The Oxford Book of Aphorisms

The Oxford Book of Aphorisms

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by John Gross
     
 

An aphorism is "a short pithy statement or maxim," but beneath this definition lies a wealth of wit and insight to which neither the word nor a brief description can do justice.

This anthology demonstrates just how rewarding an art form the aphorism can be, and just how brilliantly the aphorist can illuminate the hidden truth, or lay bare the ironies of

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An aphorism is "a short pithy statement or maxim," but beneath this definition lies a wealth of wit and insight to which neither the word nor a brief description can do justice.

This anthology demonstrates just how rewarding an art form the aphorism can be, and just how brilliantly the aphorist can illuminate the hidden truth, or lay bare the ironies of existence. Specific sections on desires and longings, self-doubt, fame and reputations, happiness and sorrow, cover the whole range of aphoristic literature. This book brings together the most diverse figures—the classic aphorists, like La Rochefoucauld; the philosophers, from the Greeks to Samuel Johnson to Virginia Woolf—as well as statesmen, scientists, boulevardiers, Olympians, and gadflies. John Gross draws on their wisdom and wit to produce an anthology that will be referred to time and time again.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192804563
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
394
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Aphorists & Aphorisms I
Nature
Mankind
Life
Desires & Longings
Fears, Hopes, Passions
Design and Chance
Individuals
The Sense of Identity
Self-Love
Self-Knowledge
Self-Doubt
One Among Many
Fame & Reputation
The Arts of Success
Action & Achievement
Money & Rank
The Social Fabric
Love, Jealousy, Libido
Happiness & Sorrow
Good & Evil etc

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