Quotes and Sayings

35 Best Aphorism Quotes about Life and Love

Read and get inspired by our carefully curated collection of aphorism quotes, sayings from famous philosophers.

Best Aphorism Quotes and Sayings

We endeavor to stuff the universe into the gullet of an aphorism. – Paul Eldridge

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. – Oscar Wilde

An aphorism is never exactly true; it is either a half-truth or one-and-a-half truths. – Karl Kraus

Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart’s blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink. – F. H. Bradley

The hunter for aphorisms on human nature has to fish in muddy water, and he is even condemned to find much of his own mind. – F. H. Bradley

An aphorism is an extreme synthesis of thesis and antithesis, theory and practice, it’s a mixture of intuition and observation, hypothesis and illusions of certainty and probability, history and stupidity. – William C. Brown

An aphorism is true where it has fixed the impression of a genuine experience. – Francis Herbert Bradley

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. – Joseph Campbell

There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion. – Vladimir Nabokov

The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in a few words. – Samuel Johnson

Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe. – Mark Twain

An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog. – Friedrich Schlegel

We often feel that a clever aphorism captures a truth that would require pages to defend in any other way. – Steven Pinker

The quoting of an aphorism, like the angry barking of a dog or the smell of overcooked broccoli, rarely indicates that something helpful is about to happen. – Lemony Snicket

The old aphorisms are basically sound. First impressions are lasting. – Jessie Redmon Fauset

The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well. – Elias Canetti

The aphorism is cultivated only by those who have known fear in the midst of words, that fear of collapsing with all the words. – Emile M. Cioran

There is nothing more difficult to define than an aphorism. – Umberto Eco

An aphorism is the last link in a long chain of thought. – Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

A good aphorism is too hard for the tooth of time, and is not worn away by all the centuries, although it serves as food for every epoch. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The aphorism-that uneasy compromise between poetry and philosophy. – Marty Rubin

Aphorisms are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feeling. – William Rounseville Alger

An aphorism is a single sentence that totally exhausts its subject. – Robert Breault

The laughter of the aphorism is sometimes triumphant, but seldom carefree. – Mason Cooley

Aphorisms are bad for novels. They stick in the reader’s teeth. – Anatole Broyard

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. – Winston Churchill

Aphorisms are literature’s hand luggage. Light and compact, they fit easily into the overhead compartment of your brain. – James Geary

An aphorism is a mental exercise, psychical, logical, linguistic, spiritual, ritual, emotional and rational, it is a major conceptual and literary activity, a mixture of prose and poetry that conveys, in addition to ideology, sympathy or antipathy. – William C. Brown

The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple. – Rebecca West

An aphorism is a personal observation inflated into a universal truth, a private posing as a general. – Stefan Kanfer

An aphorism is a generalization of sorts, and our present-day writers seem more at home with the particular. – Anatole Broyard

Aphorisms may equivocate, but they must not wobble. – Mason Cooley

It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man`s life is made up of nothing, but the habits he has accumulated during the first half. – Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky

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

Aphorisms are the true form of the universal philosophy. – Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel 

I hope you enjoy reading our quotes, aphorisms, and life meaning from the greatest thinkers and philosophers out there.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!