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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR APHORISMS

They often say in their Gnomic aphorisms, ‘Even the Gods cannot alter the past.’

But we must not make any stipulations with time, or trust in aphorisms.

He shoots off a whole column of aphorisms in a single evening.

What a volume of wit and wisdom is contained in the proverbs and aphorisms.

Compared with the aphorisms of these masters they are light and frivolous.

On the text of the 'Aphorisms on Love,' by Vatsyayana, only two commentaries have been found.

Mr. Mivers had some other aphorisms on this important subject.

Harley had usually a jest for his friend's aphorisms; but he had none now.

A composer of aphorisms can pluck blossoms even from a razor-prop.

In addition some of the Aphorisms are listed separately in the Table.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s (especially in reference to the "Aphorisms of Hippocrates"), from Middle French aphorisme (14c., aufforisme), from Late Latin aphorismus, from Greek aphorismos "definition, pithy sentence," from aphorizein "to mark off, divide," from apo- "from" (see apo-) + horizein "to bound" (see horizon).

An aphorism is a short, pithy statement containing a truth of general import; an axiom is a statement of self-evident truth; a theorem is a demonstrable proposition in science or mathematics; an epigram is like an aphorism, but lacking in general import. Maxim and saying can be used as synonyms for aphorism.

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