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An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half.
~ Karl Kraus | ( Austrian satirist. ) | 1874-1936 | Aphorisms
quotes Division : Satirists and Cynic   
     
Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.
~ W. Somerset Maugham | (British novelist and playwright. ) | 1874-1965 | Aphorisms
quotes Division : Playwrights   
     
Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.
~ Jean Rostand | (French biologist and philosopher. ) | 1894-1977 | Aphorisms
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms: and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge | ( British poet, critic, and philosopher. ) | 1772-1834 | Aphorisms
quotes Division : Critics   
     
He had a wonderful talent for packing thought close, and rendering it portable.
~ Thomas B. Macaulay | (English politician, essayist and poet. ) | 1800-1859 | Aphorisms
quotes Division : Essayists   
     
He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone.
~ Oscar Wilde | ( Irish poet and dramatist. ) | 1854-1900 | Aphorisms
quotes Division : Dramatists   
     
In the mountains the shortest route is from peak to peak, but for that you must have long legs. Aphorisms should be peaks: and those to whom they are spoken should be big and tall of stature.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche | ( German-Swiss philosopher and writer. ) | 1844-1900 | Aphorisms
quotes Division : German Philosophers   
     
It is the nature of aphoristic thinking to be always in a state of concluding; a bid to have the final word is inherent in all powerful phrase-making.
~ Susan Sontag | ( American author. ) | 1933-2004 | Aphorisms
quotes Division : American writers   
     
Most maxim-mongers have preferred the prettiness to the justness of a thought, and the turn to the truth; but I have refused myself to everything that my own experience did not justify and confirm.
~ Lord Chesterfield | (British statesman. ) | 1694-1773 | Aphorisms
quotes Division : Statesmen and politicians   
     
The aphorism in which I am the first master among Germans, are the forms of ''eternity''; my ambition is to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a book -- what everyone else does not say in a book.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche | ( German-Swiss philosopher and writer. ) | 1844-1900 | Aphorisms
quotes Division : German Philosophers