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





The disgrace of others often keeps tender minds from vice.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Whatever advice you give, be short.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


The mortal sickness of a mind too unhappy to be kind.


A. E. Housman (1859-1936, British poet, classical scholar)


Human service is the highest form of self -- interest for the person who serves.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Giving kids clothes and food is one thing, but it's much more important to teach them that other people besides themselves are important and that the best thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the service of other people.


Dolores Huerta


No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.


Ben Johnson (1572-1637, British clergyman, poet, painter)


Sometimes there is equal or more ability in knowing how to use good advice than there is in giving it.


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


We all of us need assistance. Those who sustain others themselves want to be sustained.


Maurice Hulst


There is nothing to make you like other human beings so much as doing things for them.


Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960, American novelist)


Most vices demand considerable self-sacrifices. There is no greater mistake than to suppose that a vicious life is a life of uninterrupted pleasure. It is a life almost as wearisome and painful -- if strenuously led -- as Christian's in The Pilgrim's Progress.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.


I Ching (12th century BC, Chinese book of changes)


The superior man rises by lifting others.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


We rise by raising others -- and he who stoops above the fallen, stands erect.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


It is in struggle and service with our brothers and sisters, individually and collectively, that we find the meaning of life.


Jesse Jackson (1941-, American clergyman, Civil Rights leader)


The key to life is service to others.


Jesse Jackson (1941-, American clergyman, Civil Rights leader)


Parenting, at its best, comes as naturally as laughter. It is automatic, involuntary, unconditional love.


Sally James


Through our willingness to help others we can learn to be happy rather than depressed.


Gerald G. Jampolsky (1925-, American psychiatrist, lecturer, author)


It is our first duty to serve society.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The advice that is wanted is commonly not welcome and that which is not wanted, evidently an effrontery.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


Think that day lost whose descending sun, views from thy hand no noble action done.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best I could bring to it.


Rose F. Kennedy


Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


There's no use in doing a kindness if you do it a day too late.


Charles Kingsley (1819-1875, British author, clergyman)


There lies within most of us an innate quality that compels us to give of ourselves for the good of mankind.


Clyde C. Kissinger


He who can take advice is sometimes superior to him who can give it.


Karl Von Knebel


Find out where you can render a service, and then render it. The rest is up to the Lord.


Sebastian S. Kresge


In this world we must help one another.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.


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


Old men delight in giving good advice as a consolation for the fact that they can no longer set bad examples.


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


The one thing people are the most liberal with, is their advice.


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


The person giving the advice returns the confidence placed in him with a disinterested eagerness... and he is usually guided only by his own interest or reputation.


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


We do not despise all those who have vices, but we do despise those that have no virtue.


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


We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.


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


We may give advice, but not the sense to use it.


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


We often credit ourselves with vices the reverse of what we have, thus when weak we boast of our obstinacy.


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


When the vices give us up we flatter ourselves that we are giving up them.


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


What its children become, that will the community become.


Suzanne Lafollette (1893-1983, American feminist, writer)


The vices of some men are magnificent.


Charles Lamb (1775-1834, British essayist, critic)


The difference between a helping hand and an outstretched palm is a twist of the wrist.


Laurence Leamer


Every child has a right to a good home.


Ettie Lee


It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously.


J. C. Macaulay


The only thing you will take through those pearly gates is what you have given away.


Marcia Moore


It is only too easy to make suggestions and later try to escape the consequences of what we say.


Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964, Indian nationalist, statesman)


Rule #1: The customer is always right. Rule number two: If the customer is wrong, see rule number one!


Steve Leonard


Number one: Don't frisk me. Don't hurt me physically. Don't get anywhere near my neck. And don't call me Regis. [Advice to his guests]


David Letterman (1947-, American TV personality)


Doing good is the easiest way to get the most out of life.


Elmer G. Letterman


In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in doing good to their fellow men.


Cicero Pro Ligario


It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Give what you have to somebody, it may be better than you think.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Never give anyone the advice to buy or sell shares, because the most benevolent price of advice can turn out badly.


Lope de Vega (1562-1635, Spanish playwright)


A prince must be prudent enough to know how to escape the bad reputation of those vices that would lose the state for him, and must protect himself from those that will not lose it for him, if this is possible; but if he cannot, he need not concern himself unduly if he ignores these less serious vices.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness.


Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949, Belgian author)


The true way of soften one's troubles is to solace those of others.


Madame De Maintenon


Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today. Go another mile!


Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)

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The highest service we can perform for others is to help them help themselves.


Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)


Live and let live is not enough; live and help live is not too much.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


The golden rule for every business man is this: "Put yourself in your customer's place."


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


There have been men and women in every generation who have longed for a better day and who have been willing to aid the forces which they believed would hasten that day.


Arnaud C. Marls


Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people.


Thomas L. Masson


As small as it may seem, a good deed is always worth the doing.


Spark Matsunaga


The most infectiously joyous men and women are those who forget themselves in thinking about others and serving others.


Robert J. McCracken


Children are forced to live very rapidly in order to live at all. They are given only a few years in which to learn hundreds of thousands of things about life and the planet and themselves.


Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978, American poet, author)


No one has ever loved anyone the way everyone wants to be loved.


Mignon McLaughlin (1915-, American author, editor)


Energy abounds when you volunteer -- do it now.


Holly Stewart McMahon


Your friends praise your abilities to the skies, submit to you in argument, and seem to have the greatest deference for you; but, though they may ask it, you never find them following your advice upon their own affairs; nor allowing you to manage your own, without thinking that you should follow theirs. Thus, in fact, they all think themselves wiser than you, whatever they may say.


Lord Melbourne (1779-1848, British statesman, Prime Minister)


To live is not to live for one's self; let us help one another.


Menander of Athens (BC 342-291, Greek dramatic poet)


I sometimes give myself admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


He who does not live in some degree for others, hardly lives for himself.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


He who lives not to others, lives little to himself.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.


Maria Montessori (1870-1952, Italian educator)


Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.


Maria Montessori (1870-1952, Italian educator)


Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.


Maria Montessori (1870-1952, Italian educator)


The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth. From this almost mystic affirmation there comes what may seem a strange conclusion: that education must start from birth.


Maria Montessori (1870-1952, Italian educator)


He who hates vice hates men.


John Morley (1838-1923, British journalist, biographer, statesman)


If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


There is always the danger that we may become only social workers, or just do the work for the sake of the work. It is a danger if we forget to whom we are doing it.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


We want to create hope for the person.... We must give hope, always hope.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


One should be of service rather than be conspicuous.




Goodwill to others... helps build you up. It is good for your body. It makes your blood purer, your muscles stronger, and your whole form more symmetrical in shape. It is the real elixir of life.


Prentice Mulford


It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than with a bad reputation.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


To give oneself is the only way of becoming oneself.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


They serve God well, who serve his creatures.


Caroline Sheridan Norton


I hope all Americans will vigorously participate in their community's efforts to better the lives of their fellow citizens.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


No matter how big and powerful government gets and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


Along the way of our service to others and community, we learn that a very large side benefit is an enormous sense of personal satisfaction, personal purpose and personal worth.


Brian O'Connell


Through our voluntary organizations and the giving that supports them, ever more Americans worship freely, study quietly, are cared for compassionately, experiment creatively, advocate aggressively and contribute generously. These national traits are constantly beautiful and must remain beautifully constant.


Brian O'Connell


Always serve too much hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes. It makes people overjoyed, and puts them in your debt.


Judith Olney


Once you shape a company to service the marketplace and your services are necessary, the company develops a compulsion of its own to grow.


Elisabeth Claiborne Ortenberg (1929-, American businesswoman, founder of Liz Claiborne)


Where there is no capacity to affirm another as a person in his own right, there is no love. There is only masked fear.


Bonaro Overstreet


What we remember from childhood we remember forever-permanent ghosts, stamped, imprinted, eternally seen.


Cynthia Ozick (1928-, American novelist, short-story writer)


I don't believe civilization can do a lot more than educate a person's senses.


Grace Paley (1922-, American short story writer)


I was a fantastic student until ten, and then my mind began to wander.


Grace Paley (1922-, American short story writer)


To survive, men and business and corporations must serve.


John H. Patterson (American businessman, founder of National Cash Register)


Always do more than is required of you.


George S. Patton (1885-1945, American army general during World War II)


If I wanted to become a tramp, I would seek information and advice from the most successful tramp I could find. If I wanted to become a failure, I would seek advice from people who have never succeeded. If I wanted to succeed in all things, I would look around me for those who are succeeding, and do as they have done.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


Find a need and fill it.


Ruth Stafford Peale


The public must and will be served.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


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