What is an aphorism? In a world of transient soundbites and tweets, Tony shares some aphorisms that have stood the test of time!
Who is this?
a) The next Prime Minister of the dis-United Kingdom
b) No idea
c) Mason Cooley (died 25/7/2002)
The American Professor Emeritus of World literature is acknowledged as one of the best-ever Aphorists. Here goes:
“Events are called inevitable only after they have occurred”
What is an aphorism? An aphorism is a concise, laconic and/or memorable expression of a general truth.
“Children now expect their parents to audition for approval!”
There are 158 Mason Cooley sayings on Google.
“Creativity makes a leap then looks to see where it is“
I will allow you one more:
“Money: power at its most liquid”
Ok, Moaners: here is a bonus aphorism …
“Promiscuity is like never reading past the first page. Monogamy is like reading the same book over and over”
Before I reveal my three favourite creators of great sayings here is a political effort:
Theresa May. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
“We will leave the European Union on 29 March 2019”
In no particular order here is the first:
“If you are going through hell, keep going“
I think Boris Johnson thinks he’s a reincarnated Winston Churchill
“In war you can only be killed once, but, in politics, many times”
And a final saying
“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it”
So What Does Zsa Zsa Gabor Say?
Ok, men moaners, here we go …
“I call everybody ‘Darling’ because I can’t remember their names”
And one for Moaning divorce lawyers …
“I am a marvellous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house”
And one more
“I never hate a man enough to give him his diamonds back”
And Albert Einstein?
My third choice is the great Albert Einstein
“The hardest thing to understand in life is income tax”
His human side …
“Only a life lived for other is a life worthwhile”
“Information is not knowledge”
Some other lovely replies:
1. When in their heyday, The Beatles were due to be interviewed by a national newspaper and Paul McCartney was late. The journalist was cross and demanded to know where he was. John Lennon told him he was having a bath. The journo was further incensed:
Replied Lennon: “At least he’s clean.”
2. My Grandson Henry is coming this weekend. Now six and a half, he is maturing and we have some interesting conversations:
Q. Henry, what do you think of the Brexit negotiations?
Q. Henry, what is your favourite lesson at school?
The final word(s) belong to our friend Mason Cooley:
“The laughter of the aphorism is sometimes triumphant but seldom carefree”