Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists
, The Week, AGNI,
Unlike other French aphorists
, les moralistes, his aphorisms touch on serious and delicate matters but almost never on moral questions.
I will quote Antonio Vitorino European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs when he said: 'It almost seems as if the maxim coined by Stanilaw Lec, one of the best aphorists
of the twentieth century, 'be a realist, don't tell the truth' has become an appropriate adage in certain circles at this point in European integration.
Johnson's are more magisterial than later aphorists
Chamfort, Pascal, Gracian, Vauvenargues, La Rochefoucauld: none of these master aphorists
was burdened by an overly sunny view of humanity, though each was gloomy in his own way.