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.
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.
Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart's blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.
An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.
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.
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.
There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion.
Aphorisms are bad for novels. They stick in the reader's teeth.
We endeavor to stuff the universe into the gullet of an aphorism.
Someone who can write aphorisms should not fritter away his time in essays.
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.
Aphorisms are the true form of the universal philosophy.
The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well.
An aphorism is never exactly true; it is either a half-truth or one-and-a-half truths.
The laughter of the aphorism is sometimes triumphant, but seldom carefree.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
A good aphorism is too hard for the tooth of time, and is not worn away by all the centuries, although it serves as food for every epoch.
The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in a few words.
APHORISM, n. Predigested wisdom.
The aphorism is cultivated only by those who have known fear in the midst of words, that fear of collapsing with all the words.
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."
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
An aphorism is a personal observation inflated into a universal truth, a private posing as a general.
Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 153
Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.
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