Tag Archives: Aphorism

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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Singular Praise of Reduplication

Nietzche from Human All Too Human again … It is an excellent thing to express a thing consecutively in two ways, and thus provide it with a right and a left foot. Truth can stand indeed on one leg, but … Continue reading

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Old Novelty

Awoke from a dream with these lines in mind: To write the New English is to displace and replace. To read it is to reknit syntax. I’m glad I committed the lines to paper; easier to remember. And so for … Continue reading

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Day 2001 – Intellectual Exchange

On this day, a very short sentence. His favourite apophthegm is “we sometimes connect by disentangling.” A smart quip for a bio. And so for day 2001 05.06.2012

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Riposte

F.R. Scott in The Dance is One has a poem answering McLuhan’s The Mechanical Bride. It is entitled “The Miniaturized Groom” and is a series of short statements about the adage the medium is the message. Scott quips that McLuhan … Continue reading

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