Aphorisms Quotes

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An epigram is a flashlight of a truth; a witticism, truth laughing at itself.
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Antrim, Minna
1861-18 American Epigrammist

Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart’s blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.

Bradley, Francis H.
1846-1924 British Philosopher

Most maxim-mongers have preferred the prettiness to the justness of a thought, and the turn to the truth; but I have refused myself to everything that my own experience did not justify and confirm.
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Chesterfield, Lord
1694-1773 British Statesman Author

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.
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Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
1772-1834 British Poet Critic Philosopher

An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half.
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Kraus, Karl
1874-1936 Austrian Satirist

An epigram is only a wisecrack that’s played at Carnegie Hall.
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Levant, Oscar
1906-1972 American Pianist Actor

He had a wonderful talent for packing thought close, and rendering it portable.
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Macaulay, Thomas B.
1800-1859 American Essayist and Historian

Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.
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Maugham, W. Somerset
1874-1965 British Novelist Playwright

They are the guiding oracles which man has found out for himself in that great business of ours, of learning how to be, to do, to do without, and to depart.
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Morley, John
1838-1923 British Journalist Biographer Statesman

There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion.
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Nabokov, Vladimir
1899-1977 Russian-born American Novelist Poet

The aphorism in which I am the first master among Germans, are the forms of eternity; my ambition is to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a book — what everyone else does not say in a book.
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Nietzsche, Friedrich
1844-1900 German Philosopher

In the mountains the shortest route is from peak to peak, but for that you must have long legs. Aphorisms should be peaks: and those to whom they are spoken should be big and tall of stature.
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Nietzsche, Friedrich
1844-1900 German Philosopher

Epigrams succeed where epics fail.
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Proverb, Persian
Sayings of Persian Origin

Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.
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Rostand, Jean
1894-1977 French Biologist Writer

An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.
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Schlegel, Friedrich
1772-1829 German Philosopher Critic Writer

It is the nature of aphoristic thinking to be always in a state of concluding; a bid to have the final word is inherent in all powerful phrase-making.
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Sontag, Susan
1933 American Essayist

He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone.
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Wilde, Oscar
1856-1900 British Author Wit

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