Friday, January 28

What are aphorisms and how have they managed to survive in our cynical era


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“An aphorism is a novel in one line.” Leonid Sukhorukov, Ukrainian writer.

You have probably said them, surely you have heard or read them.

They are short texts that seem to summarize the truth, like jewels of perfect wisdom. Concise, deep, didactic.

It was Hippocrates who, 400 years before the Common Era, used the word we inherited from the Greek to name them and which meant “definition.”

What many call “the father of medicine” used them to summarize the rules established for medical practice.


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