aphorism aphorism  /ˈæ fə ˌrɪ zəm/


  • (n) a short pithy instructive saying


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  • Most aphorisms have a turn in phrase as in , 'A place for everything, everything in its place'.


  • Dan Cardinali: When Doing Good Isn't Good Enough

    When was the last time you heard someone use that old aphorism, "The perfect is the enemy of the good"? On its face, this sounds like sage advice. At the same time, I think there is a danger in this approach.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: The Huffington Post


  1. Describing the champ's downward spiral, Oates writes that "Boxing is the appropriate sport for Nietzsche's terrifying aphorism: 'What someone is begins to be revealed when his talent abates, when he stops showing us what he can do.'"
    on Jan 25, 2005 By: Joyce Carol Oates Source: The Sweet Science

  2. "I don't know where it really comes from; it sounds like an aphorism," Gillick, 45, said this week from New York, where he now lives. "I have a feeling I may have picked it up in a bar or it may have been said to me by someone who was feeling...
    on Dec 5, 2009 By: Liam Gillick Source: Globe and Mail

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