apothegm


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a short pithy instructive saying

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Barnett Newman's apothegm that "Aesthetics for the artist was as meaningful as ornithology must be for the birds" reminds me that my work as a painter is my best answer.
In Mathiason, the Court relied on custody as the missing piece that justified the deliberate falsehood that induced the suspect to confess; in Burbine, the majority stressed the "ignorance is bliss" apothegm to validate the Miranda waiver.
Aristotle could not have been more perspicuous in the following apothegm on the precarious relationship between alimentary pleasure and excess: "people are blamed, not for undergoing them [bodily pleasures], desiring them, and loving them, but rather for doing so in a certain way, namely, in excess" (NE, VII, 4).
When Karl Marx penned his apothegm of historical materialism, he gave the human subject precisely this sort of ideological predicate, for although he insisted that people "make their own history, but not of their own free will; not under circumstances they themselves have chosen but under the given and inherited circumstances with which they are directly confronted", he went on to particularise these unchosen circumstances as the "tradition of the dead generations" which "weighs like a nightmare on the minds of the living" (Marx, 1973 [1852], page 146).
But in the form in which it affects us most acutely, in 2012, the temporization of research--by which I mean its improvisation, its deferral, and its truncative presentism or "trimming," all at once--might be said to derive from the scale of science applied in the second and final great war, the one that generated the episteme indexed by Harold Innis' apothegm "The interest in post-war problems is the post-war problem" (1946, 56).
Just think about this expression, almost a classic apothegm.
The qualification that follows Kafka's bold definition--eine Sunde schuldlos zu geniessen, fast schuldlos--arguably transforms the entire significance of this apothegm.
Search, taxonomy developers, and content processing outfits--most of the companies in the information retrieval business--use what my rhetoric instructor at Duquesne University in 1967 called an adage, slogan, maxim, and apothegm, from the Greek word "apophthengesthai," which means to speak one's opinion plainly.
TO the cold, implacable universe, the late Pina Bausch offered her own response--the succinct apothegm, "Tanzt, tanzt sonst sind wir verloren" ("dance, dance, or else we are lost").
His words grant him no access to either heaven or the king because they are without adequate place--just as his bower has failed to provide a safe place, to represent successfully his secure place at court, so the topoi of the apothegm have failed to represent adequately his plight, and he must search for his own genre.
Looking back to the experience that had inspired his famous apothegm to freedom abroad in 1846 ("I breathe, and lo
The truth in the ancient apothegm, "Bacchus in the head puts Venus in the tail"--or, per Chaucer's Wife of Bath, "A liquorish mouth must have a lickerish tail"--no doubt accounts for Dionysus's association with sex and fertility, his rituals revolving around the representation of the phallus, like the giant one in Aschenbach's dream.
The author closes with the apothegm, "No strategist deliberately designs a strategy to fail.
Terrence's apothegm was echoed in Dilthey's notion of verstehen and more recently in Davidson's principle of charity in his influential challenge to "conceptual relativism.