My take on apothegms
is that they are perceived to communicate what MBAs call "the value proposition," but the precise meaning of a value proposition is fuzzy.
The late Jean De Reszke, probably the most eminent Wagnerian tenor of the past fifty years, gave this apothegm
to his friend Dr.
here is normative: The medium is the message.
The renamed New Mission dominates the film's closing sequence, as church bells accompany the on-screen apothegm
: "Love backed by force, forgiveness sweet, / Brings hope and peace to Easy Street." Similar sentiments infuse other films set in London's slums.
There is something more, something that separates these works from traditional horror; to paraphrase a Taoist apothegm
, horror that says it's horror is not transcendental horror.
(18.) 'Veluti in speculum: utile et dulce' is not easy to translate; only in Latin does it work as an apothegm
. The first half means 'as if in a mirror'.
"Granted that self-praise is degrading," says Don Quixote, "still there are times when I must praise myself--when no one is present to speak in my behalf." Proverbs 27: 2 advises, "Let another man praise you and not your own mouth." An ingenious interpretation that turns this apothegm
upside down is accomplished by a slight change of pronunciation.
Moreover, assuming an actual inscription on the urn would require a severing of the brief apothegm
from the comment "that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know," which can hardly be meant to crowd the urn's surface in addition.
A Mystic Garden is a slim book of meditations and apothegm
about a year in a garden, with the four seasons serving as metaphors for life.
, "poetry no longer imposes itself, it exposes itself," could have come straight out of Braque's notebook.
Then for "Untraced," read "Untraceable." And take a small further pleasure in the fact that the originator of so trenchant an apothegm
("for the law to be known ...") is not known.
(28) </pre> <p>It is easy, as Bill notes, to dismiss this dictum as a reductive apothegm
written by an "unremarkable" justice.