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Aphorism #1

Since today marks the third anniversary of my blog, I’ve decided to do something new and experimental by adding a new category: aphorisms. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word aphorism comes from the Greek meaning definition or distinction. In English usage, it usually means “a short pithy sentence containing a truth of general import.” Some of America’s most famous aphorisms first appeared in Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack way back in the 18th century. Another way of thinking about it is that an aphorism is theory distilled down to a single sentence or maxim. And still another way of thinking about it is that maybe I’m just too dang lazy or busy or tired to write a real blog post with some actual thought supported by actual evidence, so I’m just going to whip out a pithy remark and hope it sounds somewhat smart…. So, here it goes, my first attempt at an aphorism.

Cynicism is what young people put on to look older and wiser than they are; idealism is what old people put on to look younger and wiser than they are.

So that’s it…. Feel free to discuss, mock, muse upon….

All the preliminary buildup probably spoiled the effect…. Darn.


January 13, 2011 - Posted by | aphorisms


  1. I think that aphorism’s very true — young people (myself included) do try to be a little cynical to give themselves that older, world-weary edge. As if we have have things to be world weary about. 😀

    Comment by Megan G | January 13, 2011 | Reply

  2. On the advent of this, your descent into a lyrical senility (!), I cannot resist cross-linking to a master.

    Comment by WonderBread | January 13, 2011 | Reply

    • WonderBread, I can’t believes it’s been more than three years since I last saw you. Wow. And this is how you say hello, by accusing me of senility in public? LOL and smiling, winking emoticon ;-).

      Meanwhile, I think you’re right about the master. I haven’t been able to think of any more good aphorisms….

      Comment by steventhomas | January 21, 2011 | Reply

  3. PS: A moment ago the BBC announced it will close FIVE language services (650 journalists, or so).

    Comment by Tim | January 25, 2011 | Reply

    • When young man chose older woman for marriage they tend to transform themselves into an elderly look by not shaving
      That goes the same to the elderly woman. She will use all method available to look young.By the way who ever writes original aphorism usually have experienced the aphorism he wrote.

      Comment by Margaret Chan | December 19, 2016 | Reply

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