quote by W. H. Auden

Aphorisms are essentially an aristocratic genre of writing. The aphorist does not argue or explain, he asserts; and implicit in his assertion is a conviction that he is wiser and more intelligent than his readers.

— W. H. Auden

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Windbags can be right. Aphorists can be wrong. It is a tough world.

The striking aphorism requires a stricken aphorist.

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.

[Louis] Brandeis improves the prose. He simplifies it and perfects the balance of the sentence so it becomes even more memorable and aphoristic.

Basal Ganglia casts an unsettling spell, but one that in its aphoristic intensity and lightning-flash insights into human loneliness and connection, achieves a genuine empathic wisdom.

The Gita is not an aphoristic work, it is a great religious poem.

Wit is absolutely sociable spirit or aphoristic genius.

Like a frog, the aphorist waits for something to fly by that he can catch with his tongue.

The aphorist is a hit and run artist.

The words of Jesus, including those Jefferson and the Jesus Seminar have blue-pencilled, have a unique permanence. They don't merely survive as aphoristic wisdom; they have an authority in our hearts, even when we try to deny them. They command. We can obey or rebel. That is why Jesus is still not only loved but hated - and why those who hate him feel they have to profess to love him.

I'm a woofer, not a tweeter; a writer, not a telegrapher; an essayist, not an aphorist.

I fancy mankind may come, in time, to write all aphoristically, except in narrative; grow weary of preparation, and connection, and illustration, and all those arts by which a big book is made.

I fancy mankind may come, in time, to write all aphoristically.

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