Quotations The Best Quotes About Aphorisms And Epigrams  

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An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half. Karl Kraus

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Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams. W. Somerset Maugham

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An epigram is a flashlight of a truth; a witticism, truth laughing at itself. Minna Antrim

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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. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said. Jean Rostand

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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. Friedrich Nietzsche

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He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone. Oscar Wilde

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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. F. H. Bradley

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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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An epigram is only a wisecrack that's played at Carnegie Hall. Oscar Levant

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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. Friedrich Nietzsche

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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. Susan Sontag

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He had a wonderful talent for packing thought close, and rendering it portable. Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay

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Epigrams succeed where epics fail.

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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. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel

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There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion. Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov