Maxim Quotes

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Winston S. Churchill
“The maxim, "Nothing prevails but perfection," may be spelled PARALYSIS.”
Winston S. Churchill

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Only courageous hearts can endure the bitterness of truth.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, The Book of Maxims, Poems and Anecdotes

Josh Rushing
“In the simple moral maxim the Marine Corps teaches

— do the right thing, for the right reason

— no exception exists that says: unless there's criticism or risk. Damn the consequences.”
Josh Rushing, Mission Al-Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World

Adam Smith
“All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.”
Adam Smith

V.E. Schwab
Kings need not raise their voices to be heard.
V.E. Schwab, A Conjuring of Light

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The most upsetting thing about Society’s attitude towards disabled people is that many millions of disabled people became disabled while trying to please Society, the very same bitch that secretly regards them as subhuman.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Some of us were brought into this troubled world primarily or only to increase our fathers’ chances of not being left by our mothers, or vice versa.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

Paulo Coelho
“When we venture in that unfamiliar sea, we trust blindly in those who guide us, believing that they know more than we do.”
Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Most sane human beings’ chances of being alive in a thousand years’ time are a hundred times higher than their chances of being sincerely happy for at least ten consecutive days.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Jonathan D. Spence
“Seek joyfulness when you can, for seeking joy leads to an auspicious atmosphere.”
Jonathan D. Spence, Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K'ang-Hsi
tags: joy, maxim

François de La Rochefoucauld
“Perfect valour is to do without witnesses what
one would do before all the world.”
François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“In reality most human beings are not, to most human beings, more important than money.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

Mohsin Hamid
“Maximum return was the maxim to which we returned.”
Mohsin Hamid

Mark Batterson
“I live by the maxim, love people when they least expect it and least deserve it. That how you change someone’s life forever.”
Mark Batterson, If: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God's What If Possibilities

Michael Moorcock
“I have hated hypocrisy and deception all my life, yet all my life I have been victim to it. That is the terrible irony.”
Michael Moorcock, Byzantium Endures

Laurence Galian
“The maxim 'Know thyself,' can be a sharp and painful sword, but it must be endured in order to be a True Human Being.”
Laurence Galian, Alien Parasites: 40 Gnostic Truths to Defeat the Archon Invasion!

E.L. James
“I missed my workout this morning, so I vault up the stairs to my flat. Breakfast has taken longer than intended, and I'm expecting Oliver at any minute. Part of me also hopes that Alessia will still be there. As I approach my front door, I hear music coming from the flat.
Music? What's going on?
I slide my key into the lock and cautiously open the door. It's Bach, one of his preludes in G Major. Perhaps Alessia is playing music through my computer. But how can she? She doesn't know the password. Does she? Maybe she's playing her phone through the sound system, though from the look of her tatty anorak she doesn't strike me as someone who has a smartphone. I've never seen her with one. The music rings through my flat, lighting up its darkest corners. Who knew that my daily likes classical?
This is a tiny piece of the Alessia Demachi puzzle. Quickly I close the door, but as I stand in the hallway, it becomes apparent that the music is not coming from the sound system. It's from my piano. Bach. Fluid and light, played with a deftness and understanding I've only heard from concert-standard performers.
I've never managed to make my piano sing like this. Taking off my shoes, I creep down the hallway and peer around the door into the drawing room. She is seated at the piano in her housecoat and scarf, swaying a little, completely lost in the music, her eyes closed in concentration as her hands move with graceful dexterity across the keys. The music flows through her, echoing off the walls and ceiling in a flawless performance worthy of any concert pianist. I watch her in awe as she plays, her head bowed.
She is brilliant.
In every way.
And I'm completely spellbound.
She finishes the prelude, and I step back into the hall, flattening myself against the wall in case she looks up, not daring to breath. However, without missing a beat she goes straight into the fugue. I lean against the wall and close my eyes, marveling at her artistry and the feeling that she puts into each phrase. I'm carried away by the music, and as I listen, I realize that she wasn't reading the music. She's playing from memory.
Good God. She's a fucking virtuoso.
And I remember her intense focus when she examined my score while she was dusting the piano. Clearly she was reading the music.
Shit. She plays at this standard and she was reading my composition? The fugue ends, and seamlessly she launches into another piece. Again Bach, Prelude in C-sharp Major, I think.”
E.L. James

Vincent Okay Nwachukwu
“Show me your friends and I’ll tell who you are’, is a profound maxim. Even if one argues to the contrary, that one tolerates certain characters as friends tells a story.”
Vincent Okay Nwachukwu, Weighty 'n' Worthy African Proverbs - Volume 1

“I am not responsible for your interpretation of my context.”

--wit for the witless, poems on the Run vol. I”
Douglas Laurent

“God does not help those who help themselves. Rather, he helps those who cannot help themselves, know it, and rely on him.”
Dean R. Ulrich, From Famine to Fullness: The Gospel According to Ruth

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