Victorian society was homogeneous without being homogenized. It was, to paraphrase the epigram about Parliament, a society of extreme eccentrics who agreed so well that they could afford to differ.
The art of newspaper paragraphing is to stroke a platitude until it purrs like an Epigram.Quoted in E Anthony O Rare Don Marquis (1962), ch.11.
An Epigram is only a wisecrack that's played at Carnegie Hall.Oscar Levant
The width of a line may present the idea of infinity. An Epigram may contain a world. In the same way, a small picture format may be much more living, much more leavening, stirring, awakening, than square yards of wall space.hans hofmann
A witticism is an Epigram on the death of a feeling.friedrich nietzsche
Experience has repeatedly confirmed that well-known maxim of Bacon 's that "a little philosophy inclineth a man's mind to atheism , but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion ." At the same time, when Bacon penned that sage Epigram... he forgot to add that the God to whom depth in philosophy brings back men's minds is far from being the same from whom a little philosophy estranges them.george santayana
What is an Epigram? a dwarfish whole, Its body brevity, and wit its soul.Author unknown. See Brander Matthews, American Epigrams, Harper's Magazine (Nov., 1903).
The diamond's virtues well might grace The Epigram, and both excel In brilliancy in smallest space, And power to cut as well.George Birdseye. See Brander Matthews, Harper's Magazine (Nov., 1903).
The qualities all in a bee that we meet, In an Epigram never should fail; The body should always be little and sweet, And a sting should be felt in its tail.Attributed to Charles Yriarte by Brander Matthews, American Epigrams. Harper's Monthly (Nov., 1903).
It [an Epigram] should sound like something that somebody might say, but it should be something that nobody has ever said before.Ashley Brilliant (b. 1933), American cartoonist, epigrammatist, aphorist and publisher. From his interview for the Wall Street Journal, 6th January 1992. (He commentating here on his “Pot-Shots” postcards.)
For a discussion of the Epigram and more of its numerous translations, see the Wikipedia article: Battle of Thermoplyae.Herodotus, in Histories; the remarks of Dienekes have sometimes become attributed to Leonidas.
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