Word of the day – Aphorism

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aph·o·rism

[af-uh-riz-uhm] Show IPA

noun

a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation, as “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton).

Origin:

1520–30; French aphorisme < Late Latin aphorismus < Greek aphorismós definition, equivalent to aphor ( ízein ) to define (see aphorize) + -ismos -ism

via Aphorisms | Define Aphorisms at Dictionary.com.

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In nature, there are neither rewards nor punishments — there are consequences.

Politeness: The most acceptable hypocrisy.

It’s better to be quotable than to be honest.

Subtlety is the art of saying what you think and getting out of the way before it is understood.

Heck, what’s a little extortion among friends?

Buying a lie is one thing, giving it away for free is quite another.

The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well.

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gnomist

\ NOH-mist \  , noun;

1.
a writer of aphorisms.

 

 

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