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





Advice is like snow; the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British poet, critic, philosopher)


Never claim as a right what you can ask as a favor.


John Churton Collins


To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it.


John Churton Collins


He that will not permit his wealth to do any good for others... cuts himself off from the truest pleasure here and the highest happiness later.


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


The superior man... does not set his mind either for or against anything, he will pursue whatever is right. The superior man thinks of virtue, the common man of comfort.


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


Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it.


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


When you see a worthy person, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, then examine your inner self.


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


You are never giving, nor can you ever give, enough service.


James R. Cook (1728-1779, British navigator)


No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others; or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist.


Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933, American President (30th))


Let our girls feel that we expect something more of them than that they merely look pretty and appear well in society. Teach them that there is a race with special needs which they and only they can help; that the world needs and is already asking for their trained and efficient forces.


Anna Julia Cooper


A word to the wise isn't necessary, it is the stupid ones who need all the advice.


Bill Cosby (1937-, American actor, comedian, producer)


One cannot make oneself, but one can sometimes help a little in the making of somebody else.


Dinah Mulock Craik


The world has cares enough to plague us; but he who meditates on others' woes shall, in that meditation, lose his own.




You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.


Madame Marie Curie (1867-1934, Polish-born French physicist)


So much of our lives is given over to the consideration of our imperfections that there is no time to improve our imaginary virtues. The truth is we only perfect our vices, and man is a worse creature when he dies than he was when he was born.


Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977, American author, critic)


There is hardly a man on earth who will take advice unless he is certain that it is positively bad.


Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977, American author, critic)


Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.


Dalai Lama (1935-, Tibetan religious leader)


We are our brothers' keepers and we must not only care for his needs as far as we are immediately able, but we must try to build a better world.


Dorothy Day (1897-1980, American religious leader)


Drop the hammer and pick up the shovel.


J. A. Dever


However many holy words you read, however many you speak, What good will they do you if you do not act upon them?


Dhammapada (BC 300-, Buddhist collection of moral aphorism)


Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


Tenderness is greater proof of love than the most passionate of vows.


Marlene Dietrich (1904-1992, German-born American film actor)


The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.


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


In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.


Dorothy Dix (1861-1951, American columnist)


Those who do the most for the world's advancement are the ones who demand the least.


Henry L. Doherty (1870-1939, American utilities executive/engineer)


Goodwill is the mightiest practical force in the universe.


Charles F. Dole


Follow your interests, get the best available education and training, set your sights high, be persistent, be flexible, keep your options open, accept help when offered, and be prepared to help others.


Mildred Spiewak Dresselhaus


Half of the world is on the wrong scent in the pursuit of happiness. They think it consists in having and getting, and in being served by others. It consists in giving and in serving others.


Henry Drummond (1786-1860, British banker, politician, religious leader)


Vice is a creature of such hideous mien...that the more you see it, the better you like it.


Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936, American journalist, humorist)


Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.


Marian Wright Edelman


The legacy I want to leave is a child-care system that says no kid is going to be left alone or left unsafe.


Marian Wright Edelman


It is high time the ideal of success should be replaced with the ideal of service.


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


Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.


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


The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule...


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


Be unselfish. That is the first and final commandment for those who would be useful and happy in their usefulness. If you think of yourself only, you cannot develop because you are choking the source of development, which is spiritual expansion through thought for others.


Charles W. Eliot


No man can help another without helping himself.


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


My hope still is to leave this world a little better for my being here.


Jim Henson


What's vice today may be virtue, tomorrow.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


We shall serve for the joy of serving, prosperity shall flow to us and through us in unending streams of plenty.


Charles Fillmore (American co-founder of Unity School of Christianity)


To devote a portion of one's leisure to doing something for someone else is one of the highest forms of recreation.


Gerald B. Fitzgerald


To devote a portion of one's leisure to doing something for someone else is one of the highest forms of recreation.


Gerald B. Fitzgerald


Everybody has to be somebody to somebody to be anybody.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


I have tried to live my life as my mother would have wished. She taught me as a boy that service is the highest duty in this world. I believed her then, and I believe her now. I have tried to follow her teaching.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Vice knows that she is ugly, so she puts on her mask.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


When I am employed in serving others, I do not look upon myself as conferring favors but paying debts.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Man absolutely cannot live by himself.


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make, not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


In a gentle way, you can shake the world.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


When people are serving, life is no longer meaningless.


John W. Gardner (1912-2002, American educator, social activist)


When in doubt, don't.


Saul W. Gellerman (American academic)


Every man has a mission from God to help his fellow beings.


James Gibbons


When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.


Emma Goldman (1869-1940, American anarchist)


Have a good day, count your blessings, and pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are.


Racheal Gordon


You're born to serve the Lord and the brotherhood of man. It's everybody's obligation to help the least of our brethren. If that's right -- and I think it is -- then you have to work everyday to do that.


Peter J. Grace


To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


Generally speaking, when a woman offers unsolicited advice or tries to help a man, she has no idea of how critical and unloving she may sound to him.


John Gray (American relationship expert, author)


If your contribution has been vital there will always be somebody to pick up where you left off, and that will be your claim to immortality.


Walter Gropius (1883-1969, German architect)


I have been the recipient of love and service, therefore I can love and serve. There is great satisfaction in service to others, in ...seeing people and their conditions change.


Clarence E. Hodges


To offer a man unsolicited advice is to presume that he doesn't know what to do or that he can't do it on his own.


John Gray (American relationship expert, author)


The service we render others is the rent we pay for our room on earth.


Wilfred Grenfell


We must do good to others because it's the right thing to do -- not to make ourselves look good.


Fritz Guy


The true value of human life is determined by the extent to which it is used to help others.


Val Halamandaris


I'm not an American hero. I'm a person who loves children.


Clara Mcbride Hale


Every kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by being necessary.


Nathan Hale (1755-1776, American revolutionary soldier)


The role of a do-gooder is not what actors call a fat part.


Margaret Halsey (1910-1997, American author)


I want to talk with people who care about things that matter that will make a life-changing difference.


Mark Victor Hansen (American motivational speaker, author)

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Always be nice to bankers.  Always be nice to pension fund managers.  Always be nice to the media.  In that order.


Lord Hanson (British executive)


The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.


Elizabeth Hardwick (1916-, American novelist)


People who won't help others in trouble "because they got into trouble through their own fault" would probably not throw a lifeline to a drowning man until they learned whether he fell in through his own fault or not.


Sydney J. Harris


We are cold to others only when we are dull in ourselves.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


If you want to love you must serve, if you want freedom you must die.


Georg Hegel (1770-1831, German philosopher)


We have to improve life, not just for those who have the most skills and those who know how to manipulate the system. But also for and with those who often have so much to give but never get the opportunity.


Dorothy Height


We've got to work to save our children and do it with full respect for the fact that if we do not, no one else is going to do it.


Dorothy Height


The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment.


Sir Arthur Helps (1813-1875, British historian, novelist, essayist)


The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.


Nelson Henderson


We all admire the wisdom of people who come to us for advice.


Jack Herbert


Every little deed counts. Every word has power and we can, everyone, do our share to redeem the world.


Abraham J. Heschel (1907-1972, Polish educator, author)


Love is a choice -- not simply, or necessarily, a rational choice, but rather a willingness to be present to others without pretense or guile.


Carter Heyward


The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.


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


Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.


Lou Holtz (1937-, American football coach)


The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.


Homer (c. 850 -? BC, Greek epic poet)


The structure of human betterment cannot be built upon foundations of materialism or business, but upon the bedrock of individual character in free men and women.


Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964, American President (31st))


A good scare is worth more than good advice.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


A portion of mankind take pride in their vices and pursue their purpose; many more waver between doing what is right and complying with what is wrong.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


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