aphorism is a concise statement of a general truth.
the principles that are expressed as aphorisms.
“It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for
“After all, the practical reason why, when the power is once in the
hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue,
to rule is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this
seems fairest to the minority, but because
they are physically the strongest.”
The principle described in A is expressed concisely, that is briefly.
The first principle (A) is stated without any exceptions. On the other hand, B is very long and the ideas are diluted
by such words and phrases as; “most like” “seems fairest”
exercises: Choose which of the two
principles is stated as an aphorism.
“The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have
chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted
before the people can act through it.”
B. “For it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever.”
B. “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.”
A. “Is there not a sort of
bloodshed when the conscience is wounded?”
B. “If a thousand men were
not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody
measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the state to commit violence and
shed innocent blood.”
B. “If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.”