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- Updated: 2024-07-22.




1. Unlocking Wisdom, One Witty Aphorism at a Time!


Self-image is the prison. Other people are the guards.


Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

Mark Twain


Things only have the value that we give them.

- Moliere


“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.”
– Immanuel Kant


if you kill a cockroach you are a hero, if you kill a butterfly, you are evil. morals have aesthetic criteria.


"In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate."
~ Isaac Asimov


"Well done is better than well said."

-Benjamin Franklin


If you're really, really quiet, you can hear yourself doing the world a favor.


"The problem with genius is that you have to tolerate madness."


By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
- Richard Dawkins



2. Serving Up Sage Advice with a Twist of Irony!


Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
- Confucius


We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.


We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise.

-- Larry Wall


“Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.”
– Oscar Wilde


Understanding is an art. And not everyone is an artist.


"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."


"If you need to memorize it, then you didn't understand it."


The man who treats his woman as a queen is deserved to live as a king.


“Gratitude is the wine of the soul. Go on. Get drunk!”
— Rumi


"You are strong only where you were broken."



3. Aphorisms and Sayings: Where Paradoxical Wisdom Reigns Supreme!


“You must be prepared to work always without applause.”

— Ernest Hemingway


"The problem with genius is that you have to tolerate madness."


"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."

- Robert Frost


Let your kindness change the world. Don't let the world change your kindness.


Wrinkles mean you laughed, grey hair means you cared, and scars mean you lived.


"Every poem should remind the reader that they are going to die."
~ Edgar Allan Poe


Understanding is an art. And not everyone is an artist.


Not all those who wander are lost.

–– J. R. R. Tolkien


"Never put off until tomorrow what you can put off forever."
- P. J Plauger


"If everyone demanded peace instead of a new TV set, then there'd be peace."
~ John Lennon



4. Quirky Aphorisms and Sayings: A Playground for the Witty Mind!


“If you kill a cockroach you are a hero, if you kill a butterfly you are bad. Morality has aesthetic standards.”

— Nietzsche


Life is a long process of getting tired.
– Samuel Butler


An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.
~ Ernest Hemingway


My universe is my eyes and my ears. Anything else is hearsay.


So many rules; so little time to break them.


“Of all bad men, religious bad men are the worst.”
— C. S. Lewis


Freedom of speech does not protect you from the consequences of saying stupid shit...


I don't have "trust" issues. I have "I've seen this before and I know how it ends" issues.


“Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.”
– Robert A. Heinlein.


Today is the first day of the rest of your life, but so was yesterday, and look how that turned out.



5. Embrace the Paradox: Unveiling the Hidden Truths in Aphorisms!


"I don't think I've ever tried to be anything other than a weirdo."
-- Martin Gore


“A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk.”
— Charlie Chaplin


“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”
— Abraham Lincoln


"As fire tests gold, so misfortune tests brave men."

— Seneca


"Art is never finished, only abandoned."
— Leonardo da Vinci


"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead."
— Oscar Wilde


“No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


“Hèll is empty and all the dëvils are here.”
— William Shakespeare


"Don't be overheard complaining... not even to yourself."

— Marcus Aurelius


“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.”
— Voltaire



6. Aphorisms and Quotes: Where Contradictions Spark Enlightenment!


"Always go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth."
— Albert Camus


“Those who are hardest to love need it the most.”
— Socrates


“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
― Søren Kierkegaard


"Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them."

― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


"It is madness to hate all roses because you got scratched with one thorn."
Antoine de Saint-Exupére


”When you have something to say, silence is a lie.”
— Jordan B. Peterson


“The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.”
— Plato


“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise again.”
— Victory Hugo


" You misinterpret everything, even the silence."
~ Franz Kafka


“I am not upset that you lied to me, I am upset that from now on I can't believe you.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche



7. Aphorisms: The Art of Puzzling Wisdom with a Dash of Humor!


“Expectation is the root of all heartache.”
— William Shakespeare


“To be alone is the fate of all great minds.”
— Arthur Schopenhauer


“No legacy is as rich as honesty.”
— William Shakespeare


“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.”
— William Blake


“Fire tests gold, suffering tests brave men.”
— Seneca


“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
— Oscar Wilde


“I begin to speak only when I am certain what I will say isn’t better left unsaid.”
— Kato the Elder


Your heart is the size of a fist because you need it to fight.
- Lora Mathis


“To think too much is a disease.”
— Fyodor Dostoevsky


“Engineering is the closest thing to magic that exists in the world.”
—Elon Musk


8. Irony Unleashed: Unveiling the Unexpected in Aphorisms and Quotes!


“Normal people… believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.”
—Scott Adams


"The deeper the wound, the more private the pain."
Isabel Allende


"Things start out as hopes and end up as habits."


There's a light in a woman's eyes that speaks louder than words.
• Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles


"It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us."

- Peter De Vries


“A new survey found that 80 percent of men claim they help cook Thanksgiving dinner. Which makes sense, when you hear they consider saying 'that smells good' to be helping.”
— Jimmy Fallon


"Life is like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters."

- Seneca


“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.”
– J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye


"Mess with me? I'll let karma do its job. Mess with my family? I become karma."
- Unknown


"Karma is like a rubber band. It can only stretch so far until it comes back and smacks you in the face."




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