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





It only seems as if you are doing something when you're worrying.


Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942, Canadian novelist)


A worried man could borrow a lot of trouble with practically no collateral.


Helen Nielsen


I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself.


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


Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Worry is a funky luxury when a lot has to be done.


Melvin Peebles


We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays.


Persius (34-62, Satirical poet)


Worry is a useless mulling over of things we cannot change.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.


Beatrix Potter


One by one the sands are flowing, One by one the moments fall; Some are coming, some are going; Do not strive to grasp them all.


Adelaide Proctor


It is better to blush than to keep the concern in your heart.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


When we have nothing to worry about we are not doing much, and not doing much may supply us with plenty of future worries.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


A pound a fret can't pay an ounce a debt.


Jamaican Proverb


Instead of worrying, a strong man wears a smile.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


A person worries about the past, distresses about the present, and fears the future.


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


Worry gives a small thing a big shadow.


Swedish Proverb (Sayings of Swedish origin)


Fear nothing but what thy industry may prevent; be confident of nothing but what fortune cannot defeat; it is no less folly to fear what is impossible to be avoided than to be secure when there is a possibility to be deprived.


Francis Quarles (1592-1644, British poet)


This was a great year for preventive worrying. Seldom in recent history have so many people worried about so many things that didn't happen in the end.


James Reston (1909-1995, Dutch-born American journalist)


It ain't no use putting up your umbrella till it rains.


Alice Caldwell Rice


What worries you, masters you.


Haddon W. Robinson


Early in my business career I learned the folly of worrying about anything. I have always worked as hard as I could, but when a thing went wrong and could not be righted, I dismissed it from my mind.


Julius Rosenwald


Anxiety never yet successfully bridged any chasm.


Giovanni Ruffini


A great many worries can be diminished by realizing the unimportance of the matter which is causing anxiety.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Our instinctive emotions are those that we have inherited from a much more dangerous world, and contain, therefore, a larger portion of fear than they should.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Worry is a form of fear.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Every faculty and virtue I possess can be used as an instrument with which to worry myself.


Mark Rutherford


It is the dread of something happening, something unknown and dreadful that makes us do anything to keep the flicker of talk from dying out.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


Competition is easier to accept if you realize it is not an act of oppression or abrasion.... I've worked with my best friends in direct competition.


Diane Sawyer (1945-, American TV personality)


Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia.


Charles M. Schulz (1922-, American cartoonist, creator of "Peanuts")


Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.


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


The worst is not so long as we can say, "This is the worst."


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


When you worry about the problems of tomorrow, you are creating unhappiness for yourself today.




There are people who are always anticipating trouble, and in this way they manage to enjoy many sorrows that never really happen to them.


Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885, American humorist)


No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap.


Carrie Snow


I have told you of the Spaniard who always put on his spectacles when about to eat cherries, that they might look bigger and more tempting. In like manner I made the most of my enjoyments: and through I do not cast my cares away, I pack them in as little compass as I can, and carry them as conveniently as I can for myself, and never let them annoy others.


Robert Southey (1774-1843, British author)


We can always get along better by reason and love of truth than by worry of conscience and remorse. Harmful are these, and evil.


Baruch Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677, Dutch philosopher and theologian)


Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.


Gertrude Stein (1874-1946, American author)


If things happen all the time you are never nervous. It is when they are not happening that you are nervous.


Gertrude Stein (1874-1946, American author)


It is a peaceful thing to be one succeeding.


Gertrude Stein (1874-1946, American author)


We must act in spite of fear, not because of it.


Author Unknown


Be, therefore, not anxious about tomorrow; for tomorrow will be anxious for the things of itself.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Matthew 6:34


Be, therefore, not anxious about tomorrow; for tomorrow will be anxious for the things of itself.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Matthew 6:34


Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Philippians 4:6, 7


Do not worry about whether or not the sun will rise. Be prepared to enjoy it.


Author Unknown


Don't tell me that worry doesn't do any good. I know better. The things I worry about don't happen.


Author Unknown


Don't worry about the intensity and direction of the putt -- until you get on the green!


Author Unknown


Don't worry, be happy.


Author Unknown


If you cannot help worrying, remember that worrying cannot help you either.


Author Unknown


If you worry about yesterday's failures, then today's successes will be few.


Author Unknown


It would take battalions of angels to protect us from our dreaded dangers, though in a long lifetime few of the dangers come to anything.


Author Unknown


Ninety percent of the things we tend to WORRY about we have no control over, so why worry about them?


Author Unknown


Perpetual worry will get you to one place ahead of time -- the cemetery.


Author Unknown


Set aside half an hour every day to do all your worrying; then take a nap during this period.


Author Unknown


The good Lord gave me a brain that works so fast that in one moment I can worry as much as it would take others a whole year to achieve.


Author Unknown


There are only two things to worry about, either you are healthy or you are sick. If you are healthy, then there is nothing to worry about. But if you are sick there are only two things to worry about, either you will get well or you will die. If you get well, then there is nothing to worry about. But if you die there are only two things to worry about, either you will go to heaven or to hell. If you go to heaven, then there is nothing to worry about. And if you to go hell, you'll be so darn busy shaking hands with your friends you won't have time to worry!


Author Unknown


To worry is a sin. Only one sort of worry is permissible; to worry because one worries.


Author Unknown


Worry doesn't help tomorrow's troubles, but it does ruin today's happiness.


Author Unknown


Worry is a complete cycle of inefficient thought revolving around a pivotal fear.


Author Unknown


Worry is holding in your mind that which you don't want to happen. Remember: If you think it is and it isn?t, it will become an is even though it isn't.


Author Unknown


Worry is the sin we're not afraid to commit.


Author Unknown


Worry: a sustained form of fear caused by indecision.


Author Unknown


This morning I threw up at a board meeting. I was sure the cat was out of the bag, but no one seemed to think anything about it; apparently it's quite common for people to throw up at board meetings.


Jane Wagner


Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.


George Washington (1732-1799, American President (1st))


Worry less about what other people think about you, and more about what you think about them.


Fay Weldon (1933-, British novelist)


Those who foresee the future and recognize it as tragic are often seized upon by a madness which forced them to commit the very acts which make it certain that what they dread will happen.


Rebecca West (1892-1983, British author)


It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


Spring comes with flowers, autumn with the moon, summer with the breeze, winter with snow. When idle concerns don't fill your thoughts, that's your best season.




Suffer no anxiety, for he who is a sufferer of anxiety becomes regardless of enjoyment of the world and the spirit, and contraction happens to his body and soul.


Zoroaster (BC 628-551, Persian religious leader, founder of Zoroastrianism)


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