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Top Twenty Aphorisms

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Aphorisms are often considered miniature poems because they often use artful language to change our perspectives on the world. Here are some of the most effective aphorisms to date.

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“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” (Stanislaw Jerzy Lec) Report Abuse
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“The poet must not cross an interval with a step when he can cross it with a leap.” (Joseph Joubert) Report Abuse
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“I didn’t really say everything I said.” (Yogi Berra) Report Abuse
This aphorism’s strength is in the phrase’s seemingly-nonsensical statement which makes complete sense with further thought.
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“I want death to find me planting my cabbages.” (Michel de Montaigne) Report Abuse
The simplicity of the desire to die healthily, unexpectedly, and mundanely is driven home with the very concrete example of not just gardening, but specifically planting one’s cabbages.
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“Nothing that is complete breathes.” (Antonio Porchia) Report Abuse
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“All stones are broken stones.” (James Richardson) Report Abuse
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“An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.” (George Santayana) Report Abuse
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“It is impossible to carry the torch of truth without singeing someone’s beard.” (Georg Christoph Lichtenberg) Report Abuse
This is the ultimate example of the higher truth an aphorism can discover by applying a metaphor to the literal world.
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“Some things become so completely our own that we forget them.” (Antonio Porchia) Report Abuse
A perfect use of the aphorism to point out what readers already know but have likely never stopped to consider.
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“Do not always finish the same book.” (Rachel Blau DuPlessis) Report Abuse
Excellent, startling advice for both readers and writers.
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“All that is essential can be summed up in a book, a lamp, and one’s own company.” (Kenko the Monk) Report Abuse
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“I love for the sake of what I loved, and what I loved would not go back to loving.” (Antonio Porchia) Report Abuse
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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” (Thich Nhat Hanh) Report Abuse
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“Do not regard as valuable anything that can be taken away.” (Seneca) Report Abuse
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“If, as they say, I am only an ignorant man trying to be a philosopher, then that may be what a philosopher is.” (Diogenes) Report Abuse
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“Art serves to rinse out our eyes.” (Carl Klaus) Report Abuse
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“Truth comes out of error more easily than out of confusion.” (Francis Bacon) Report Abuse
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“True contact between beings is established only by mute presence, by apparent non-communication, by that mysterious and wordless exchange which resembles inward prayer.” (E. M. Cioran) Report Abuse
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“The world is not what we think; it is what thinks us in return.” (Jean Baudrillard) Report Abuse
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“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” (Janis Jopin) Report Abuse
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Comments:
Actually from 'Me and Bobby McGee' by Kris Kristofferson/Fred Foster.
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Shouldn't it be 'Joplin'
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