Tag Archives: Aphorism

ab ovo: social comforts and refinements

The Sayings of Poor Richard (Toronto: The British Educational Society, [nd]) reprints a biography from 1938 published by The Grolier Society Limited in which one reads: He never countenanced the accumulation of wealth for its own sake, but for its … Continue reading

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Recursive Reticulation: Misunderstanding the Mobile

Two quotations from Yona Friedman Understanding something means misunderstanding it in one’s own way. An architect does not create a city, only an accumulation of objects. It is the inhabitant who ‘invents’ the city; an uninhabited city, even if new, … Continue reading

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Working the Angles

My Amazon review of Chèvre by Tia Keenan. An exercise in limits. It won’t melt I like the intro advice on goat’s cheese: “Chèvre does not melt — Think of chèvre as most similar to ricotta in the way it … Continue reading

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Influence

A confluence of clever retorts in a conversation about patience and seeding… transparent in all our moves so transparent as to be invisible And so for day 2661 27.03.2014

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A Pair of Ends, A Pair of Means

Long ago I had written longhand along the front of a file folder the following aphorism: Reject Perfectionism – Strive for Excellence Found the folder again and took a moment to ponder how well I may have followed my own … Continue reading

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« Du beurre ! Donnez-moi du beurre ! Toujours du beurre ! »

The succession of the aphorisms here is like the judicious staging of the various courses of a fine meal. They satisfy by their simplicity. A good apprentice cook must be as polite without he dishwasher as with the chef. Success … Continue reading

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Generations and Terminations

Julia Cooper The Last Word: Reviving the Dying Art of Eulogy [A] baby is not in fact a piece of immortality, but rather another piece of mortality. Multiplication is not continuation. And so for day 2521 07.11.2013

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A Maxim on the Minimal

One of the shorter pieces from the collection of aphorisms at the back of Beneath My Feet: Writers on Walking edited by Duncan Minshull It is good to collect things, but better to go on walks. Anatole France as collected … Continue reading

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Drip Drop Frozen

I was seduced by the cover of the book, I stayed for the words. Chris Banks The Cloud Versus Grand Unification Theory “Reality Check” Trickle- down economics has left us with dribbles Tailored cynicism. And the shoe fits. And so … Continue reading

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Bon Mots and Fine Images

I wonder if I had been given as an adolescent a copy with such a cover would I have developed such a love for aphorisms. I had long ago passed it along. But I came upon it years later and … Continue reading

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