An aphorism has been defined as a proverb coined in a private mint, and the definition is a happy one; for the aphorism, like the proverb, is the result of observation, and however private and superior the mint, the coins it strikes must, to find acceptance, be made of current metal.
Woe unto you,… for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin.Matthew, XXIII, 23. (Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations)
The piety that keeps the Sabbath with a great zeal of devotion, yet fails to keep its possessor honest on Monday, is not the kind that is stamped in the mint of heaven.Herrick Johnson, p. 453. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
A man in all the world’s new fashion planted, That hath a mint of phrases in his brain.King of Navarre, scene i
If the excrement of an elephant should be smeared on skin in which lice appear and left until it dries upon the skin, the lice will not remain on it but will depart immediately. If the fat of an elephant is smeared with it, it is said to cure the pain of one who suffers a headache; it is even said that if an ounce of elephant bone is drunk with ten ounces of wild mountain mint from something which a leper first touched, it does the most for a headache.albertus magnus
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