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





I've learned that you'll never be disappointed if you always keep an eye on uncharted territory, where you'll be challenged and growing and having fun.


Kirstie Alley (1951-, American actress)


Uncertainty is the refuge of hope.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


Experience has no textbooks nor proxies. She demands that her pupils answer to her roll-call personally.


Minna Antrim (1861-1950, American epigrammist)


Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.


Diane Arbus (1923-1971, American photographer)


The power to love what is purely abstract is given to few


Margot Asquith (1864-1945, British socialite)


Once you start asking questions, innocence is gone.


Mary Astor


Exceptional talent does not always win its reward unless favored by exceptional circumstances.


Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837-1915, British novelist, playwright, editor)


It's a simple formula: do your best and somebody might like it.


Dorothy Baker


All decisions are made on insufficient evidence.


Rita Mae Brown (1944-, American writer)


The grand perhaps! We look on helplessly, there the old misgivings, crooked questions are.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


There is one thing certain, namely, that we can have nothing certain; therefore it is not certain that we can have nothing certain.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


Our lives are never certain, even for an hour.


Ferrant Sanchez Calavera


It's astonishing in this world how things don't turn out at all the way you expect them to.


Agatha Christie (1891-1976, British mystery writer)


It's quite possible to leave your home for a walk in the early morning air and return a different person-beguiled, enchanted.


Mary Ellen Chase


I'm delighted that the future is unsure. That's the way it should be.


William Sloan Coffin


All business proceeds on beliefs, or judgment of probabilities, and not on certainties.


Charles W. Eliot


Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.


R. I. Fitzhenry


Free man is by necessity insecure, thinking man by necessity uncertain.


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


Unrest and uncertainty are our lot.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Life is not orderly. No matter how we try to make life so, right in the middle of it we die, lose a leg, fall in love, drop a jar of applesauce.


Natalie Goldberg


There is no security, no assurance that because we wrote something good two months ago, we will do it again. Actually, every time we begin, we wonder how we ever did it before.


Natalie Goldberg


The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty, not knowing what comes next.


Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-, American author)


There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships.


Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (1941-, American author, publicist)


Time has told me less than I need to know


Gwen Harwood


Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.


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


Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cock-sure of many things that were not so.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


The longing for certainty... is in every human mind. But certainty is generally illusion.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


A reasonable probability is the only certainty.


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


Action will remove the doubts that theory cannot solve.


Tehyi Hsieh


Truly nothing is to be expected but the unexpected.


Alice James (1848-1892, American diarist, sister of William James)


Many live in dread of what is coming. Why should we? The unknown puts adventure into life.... The unexpected around the corner gives a sense of anticipation and surprise. Thank God for the unknown future.


Eli Stanley Jones (1884-1973, American missionary)


Nothing, perhaps, is strange, once you have accepted life itself, the great strange business which includes all lesser strangeness.


Rose Macaulay (1881-1958, British novelist, essayist)


The unknown is what it is. And to be frightened of it is what sends everybody scurrying around chasing dreams, illusions, wars, peace, love, hate, all that.... Accept that it's unknown, and it's plain sailing.


John Lennon (1940-1980, British rock musician)


Nature can seem cruel, but she balances her books.


Alison Lurie


All uncertainly is fruitful... so long as it is accompanied by the wish to understand.


Antonio Machado


All uncertainly is fruitful... so long as it is accompanied by the wish to understand.


Antonio Machado


There is only one thing about which I am certain, and this is that there is very little about which one can be certain.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive-it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?


Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942, Canadian novelist)


Something must be left to chance; nothing is sure in a sea fight.


Horatio Nelson


If we insist on being as sure as is conceivable... we must be content to creep along the ground, and can never soar.


John Henry Newman (1801-1890, British religious leader, prelate, writer)


None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting a few months or a few years to change all the tenor of our lives.


Kathleen Norris (1880-1966, American novelist)


We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


When something has been perfect, there is a tendency to try hard to repeat it.


Edna O'Brien


It is not certain that everything is uncertain.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


Throughout this life, you can never be certain of living long enough to take another breath.


Huang Po


At the age of 19, you always think you are prepared for everything and you think you have the knowledge of what’s coming ahead.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


There's no insurance against death and poverty.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


A finished person is a boring person.


Anna Quindlen


I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what's going to happen next.


Gilda Radner (1946-1989, American comedienne)


Impermanence is the very essence of joy-the drop of bitterness that enables one to perceive the sweet.


Myrtle Reed


For me life is a challenge. And it will be a challenge if I live to be a hundred or if I get to be a trillionaire.


Beah Richards


No one from the beginning of time has had security.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


The demand is for certainty is a sign of weakness.


Mark Rutherford


Only a weak mind seeks ultimate answers.


Agnes Thornton


Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.


Ernestine Ulmer


The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success.


Author Unknown


With each sunrise, we start anew.


Author Unknown


Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.


Theodore N. Vail


We live in an epoch in which the solid ground of our preconceived ideas shakes daily under our certain feet.


Barbara Ward


When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed.


John Wesley (1703-1791, British preacher, founder of Methodism)


The future is no more uncertain than the present.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


I said here's the river I want to flow on, here's the direction I want to go, and put my boat in. I was ready for the river to take unexpected turns and present obstacles.


Nancy Woodhull


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