“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe,” John Muir, the celebrated naturalist, once said. The magic of an aphorism is that despite its length—just a handful of words!—it resonates with universal meaning. And like a favorite line of a song or poem, it stays with us long after we first read it.
Dear writers, can you capture a world-wide “truth” in just one sentence?
Here are some examples to demonstrate just how abundant in topic, scope, and expression aphorisms can be!
- The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself. (Mark Twain)
- If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything. (Malcolm X)
- It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends. (Dumbledore, Harry Potter)
- Things start out as hopes and end up as habits. (Lillian Hellman)
- Stay where you are, otherwise you will miss your life. (Buddha)
And, for even more inspiration, check out "Wings"
by Sofia Miller and "Hunger"
by Karen Umeora, two of your wonderful peer ambassadors!