What is Aphorism?

What is Aphorism

A witty statement that conveys a universal truth or opinion.


Alfred Lord Tennyson is famous for the popular aphorism: “‘Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Gandalf says: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” 

One of Yoda’s most popular quotes from Star Wars: “Do or do not. There is no try.

  • All for one and one for all. — Alexandre Dumas
  • You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea. — Medgar Evers
  • Eat to live; don't live to eat. — Socrates

Common Aphorisms

  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
  • The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
  • Don’t judge a book by its cover.
  • Know which side your bread is buttered on.
  • Good things come to those who wait.
  • A penny saved is a penny earned.
  • If the shoe fits, wear it.
  • Actions speak louder than words.
  • If the shoe fits, wear it.

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