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





A crown, if it hurts us, is not worth wearing.


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


He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.


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


Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.


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


Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.


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


It is very dangerous to have your self-worth riding on your results as an athlete.


Jim Courier (1970-, American tennis player)


No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


Self-worth comes from one thing -- thinking that you are worthy.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.


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


Worth begets in base minds, envy; in great souls, emulation.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


Worth begets in base minds, envy; in great souls, emulation.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


One must be truthful with oneself about one's own motives, especially if one is to survive in the world. It takes rigor, and it takes courage.


Alain French


The destroyer of weeds, thistles, and thorns is a benefactor whether he soweth grain or not.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price one has to pay for it.


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


If you love the sacred and despise the ordinary, you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion.


Chi Lin


'Tis better to be known as a good man than a great one, for greatness is an assessment of mortals; goodness a gift of God.


Spark Matsunaga


Everything that's really worthwhile in life comes to us.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


When a proud man hears another praised, he feels himself injured.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


No man is free who cannot command himself. Above all things, love yourself.


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


Only so far as a man believes strongly, mightily, can he act cheerfully, or do anything that is worth doing.


Frederick W. Robertson


I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.


John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937, American industrialist, philanthropist, founder Exxon)


It's not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


Wealth, religion, military victory have more rhetorical than efficacious worth.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


If your self-worth is based on anything other than your relationship with Christ, you are in big trouble.


Hyrum Smith


Anything not worth doing is worth not doing well. Think about it.


Elias Schwartz


The real price of everything, what everything really costs to the man who wants to acquire it, is the toil and trouble of acquiring it.


Adam Smith (1723-1790, Scottish economist)


People that trust wholly to other's charity, and without industry of their own, will always be poor.


Sir William Temple (1628-1699, British diplomat, essayist)


All good things are cheap: all bad are very dear.


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


He is not dead who departs from life with a high and noble fame; but he is dead, even while living, whose brow is branded with infamy.


Johann Ludwig Tieck (1773-1853, German critic, writer)


He is useless on top of the ground; he ought to be under it, inspiring the cabbages.


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


A bar of iron costs $5, made into horseshoes its worth is $12, made into needles its worth is $3500, made into balance springs for watches, its worth is $300, 000. Your own value is determined also by what you are able to make of yourself.


Author Unknown


Nobody knows what a boy is worth. We'll have to wait and see. But every man in a noble place a boy once used to be.


Author Unknown


Nothing is worth making that does not make the man.


Author Unknown


That person proves his worth who can make us want to listen when he is with us and think when he is gone.


Author Unknown


When the well's dry, they know the worth of water.


Author Unknown


You must be worthy of the best, but not more worthy than the rest.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him and to let him know that you trust him.


Booker T. Washington (1856-1915, American black leader and educator)


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