Quotes by authors. One of the most effective ways to add punch and power to your speech and writing is to use amazing quotations by influential people, such as those featured in this English-culture space powered by the famous Daimon Club blog project and Carl William Brown.
An aphorism is usually a saying expressing a belief, an idea, a thought, a saying, a piece of literature and so on. Synonyms for aphorisms could be: adage, apothegm, axiom, dictum, maxim, moral, precept, proverb, rule, saw, saying, truism, axiom, device, dictum, fundamental, law, maxim, moral, postulate, precept, proposition, proverb, saying, theorem, truism, truth, byword, catchphrase, catchword, dictum, epithet, gnome, gnomic saying, handle, maxim, motto, nickname, precept, proverb, quotation, quote, saw, shibboleth, slogan, standing joke. An aphorism can express also absurdity, ambiguity, foolishness, nonsense and paradox.
Carl William Brown
Sébastien Roch Nicolas de Chamfort used to say: “Most anthologists of quotations are like those who eat cherries or oysters: first picking the best ones and winding up by eating everything.”; so, keeping this principle in mind you can understand my method of collecting and writing quotes and aphorisms, that is to say I don’t follow the above criterion, habit or silly addiction, but I try to choose only the best sentences and the more useful or critical ideas that agree with my way of thinking, my “Weltanschauung”, my poetics, my style and my literary, aesthetic and cultural strategy; only after this kind of careful selection I write my pages, both of quotations and of essays or articles. That’s the main difference between my blogs and websites, and the work of other more voracious writers or webmasters.
Carl William Brown
One of the most effective ways to add punch and power to your speech and writing is to use quotations by influential people, such as those featured in the Quotation Library.
Woodrow Wilson, the 28th U.S. President, said, “I not only use all the brains I have, but all that I can borrow.”
Jim Rohn, a well-known success coach and motivational speaker, suggests,
“Don’t be afraid to borrow if someone else has said it well. Winston Churchill said, ‘The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.’ That’s so well said. You could stay up all night and not think of that.”
The American author and lawyer, Christian Nevell Bovee, observed this about quotations many decades ago: “Next to being witty yourself, the best thing is being able to quote another’s wit.”
Isaac D’Israeli, the British historian, commented, “The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.”
The French philosopher and essayist, Michel Eyquem De Montaigne, said in the 16th century, “I quote others in order to better express myself.”
The famous American essayist and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, declared, “Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. Many will read the book before one thinks of quoting a passage. As soon as he has done this, that line will be quoted east and west.”
Henry W. Fowler, the British lexicographer, suggested, “Quotation… A writer [or speaker] expresses himself in words that have been used before because they give his meaning better than he can give it himself, or because they are beautiful or witty, or because he expects them to touch a cord of association in his reader, or because he wishes to show that he is learned and well read.”