No doubt it was in further elaboration of this aphorism
that the little steamboat that sailed every other day from Yellowsands to the beckoning shores of France was called "the Mayflower."
I followed, hoping to trace them to their home, but they soon out-distanced me, and that night I composed the following aphorism
: It is idle to attempt to overtake a pretty young woman carrying pork chops.
Altogether, the Old Bailey, at that date, was a choice illustration of the precept, that "Whatever is is right;" an aphorism
that would be as final as it is lazy, did it not include the troublesome consequence, that nothing that ever was, was wrong.
He belonged to that natural, humorous school who took for their motto in the seventeenth century the aphorism
uttered by one of their number in 1653, -- "To despise flowers is to offend God."
And sometime under the liquor drug, snatches of wisdom came to him far more lucidity than in his sober moments, as, for instance, one night, when he sat on the edge of the bed with one shoe in his hand and meditated on Dede's aphorism
to the effect that he could not sleep in more than one bed at a time.
That he who hesitates is lost proved itself a true aphorism
in this instance, for another moment saw me creeping stealthily toward the door of the guard-house.
It was at this time, and under these circumstances, that I framed an aphorism
which has already become celebrated.
I know not how to express my meaning more plainly or more personally than I have done already in one of the last chapters (Aphorism
382) of the fifth book of the 'Gaya Scienza'."
Every now and then, having learned from Newman that he had been through the museums of Europe, he uttered some polished aphorism
upon the flesh-tints of Rubens and the good taste of Sansovino.
In this Spain of ours there is a proverb, to my mind very true- as they all are, being short aphorisms
drawn from long practical experience- and the one I refer to says, 'The church, or the sea, or the king's house;' as much as to say, in plainer language, whoever wants to flourish and become rich, let him follow the church, or go to sea, adopting commerce as his calling, or go into the king's service in his household, for they say,
"WE, THE PEOPLE of the United States, to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." Here is a better recognition of popular rights, than volumes of those aphorisms
which make the principal figure in several of our State bills of rights, and which would sound much better in a treatise of ethics than in a constitution of government.
I have been taught these two aphorisms
in Latin and in Greek; one is, I believe, from Phaedrus, and the other from Bias.