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This is an archive of every Aphorim of the Day since 2012.

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2022-01-21

tiny.ag/nsami72o  ·   Fair (1208 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it.

Ashleigh Brilliant, Brilliant Thoughts (copyright info: www.ashleighbrilliant.com), in Altruism and Cynicism and Law and Politics

2022-01-20

tiny.ag/br8cx6zt  ·   Fair (628 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

Werner von Braun, in Success and Failure

2022-01-18

tiny.ag/dcgo3bsq  ·   Fair (1079 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by Erwin van Moll

Any time something is written against me, I not only share the sentiment but feel I could do the job far better myself. Perhaps I should advise would-be enemies to send me their grievances beforehand, with full assurance that they will receive my every aid and support. I have even secretly longed to write, under a pen name, a merciless tirade against myself.

Jorge Luis Borges, (autobiographical essay, 1970), in Art and Literature

2022-01-17

tiny.ag/3ipv86qd  ·   Fair (888 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

Genealogy is based on the obviously silly idea that there is no such thing as a bastard.

Nicolas Martin, in Life and Death and Science and Religion

2022-01-16

tiny.ag/fnthysbd  ·   Fair (318 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out.

Anton Chekhov, in Life and Death

2022-01-15

tiny.ag/qyrspbdi  ·   Fair (36 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Any time things appear to be going better, you have overlooked something.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

2022-01-14

tiny.ag/upvjznor  ·   Fair (118 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving -- we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, in Work and Recreation

2022-01-13

tiny.ag/pipgvzvf  ·   Fair (59 ratings)  ·  submitted 2011 by peter

Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.

Kenneth Boulding, in Wealth and Poverty

2022-01-12

tiny.ag/db2sazsg  ·   Fair (188 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Today the real test of power is not the capacity to make war but the capacity to prevent it.

Anne O'Hare McCormick, in War and Peace

2022-01-11

tiny.ag/rupnqvyt  ·   Fair (177 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence.

Henrik Tikkanen, in Science and Religion and Wisdom and Ignorance