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





Hunger, love, pain, fear are some of those inner forces which rule the individual's instinct for self preservation.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Survival, with honor, that outmoded and all-important word, is as difficult as ever and as all-important to a writer. Those who do not last are always more beloved since no one has to see them in their long, dull, unrelenting, no-quarter-given-and-no-quarter-received, fights that they make to do something as they believe it should be done before they die. Those who die or quit early and easy and with every good reason are preferred because they are understandable and human. Failure and well-disguised cowardice are more human and more beloved.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


A population weakened and exhausted by battling against so many obstacles -- whose needs are never satisfied and desires never fulfilled -- is vulnerable to manipulation and regimentation. The struggle for survival is, above all, an exercise that is hugely time-consuming, absorbing and debilitating. If you create these "anti-conditions," your rule is guaranteed for a hundred years.


Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932, Polish report and foreign correspondent)


If you live among wolves you have to act like a wolf.


Nikita S. Khrushchev (1894-1971, Soviet premier)


Self-preservation, nature's first great law, all the creatures, except man, doth awe.


Andrew Marvell (1621-1678, British metaphysical poet)


The consciousness of being deemed dead, is next to the presumable unpleasantness of being so in reality. One feels like his own ghost unlawfully tenanting a defunct carcass.


Herman Melville (1819-1891, American author)


The notion that one will not survive a particular catastrophe is, in general terms, a comfort since it is equivalent to abolishing the catastrophe.


Iris Murdoch (1919-, British novelist, philosopher)


Once one determines that he or she has a mission in life, that's it's not going to be accomplished without a great deal of pain, and that the rewards in the end may not outweigh the pain -- if you recognize historically that always happens, then when it comes, you survive it.


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


All I'm trying to do is not join my ancestral spirits just yet.


Joshua Nkomo (1917-, Zimbabwean politician)


To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.


George Orwell (1903-1950, British author, "Animal Farm")


You can close the city gates, but you can't close the people's mouths. It's better to flee and stay alive than to die and become a hero. A timely tear is better than a misplaced smile.


Iranian Proverb


Even if the sky falls on you, there is a hole that you can escape from.


Korean Proverb (Sayings of Korean origin)


Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.


Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965, American lawyer, politician)


The more we exploit nature, The more our options are reduced, until we have only one: to fight for survival.


Morris K. Udall


I believe that all the survivors are mad. One time or another their madness will explode. You cannot absorb that much madness and not be influenced by it. That is why the children of survivors are so tragic. I see them in school. They don't know how.


Elie Wiesel (1928-, Rumanian-born American writer)


Nobody is stronger, nobody is weaker than someone who came back. There is nothing you can do to such a person because whatever you could do is less than what has already been done to him. We have already paid the price.


Elie Wiesel (1928-, Rumanian-born American writer)


It is almost as if you were frantically constructing another world while the world that you live in dissolves beneath your feet, and that your survival depends on completing this construction at least one second before the old habitation collapses.


Tennessee Williams (1914-1983, American dramatist)


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