Aphorisms, except they should be ridiculous, cannot be made but of the pith and heart of sciences; for discourse of illustration is cut off; recitals of examples are cut off; discourse of connection and order is cut off; descriptions of practice are cut off. So there remaineth nothing to fill the aphorisms but some good quantity of observation; and therefore no man can suffice, nor in reason will attempt, to write aphorisms, but he that is sound and grounded.
Aphorisms, representing a knowledge broken, do invite men to inquire further; whereas methods, carrying the show of a total, do secure men, as if they were at furthest.Francis Bacon
Aphorisms are bad for novels. They stick in the reader’s teeth.
Aphorisms are not true or false, but pointed or flat.
Aphorisms have never seduced anybody, but they have fooled some into considering themselves worldly-wise.
Aphorisms are the true form of the universal philosophy.
Aphorisms are rogue ideas.
Most of my writing consists of an attempt to translate Aphorisms into continuous prose.Northrop Frye
At all times pseudoprofound Aphorisms have been more popular than rigorous arguments.
Exclusively of the abstract science, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of Aphorisms: and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism.Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The hunter for Aphorisms on human nature has to fish in muddy water, and he is ever condemned to find much of his own mind.
There is something anachronistic about the very idea of Aphorisms or maxims. Contemporary culture isn’t stately enough, or stable enough, to support them.
The great writers of Aphorisms read as if they had all known each other very well.
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.
An aphorism is a speculative principle either in science or morals, which is presented in a few words to the understanding:;; it is the substance of a doctrine, and many Aphorisms may contain the abstract of a science
I’ve always felt Aphorisms as reminders, gongs–in–words.
But, perhaps, the excellence of Aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some obvious and useful truth in a few words.
Someone who can write Aphorisms should not fritter away his time writing essays.
There are Aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion.
Whoever writes in blood and Aphorisms wants not to be learned but to be learned by heart.
Despite our attempts to imbue them with some flavor, any flavor Aphorisms all turn out so...generic; they all sound as if they were delivered by the same disenfranchised, bad-tempered minor deity.
The difference between an aphorism and a fragment is in their means of articulation. While Aphorisms are primarily literary or philosophical, fragments can be pictorial, musical, or architectural as well. But because the highest degree of articulation can be achieved in an aphorism, it remains for all fragments the measure of possible expression and of their latent meaning.
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