An aphorism is a statement of truth or opinion expressed in a concise and ingenious way. The term is often applied to philosophical, moral and literary principles.
To qualify as an aphorism, it is necessary that a statement contains a truth revealed in a The aphoristic statements are quoted in writings, as well as in our everyday speech, the fact that they contain a truth gives them universal acceptance, and many philosophers, politicians, writers, artists, athletes and others are reminded of Famous aphorisms
Aphorisms often come with a dash of humor, which makes them more appealing to women. masses. Proverbs, maxims, adages and clichés are different forms of aphoristic statements that gain prevalence from generation to generation and appear frequently in our days. current speech.
Common examples of aphorism
Let's look at some common examples of aphorism:
Youth is a mistake; Manhood a fight; Lament of old age. [Benjamin Disraeli]
Pride goes before the fall. [Proverb]
The man who removes a mountain first carries away small stones. [William Faulkner]
Life's tragedy is that we grow old too early and wise too late. [Benjamin Franklin]
Yesterday is just the memory of today, and tomorrow is today's dream. [Khalil Gibran]
The simplest questions are the hardest to answer. [Northrop Frye]
... even a saying is not a saying until your life has illustrated it. [John Keats]
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. [Rudyard Kipling]
Examples of Aphorism in Literature
Many pieces of literature are valued for the aphorisms they contain, which are often cited by both scholars and laypeople. The following are some examples of aphorisms in literature:
Example 1: Various works (by Sir Francis Bacon)
Sir Francis Bacon is characterized by an aphoristic writing style. Perhaps his sayings are the most frequently quoted. Consider the following examples:
“Studies are for joy, adornment, and ability. "(From studies)
" Using too many circumstances, before one gets to the point, is boring, not using any, it is forceful. "(From the speech)
" Praise is the reflection of virtue, but it is the mirror or it is the reflecting body that gives the reflection. "(Praise)
Example # 2: Various plays (By William Shakespeare)
William Shakespeare does not lag behind any writer in the use of aphorisms in his plays. The use of abundant aphorisms attests to his keen insight and judgment. Here are some examples:
"Having nothing, he cannot lose anything." (Henry VI)
"Life is a story told by an idiot, full of noise and fury, who does not means nothing. "(Macbeth)
" Sir, how foolish are these mortals! "(A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Example # 3: To kill a nightingale (By Harper Lee)
An example of an aphorism can be seen in Kill a nightingale, by Harper Lee. Atticus Finch tells his daughter:
“You never understand real Mind a person until you consider things from their point of view, until you step into their shoes and walk in them.
The above statement is true because we cannot claim to judge a person unless we understand how they view the world and its affairs.
Example 4: Writing on my forehead (from Nafisa Haji)
Nafisa Haji provides an example for aphorism in her novel The Writing on My Forehead. Big Namina, a wise figure, says:
“When? There is no if. There is only what is. What was? What will be. ”
We can see the truth in the above statement because there is a message of always living in the moment. It tells us that there is no point in having regrets about the past and we should move on with our lives for a better present and future.
Example 5: Various Works (by Alexander Pope)
Alexander Pope was a great 18th century aphorist. Here are some memorable quotes from his works:
““ This education forms the common mind; just when the twig is bent, the tree is bent. "(Family member's gold treasure)
" To err is human, to forgive is divine. "(Essay on criticism)
" What reason weaves, through passion is undone ". (Essay on man and other poems)
“ Do your part well; there is all the honor. ”(An essay on man)
Function of aphorism
As mentioned in the previous discussion, the use of aphorisms it allows a writer to teach a philosophical or moral truth, literature to real life, and they become more fascinated and vigilant in their reading.
Furthermore, since truths are universal, revealing general truths in literature adds to their universal praise. Motivational speeches cite aphorisms from such sources to inspire motivation among people.
Popular Literary Devices
- Ad Hominem
- Deus Ex Machina
- Double Entendre
- Flash Forward
- Half Rhyme
- Internal Rhyme
- Line Break
- Non Sequitur
- Pathetic Fallacy
- Poetic Justice
- Point of View
- Red Herring
- Tragic Flaw