A Selection of Modern-Day Maxims

 Well done! is better than, Well said!

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.

Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.

The greater part of progress is the desire to progress.

For every person who climbs the ladder of success there are a dozen waiting for the elevator.

An ego trip won’t get you anywhere.

If you want your dreams to come true, don’t oversleep.

Happiness is the place between too little and too much.

A turtle makes progress when it sticks its neck out.

A natural tendency is to want to be understood rather than understand.

If you don’t lie down no one can walk on you.

People don’t fail, they give up.

The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime.

Smile, it takes only 13 muscles – a frown takes 64.

You can’t direct the wind, but you can adjust your sails. 


Modern-day maxims certainly do not have the “weightiness” of those traditional aphorisms from ancient Greece and the Enlightenment Period, but there still is an element of truth twisted into these short, pithy sayings.  Last Fall, By George Journal editors provided three posts with 200 or so modern statements of principle and advice. Here is a link to those three postings.

Modern-Day Maxim (1)  

Modern-Day Maxim (2)

Modern-Day Maxim (3)

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