17 quotes about Aphorisms and Epigrams
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An epigram is a flashlight of a truth; a witticism, truth laughing at itself.
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Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart's blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.
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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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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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An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half.
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An epigram is only a wisecrack that's played at Carnegie Hall.
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He had a wonderful talent for packing thought close, and rendering it portable.
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Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.
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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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There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion.
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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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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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Epigrams succeed where epics fail.
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Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.
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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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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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He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone.
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