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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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.
McLuhan's apothegm 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.
His apothegm, "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.