The Oxford Book of Aphorisms

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Overview

This anthology demonstrates to the full just how brilliantly the aphorist can illuminate the hidden truth, or lay bare the ironies of existence. Specific sections, including 'Religion', 'Money & Rank', 'Men, Women, Marriage' and 'Politics', 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 Bertrand Russell; great men and women of letters, from 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192804563
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editor:
John Gross, a writer for The New York Times, is the author of The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Aphorists & Aphorisms I 1
Nature 3
Religion 10
Mankind 20
Life 28
Desires & Longings 33
Fears, Hopes, Passions 38
Design & Chance 44
Individuals 50
The Sense of Identity 54
Self-Love 59
Self-Knowledge 67
Self-Doubt 72
One Among Many 77
Fame & Reputation 86
The Arts of Success 90
Action & Achievement 96
Money & Rank 101
The Social Fabric 106
Politics 115
Rulers 126
Friends & Foes 133
Sympathies & Antipathies 140
Men, Women, Marriage 146
Love, Jealousy, Libido 153
Happiness & Sorrow 166
Good & Evil 174
Vices & Virtues 184
The Moralist 195
Praise & Blame 201
Conversation & Manners 208
Secrets 214
True & False 218
Illusion & Reality 225
Thinking & Reasoning 229
Wisdom & Folly 240
Intelligence & Insight 247
Beliefs & Opinions 253
Knowledge & Ignorance 263
Learning & Teaching 267
Memories, Dreams, Expectations 272
The Human Comedy 276
Language 280
The Written Word 285
Artists & Authors 291
The Arts 297
Criticism, Judgement, Taste 305
Great & Small 312
History & the Passing Generations 319
In Sickness & In Health 326
Pleasures & Penalties 329
The Family 334
Young & Old 338
Time & Transience 346
Observations & Oddities 351
Death 355
The Afterlife 362
Aphorists & Aphorisms II 364
Acknowledgements 367
Index 375
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    It was all right

    I was looking for a book that not only gave a comprehensive selection of aphorisms, but also an explanation of where they came from.

    It is nicely organized, but not exactly what I wanted.

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