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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

aphorism

\AF-uh-riz-uhm\ , noun;
1.
A terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation.
Quotes:
He who first uttered the boast was a public benefactor, and every man who repeated the aphorism, and believed it, furthered a good work, and helped to build up the structure of his country's greatness.
-- Charles Mackay, The gouty philosopher
The aphorism wants to deflate our pretensions, to pull us "back to earth," by challenging us to change the way we live.
-- Carl Rakosi, The collected prose of Carl Rakosi
Origin:
Aphorism comes from the Greek aphorismós, "definition."
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