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





Listen long enough and the person will generally come up with an adequate solution.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.


Douglas Adams (1952-, British science fiction writer)


If we had no regard for others' feelings or fortune, we would grow cold and indifferent to life itself.


George M. Adams (1878-1962, American author)


If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind, whom should we serve?


John Adams (1735-1826, American President (2nd))


Do unto yourself as your neighbors do unto themselves and look pleasant.


George Ade (1866-1944, American humorist, playwright)


It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


Sympathy is the charm of human life.


Grace Aguilar


If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.


Catherine Aird


Customer needs have an unsettling way of not staying satisfied for very long.


Karl Albrecht (American management consultant, speaker, and author of business books)


Don't give advice unless you're asked.


Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, American author)


Be smart, be intelligent and be informed.


Tony Alesandra (American businessman, author, speaker)


We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.


William R. Alger (1822-1905, American writer)


Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Moms. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.


Nelson Algren (1909-1981, American author)


He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it.


Dante Alighieri


The fragrance of what you give away stays with you.


Earl Allen


All the advice in the world will never help you until you help yourself.


Fred Van Amburgh


It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.


Ethel Percy Andrus (American educator, founder of The National Retired Teachers)


Such to me is the new image of aging; growth in self, and service for all mankind.


Ethel Percy Andrus (American educator, founder of The National Retired Teachers)


What I spent, is gone; what I kept, I lost; but what I gave away will be mine forever.


Ethel Percy Andrus (American educator, founder of The National Retired Teachers)


You were placed on this earth to create, not to compete.


Dr. Robert Anthony (American educator)


If the people have no bread, let them eat cake.


Marie Antoinette (1755-1793 French Queen)


Do right to the widows, judge for the fatherless, give to the poor, defend the orphan, clothe the naked.


Apocrypha (A collection of fourteen books written after the last book of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and before the first book of the Christian Scriptures (New Testament).)


Well-being is not found in isolation, possessions, or power itself; it usually appears while serving others.


Manuel Arango


Sons branch out, but one woman leads to another.


Margaret Atwood (1939-, Canadian novelist, poet, critic)


Keep doing good deeds long enough, and you'll probably turn out a good man in spite of yourself.


Louis Auchincloss (1917-, American author)


We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


He who helps in the saving of others, Saves himself as well.


Hartmann Von Aue (1190-1210, Swabian knight)


To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs.


Ghose Aurobindo (1872-1950, Philosopher)


He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; He that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but He that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Doing a 'good turn' may seem a trivial thing to us grown-ups, but a good turn done as a child will grow into service for the community when she grows up.


Olave Baden-Powell


Instead of getting hard ourselves and trying to compete, women should try to give their best qualities to men -- bring them softness, teach them how to cry.


Joan Baez (1941-, American singer, songwriter)


I see their souls, and I hold them in my hands, and because I love them they weigh nothing.


Pearl Bailey (1918-1990, American vocalist, movie and stage actress)


The worst men often give the best advice.


Philip James Bailey (1816-1902, British poet)


Spiritual love is a position of standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.


Christina Baldwin


Most of us ask for advice when we know the answer but we want a different one.


Ivern Ball


Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else.


Ivern Ball


It's really important that, as women, we tell our stories. That is what helps seed our imaginations.


Ann Bancroft


In the time we have it is surely our duty to do all the good we can to all the people we can in all the ways we can.


William Barclay (1907-1978, Scottish theologian, religious writer, broadcaster)


Alas, human vices, however horrible one might imagine them to be, contain the proof (were it only in their infinite expansion) of man's longing for the infinite; but it is a longing that often takes the wrong route. It is my belief that the reason behind all culpable excesses lies in this depravation of the sense of the infinite.


Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet)


One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.


Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986, French novelist, essayist)


A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track an inch between wreck and smooth, rolling prosperity.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


If you're not here to serve somebody, if there's going to be no integrity to your journey, no honor to it, then why are you here?


Harry Belafonte (1927-, American actor and singer)


Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.


Walter Benjamin (1982-1940, German critic, philosopher)


Female friendships that work are relationships in which women help each other belong to themselves.


Louise Bernikow (American author)


Living creatures are nourished by food, and food is nourished by rain; rain itself is the water of life, which comes from selfless worship and service.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


Consult. To seek another's approval of a course already decided on.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


My heart is happy, my mind is free. I had a father who talked with me.


Hilde Bigelow


Advice is like castor oil, easy to give, but dreadful to take.


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


Most people when they come to you for advice, come to have their own opinions strengthened, not corrected.


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


Everything that lives, lives not alone, nor for itself.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


The more you learn what to do with yourself, and the more you do for others, the more you will learn to enjoy the abundant life.


William Boetcker


True religion... is giving and finding one's happiness by bringing happiness into the lives of others.


William Boetcker


It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.


Erma Bombeck (1927-, American author, humorist)

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When God made up this world of ours, He made it long and wide, and meant that it should shelter all, And none should be denied.


Carrie Jacobs Bond


We are trying to help those with whom we are dealing to find a new meaning in their lives by caring for causes of significance beyond their own self interest.


Helen Boosalis


There are men so incorrigibly lazy that no inducement that you can offer will tempt them to work; so eaten up by vice that virtue is abhorrent to them, and so inveterately dishonest that theft is to them a master passion. When a human being has reached that stage, there is only one course that can be rationally pursued. Sorrowfully, but remorselessly, it must be recognized that he has become lunatic, morally demented, incapable of self-government, and that upon him, therefore, must be passed the sentence of permanent seclusion from a world in which he is not fit to be at large.


William Booth (1829-1912, British religious leader, founder of the Salvation Army)


Everyone needs help from everyone.


Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956, German dramatist, poet)


He who helps a child helps humanity with an immediateness which no other help given... in any other stage of human life can possibly give again.


Phillips Brooks (1835-1893, American minister, poet)


The best advisers, helpers and friends, always are not those who tell us how to act in special cases, but who give us, out of themselves, the ardent spirit and desire to act right, and leave us then, even through many blunders, to find out what our own form of right action is.


Phillips Brooks (1835-1893, American minister, poet)


The vices we scoff at in others, laugh at us within ourselves.


Thomas Edward Brown


To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


In doing good, consider not just yourself, but also all of the universe's beings.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


Tobacco and alcohol, delicious fathers of abiding friendships and fertile reveries.


Luis Bunuel (1900-1983, Spanish film director)


You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.


John Bunyan (1628-1688, British author)


From now on in America, any definition of a successful life must include serving others.


George H. Bush (1924-, American President (41st))


We are not the sum of our possessions. Let us be a thousand points of light to help people.


George H. Bush (1924-, American President (41st))


Today, I ask all Americans and all institutions, large and small, to make service central to your life and work.


George W. Bush (1942-, American President (43rd))


Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderated use rather than total abstinence.


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


The function of vice is to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.


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


Every day confirms my opinion on the superiority of a vicious life -- and if Virtue is not its own reward I don't know any other stipend annexed to it.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


When we try to serve or understand the world we touch what is divine. We get our dignity, our courage, our joy in work because of the greatness of the far-off and always in sight, always attainable, never at any moment attained. Service is one of the ways by which a tiny insect like one of us can get a purchase on the whole universe. If we find the job where we can be of use, we are hitched to the star of the world and move with it.


Richard Clarke Cabot


When we try to serve or understand the world we touch what is divine. We get our dignity, our courage, our joy in work because of the greatness of the far-off and always in sight, always attainable, never at any moment attained. Service is one of the ways by which a tiny insect like one of us can get a purchase on the whole universe. If we find the job where we can be of use, we are hitched to the star of the world and move with it.


Richard Clarke Cabot


When anything gets freed, a zest goes round the world.


Hortense Calisher


We ask advice but we mean approbation.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.


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


If you are not serving your customer, you better be serving someone who is.


Jan Carlzon (1941-, Swedish business executive, CEO of SAS)


The rare individual who unselfishly tries to serve others has an enormous advantage. He has little competition.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


If we can't turn the world around we can at least bolster the victims.


Liz Carpenter (American writer)


The hand that in life grips with a miser's clutch, and the ear that refuses to heed the pleading voice of humanity forfeit the most precious of all gifts of earth and of heaven -- the happiness that comes of doing good to others.


Amon G. Carter Jr.


Throughout my life, I've seen the difference that voluntary efforts can make in people's lives. I know the personal value of service as a local volunteer.


Jimmy Carter (1924-, American President (39th))


How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all these.


George Washington Carver (1864-1943, American scientist)


No man is more than another unless he does more than another.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect praise or reward.


Achaan Chah


We grow by love... others are our nutriment.


William Ellery Channing (1780-1842, American Unitarian minister, author)


Let no man under value the price of a virtuous woman's counsel.


George Chapman (1557-1634, British dramatist, translator, poet)


Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


If you will please people, you must please them in their own way.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


In matters of religion and matrimony I never give any advice; because I will not have anybody's torments in this world or the next laid to my charge.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


Let them show me a cottage where there are not the same vices of which they accuse the courts.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.


Shirley Chisholm (1924-, American social activist)


Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


In those days he was wiser than he is now -- he used frequently to take my advice.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


In the service of the Lord, it is not where but how you serve.


Reuben J. Clark


I challenge a new generation of young Americans to a season of service -- to act on your idealism by helping troubled children, keeping company with those in need, reconnecting our torn communities. There is so much to be done -- enough indeed for millions of others who are still young in spirit to give themselves in service too.


Bill Clinton (1946-, American President (42nd))


We ought to be doing all we can to make it possible for every child to fulfill his or her God-given potential.


Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947-, American First Lady, senator, wife of Bill Clinton)


Another great evil arising from this desire to be thought rich; or rather, from the desire not to be thought poor, is the destructive thing which has been honored by the name of "speculation"; but which ought to be called Gambling.


William Cobbett (1762-1835, British journalist, reformer)


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