Favorite Aphorisms

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  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Aphorism = pithy statement that expresses a universal truth.

    Some of mine:

    The perfect is the enemy of the good.

    Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it.

    My signature below.
     
  2. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    fROMOHIO
    A couple of my faves:

    Light a man a fire he'll be warm for a night, light a man on fire he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
    -Terry Pratchett

    Necessity is the mother of strange bedfellows.
    - me
     
  3. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    What is the difference between an aphorism and a proverb?
     
  4. mandobandit

    mandobandit Electromatic

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  5. shupe13

    shupe13 Electromatic

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    Slow is s smooth, smooth is fast


    Not sure if this qualifies.

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  6. johnny g

    johnny g Synchromatic

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    You can't put old heads on young bodies.
     
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  7. Sabato

    Sabato Gretschie

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    Or a cliche' ? I think most of mine would be cliche's.
    When I was in the USAF I had a motto posted, quoting Groucho: "Military Intelligence is a Contradiction in Terms"
     
  8. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    No cliche, just funny. :D

    My question was genuine. I've never heard of an aphorism(not a native English speaker).
     
  9. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Synchromatic

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  10. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    From English Language and Usage:

    An aphorism is a synonym for a proverb, that's also short and to the point. Usually, it's supposed to impart some important moral lesson. Here's a well-known example:

    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

    A maxim is a slogan or a personal prescription for some generality of life; importantly, it does not have the same moral connotations as an aphorism. Maxims can be downright dangerous; consider

    Four legs good, two legs baaaddd.

    from the famous Orwell satire Animal Farm, a phrase famous for connoting the kind of totalitarian mindset required for enforcing the simplistic sociology Orwell found in communism.

    A big difference between the two words is that aphorisms need be drawn from society somehow -- they are known to people other than yourself, they are received wisdom. In contrast, one can have personal maxims; it's fairly common nowadays for people to tattoo such on their bodies, things like "Faith and Family" in elaborate script to apparently remind them how to live.
     
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  11. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    A cliche is an over-used phrase that has lost much of its power from repetition, whereas an aphorism or proverb is still meaningful.
     
  12. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    Necessity is the mother of invention.
    Desperation is the father.

    Behind every successful man is a good woman.
    Behind her is a very surprised mother in law.
     
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  13. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    fROMOHIO
    A couple more:

    A stitch in time saves nine.

    Measure twice, cut once.

    And a bonus goofy but still wise one:
    You can't have everything, where would you put it?
    -Stephen Wright
     
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  14. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    100 percent action results in 100% reaction, 100% of the time.
     
  15. Fasteddie42

    Fasteddie42 Electromatic

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    No such thing as bad weather, just bad gear.
     
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  16. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Synchromatic

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    :D
     
  17. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
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    I always thought that the bastard father was laziness. Guess we'll need a DNA test.
     
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  18. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Well, there's this nugget of wisdom: "Fights begin, finger prints are took, days is lost, bail is made, court dates are ignored, cycle is repeated."
     
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  19. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Gretschie

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    Word-to-word translation of the French equivalent aphorism "Un tien vaut mieux que deux tu l'auras" is: One "yours" is better than two "you'll get it".
    In some English-French translation dictionaries, you also have a few pages with lots of proverbs or aphorisms translations. What's pretty funny is that even if the underlying ideas are the same, wordings may differ a lot.
     
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  20. Sabato

    Sabato Gretschie

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    I once saw an article that described some of our sayings that were translated into Russian and back to English and they became quite twisted. The one that I always remember started out as "Out of sight, out of mind", and came back as "Invisible Idiot" - works for me!
     
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