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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 (1933-2004) American author.

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

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

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.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) British statesman.

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 (1772-1834) British poet, critic, and philosopher.

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

Karl Kraus (1874-1936) Austrian satirist.


He had a wonderful talent for packing thought close, and rendering it portable.

Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859) English politician, essayist and poet.

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

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British novelist and playwright.

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 (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

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 (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

Epigrams succeed where epics fail.

Persian proverb