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





Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced and the inconvenience is often considerable.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence than to be surprised at nothing.


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


Which death is preferably to every other? "The unexpected".


Julius Caesar (101-44 BC, Roman emperor)


The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


A man surprised is half beaten.


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


Stupefaction, when it persists, becomes stupidity.


Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955, Spanish essayist, philosopher)


Most people have seen worse things in private than they pretend to be shocked at in public.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.


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


We should only be astonished at still being able to be astonished.


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


A dreamer... is a mind that looks over the edges of things.


Mary O'Hara


I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I'm not afraid to look behind them.


Elizabeth Taylor (1932-, British-born American actress)


The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


Life is either always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.


Edith Wharton (1862-1937, American author)


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