has a way of bending you to its hidden truth, changing your way of thinking not with a 20-page document of well-reasoned arguments, but with just a sentence or two.
Yahia Lababidi has done something at once anachronistic and deeply contemporary with Where Epics Fail, his wide-ranging collection of aphorisms
. The book is anachronistic in the sense that such compendiums of musings tend to be thought of as decidedly old-fashioned nowadays--the wise master dropping his pearls of wisdom to the unwashed masses would strike many as haughty and pretentious in 2019.
His works include Shab Chiragh (Urdu poetry) ,Kiran Sooraj (Aphorism
), The Beaming Soul (English Version of Kiran Sooraj),Dil Darya Samundar (Essays),Qatra Qulzum (Essays), Ocean
Consider the following aphorism
about modern life: "Adaptation to the modern world exacts both the sclerosis of our sensibility and the debasement of our character." Gomez-Davila describes his work as "reactionary." However, his alleged intransigence can best be construed as a quest for renewal of the first principles that man has turned his back on: "The true reactionary is not a dreamer of bygone times but a hunter of sacred shadows upon the eternal hills." Permanence is what matters to him, not moral-spiritual experimentation.
The art of aphorism
, traced to Hippocrates, has seen its ups and downs.
170) As good as this aphorism
may be, the essay's argument goes much further.
The classic definition of aphorism
comes--appropriately enough, since he is both the world's most famous lexicographer and a noted aphorist--from Samuel Johnson: "a maxim; a precept contracted in a short sentence; an unconnected position" (Gross, 1983, p.vii).
THE WHIRLINGDERVISH was handicapped to bounce back to winning form in his favourite race, the Pontefract Cup, but the Jamie Spencer-ridden Aphorism
failed to read the script and, by nailing Tim Easterby's stayer inside the final furlong, denied the old-timer a fourth success in the race.
Envisage landed the totequadpot Handicap, while Aphorism
came out best in the totetrifecta Pontefract Cup.
The final aphorism
in John Caspar Lavater's 1788 volume entitled Aphorisms
on Man, translated by Henry Fuseli and with a frontispiece engraved by William Blake, reads "If you mean to know yourself, interline such of these aphorisms
as affected you agreeably in reading, and set a mark to such as left a sense of uneasiness with you; and then shew your copy to whom you please" (quoted in Jackson 156).
Mares often improve in form when in foal and Aphorism
(4.10) can prove the point in the Totetrifecta Pontefract Cup Handicap.
JAMIE SPENCER is only one behind Seb Sanders in the jockeys' title race after he gave Aphorism
a typical waiting ride to land the Weatherbys Finance Handicap at Warwick.
Dear Editor, It is a common aphorism
that we do not appreciate anything that is familiar or free.
America was once a land where the aphorism
attributed to Voltaire reigned supreme: "I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." It's ironic that the authorities specifically tried to silence a message simply because it was written in Arabic ("When Arabic Is Suspect," by Matthew Rothschild, December issue).