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noun as in saying expressing a belief, often true

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Contrary to what the current culture of “hacks,” quick fixes, and aphorisms like move fast and break things would have you think, progress is often slow, and that’s okay.

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Over the rest of his life, the list — a mixture of proverbs, aphorisms, jokes and clever quotations — grew into a lengthy compendium known as “Rumsfeld’s Rules.”

As an oft-quoted statistical aphorism goes, “All models are wrong, but some are useful.”

An American football coach tasked with running a British Premier League soccer team, Ted meets fans and players’ jeers with can-do aphorisms and basic human decency.

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He’s in his late 70s so he often speaks in aphorisms straight out of Mayberry USA.

We must disabuse ourselves of this perhaps half-ironic but still telling aphorism.

He left the crowd with a Greek aphorism—“to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.”

Thus my aphorism of the week: trying to contain damage only does more damage.

He defines Dynamic Inaction with one pithy aphorism: “When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder.”

He utters the aphorism in immaculate French, and judging from an overheard phone call, his Italian is almost as good.

The well-worn aphorism of the Frenchman, “History repeats itself,” was about to assert itself.

Part of the first aphorism of Hippocrates is—Ὁ βίος βραχύς, ἡ δὲ τέχνη μακρή.

"Hit's the pore house fer a cow hand," was his terse aphorism on the subject, and Landy had never seen a "fitten" poor house.

Paragraphs sometimes close with a shorter statement of the proposition, a sort of aphorism or epigram.

For each or either of these extra-scriptural Articles of Faith the preceding Aphorism supplies a safe criterion.


On this page you'll find 31 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to aphorism, such as: adage, axiom, dictum, maxim, proverb, and apothegm.

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