Truisms - Words To Live By

Aphorisms are words of wisdom of those who had been through life’s hard knocks. It is beneficial for us, to once in while, take a break from whatever we are doing to study them. We could learn something about life they didn’t teach us in school. Make studying of aphorisms a hobby, a habit. You will find that it is time well spent, time well invested.

I started collecting aphorisms when I was in primary school. These truisms have served me well. Here are a few from the collection.

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Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

People who speak of the good they do usually have bigger tongues than hearts. - Unknown

You should not be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever – for the worse! - Unknown

Progress is what happens when impossibility yields to necessity. - Arnold Glasow

The men who make history have not time to write it. - Metternich

True humility is intelligent self-respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. - Ralph W. Sockman

Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it. - Louis-Ferdinand Celine

A man is great by deeds, not by birth. - Chanakya

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There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose. - Elbert Hubbard

Enthusiasm is a kind of faith that has been set afire. - George Matthew Adams

A little experience often upsets a lot of theory. - Samuel Parkes Cadman

The responsibility of a leader is to bring those that are under his direction from where they are now to where they have never been. - James Mendel

Heroes are people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences. - Unknown

A man is a sovereign unto himself, and may only be ruled by his own consent. - John Wilkes

Knowledge can be communicated but wisdom cannot. - Herman Hesse

Please don’t judge people. You don’t know what it took someone to get out of bed, look and feel as presentable as possible, and face the day. You never truly know the struggles of others. - Karen Salmansohn

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