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





Genius is the talent for seeing things straight. It is seeing things in a straight line without any bend or break or aberration of sight, seeing them as they are, without any warping of vision. Flawless mental sight! That is genius.


Maude Adams


Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.


Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, American author)


Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.


Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, American author)


Why should you be content with so little? Why shouldn't you reach out for something big?


Charles L. Allen (1916-2000, American politician, prohibition candidate for Wisconsin state attorney general, 1922)


What a surprise to find you could shift the contents of your head like rearranging furniture in a room.


Lisa Alther (1944-, American author)


You have to think big to be big.


Claude M. Bristol (1891-1951, American author of "The Magic Of Believing")


Illusion is the dust the devil throws in the eyes of the foolish.


Minna Antrim (1861-1950, American epigrammist)


Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity.


Lady Nancy Astor (1897-1964, British politician)


The man who goes fishing gets something more than the fish he catches.


Mary Astor


Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. They are life-sized.


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


No vision and you perish; no ideal and you're lost. Your heart must ever cherish some faith at any cost. Some hope, some dream to cling to, some rainbow in the sky, some melody to sing to, some service that is high.


Harriet Du Autermont


We look into mirrors, but we only see the effects of our times on us -- not our effects on others.


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


You can always trust information given you by people who are crazy; they have an access to truth not available through regular channels.


Sheila Ballantyne


The ultimate function of prophecy is not to tell the future, but to make it. Your successful past will block your visions of the future.


Joel A. Barker (American businessman, consultant, author)


Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.


Joel A. Barker (American businessman, consultant, author)


Your successful past will block your visions of the future.


Joel A. Barker (American businessman, consultant, author)


Perhaps our eyes are merely a blank film which is taken from us after our deaths to be developed elsewhere and screened as our life story in some infernal cinema or dispatched as microfilm into the sidereal void.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


There is nothing more mysterious than a TV set left on in an empty room. It is even stranger than a man talking to himself or a woman standing dreaming at her stove. It is as if another planet is communicating with you.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


Sometimes, because of its immediacy, television produces a kind of electronic parable. Berlin, for instance, on the day the Wall was opened. Rostropovich was playing his cello by the Wall that no longer cast a shadow, and a million East Berliners were thronging to the West to shop with an allowance given them by West German banks! At that moment the whole world saw how materialism had lost its awesome historic power and become a shopping list.


John Berger (1926-, British actor, critic)


Make-believe colors the past with innocent distortion, and it swirls ahead of us in a thousand ways-in science, in politics, in every bold intention. It is part of our collective lives, entwining our past and our future ... a particularly rewarding aspect of life itself.


Shirley Temple Black (1928-, American film child star)


When the sun rises, do you not see a round disc of fire somewhat like a guinea? O no, no, I see an innumerable company of the heavenly host crying "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty."


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


A stale mind is the devil's breadbox.


Mary Bly


We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.


Omar Nelson Bradley (1893-1981, American general)


Envisioning the end is enough to put the means in motion.


Dorothea Brande (American success writer)


Envisioning the end is enough to put the means in motion.


Dorothea Brande (American success writer)


TV is a fickle business. I'm only good for the length of my contract.


Tom Brokaw (1940-, American TV personality)


The only limits are, as always, those of vision.


James Broughton


It takes someone with a vision of the possibilities to attain new levels of experience. Someone with the courage to live his dreams.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


You don't need an explanation for everything, Recognize that there are such things as miracles -- events for which there are no ready explanations. Later knowledge may explain those events quite easily.


Harry Browne (1933-, American financial advisor, writer)


We do not believe until we want a thing and feel that we shall die if it is not granted to us, and then we kneel and believe.


Frances Hodgson Burnett


Imagination took the reins, and Reason, slow-paced, though sure-footed, was unequal to a race with so eccentric and flighty a companion.


Fanny Burney (1752-1840, British writer, diarist)


Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans. Aim high in hope and work. Remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.


Daniel H. Burnham (1846-1912, American architect, leader of the Chicago school)


The road winds up the hill to meet the height; Beyond the locust hedge it curves from sight -- And yet no man would foolishly contend. That where he sees it not, it makes an end.


Emma Carleton


I have seen gleams in the face and eyes of the man that have let you look into a higher country.


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


No man sees far, most see no farther than their noses.


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


If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.


Rachel Carson (1907-1964, American marine biologist, author)


So by all means let's have a television show quick and long, even if the commercial has to be delivered by a man in a white coat with a stethoscope hanging around his neck, selling ergot pills. After all, the public is entitled to what it wants, isn't it? The Romans knew that and even they lasted four hundred years after they started to putrefy.


Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)


Television's perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval ooze. You don't have to concentrate. You don't have to react. You don't have to remember. You don't miss your brain because you don't need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man's nirvana. And if some poor nasty minded person comes along and says you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He probably hasn't got the price of a television set.


Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)


Objects close to the eye shut out much larger objects on the horizon; and splendors born only of the earth eclipse the stars. So it is with people who sometimes cover up the entire disc of eternity with a dollar, and so quench transcendent glories with a little shining dust.


Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880, American author, clergyman)


The world values the seer above all men, and has always done so. Nay, it values all men in proportion as they partake of the character of seers. The Elgin Marbles and a decision of John Marshall are valued for the same reason. What we feel in them is a painstaking submission to facts beyond the author's control, and to ideas imposed upon him by his vision. So with Beethoven's Symphonies, with Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations" -- with any conceivable output of the human mind of which you approve. You love them because you say, "These things were not made, they were seen."


John Jay Chapman (1862-1933, American author)


It's our dreams that keep us going, that separate us from the beasts. I wouldn't even want to live if I thought it was all just eating and sleeping and taking off my clothes.


Mary Ellen Chase


The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.


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


Faith is the confidence, the assurance, the enforcing truth, the knowing...


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


Vision -- It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.


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


Progress begins with the belief that what is necessary is possible.


Norman Cousins (1915-1990, American editor, humanitarian, author)


It's easy to say "no!" when there's a deeper "yes!" burning inside.


Stephen R. Covey (1932-, American speaker, trainer, author of "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People")


There is a glory In a great mistake.


Nathalia Crane


What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdad's of his dreams to rise from the dust.


Salvador Dali (1904-1989, Spanish painter)


Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision.


Robertson Davies (1913-1995, Canadian novelist, journalist)


Television thrives on unreason, and unreason thrives on television. It strikes at the emotions rather than the intellect.


Sir Robin Day


That's what being young is all about.You have the courage and the daring to think that you can make a difference.


Ruby Dee


I noticed an almost universal trait among Super Achievers, and it was what I call Sensory Goal Vision. These people knew what they wanted out of life, and they could sense it multidimensionally before they ever had it. They could not only see it, but also taste it, smell it, and imagine the sounds and emotions associated with it. They pre-lived it before they had it. And the sharp, sensory vision became a powerful driving force in their lives.


Stephen Devore


I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what Ii see and what it means, what I want, and what I fear.


Joan Didion (1934-, American essayist)


The painter ... does not fit the paints to the world. He most certainly does not fit the world to himself. He fits himself to the paint. The self is the servant who bears the paint box and its inherited contents.


Annie Dillard (1945-, American author, poet)


What every man needs, regardless of his job or the kind of work he is doing, is a vision of what his place is and may be. He needs an objective and a purpose. He needs a feeling and a belief that he has some worthwhile thing to do. What this is no one can tell him. It must be his own creation. Its success will be measured by the nature of his vision, what he has done to equip himself, and how well he has performed along the line of its development.


Joseph M. Dodge


Only the thinking man lives his life, the thoughtless man's life passes him by.


Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach


So why do people keep on watching? The answer, by now, should be perfectly obvious: we love television because television brings us a world in which television does not exist. In fact, deep in their hearts, this is what the spuds crave most: a rich, new, participatory life.


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


It is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


A feeble man can see the farms that are fenced and tilled, the houses that are built. The strong man sees the possible houses and farms. His eye makes estates as fast as the sun breeds clouds.


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


Commerce is of trivial import; love, faith, truth of character, the aspiration of man, these are sacred.


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


Hitch your wagon to a star. Let us not fag in paltry works, which serve our pot and bag alone.


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


Columbus only discovered that he was in some new place. He didn't discover America.


Louise Erdrich


I always looked ahead.


Chris Evert (1954-, American tennis player)


With our progress we have destroyed our only weapon against tedium: that rare weakness we call imagination.


Oriana Fallaci


A closed mind is a dying mind.


Edna Ferber (1887-1968, American author)


The idea was fragrant with possibilities.


Jean Ferris


Creativeness often consists of merely turning up what is already there. Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago?


Bernice Fitz-Gibbon


Conflict is resolved not through compromise, but through invention.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


The insight to see possible new paths, the courage to try them, the judgment to measure results -- these are the qualities of a leader.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


The best vision is insight.


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


Let's face it, there are no plain women on television.


Anna Ford


Let's face it, there are no plain women on television.


Anna Ford


I got sick of turning on the TV and seeing my face.


Michael J. Fox (1961-, Canadian-born American actor)


Television is an excellent system when one has nothing to lose, as is the case with a nomadic and rootless country like the United States, but in Europe the affect of television is that of a bulldozer which reduces culture to the lowest possible denominator.


Marc Fumaroli


Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.


Frank Gaines


I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.


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


Courage is not afraid to weep, and she is not afraid to pray, even when she is not sure who she is praying to.


Ruth J. Gendler


You have to see the pattern, understand the order and experience the vision.


Michael E. Gerber (American businessman, consultant, author, trainer)


Art is not for the cultivated taste. It is to cultivate taste.


Nikki Giovanni (1943-, American poet)


A three -- to four -- to five-hour experience with nothingness.


Frederic Glezer


The best impromptu speeches are the ones written well in advance.


Ruth Gordon


Most of the basic truths of life sound absurd at first hearing.


Elizabeth Goudge


Television is becoming a collage -- there are so many channels that you move through them making a collage yourself. In that sense, everyone sees something a bit different.


David Hockney (1937-, British artist)


There's a good deal in common between the mind's eye and the TV screen, and though the TV set has all too often been the boobtube, it could be, it can be, the box of dreams.


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


When I'm gone, somebody else will take it up and do it. This is how we've lived all these years.


Clara Mcbride Hale


What man can imagine he may one day achieve.


Nancy Hale


We need to give ourselves permission to act out our dreams and visions, not look for more sensations, more phenomena, but live our strongest dreams -- even if it takes a lifetime.


Vijali Hamilton


Children see things very well sometimes and idealists even better.


Lorraine Hansbury


Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.


Lorraine Hansbury


There is only one large circle that we march in, around and around, each of us with our own little picture -- in front of us -- our own little mirage that we think is the future.


Lorraine Hansbury


It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear.


Edward H. Harriman (1848-1909, American financier, railroad executive)


All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.


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


Beware of people carrying ideas. Beware of ideas carrying people.


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


Whenever at an accusation blind rage burns up within us, the reason is that some arrow has pierced the joints of our harness. Behind our shining armor of righteous indignation lurks a convicted and only half-repentant sinner... and we may be almost sure some sharp and bitter grain of truth lurks within it, and the wound is best probed.


Jane Harrison (1850-1928, British classical scholar, writer)


Cherish you visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blue prints of your ultimate achievements.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Television has brought back murder into the home -- where it belongs.


Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980, Anglo-American filmmaker)


The riders in a race do not stop when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. There is time to hear the kind voices of friends and say to oneself, The work is done.


Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935, American judge)


The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring this endeavor will light our bounty and all who serve it, and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


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