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Aphorism Examples

An aphorism is an original thought, spoken or written in a concise and memorable form that expresses an opinion or a statement. Aphorism literally means a "distinction" or "definition". The term was first used in the Aphorisms by Hippocrates in 400 B.C. The term was later applied to maxims of physical science, then statements of all kinds of philosophical, moral, or literary principles. In modern usage an aphorism is generally understood to be a concise statement containing a subjective truth or observation cleverly and pithily written.

It is generally agreed that in order for a statement to qualify as an aphorism, it must contain a truth which is revealed in a concise fashion. Some theorists go further, arguing that aphorisms must contain an element of philosophy. In the view of these theorists, this characteristic distinguishes an aphorism from trite or even meaningless cliches, such as "everything happens for a reason." While aphorisms often contain a grain of humor or wit which helps to make them memorable, many well-known aphorisms are not humorous. Examples of aphorisms are, "Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you." by Andre Gide, "There is no greatness where there is not simplicity. " by Lev Tolstoy and "There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do." by Jerome K. Jerome.
Aphorism Meaning
An Aphorism is a statement of truth or opinion expressed in a concise and witty manner. The term is often applied to philosophical, moral and literary principles. To qualify as an aphorism, it is necessary for a statement to contain a truth that is revealed in a terse manner. Aphoristic statements are quoted in writings as well as in our daily speech. The fact that they contain a truth gives them a universal acceptance.
Aphorism Examples
I may not understand what you say, but I'll defend to your death my right to deny it.