Thursday, August 15, 2013

In Few Words

I've always loved aphorisms for their ability to provoke big thoughts in relatively few words. Writers are prone to coming up with them, and I've perhaps immodestly been collecting some of my own over the past year which I hope might spark a thought or two in you. The problem with aphorisms, however, is that they are like pieces of candy, and are best consumed only a few at a time.

Anyway, here they are. Think away.

Intolerance, bigotry, and hatred are towers built by the insecure to look down on others. (08-06-12)

The more aware one is of life and what goes on in it, the more complex, confusing, and frustrating it becomes. (08-18-12)

Believe firmly in whatever it takes to get you through the day. (08-22-12)

To the heart, time does not exist. (08-26-12)

In the world of “If,” anything is possible. (09-01-12)

The well of idiocy has no bottom. (09-03-12)

Friends are the candles that light our way through life. (10-02-12)

Dreams are dragonflies, skimming the calm surface of the sleeping mind. (10-13-12)

Fantasy provides what reality denies. (10-13-12)

To open a book is to open the mind. (11-24-12)

You can lead a bigot to logic, but you can't make him think. (12-14-12)

It is to humanity's everlasting credit that even in the darkest of nights we continue to hope for the dawn.

Logic is to spammers what water is to the Wicked Witch of the West. (01-08-13)

Aging is a disease for which there is no cure, and from which there is no recovery. (02-04-13)

Too often Justice listens while Money talks. (02-22-13)

The gift of life comes with increasingly high maintenance costs. (03-09-13)
Anyone who says "you can't buy love" has never paid an animal shelter a few dollars to adopt a pet. (03-12-13)
Memories are a small campfire around which we can huddle on a dark and cold winter's night. (03-16-13)

The mind is a garden in which many different flowers grow. (03-21-13)

Far too many people confuse putting others down with raising themselves up. (05-02-13)

It's astonishing what human beings can accomplish/endure when they have no other choice. (06-12-13)

Never let the actions of others determine your own. (06-18-13)

Words and thoughts have no expiration date. (06-21-13)

Anyone who claims you can't buy love has never been to an animal shelter. (08-07-13)

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1 comment:

Kage Alan said...

I love the one about time not existing to the heart. How true. How very true.

Am thinking you love the one about logic being to spammers what water is to the Wicked Witch. I laughed quite a bit with that one.

Thank you for sharing them all, D. Those were perfect for a Thursday morning. =)