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aphorism
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Definition a short saying intended to impart wisdom
  • She often quotes St. Augustine's aphorism, "Love the sinner and hate the sin."
aphorism = a short saying intended to impart wisdom
  • He shared his latest aphorism: "Don't let go too soon, but don't hang on too long."
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • aphorism = short, wise saying
  • —Mason Cooley (1927–2002), U.S. aphorist He tried to kill me," Andy keeps saying.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • She had a store of aphorisms which she dished out as the occasion demanded.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • 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
  • ESTRAGON: (aphoristic for once).
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • I cannot wait for your first collection of aphorisms.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "Character," says Novalis, in one of his questionable aphorisms,—"character is destiny."
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • 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
  • The famous Hermetic aphorism—Know ye not that ye are gods?
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • 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
  • I had prepared myself for that, and even thought of several positive, uplifting aphorisms to cheer him up.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • In verse and aphorism, Pickings recommended good health, good roads, good business, and the single standard of morality.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • 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
  • "Split the stick," runs a Gnostic aphorism, "and there is Jesus."
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • And when they spoke, they often used roundabout expressions and aphorisms that left Eragon more confused than when they began.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He had professional aphorisms, which he inserted into his wife's mind.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • That is one of your aphorisms.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • He had a knack for aphorism.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • His eyes are twinkling, and I just know he's about to give me some clever little aphorism.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic

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