- Paperback: 431 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (November 19, 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140059660
- ISBN-13: 978-0140059663
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,438,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Viking Book of Aphorisms Paperback – November 19, 1981
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If you don't already own any aphorism books, a better choice is the Oxford Book of Aphorisms. Or, for those with cynical minds, The Cassell Dictionary Of Cynical Quotations. These two list most of the source works, too.
An aphorism is defined by the editors as as assertion which is held by the person who utters it to be universally true, so it's fair to say that a book of aphorisms is essentially a massive heap of advice and observation. Much of it is funny, some of it rather grim, and a lot of it sarcastic and cynical (such as Gracian's advice that "a beautiful woman should break her mirror early") but it's safe to say the opinions of the people quoted are not always in agreement either in terms of sentiment or in outlook. There are far too many great lines to quote, but a few of the winners would include: "The knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him." (Pascal), "Injustice is relatively easy to bear; it's justice that hurts." (Mencken) "Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet." (Kin Hubbard). "As a general rule, nobody has money who ought to have it." (Disraeli) "Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim." (Santayana) "Fine minds seldom make fine souls." (Richter) And "How good bad music and and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy.Read more ›