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An epigram is a flashlight of a truth; a witticism, truth laughing at itself.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A joke is an epigram on the death of a feeling.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A brilliant epigram is a solemn platitude gone to a masquerade ball.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To say that war is madness is like saying that sex is madness: true enough, from the standpoint of a stateless eunuch, but merely a provocative epigram for those who must make their arrangements in the world as given.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

No Christian and, indeed, no historian could accept the epigram which defines religion as 'what a man does with his solitude.'More [12/04/2011 04:12:52]
An epigram is but a feeble thing - With straw in tail, stuck there by way of stingMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A ten-word epigram to be accurate needs a ten-page footnote, yet what it lacks in accuracy it makes up in nimblenessMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Every epigram should resemble a bee; it should have sting, honey,
and brevity.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What is an epigram? a dwarfish whole,
Its body brevity, and wit its soul.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The diamond's virtues well might grace
The epigram, and both excel
In brilliancy in smallest space,
And power to cut as well.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Some learned writers . . . have compared a Scorpion to an Epigram
. . . because as the sting of the Scorpion lyeth in the tayl, so
the force and virtue of an epigram is in the conclusion.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The qualities all in a bee that we meet,
In an epigram never should fail;
The body should always be little and sweet,
And a sting should be felt in its tail.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A joke is an epigram on the death of a feeling.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Most of those who make collections of verse or epigram are like men eating cherries or oysters: they choose out the best at first, and end by eating all.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
An epigram is but a feeble thing - With straw in tail, stuck there by way of sting.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Feminine passion is to masculine as an epic is to an epigram.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The art of newspaper paragraphing is to stroke a platitude until it purrs like an epigram.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Experience has repeatedly confirmed that well-known maxim of Bacon's that 'a little philosophy inclineth a man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.' At the same time, when Bacon penned that sage epigram... he forgot to add that the God to whom depth in philosophy brings back men's minds is far from being the same from whom a little philosophy estranges them.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The width of a line may present the idea of infinity. An epigram may contain a world. In the same way, a small picture format may be much more living, much more leavening, stirring, awakening, than square yards of wall space.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Victorian society was homogeneous without being homogenized. It was, to paraphrase the epigram about Parliament, a society of extreme eccentrics who agreed so well that they could afford to differ.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Many pundits today are in the habit of misquoting Santayana's epigram, Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Maybe some people have come to grief this way, but they are probably fewer than those who have fallen into the opposite error. One is apt to perish in politics from too much memory, Tocqueville wrote somewhere, with equal truth and greater insight.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
An epigram is a half-truth so stated as to irritate the person who believes the other half.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There's an epigram tacked to my office bulletin board, pinched from a magazine -- "Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pâté.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Stories now, to suit a public taste, must be half epigram, half pleasant vice.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The Reformation has been called in a biting epigram "a rising of the rich against the poor."More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You can cram a truth into an epigram - the truth, never.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Some learned writers . . . have compared a Scorpion to an Epigram . . . because as the sting of the Scorpion lyeth in the tayl, so the force and virtue of an epigram is in the conclusion.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Every epigram should resemble a bee; it should have sting, honey, and brevity.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
nothing is so pleasant ... as to display your worldly wisdom in epigram and dissertation, but it is a trifle tedious to hear another person display theirs.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Heroism is no extempore work of transient impulse--a rocket rushing fretfully up to disturb the darkness by which, after a moment's insulting radiance, it is ruthlessly swallowed up,--but a steady fire, which darts forth tongues of flame. It is no sparkling epigram of action, but a luminous epic of character.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't see how an epigram, being a bolt from the blue, with no introduction or cue, ever gets itself writ.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The first thing that strikes you about Timothy Murphys verse is the palpable texture of his line - that sound of sense practised by that other American poet-farmer, Robert Frost. And just as Murphys ear is trained on the rhythms of local speech and classical epigram, his eye holds fast on the image. This is an undeluded vision, sometimes bleak, often funny, and never less than painstakingly crafted.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
EPIGRAM, n. A short, sharp saying in prose or verse, frequently characterize by acidity or acerbity and sometimes by wisdom.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Better a lively old epigram than a deadly new one.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What are the precise characteristics of an epigram it is not easy to define. It differs from a joke, in the fact that the wit of the latter dies in the words, and cannot therefore be conveyed in another language; while an epigram is a wit of ideas, and hence, is translatable. Like aphorisms, songs and sonnets, it is occupied with some single point, small and manageable; but whilst a song conveys a sentiment, a sonnet a poetical, and an aphorism a moral reflection, an epigram expresses a contrast.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If we did not know all His retorts by heart, if we had not taken the sting out of them by incessant repetition in the accents of the pulpit, and if we had not somehow got it into our heads that brains were rather reprehnsible, we should reckon Him among the greatest wits of all time. Nobody else, in three brief years, has achieved such an output of epigram.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A pun, though despicable in itself, can be the noblest vehicle of an artistic intention by serving as the abbreviation of a wittyview. It can be a social criticism in the form of an epigram.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
An epigram is the marriage of wit and wisdom; a wisecrack, their divorce.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The Greek epigram intimates that the force of love is not shown by the courting of beauty, but where the like desire is inflamed for one who is ill-favored.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I am mistaken if a single epigram included fails to preserve at least some faint thrill of the emotion through which it had to pass before the Muse's lips let it fall, with however exquisite deliberation.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What is an epigram? A dwarfish whole, its body brevity, and wit its soul.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
An epigram is only a wisecrack that's played at Carnegie Hall.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
To say that war is madness is like saying that sex is madness: true enough, from the standpoint of a stateless eunuch, but merely a provocative epigram for those who must make their arrangements in the world as given.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I made art a philosophy, and philosophy an art: I altered the minds of men, and the colour of things: I awoke the imagination of my century so that it created myth and legend around me: I summed up all things in a phrase, all existence in an epigram: whatever I touched I made beautifulMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The qualities all in a bee that we meet, In an epigram never should fail; The body should always be little and sweet, And a sting should be felt in its tail.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
PLATITUDE, n. The fundamental element and special glory of popular literature. A thought that snores in words that smoke. All that is mortal of a departed truth. A jelly-fish withering on the shore of the sea of thought. A desiccated epigram.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If, with the literate, I am Impelled to try an epigram, I never seek to take the credit; We all assume that Oscar said it.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The object of a comedy is not to correct morals or ridicule the vices of society; no, a comedy should depict the discrepancies between life and purpose, should be the fruit of bitter indignation aroused by the degradation of human dignity, should be sarcasm, and not an epigram, convulsive laughter and not an amused grin, should be written with bile and not diluted salt, in a word, it should embrace life in its highest significance.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
No Christian and, indeed, no historian could accept the epigram which defines religion as 'what a man does with his solitude.'More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Epigram and truth are rarely commensurate. Truth has to get somewhat chiseled, as it were, before it will fit into an epigram.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Audiences are always better pleased with a smart retort, some joke or epigram, than with any amount of reasoning.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
All literature is an effort at the formal character of the epigram.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I summed up all systems in a phrase, and all existence in an epigram.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Take my advice, dear reader, don’t talk epigrams even if you have the gift. I know, to those have, the temptation is almost irresistible. But resist it. Epigram and truth are rarely commensurate. Truth has to be somewhat chiselled, as it were, before it will quite fit into an epigram.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In such a case the writer is apt to have recourse to epigrams. Somewhere in this world there is an epigram for every dilemma.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The wise men of old have sent most of their morality down the stream of time in the light skiff of apothegm or epigram; and the proverbs of nations, which embody the commonsense of nations, have the brisk concussion of the most sparkling wit.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is a frightful satire and an epigram on the modern age that the only use it knows for solitude is to make it a punishment, a jail sentence.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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