Apothegm


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Apothegm

 

a generalized, polished, and pithy saying attributed to a specific author. Examples are “Harmony creates friendship” (Democritus), “Education develops talents but does not create them” (Voltaire), and “A lie offends the listener and debases him in the speaker’s eyes” (Chekhov). An aphorism is a type of apothegm.

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The closure of the poem, so ostensibly achieved in a final apothegm, turns out to be deceptive.
However, mental disorders are valid infirmities; medical experts repeat the apothegm, "Whatever is psychological is simultaneously biological.
A master of the witty apothegm, he once described a lousy bass player's solo as sounding like "somebody kicking a suitcase downstairs," and likened the sound of an even worse drummer to "a maniac building a shed".
As the list above demonstrates, his writing displays a talent for apothegm.
As that famous apothegm of the New England Primer put it, "In Adam's fall/We sinned all.
Their acts of recuperation, preservation, documentation, and renewal affirmed Isaac Bashevis Singer's apothegm, "There's a big difference between 'dead' and 'dying'," the motto of the Boston radio program The Yiddish Voice (WUNR, Brookline, Massachusetts).
Screenwriters live by the apothegm that drama is life with the dull parts taken out.
He goes on, "greater critical attention to untimely matter can also help us realize that, contrary to a well-known apothegm in English Renaissance studies, communications with the past do not necessarily entail speaking with the dead--at least, not in the sense of conducting seances with a superseded past that remains partitioned from us.
A brief resume of the group's recent activities would include countering the notion of Westernization as being synonymous with modernization; making T-shirts for Uniqlo and Parisian boutique Colette emblazoned with an on-trend antimodernist apothegm (NOUS SOMMES LES ANTI-MODERNES); mapping the transnational relationships, hidden interdependencies, and suppressed reciprocity of the oil industry's Iran-Texas-Russia nexus; designing spreads for high-style culture glossy 032c; investigating Eurasianist attempts (including those of luminaries such as Roman Jakobson) to link, or rather lump, the Slavs with either the Turkic people or the Persians; and excavating the vexed history of the Azerbaijani (or Azeri) alphabet and its multiple flirtations with Arabic, Latin, and Cyrillic characters.
Bauer was the originator of the apothegm that foreign aid is "a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
In the first of these passages Filelfo begins by citing the classical exemplum of the philosopher Bias of Priene, one of the seven sages of ancient Greece: this particular apothegm on the topic of self-sufficiency had been related by Cicero in a discussion of Stoicism.
It is the politically correct version of the famous apothegm in The Third Man about five hundred years of democracy in Switzerland producing the cuckoo clock.