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Aphorisms - show off your own or share your favourites

 
 
Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 07:18 am
Are you familiar with the term 'aphorism'?

Here's some definitions:
brief statement which expresses an observation on life, usually intended as a wise observation.
A short, pithy statement of truth or opinion; a saying.
A brief statement containing an important truth or fundamental principle.
A concise statement of a principle or something held by the speaker to be true or deeply felt.
A terse, pointed statement expressing some wise or clever observation about life.

I confess an obsession with reading them and creating them. One of my all time favourite books is 'The Oxford Book Of Aphorisms'.

Here are some examples taken from the Amazon readers reviews, none are the ones I most treasure, but I will be sharing them with you through this thread. I've even written my own poor attempts - try and contain your excitement. Please share your faves.

"Where they burn books they will also in the end burn human bodies"--Heine, <<Almansor: A Tragedy>>, 1823

"Where they burn human beings, they will also, in the end, burn the wrong book"--Eucaleh Terrapin

"Until death, it is all life." -Cervantes

"Liberty is the right to do what the law permits." -Montesquieu

"Oh well, no matter what happens, there's always death." -Napoleon

"Probably no invention came more easily to man than Heaven."

"Heathen, n. A benighted creature who has the folly to worship something that he can see and feel."

"If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated."
"Even while a thing is in the act of coming into existence, some part of it has already ceased to be." -Marcus Aurelius, 2nd Century

"Religions are kept alive by heresies, which are really sudden explosions of faith." -Gerald Brenan

"The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship." -Blake
 
hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 21 Aug, 2008 11:15 pm
He that knows little often repeats it.

Thomas Fuller Gnomologia 1732

How A2K-resonant is that?
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Shapeless
 
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Reply Fri 22 Aug, 2008 12:33 am
@hingehead,
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
McTag
 
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Reply Fri 22 Aug, 2008 03:51 am

The meek shall inherit the earth- if that's all right with everybody else.
spendius
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 12:41 pm
@McTag,
If **** had value the poor wouldn't have arseholes. (Henry Miller).
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Shapeless
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 01:22 pm
@hingehead,
In capitalism, man exploits man. In communism, it's the other way around.

The nature of "politics" is best understood by examining the etymology of the word--poli of course meaning many and tic meaning a small bloodsucking insect.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 01:26 pm
It is better to HAVE a gun and not NEED it
than it is to NEED a gun and not HAVE it.
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hingehead
 
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Reply Sun 24 Aug, 2008 03:10 am
Hey - a bunch LOLs there - thanks!


Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.
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George
 
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Reply Sun 24 Aug, 2008 12:41 pm
@Shapeless,
Amorphous wrote:
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

Never overestimate the power of large people in stupid groups.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 24 Aug, 2008 12:47 pm
@George,
I married Mr. Right. I just didn't know his first name was "Always"!
(unknown)
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Francis
 
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Reply Sun 24 Aug, 2008 12:54 pm
An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools..

(Ernest Hemingway, who knew a lot about drunkards and fools).
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mags314772
 
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Reply Sun 24 Aug, 2008 03:36 pm
@hingehead,
It's all part of life's rich pageant - Inspector Clouseau
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sun 24 Aug, 2008 03:50 pm
Failing to PLAN
is planning to FAIL
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sun 24 Aug, 2008 03:53 pm
Whatever 's worth doing,
is worth doing WELL,
cause it might be IMPORTANT,
u never can tell;
so no matter how little it seems at the start,
if u do it, then do it with ALL of your HEART !
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hingehead
 
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Reply Tue 26 Aug, 2008 03:21 pm
HEATHEN, n. A benighted creature who has the folly to worship
something that he can see and feel.

Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary 1906
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Wed 27 Aug, 2008 05:25 am
That government governs BEST
which governs LEAST. Thomas Jefferson
hingehead
 
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Reply Wed 27 Aug, 2008 05:55 am
@OmSigDAVID,
The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Thomas Jefferson.
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Wed 27 Aug, 2008 08:44 am
@hingehead,
Gentlemen may cry, "Peace! Peace!" -- but there is no peace.
The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to
our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field!
Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have?
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me,
give me liberty, or give me death!

Patrick Henry - March 23, 1775
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Wed 27 Aug, 2008 09:04 am
@hingehead,
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice
and let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!
Barry Goldwater 1964
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wandeljw
 
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Reply Wed 27 Aug, 2008 02:38 pm
"If I had to choose between pain and nothing, I would always choose pain. I can not live in nothingness." --William Faulkner
 

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