(28) Or, aphoristically
, there is no single cause for war, except the single cause.
When Professor John Figgis aphoristically
remarked that "political liberty is the residuary legatee of ecclesiastical animosities," he expressed one half of the truth.
take a moment of nature, using only images and shunning abstraction, to give the metaphysics of life on earth and of eternity:
`There is no socialism after liberation, socialism is the process through which liberation is won.' In this light, his writing, with its polemical charge, its cut and thrust, its passion and intensity (anger and romanticism, sarcasm and sentiment), its liking for what Brecht called plumpes denken (literally, `plump thinking', thinking in slogan form, aphoristically
: `New Times is Thatcherism in drag', `The microprocessor is to the new industrial revolution what steam and electricity were to the old'), must be thought about in terms of the production of liberation theory.
Butler's contention, that the "workingman is a man, and the equal of the capitalist" (80) illustrates aphoristically
the key dimension of the dilemma.
He identifies himself aphoristically
as the Prince of Death, as old as he is wise: "Yo soy viejo como la muerte y sabio como el desengano" (I am as old as death and as wise as the disillusioned; 87).
As Craib aphoristically
comments, this is akin to 'throwing a sort of intellectual tantrum: because if I can't have it all, then I won't have any of it' (1992: 249).
Despite his cool skepticism, he could not help but turn things upside down: "In my esteem age is not estimable" or "The only pleasure of fame is that it paves the way to pleasure." Macaulay once said -- aphoristically
-- that Byron divided his time "evenly between poetry, adultery and insurrection." Not surprisingly for a poet who in his Byronic hero created an early version of the poete maudit, Byron occasionally anticipates Baudclaire, as when he remarks in a letter to Lady Hardy that "I rather look upon love altogether as a sort of hostile transaction, very necessary to make or break matches, and keep the world going, but by no means a sinecure to the parties concerned."
By placing the Hsun Tzu at this point in the course, we can continue working within the tradition of Confucianism for another several weeks, this time by examining a text that is easier for students to grasp at first reading than the Analects, since it proceeds by connected reflection and systematic argument rather than aphoristically
, and since it is explicitly concerned with causality.
(41.) The complex relationship between the subjective self and both familial and other influences and the language of a poem is addressed in similar terms in "In a Fit of My Own Vividness," in which the narrator notes aphoristically
that "[i]t's hard to throw off what you're subject to." P.
To put this less aphoristically
, what does New Nigeria or the Nigeria of our Dreams mean to you?
Separating the aphoristic method from the rhetoric of the essays, however, means that their proverbial quotations have to be viewed as mere exempla rather than aphorisms, despite the potential for proverbs to function aphoristically
in other contexts.