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Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (631 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

[aphorist] Aesop, in [category] Happiness and Misery and [category] Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (281 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised, like a target, to a position to be fired at.

[aphorist] Christian Nevell Bovee, (from Politicians and Other Scoundrels by Ferdinand Lundberg), in [category] Law and Politics

Politicians and Other Scoundrels (paperback)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (368 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Burning desire is the eternal flame.

[aphorist] Doug Horton, in [category] Love and Hate

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (400 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.

[aphorist] Confucius, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (218 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The more you wrestle with a turd, the more shit gets on you.

[aphorist] Shelly Horton, in [category] Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (507 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998 by [user] David Shorr  · 

Wisdom and beauty form a very rare combination

[aphorist] Petronius Arbiter, The Satyricon, XCIV, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

The Satyricon (paperback)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (730 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I've never met a healthy person who worried much about his health or a good person who worried much about his soul.

[aphorist] Haldane, in [category] Health and Disease and [category] Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (136 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

[aphorist] James Joyce, in [category] Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (489 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Being kissed by a man who didn't wax his moustache was like eating an egg without salt.

[aphorist] Rudyard Kipling, in [category] Men and Women

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1615 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

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 (406 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.

[aphorist] Winston Churchill, in [category] Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (345 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Efficiency is intelligent laziness.

[aphorist] David Dunham, in [category] Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (445 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

[aphorist] Ralph Waldo Emerson, in [category] Love and Hate

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (508 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

[aphorist] Ralph Waldo Emerson, in [category] War and Peace

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1234 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

[aphorist] Thomas Jefferson, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (967 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Romance is built on illusion, and when we love someone, we love the illusion they have created for us.

[aphorist] Roger Ebert, (from review of Boys Don't Cry, Oct. 22, 1999), in [category] Love and Hate

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (470 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (539 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Life's tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.

[aphorist] Benjamin Franklin, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (223 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Be braver -- you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.

[aphorist] David Lloyd George, in [category] Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (289 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen, even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.

[aphorist] Leonardo Da Vinci, in [category] Work and Recreation

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