64 Aphorism Quotes On Success In Life

These aphorism quotes will inspire you. Aphorism, a concise statement of a principle or a concise statement of a scientific principle, typically by an ancient classical author.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging aphorism quotes, aphorism sayings, and aphorism proverbs.

Best Aphorism Quotes

  1. “I got a note from my father, who said that Success is wonderful if you don’t inhale. That was his own aphorism, and I think it’s the very best thing he could have said to me or anyone else on the subject.” ~ Sam Waterston
  2. “Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms: and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism.” ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  3. “Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart’s blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.” ~ F. H. Bradley
  4. “An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.” ~ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

  5. “How many of us have been attracted to reason; first learned to think, to draw conclusions, to extract a moral from the follies of life, by some dazzling aphorism.” ~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton
  6. “How many of us have been first attracted to reason, first learned to think, to draw conclusions, to extract a moral from the follies of life, by some dazzling aphorism from Rochefoucauld or La Bruyere.” ~ Bill Vaughan
  7. “There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion.” ~ Vladimir Nabokov
  8. “Aphorisms are bad for novels. They stick in the reader’s teeth.” ~ Anatole Broyard

  9. “Someone who can write aphorisms should not fritter away his time in essays.” ~ Karl Kraus
  10. “The aphorism, the apothegm, in which I am the first among the Germans to be a master, are the forms of “eternity”; it is my ambition to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a book — what everyone else does not say in a book.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
  11. “Aphorisms are the true form of the universal philosophy.” ~ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
  12. “The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well.” ~ Elias Canetti

  13. “An aphorism is never exactly true; it is either a half-truth or one-and-a-half truths.” ~ Karl Kraus
  14. “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” ~ Albert Einstein
  15. “The aphorism is cultivated only by those who have known fear in the midst of words, that fear of collapsing with all the words.” ~ Emile M. Cioran
  16. “We have oftener than once endeavoured to attach some meaning to that aphorism, vulgarly imputed to Shaftesbury, which however we can find nowhere in his works, that “ridicule is the test of truth.”” ~ John Keats

  17. “APHORISM, n. Predigested wisdom. The flabby wine-skin of his brain Yields to some pathologic strain, And voids from its unstored abysm The driblet of an aphorism. “The Mad Philosopher,” 1697″ ~ Ambrose Bierce
  18. “An aphorism is a personal observation inflated into a universal truth, a private posing as a general.” ~ Stefan Kanfer
  19. “Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 153” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
  20. “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” ~ Mark Twain

  21. “Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  22. “Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.” ~ Mark Twain
  23. “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” ~ Isaac Asimov
  24. “When truth is replaced by silence,the silence is a lie.” ~ Yevgeny Yevtushenko

  25. “Experience comes from bad judgment.” ~ Mark Twain
  26. “And the meek shall inherit the earth.” ~ Geddy Lee
  27. “Always be civil to the girls, you never know who they may marry.” ~ Nancy Mitford
  28. “The weak can never forgive.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

  29. “Hit the nail on the head.” ~ John Heywood
  30. “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury; signifying nothing.” ~ William Shakespeare
  31. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  32. “If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.” ~ James Thurber

  33. “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.” ~ Winston Churchill
  34. “All complaining comes from pride.” ~ Joyce Meyer
  35. “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” ~ Roald Dahl
  36. “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.” ~ William Shakespeare

  37. “Be realistic, demand the impossible!” ~ Che Guevara
  38. “What the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies.” ~ Thomas Cranmer
  39. “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” ~ Confucius
  40. “A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.” ~ Oscar Wilde

  41. “He who has rejected his demons badgers us to death with his angels” ~ Henri Michaux
  42. “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” ~ George Orwell
  43. “Young people of high school age can actually feel themselves changing. Progress is almost tangible. It’s exciting. It stimulates more progress. Nevertheless, growth is not constant and smooth. Erik Erikson quotes an aphorism to describe the formless forming of it. “I ain’t what I ought to be. I ain’t what I’m going to be, but I’m not what I was.” ~ Stella Chess
  44. “An ancient Vedic aphorism says, “Infinite flexibility is the secret to immortality.” When we cultivate flexibility in or consciousness, we renew ourselves in every moment and reverse the aging process.” ~ Deepak Chopra

  45. “An apt aphorism half kills, half immortalizes.” ~ Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
  46. “Aphorisms know the angles, but not the structure.” ~ Mason Cooley
  47. “Aphorisms have never seduced anybody, but they have fooled some into considering themselves worldly-wise.” ~ Mason Cooley
  48. “Age certainly hadn’t conferred any smarts on me. Character maybe, but mediocrity is a constant, as one Russian writer put it. Russian writers have a way with aphorisms. They probably spend all winter thinking them up.” ~ Haruki Murakami

  49. “All of us encounter, at least once in our life, some individual who utters words that make us think forever. There are men whose phrases are oracles; who condense in one sentence the secrets of life; who blurt out an aphorism that forms a character or illustrates an existence.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli
  50. “I lost many literary battles the day I read ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God.’ I had to concede that occasionally aphorisms have their power. I had to give up the idea that Keats had a monopoly on the lyrical.” ~ Zadie Smith
  51. “Aphorisms are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feeling.” ~ William Rounseville Alger
  52. “‘Character,” says Novalis, in one of his questionable aphorisms – character is destiny’.” ~ George Eliot

  53. “I do not know to whom the aphorism ‘There are no sound studies, only ones that haven’t been busted yet’ belongs, but it has measure of truth in it.” ~ Mark Dvoretsky
  54. “I wrote my first two long novels and an anthology of short narratives, when I was a manager of my own jazz bar. There was not enough time to write and I didn’t know how to write novels. Therefore, I made written collages of aphorisms and rags.” ~ Haruki Murakami
  55. “Alan Kay’s famous aphorism is that perspective is worth 80 IQ points. An innovative insight is not the product of an individual’s brilliance. It’s not as if innovators’ heads are wired in different ways. Innovation typically comes from looking at the world through a slightly different lens.” ~ Gary Hamel
  56. “An aphorism is the last link in a long chain of thought.” ~ Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

  57. “One can never be too rich or too thin’ is an aphorism attributed to the Duchess of Windsor. Being both rich and thin is a difficult enterprise, indeed almost unprecedented as an ideal. Into the paradoxical gap between the capacity to spend money and the need to eat less steps a brilliant solution: ‘light’ food. In buying ‘light’ food we can pay more for what costs less to produce in the first place.” ~ Margaret Visser
  58. “Most of my writing consists of an attempt to translate aphorisms into continuous prose.” ~ Northrop Frye
  59. “An aphorism is a generalization, therefore not modern.” ~ John Fowles
  60. “One of the aphorisms occurred to me now and I wrote it under the picture: “Fate and temperament are two words for one and the same concept.” That was clear to me now.” ~ Hermann Hesse

  61. “We have the highest authority for believing that the meek shall inherit the earth; though I have never found any particular corroboration of this aphorism in the records of Somerset House.” ~ F. E. Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead
  62. “Belief in form, but disbelief in content – that’s what makes an aphorism charming.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
  63. “What are the precise characteristics of an epigram it is not easy to define. It differs from a joke, in the fact that the wit of the latter dies in the words, and cannot therefore be conveyed in another language; while an epigram is a wit of ideas, and hence, is translatable. Like aphorisms, songs and sonnets, it is occupied with some single point, small and manageable; but whilst a song conveys a sentiment, a sonnet a poetical, and an aphorism a moral reflection, an epigram expresses a contrast.” ~ William Matthews
  64. “Aphorisms may equivocate, but they must not wobble.” ~ Mason Cooley

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