I was sitting in an airport a few weeks ago and stumbled across the word aphorism and of course I had to look up its meaning: “a short, pointed sentence that expresses a wise or clever observation or a general truth.” In order for a statement to be an aphorism, it must contain a truth and an element of philosophy but it does not have to be humorous. These characteristic distinguishes an aphorism from a cliché. The term was first used by Hippocrates in 400 B.C. but Mark Twain is perhaps the most recognizable aphorist.
Not satisfied with just the definition and with 2 more hours to wait for my flight I started to compile a list of all the aphorisms I know…
►Don’t fight the wave, learn to surf.
►Always be yourself because the people that matter don’t mind and the ones that mind, don’t matter.
►Grease is cheaper than parts.
►Money will buy a fine dog but only love will make her wag her tail.
►No one ever says “it’s only a game” when their team is winning.
►Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
►If you don’t have a sense of humour you probably don’t have any sense at all.
►A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water.
►Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it’s faced.
And my personal favorite these days….
►Politicians and diapers should be changed for the same reason.
This summer may all your flights be on time and include a bit of humour!
Kitty Pope #26 June 2014