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





I think it's one of the scars in our culture that we have too high an opinion of ourselves. We align ourselves with the angels instead of the higher primates.


Angela Carter (1940-1992, British author)


If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.


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


I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.


Quentin Crisp (1908-1999, British author)


Your self image is your pattern!. Every thought has an activity visualized. Every activity belongs to a pattern. You identify with your pattern or thought. Your pattern leads your life.


J. G. Gallimore


To see ourselves as others see us can be eye-opening. To see others as sharing a nature with ourselves is the merest decency. But it is from the far more difficult achievement of seeing ourselves amongst others, as a local example of the forms human life has locally taken, a case among cases, a world among worlds, that the largeness of mind, without which objectivity is self-congratulation and tolerance a sham, comes.


Clifford Geertz (1926-, American anthropologist)


I want to help people feel good about themselves, and in turn, about others, so they will have the desire to help others rather than being a selfish threat to society.


Clarence E. Hodges


We can bear to be deprived of everything but our self-conceit.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


No matter what our achievements might be, we think well of ourselves only in rare moments. We need people to bear witness against our inner judge, who keeps book on our shortcomings and transgressions. We need people to convince us that we are not as bad as we think we are.


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


Self-esteem and self-contempt have specific odors; they can be smelled.


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


Success plus Self-esteem equals Pretensions.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity. I won't have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want a committed life to leave behind.


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


The world has become uglier since it began to look into a mirror every day; so let us settle for the mirror image and do without an inspection of the original.


Karl Kraus (1874-1936, Austrian satirist)


It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.


Doris Lessing (1919-, British novelist)


Our self image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become


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


Realizing that our actions, feelings and behavior are the result of our own images and beliefs gives us the level that psychology has always needed for changing personality.


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


The "self-image" is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self image and you change the personality and the behavior.


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


Neither man nor woman can be worth anything until they have discovered that they are fools. This is the first step towards becoming either estimable or agreeable; and until it be taken there is no hope. The sooner the discovery is made the better, as there is more time and power for taking advantage of it. Sometimes the great truth is found out too late to apply to it any effectual remedy. Sometimes it is never found at all; and these form the desperate and inveterate causes of folly, self-conceit, and impertinence.


Lord Melbourne (1779-1848, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Just because you made a mistake doesn't mean you are a mistake.


Georgette Mosbacher


It is necessary for me to establish a winner image. Therefore, I have to beat somebody.


Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994, American President (37th))


As you see yourself, I once saw myself; as you see me now, you will be seen.


Mexican Proverb (Sayings of Mexican origin)


I think I am one of those who can manage not to take on a completely different appearance under their own glance.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


Relentless, repetitive self-talk is what changes our self-image.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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It is curious how instinctively one protects the image of oneself from idolatry or any other handling that could make it ridiculous, or too unlike the original to be believed any longer.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


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