December 1, 2008

Aphorism – n. a pithy observation which contains a general truth.

This is a word that I’ve heard before but that I wouldn’t have known how to use correctly.  It has a smart sound to it, for sure.  Maybe everyone else already knew this but turns out that most of my favorite “quotations” could be considered aphorisms.  Probably the same for you.  They’re short and they’re clever and that’s why we like them.

So here’s some examples of aphorisms:

  • One death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic. — unknown, but has been attributed to Joseph Stalin
  • Only that which always existed can be eternal. — G. Antuan Suárez
  • Believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see. — Mark Twain
  • It is better to be hated for what one is, than loved for what one is not. — André Gide
  • A lie told often enough becomes the truth. — Vladimir Lenin

And here’s where you can find more: aphorisms galore; aphorism 4 all


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