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Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (236 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998 (updated 2012)

An aphorism is not an aphorism unless you know what it means.

[aphorist] Winston Churchill, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (116 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 (updated 2012)

Hell, there are no rules here -- we're trying to accomplish something.

[aphorist] Thomas Alva Edison, in [category] Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (53 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 (updated 2012)

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.

[aphorist] Lillian Hellman, in [category] Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (750 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 (updated 2012)

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

[aphorist] Thomas Jefferson, in [category] Success and Failure and [category] Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (2934 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 (updated 2012)

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him, he must regard himself as greater than he is.

[aphorist] Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in [category] Vice and Virtue and [category] Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (753 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 (updated 2012)

Women make love for love, men make love for lust.

[aphorist] Derrick Harge, in [category] Love and Hate and [category] Men and Women

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (779 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 (updated 2012)

I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

[aphorist] Thomas Jefferson, in [category] Law and Politics

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (285 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 (updated 2012)

Whenever anyone says anything he is indulging in theories.

[aphorist] Alfred Korzybski, in [category] Science and Religion and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (89 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.

[aphorist] Robert Orben, in [category] Law and Politics

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1230 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 (updated 2012)

Everybody wants to save the earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.

[aphorist] P. J. O'Rourke, All the Trouble in the World, in [category] Altruism and Cynicism and [category] Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (47 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.

[aphorist] Robert Burton, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (84 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 (updated 2012)

Hitch your wagon to a star.

[aphorist] Ralph Waldo Emerson, in [category] Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (194 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 (updated 2012)

Always forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

[aphorist] John F. Kennedy, in [category] Altruism and Cynicism and [category] Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (823 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 (updated 2012)

Egoist: A person of low taste, more interested in themselves than in me.

[aphorist] Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in [category] Altruism and Cynicism

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (140 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 (updated 2012)

I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution.

[aphorist] Werner von Braun, in [category] Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (815 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 (updated 2012)

The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.

[aphorist] Tom Clancy, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (72 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 (updated 2012)

A continuing flow of paper is sufficient to continue the flow of paper.

[aphorist] Dyer, in [category] Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (184 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 (updated 2012)

I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.

[aphorist] Anatole France, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (90 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 (updated 2012)

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

[aphorist] Albert Einstein, in [category] Science and Religion

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (371 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 (updated 2012)

When dealing with the insane, it is best to pretend to be sane.

[aphorist] Herman Hesse, in [category] Health and Disease

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