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





The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition.


Hannah Arendt (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)


The Third World is not a reality but an ideology.


Hannah Arendt (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)


Until Eve arrived, this was a man's world.


Richard Armour (1906-1989, American poet)


The worst bankrupt is the man who has lost his enthusiasm. Let a man lose everything in the world but his enthusiasm and will come through again to success.


H.W. Arnold (Author on digital communications)


History is strewn with the wrecks of nations which have gained a little progressiveness at the cost of a great deal of hard manliness, and have thus prepared themselves for destruction as soon as the movements of the world gave a chance for it.


Walter Bagehot (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


If you are prepared to accept the consequences of your dreams then you must still regard America today with the same naive enthusiasm as the generations that discovered the New World.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


There is so much trouble in coming into the world, and so much more, as well as meanness, in going out of it, that 'tis hardly worth while to be here at all.


Henry Bolingbroke (1678-1751, British politician)


I have been in love, and in debt, and in drink, this many and many a year.


Alexander Brome (1620-1666, British poet)


If this were a logical world, men would ride sidesaddle.


Rita Mae Brown (1944-, American writer)


He, in his developed manhood, stood, a little sunburnt by the glare of life.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)


The year's at the spring; And day's at the morn; Morning's at seven; The hill-side's dew-pearled; The lark's on the wing; The snail's on the thorn: God's in his heaven, All's right with the world!


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable: through the embracing of one of its beings.


Martin Buber (1878-1965, Austrian-born Israeli theologian, philosopher)


After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say "I WANT TO SEE THE MANAGER."


William S. Burroughs (1914-1997, American writer)


You do not reform a world by ignoring it.


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


What should I have known or written had I been a quiet, mercantile politician or a lord in waiting? A man must travel, and turmoil, or there is no existence.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


The world is a living image of God.


Tommaso Campanella (1568-1639, Italian philosopher)


The world in which we were called to exist was an absurd world, and there was no other in which we could take refuge.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


The world is governed by opinion.


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


The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it.


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


You're the best Mom in the whole, wide world!


Beaver Cleaver (American TV character from Leave It To Beaver)


The world is in your hands, now use it.


Phil Collins (1951-, British rock musician, "Genesis")


We will look upon the earth and her sister planets as being with us, not for us. One does not rape a sister.


Mary Daly (1928-, American feminist and theological writer)


I tell you one thing -- if you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. Rather learn to see your own faults. Learn to make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; this whole world is your own.


Sri Sarada Devi


And that's the world in a nutshell, which is an appropriate receptacle.


Stan Dunn


The world is not growing worse and it is not growing better -- it is just turning around as usual.


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


I've been up the mountain and I had a choice. Should I come down? So I came down. God said, "Okay, you've been up on the mountain, now you go down. You're on your own, free. Check in later, but now you're on your own."


Bob Dylan (1941-, American musician, singer, songwriter)


Some of us still get all weepy when we think about the Gaia Hypothesis, the idea that earth is a big furry goddess-creature who resembles everybody's mom in that she knows what's best for us. But if you look at the historical record -- Krakatoa, Mt. Vesuvius, Hurricane Charley, poison ivy, and so forth down the ages -- you have to ask yourself: Whose side is she on, anyway?


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


I believe that the first step in the setting of a real external world is the formation of the concept of bodily objects and of bodily objects of various kinds.


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


To understand the world one must not be worrying about one's self.


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


The earth only has so much bounty to offer and inventing ever larger and more notional prices for that bounty does not change its real value.


Ben Elton (1959-, British author, performer)


Remember the rights of the savage, as we call him; remember that the happiness of his humble home, remember that the sanctity of life in the hill villages of Afghanistan, among the winter snows, is as inviolable in the eye of Almighty God, as can be your own.


William E. Gladstone (1809-1888, British liberal Prime Minister, statesman)


The mark of the man of the world is absence of pretension. He does not make a speech; he takes a low business-tone, avoids all brag, is nobody, dresses plainly, promises not at all, performs much, speaks in monosyllables, hugs his fact. He calls his employment by its lowest name, and so takes from evil tongues their sharpest weapon. His conversation clings to the weather and the news, yet he allows himself to be surprised into thought, and the unlocking of his learning and philosophy.


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


The pious ones of Plymouth who, reaching the Rock, first fell upon their own knees and then upon the aborigines.


William M. Evarts (1818-1901, American lawyer, statesman)


I am not belittling the brave pioneer men but the sunbonnet as well as the sombrero has helped to settle this glorious land of ours.


Edna Ferber (1887-1968, American author)


The world is getting to be such a dangerous place, a man is lucky to get out of it alive.


W. C. Fields (1879-1946, American actor)


For a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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The world, as a rule, does not live on beaches and in country clubs.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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The world does not need tourists who ride by in a bus clucking their tongues. The world as it is needs those who will love it enough to change it, with what they have, where they are.


Robert Fulghum (1937-, American writer, minister, working cowboy)


Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth, and that is that no instruction book came with it.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


The sword is the axis of the world, and grandeur is indivisible.


Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970, French president during World War II)


The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone who thinks and feels with us, and who, though distant is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.


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


The world remains ever the same.


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


Our roots are in the dark; the earth is our country. Why did we look up for blessing -- instead of around, and down? What hope we have lies there. Not in the sky full of orbiting spy-eyes and weaponry, but in the earth we have looked down upon. Not from above, but from below. Not in the light that blinds, but in the dark that nourishes, where human beings grow human souls.


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


The world never puts a price on you higher than the one you put on yourself.


Sonja Henie


Then hail! thou noble conqueror! That, when tyranny oppressed, hewed for our fathers from the wild. A land wherein to rest.


Mary Elizabeth Hewitt (1818-18?)


The world has to learn that the actual pleasure derived from material things is of rather low quality on the whole and less even in quantity than it looks to those who have not tried it.


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


The world gets better every day -- then worse again in the evening.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


People in places many of us never heard of, whose names we can't pronounce or even spell, are speaking up for themselves. They speak in languages we once classified as "exotic" but whose mastery is now essential for our diplomats and businessmen. But what they say is very much the same the world over. They want a decent standard of living. They want human dignity and a voice in their own futures. They want their children to grow up strong and healthy and free.


Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, American Vice President)


That observation which is called knowledge of the world will be found much more frequently to make men cunning than good.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.


James Joyce (1882-1941, Irish author)


He who imagines he can do without the world deceives himself much; but he who fancies the world cannot do without him is still more mistaken.


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


To the United States, the Third World often takes the form of a black woman who has been made pregnant in a moment of passion and who shows up one day in the reception room on the forty-ninth floor threatening to make a scene. The lawyers pay the woman off; sometimes uniformed guards accompany her to the elevators.


Lewis H. Lapham (1935-, American essayist, editor)


Being human signifies, for each one of us, belonging to a class, a society, a country, a continent and a civilization; and for us European earth-dwellers, the adventure played out in the heart of the New World signifies in the first place that it was not our world and that we bear responsibility for the crime of its destruction.


Claude Levi-Strauss (1908-, French anthropologist)


The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


Everything done in the world is done by hope.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


To see the earth as we now see it, small and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the unending night -- brothers who see now they are truly brothers.


Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982, American writer)


A new world is not made simply by trying to forget the old. A new world is made with a new spirit, with new values. Our world may have begun that way, but today it is caricature. Our world is a world of things. What we dread most, in the face of the impending debacle, is that we shall be obliged to give up our gewgaws, our gadgets, all the little comforts that have made us so uncomfortable. We are not peaceful souls; we are smug, timid, queasy and quaky.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


The settlement of America had its origins in the unsettlement of Europe. America came into existence when the European was already so distant from the ancient ideas and ways of his birthplace that the whole span of the Atlantic did not widen the gulf.


Lewis Mumford (1895-1990, American social philosopher)


If there be light, then there is darkness; if cold, heat; if height, depth; if solid, fluid; if hard, soft; if rough, smooth; if calm, tempest; if prosperity, adversity; if life, death.


Pythagoras (BC 582-507, Greek philosopher, mathematician)


Other nations have tried to check... the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.


John Louis O'Sullivan


The worship most acceptable to God comes from a thankful and cheerful heart.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


The worst prison would be a closed heart


Pope Jobn Paul II


The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.


Ivy Baker Priest


The world is but a large prison, out of which some are daily selected for execution.


Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618, British courtier, navigator, writer)


God had created the world in play.


Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886, Indian mystic)


We can not play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.


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


For one man is my world of all the men this wide world holds; O love, my world is you.


Christina Rossetti (1830-1894, British poet, lyricist)


Europe and the U.K. are yesterday's world. Tomorrow is in the United States.


R. W. "Tiny" Rowland


First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is.


Author Unknown


You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.


Chief Seattle (1786-1866, American Indian chief of the Squeamish)


God owns heaven but He craves the earth.


Anne Sexton (1928-1974, American poet)


All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Like a ten-ton cake, the world is more than anyone can eat at one sitting. Select a piece of it, then enjoy the party.


Samuel M Silver


The world is full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.


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


The world knows nothing of its greatest men.


Sir Henry Taylor (1800-1886, British author)


The earth is the Lord s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


The earth is not a mere fragment of dead history, stratum upon stratum like the leaves of a book, to be studied by geologists and antiquaries chiefly, but living poetry like the leaves of a tree, which precede flowers and fruit -- not a fossil earth, but a living earth; compared with whose great central life all animal and vegetable life is merely parasitic. Its throes will heave our exuviate from their graves.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


The real world is not user-friendly


Kelvin Throop III


Next to reasoning, the greatest handicap to the optimum development of Man lies in the fact that this planet is just barely habitable. Its minimum temperatures are too low, and its maximum temperatures too high. Its day is not long enough, and its night is too long. The disposition of its water and earth is distinctly unfortunate (the existence of the Mediterranean Sea in the place where we find it is perhaps the unhappiest accident in the whole firmament). These factors encourage depression, fear, war, and lack of vitality. They describe a planet, which is by no means perfectly devised for the nurturing or for the perpetuation of a higher intelligence.


James Thurber (1894-1961, American humorist, illustrator)


If the world is cold, make it your business to build fires.


Horace Traubel


We must build a new world, a far better world -- one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected.


Harry S. Truman (1884-1972, American President (33rd))


The Earth is the cradle of the mind -- but one cannot eternally live in a cradle.


Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky


The open frontier, the hardships of homesteading from scratch, the wealth of natural resources, the whole vast challenge of a continent waiting to be exploited, combined to produce a prevailing materialism and an American drive bent as much, if not more, on money, property, and power than was true of the Old World from which we had fled.


Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989, American historian)


Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


It doesn't matter much what happens in this world, there's going to be somebody who'll tell you that he knew it would.


Author Unknown


Spring will still come, without you. Fruit will still be on the trees, without you. The tide will still come in, without you. If they can do without you so can I. So go back in your shell -- I'll do bloody well without you.


Author Unknown


The beauties of the world are best seen by those who strive to reach them.


Author Unknown


The world is too much with us; late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that is ours.


William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British poet)


The world does owe you a living, but it doesn't home deliver.


Author Unknown


The world stands on three foundations on study, on service and on benevolence.


Author Unknown


The world will never be the dwelling place of peace until peace is found in the heart of each and every man.


Author Unknown


When you deplore the conditions in the world, ask yourself,  am I part of the problem or part of the solution?


Author Unknown


The world's a forest, in which all lose their way; though by a different path each goes astray.


George Villiers (1628-1687, British wit, poet, statesman, Duke of Buckingham)


Is it possible that I am not alone in believing that in the dispute between Galileo and the Church, the Church was right and the center of man's universe is the earth?


Stephen Vizinczey (1933-, Hungarian novelist, critic)


We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.


Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-, American novelist)


The next Augustan age will dawn on the other side of the Atlantic. There will, perhaps, be a Thucydides at Boston, a Xenophon at New York, and, in time, a Virgil at Mexico, and a Newton at Peru. At last, some curious traveler from Lima will visit England and give a description of the ruins of St Paul's, like the editions of Balbec and Palmyra.


Horace Walpole (1717-1797, British author)


We can only change the world by changing men.


Charles Wells


We are citizens of the world. The tragedy of our times is that we do not know this.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


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