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She often quotes St. Augustine’s aphorism, "Love the sinner and hate the sin."
  a short saying intended to impart wisdom
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  • She often quotes St. Augustine’s aphorism, "Love the sinner and hate the sin."
  • He shared his latest aphorism: "Don’t let go too soon, but don’t hang on too long."
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • There were company-wide notices about each day’s menus, each day’s weather, each day’s words of the wise—last week’s aphorisms were from MLK, Gandhi, Salk, Mother Teresa and Steve Jobs.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I had prepared myself for that, and even thought of several positive, uplifting aphorisms to cheer him up.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace

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  • I have been taught these two aphorisms in Latin and in Greek; one is, I believe, from Phaedrus, and the other from Bias.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • She had a store of aphorisms which she dished out as the occasion demanded.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • He had professional aphorisms, which he inserted into his wife’s mind.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He could still hear his father speaking the old New England aphorism: If it wasn’t painfully difficult, you did it wrong.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • And when they spoke, they often used roundabout expressions and aphorisms that left Eragon more confused than when they began.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Altogether, the Old Bailey, at that date, was a choice illustration of the precept, that "Whatever is is right;" an aphorism that would be as final as it is lazy, did it not include the troublesome consequence, that nothing that ever was, was wrong.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities

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  • The famous Hermetic aphorism—Know ye not that ye are gods?—was one of the pillars of the Ancient Mysteries.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • For now, the convenient aphorism "kids from other, harder schools" is metamorphosing into real flesh and bone.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • ESTRAGON: (aphoristic for once).
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • That is one of your aphorisms.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • "Character," says Novalis, in one of his questionable aphorisms,—"character is destiny."
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • "Split the stick," runs a Gnostic aphorism, "and there is Jesus."
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • He would be an aphorist of last things, giving me the barest glance—civilized, ironic—as he spoke his deft and stylish line about my journey out.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • He had a knack for aphorism.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • With the majority such an opinion is shelved with all those trite aphorisms which require some catastrophe to bring their tremendous meanings thoroughly home.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • At last Doctor Pedro Recio Agilers of Tirteafuera promised to let him have supper that night though it might be in contravention of all the aphorisms of Hippocrates.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He thought of Medusa’s Echo and a Gallic aphorism that proclaimed that the more things changed the more they remained the same.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Nothing could have been less consonant with Selden’s mood than Van Alstyne’s after-dinner aphorisms, but as long as the latter confined himself to generalities his listener’s nerves were in control.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Compliments of Dadbury Petersen Advertising Corp. "Ads, not Fads, at Dad’s" The Boosters all read Mr. Peterson’s aphorism and said they understood it perfectly.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • The person questioned smiles beatifically and responds in some non sequitur that would make the babble of the Web’s worst village idiot seem like sage aphorisms in comparison.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • In the jockeys’ room he orchestrated a string of clever practical jokes, sequestered himself in corners to pore over literature, and mystified his fellow jocks with aphorisms from Omar Khayyam and "Old Waldo" Emerson.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • In this instance, the very opening sentence—"Is there not an appointed time to man on earth?" was startling, and as Hetty proceeded, Hutter applied, or fancied he could apply many aphorisms and figures to his own worldly and mental condition.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • …believed to have walked on water often portrayed with arms outstretched known to have spent time alone in the wilderness believed to have had a confrontation with the devil, possibly tempted last seen in the company of thieves creator of many aphorisms and parables buried, but arose on the third dayhad disciples, twelve at first, although not all equally devoted very forgiving came to redeem an unworthy world You may not subscribe to this list, may find it too glib, but if you want to…
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • I cannot wait for your first collection of aphorisms.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I thought them admirably suited to the subject, little Zen-like aphorisms for each photograph.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • His eyes are twinkling, and I just know he’s about to give me some clever little aphorism.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • In verse and aphorism, Pickings recommended good health, good roads, good business, and the single standard of morality.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Keep up the circulation of his blood for years to come, and excite aphorism and anecdotes and dreams for the instruction and amusements by the action of his brain upon his mind.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • It had many imitators, and founded an aphoristic style of writing which culminated in the essays of Emerson, often mere strings of sonorous certainties, defectively articulated.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • And it is more effective than the large number of aphorisms that make up our State bills of rights, which would sound much better in a treatise on ethics than in a constitution of government.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Every now and then, having learned from Newman that he had been through the museums of Europe, he uttered some polished aphorism upon the flesh-tints of Rubens and the good taste of Sansovino.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • They know I have no use for surgical aphorisms such as "When in doubt, cut it out" or "Why wait when you can operate" other than for how reliably they reveal the shallowest intellects in our field.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Here is a better recognition of popular rights, than volumes of those aphorisms which make the principal figure in several of our State bills of rights, and which would sound much better in a treatise of ethics than in a constitution of government.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The commissary accorded Kovaloff a fairly frigid reception, saying that the afternoon was not the best time to come with a case, that nature required one to rest a little after eating (this showed the committee-man that the commissary was acquainted with the aphorisms of the ancient sages), and that respectable people did not have their noses stolen.
    Nikolai Gogol  --  The Nose
  • —Mason Cooley (1927–2002), U.S. aphorist He tried to kill me," Andy keeps saying.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • After a while, he had more than fifty of these "aphorisms," which he shared with his friends.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • His favorite aphorism is some Asian saying about how "the hungriest lion is not the one at the top of the hill, but the lion just beneath him, who wants to get to the top."
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • After ten standard months I was done, acknowledging the ancient aphorism to the effect that no book or poem is ever finished, merely abandoned.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • He found the stricken rider distracting himself from his pain by firing off aphorisms from Ralph Waldo Emerson—"Old Waldo"—at the nurses.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • GENET AND I SAT DOWN one evening, practicing our penmanship by copying out a page of aphorisms from Bickham’s before beginning our homework.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • He mentioned a dear friend Morrie had, Maurie Stein, who had first sent Morrie’s aphorisms to the Boston Globe.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • The aphorism contained a certain literal truth.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He reminisces for a while and throws out a few light aphorisms before turning bleak and discussing Bosnia and balkanism, victims of wars, and conflicts across the globe.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • "I sum it up in my newest aphorism," he said.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • It was something for him to jot down for his collection of aphorisms: one either expresses a mystery in the simplest words, or not at all.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • She was in unison with Father Gillenormand; while he erected joy into aphorisms and maxims, she exhaled goodness like a perfume.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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