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Aphorisms are those things we remember! Things “Gramma” used to say. Strong, true, and concise, aphorisms contain bits of wisdom, wit or information in a small package. Synonyms include proverb, adage, and maxim.

Poor Richard’s Almanac (Remember, the one started by Benjamin Franklin) became noted for, among other things, its stellar content of a few! Drive thy business; let it not drive thee.

Generally, aphorisms are useful in conversation, but also as “guiding lights” through life’s winding journey. We all know some of these if we’ve been around at all. Politicians, religious speakers, and teachers use them frequently.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Listed below is but a wee sampling for your perusal, edification, and enjoyment!

    The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. Albert Einstein

    I am a foolish man that does stupid things, not a stupid man that does foolish things. Jonathan Troy

    Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones. Charles Caleb Colton

    Every dogma must have its day. H. G. Wells

    Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, and a dark side, and it holds the universe together. Carl Zwanzig

    Would you live with ease, Do what you ought, and not what you please. Poor Richard’s Almanac

    For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know. Unknown

    There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full. Henry Kissinger

    No man e’er was glorious, who was not laborious. Poor Richard’s Almanac

I hope you’ve enjoyed a romp through an aphorism playground. Do you have a personal favorite to share?

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