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





We are to give in sincerity, not to make a show of our good deeds. Sincerity of purpose, real kindness of heart, is the motive that heaven values.


Maxine Biome


It is best to be yourself, imperial, plain and true.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


Sincerity may be humble, but she cannot be servile.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.


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


Sincerity is not a spontaneous flower nor is modesty either.


Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French author)


Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.


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


A wit should no more be sincere, than a woman constant; one argues a decay of parts, as to other of beauty.


William Congreve (1670-1729, British dramatist)


Truth of a modest sort I can promise you, and also sincerity. That complete, praiseworthy sincerity which, while it delivers one into the hands of one's enemies, is as likely as not to embroil one with one's friends.


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


What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary, error is often more earnest than truth.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Sincerity is the highest complement you can pay.


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


Sincerity is the highest complement you can pay.


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


Sincerity is the luxury allowed, like diadems and authority, only to the highest rank. Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.


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


Nay, Madam, when you are declaiming, declaim; and when you are calculating, calculate.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


However we distrust the sincerity of those whom we talk with, we always believe them more sincere with us than with others.


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


Nothing is less sincere than the act of asking and giving advice. Although the asker seems to pay attention to the opinion of his friend, in reality he is just plotting to make the friend approve his the asker's own opinion and to make the friend responsible for his the asker's conduct.


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


Weak people cannot be sincere.


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


You know I say just what I think, and nothing more and less. I cannot say one thing and mean another.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervades the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character.


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


There is no greater delight than to be conscious of sincerity on self-examination.


Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (c.370-300 BC,  Chinese philosopher)


The great man fights the elements in his time that hinder his own greatness, in other words his own freedom and sincerity.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Always be sincere, even when you don't mean it.


Irene Peter


If a man gives you a basket to carry water, it means that he hates you.


Belizean Proverb


I am not sincere, even when I say I am not.


Jules Renard (1864-1910, French author, dramatist)


Those most moved to tears by every word of a preacher are generally weak and a rascal when the feelings evaporate.


Sallust (BC 86-34, Roman historian)


It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.


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


Those that vow the most are the least sincere.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


Sincerity: if you can fake it, you've got it made.


Daniel Schorr (1916-, American journalist)


It doesn't matter what you believe, just so long as you're sincere.


Charles M. Schulz (1922-, American cartoonist, creator of "Peanuts")


The way I see it, it doesn't matter what you believe just so you're sincere.


Charles M. Schulz (1922-, American cartoonist, creator of "Peanuts")


Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite.


Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Baptist preacher)


We are very apt to measure ourselves by our aspiration instead of our performance. But in truth the conduct of our lives is the only proof of the sincerity of our hearts.


Author Unknown


I only desire sincere relations with the worthiest of my acquaintance, that they may give me an opportunity once in a year to speak the truth.


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


I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.


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


Sincerity is like traveling on a plain, beaten road, which commonly brings a man sooner to his journey's end than by-ways, in which men often lose themselves.


John Tillotson (1630-1694, British theologian, Archbishop of Canterbury)


Fundamental sincerity is the only proper basis for forming a relationship.


Author Unknown


Sincerity gives wings to power.


Author Unknown


What people call insincerity is simply a method by which we can multiply our personalities.


Author Unknown


To be sincere means to be the same person when one is with oneself; that is to say, alone -- but that is all it means.


Paul Valery (1871-1945, French poet, essayist)


A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.


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


Everyone says he's sincere, but everyone isn't sincere. If everyone was sincere who says he's sincere, there wouldn't be half so many insincere ones in the world and there would be lots, lots, lots more really sincere ones!


Tennessee Williams (1914-1983, American dramatist)


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