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





If we would keep filling our minds with the picture of happy things ahead, many worries and anxieties, and perhaps ill health, would naturally melt away.... Always expect the best. Then if you have to hurdle a few tough problems, you will have generated the strength and courage to do so.


George M. Adams (1878-1962, American author)


The freedom now desired by many is not freedom to do and dare but freedom from care and worry.


James Truslow Adams (1878-1949, American historian, editor)


Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime, and too sleepy to worry at night.


Leo Aikman (American Journalist)


We poison our lives with fear of burglary and shipwreck, and the house is never burgled, and the ship never goes down.


Jean Anouilh (1910-1987, French playwright)


Overcoming fear and worry can be accomplished by living a day at a time or even a moment at a time. Your worries will be cut down to nothing.


Dr. Robert Anthony (American educator)


Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience.


Diane Arbus (1923-1971, American photographer)


What's the use of worrying? It never was worth while, so pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag, and smile, smile, smile.


George Asaf (1923-2001, Turkish song writer and musician)


To wish to act like angels while we are still in this world is nothing but folly.


St. Teresa of Avila


By the time I'd grown up, I naturally supposed that I'd grown up.


Eve Babitz


You can't start worrying about what's going to happen.You get spastic enough worrying about what's happening now.


Lauren Bacall (1924-, American actress)


Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


Events that are predestined require but little management. They manage themselves. They slip into place while we sleep, and suddenly we are aware that the thing we fear to attempt, is already accomplished.


Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919, Anglo-American novelist)


To say that my grief will be eternal would be ridiculous-nothing is eternal.


Marie Bashkirtseff


Worries are the most stubborn habits in the world. Even after a poor man has won a huge lottery prize, he will still for months wake up in the night with a start, worrying about food and rent.


Vicki Baum (1888-1960, American writer)


It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is the rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution which destroys the machinery but the friction. Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Worry is evidence of an ill-controlled brain; it is merely a stupid waste of time in unpleasantness.


Arnold Bennett (1867-1931, British novelist)


The moment the little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.


Eric Berne (1910-1970, Canadian psychiatrist, writer)


It is the little things that fret and worry us; you can dodge an elephant, but not a fly.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


Worry not about the possible troubles of the future; for if they come, you are but anticipating and adding to their weight; and if they do not come, your worry is useless; and in either case it is weak and in vain, and a distrust of God's providence.


Hugh Blair (British poet)


Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.


Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983, Dutch evangelist)


Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.


Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983, Dutch evangelist)


Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.


Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983, Dutch evangelist)


Worry is like a rocking chair -- it keeps you moving but doesn't get you anywhere.


Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983, Dutch evangelist)


Worry is like racing the engine of an automobile without letting in the clutch.


Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983, Dutch evangelist)


We cannot alter facts, but we can alter our ways of looking at them.


Phyllis Bottome (1884-1963, American writer)


There are two days in the week on which I never worry. One is yesterday and the other is tomorrow.


Robert Jones Burdette


Worry is as useless as a handle on a snowball.


Mitzi Chandler


Of course I realized there was a measure of danger. Obviously I faced the possibility of not returning when I first considered going. Once faced and settled there really wasn't any good reason to refer to it again.


Amelia Earhart (1897-1937, American aviator, author)


As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can.


Julius Caesar (101-44 BC, Roman emperor)


We don't strain at a gnat and swallow a camel, nor swim in an ocean and drown in a puddle.


Taylor Caldwell


You always feel when you look it straight in the eye that you could have put more into it, could have let yourself go and dug harder.


Emily Carr (1871-1945, Canadian artist)


Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn't most  of them turn out all right after all?


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying. Would you sell both your eyes for a million dollars... or your two legs... or your hands... or your hearing? Add up what you do have, and you'll find that you won't sell them for all the gold in the world. The best things in life are yours, if you can appreciate yourself.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching cold.


John Jay Chapman (1862-1933, American author)


Men worry over the great number of diseases, while doctors worry over the scarcity of effective remedies.


Pien Ch'Iao


Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.


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


When I look back on all the worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened.


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


Do not worry about holding high position; worry rather about playing your proper role.


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


Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.


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


Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.


A.J. Cronin


Cast away care; he that loves sorrow lengthens not a day, nor can he buy tomorrow.


Thomas Dekker (1572-1632, British playwright)


By forgetting the past and by throwing myself into other interests, I forget to worry.


Jack Dempsey (1895-1983, American boxer)


Worry -- a God, invisible but omnipotent. It steals the bloom from the cheek and lightness from the pulse; it takes away the appetite, and turns the hair gray.


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


To create is to boggle the mind and alter the mood. Once the urge has surged, it maintains its own momentum. We may go along for the ride, but when we attempt to steer the course, the momentum dies.


Sue Atchley Ebaugh


Death does not frighten me, but dying obscurely and above all uselessly does.


Isabelle Eberhardt


A request not to worry is perhaps the least soothing message capable of human utterance.


Mignon G. Eberhart


As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


I have always found, when I was worrying, that the best thing to do was put my mind upon something, work hard and forget what was troubling me.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries.


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


The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Everyone thought I was bold and fearless and even arrogant, but inside I was always quaking.


Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003, American actress, writer)


What torments of grief you endured, from evils that never arrived.


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


To be rich is not the end, but only a change, of worries.


Epicurus (c.341-270 BC, Greek philosopher)


Worry is the cross which we make for ourselves by over anxiety.


Francois de Salignac Fenelon (1651-1715, French writer)


Turn resolutely to work, to recreation, or in any case to physical exercise till you are so tired you can't help going to sleep, and when you wake up you won't want to worry.


B.C. Forbes


There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.


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


I have had many troubles, but the worst of them never came.


James A. Garfield (1831-1881, American President (20th))


When fear seizes, change what you are doing.You are doing something wrong.


Jean Craighead George


You'll break the worry habit the day you decide you can meet and master the worse that can happen to you.


Arnold H. Glasow


When you first learn to love hell, you will be in heaven.


Thaddeus Golas


Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down.


Natalie Goldberg


Worry is a morbid anticipation of events which never happen.


Russell Green


Great self-destruction follows upon unfounded fear.


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


Don't hurry, don't worry. You're only here for a short visit. So be sure to stop and smell the flowers.


Walter Hagen


If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.


Mary Hemingway (1908-1986, Wife of Ernest Hemingway)


Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.


Mary Hemingway (1908-1986, Wife of Ernest Hemingway)


Worry compounds the futility of being trapped on a dead-end street. Thinking opens new avenues.


Cullen Hightower


Worry is a state of mind based on fear.


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


That fear of missing out on things makes you miss out on everything.


Etty Hillesum


We have to fight them daily, like fleas, those many small worries about the morrow, for they sap our energies.


Etty Hillesum


Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey!


Barbara Hoffman


We may feel genuinely concerned about world conditions, though such a concern should drive us into action and not into a depression.


Karen Horney (1885-1952, American psychiatrist)


Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


One of the commonest mistakes is thinking your worries are over when your children get married.


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


Stop worrying -- nobody gets out of this world alive.


Clive James (1939-, Australian-born writer, satirist, broadcaster, and critic)


If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


The sovereign cure for worry is prayer.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


I have lost everything, and I am so poor now that I really cannot afford to let anything worry me.


Joseph Jefferson (1829-1905, American comic actor)


How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


T'ain't worthwhile to wear a day all out before it comes.


Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909, American author)


Worry is the only insupportable misfortune of life.


Henry Saint John


If, every day, I dare to remember that I am here on loan, that this house, this hillside, these minutes are all leased to me, not given, I will never despair.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


You will find a joy in overcoming obstacles.


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


A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


Most people seem to think I'm the kind of guy who shaves with a blowtorch. Actually, I'm bookish and worrisome.


Burt Lancaster (1913-1994, American actor)


The only way I'd worry about the weather is if it snows on our side of the field and not theirs.


Tommy Lasorda (1927-, American  baseball manager)


The worst thing you can possibly do is worrying and thinking about what you could have done.


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


Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.


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


Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen.


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


A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.


Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913, British statesman, banker, naturalist)


We often hear of people breaking down from overwork, but in nine out of ten they are really suffering from worry or anxiety.


Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913, British statesman, banker, naturalist)


The things we love we have to learn to leave alone.


Naomi Long Madgett


Do we not all spend the greater part of our lives under the shadow of an event that has not yet come to pass?


Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949, Belgian author)


Rule #1: Don't sweat the small stuff. Rule #2: It's all small stuff.


Michael Mantell (American doctor)


Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system. I have never known a man who died from over work, but many who died from doubt.


Charles Horace Mayo (1865-1939, American surgeon)


You just have to learn not to care about the dusty mites under the beds.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


The trouble with worrying so much about your security in the future is that you feel so insecure in the present.


Harlan Miller


We probably wouldn't worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do.


Olin Miller


You always get negative reactions. If you worry about that, you would never do anything.


Tom Monaghan


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