (1934-, American feminist writer, editor)


Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets.


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


I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven.


Barbara Streisand (1942-, American singer, actress, director)


I fear chiefly lest my expression may not be extravagant enough, may not wander far enough beyond the narrow limit of my daily experience, so as to be adequate to the truth of which I have been convinced. Extravagance! It depends on how you are yarded.


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


Do you want to be power in the world? Then be yourself.


Ralph Waldo Trine (1866-1945, American author)


My interest lies in my self-expression -- what's inside of me -- not what I'm in.


John Turturro (1957-, American actor, director, screenwriter)


Continue to be yourself, because in the end that's what people will remember about you


Author Unknown


Service always is more eloquent than silence.


Author Unknown


Once a person says, "This is who I really am, what I am all about, what I was really meant to do," it is easier to decide how to spend one's time.


David Viscott (1938-, American author, speaker, trainer)


Though reading and conversation may furnish us with many ideas of men and things, our own meditation must form our judgement.


Isaac Watts (1674-1748, British hymn-writer)


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