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APOTHEGMS
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[ Also see Anecdotes Aphorisms Epigrams Epitaphs Maxims Proverbs (General) Quotations ]

Aphorisms are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feeling.
      - William R. Alger

Apothegms are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feelings.
      - William R. Alger

Aphorisms, representing a knowledge broken, do invite men to inquire further; whereas methods carrying the show of a total do secure men, as if they were at furthest.
      - Francis Bacon

Out of monuments, names, words, proverbs, traditions, private records, and evidences, fragments of stories, passages of books, and the like, we do save and recover somewhat from the deluge of time.
      - Francis Bacon

Proverbs are potted wisdom.
      - Charles Buxton

I am of the opinion that there are no proverbial sayings which are not true, because they are all sentences drawn from experience itself, who is the mother of all sciences.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

A man of maxims only is like a Cyclops with one eye, and that eye placed in the back of his head.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Thoughts take up no room. When they are right, they afford a portable pleasure, which one may travel with, without any trouble or encumbrance.
      - Jeremy Collier

All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.
      - Alexandre Dumas fils

Apothegms are, in history, the same as the pearls in the sand, or the gold in the mine.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

The Sibyl, speaking with inspired mouth, sends her voice to remotest ages.
      - Heraclitus of Ephesus

What gems of painting or statuary are in the world of art, or what flowers are in the world of Nature, are gems of thought to the cultivated and thinking.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Apothegms form a short cut to much knowledge.
      - Thomas Hood

He may justly be numbered among the benefactors of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and taught by frequent recollection to recur habitually to the mind.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in few words.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

A few words worthy to be remembered suffice to give an idea of a great mind. There are single thoughts that contain the essence of a whole volume, single sentences that have the beauties of a large work, a simplicity so finished and so perfect that it equals in merit and in excellence a large and glorious composition.
      - Joseph Joubert

A maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth. Sound maxims are the germs of good; strongly imprinted in the memory, they nourish the will.
      - Joseph Joubert

Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered, from the time of the seven sages of Greece to that of poor Richard, have prevented a single foolish action.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Apothegms are the most infallible mirror to represent a man truly what he is.
      - Plutarch

Under the veil of these curious sentences are hid those germs of morals which the masters of philosophy have afterwards developed into so many volumes.
      - Plutarch

We content ourselves to present to thinking minds the original seeds from whence spring vast fields of new thought, that may be further cultivated, beautified, and enlarged.
      - Andrew Michael Ramsay (Chevalier de Ramsay)

He that lays down precepts for the governing of our lives, and moderating our passions, obliges humanity not only in the present, but in all future generations.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Proverbs are, for the most part, rules of morals, and as such are often effective.
      - James Sharp

It is astonishing the influence foolish apothegms have upon the mass of mankind, though they are not unfrequently fallacies.
      - Sydney Smith

Abstracts, abridgments, summaries, etc., have the same use with burning-glasses,--to collect the diffused light rays of wit and learning in authors, and make them point with warmth and quickness upon the reader's imagination.
      - Jonathan Swift


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