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





Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


The yielding of the weak is the concession to fear.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


The greatest weakness of all is the great fear of appearing weak.


Jacques Benigne Bossuet (1627-1704, French orator)


Weak souls always set to work at the wrong time.


Cardinal De Rets


The weak are the most treacherous of us all. They come to the strong and drain them. They are bottomless. They are insatiable. They are always parched and always bitter. They are everyone's concern and like vampires they suck our life's blood.


Bette Davis (1908-1989, American actress, producer)


The weak are more likely to make the strong weak than the strong are likely to make the weak strong.


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


Our strength grows out of our weakness.


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


The weakest spot in any person is where they think themselves to be the wisest.


G. Emmons


People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


The weakest and most timorous are the most revengeful and implacable.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Some of our weakness is born in us, some of it comes through education; it is a big question as to which gives us the most trouble.


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


It is a talent of the weak to persuade themselves that they suffer for something when they suffer from something; that they are showing the way when they are running away; that they see the light when they feel the heat; that they are chosen when they are shunned.


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


The acknowledgment of our weakness is the first step in repairing our loss.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation.


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


There are two kinds of weakness; that which breaks and that which bends.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


A woman of mystique is fully aware of her flaws and weaknesses, yet she is strong enough to admit them and not be embarrassed by them.


Jean Lush


Human love is often but the encounter of two weaknesses.


Francois Mauriac (1885-1970, French novelist)


Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.


Knute Rockne (1888-1931, Norwegian-born American football coach)


If you make yourself into a doormat, people will wipe their feet on you.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


If you let everyone walk over you, then you become a carpet.


Bulgarian Proverb


Weaklings must lie.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


Get it into your head once and for all, my simple and very fainthearted fellow, that what fools call humanness is nothing but a weakness born of fear and egoism; that this chimerical virtue, enslaving only weak men, is unknown to those whose character is formed by stoicism, courage, and philosophy.


Marquis De Sade (1740-1814, French author)


All cruelty springs from weakness.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


You cannot run away from weakness; you must some time fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


Union of the weakest develops strength, not wisdom. Can all men, together, avenge one of the leaves that has fallen in autumn? But the wise man avenges by building his city in snow.


Wallace Stevens (1879-1955, American poet)


She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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