What are aphorisms?

Irina Gromyak
Irina Gromyak
February 26, 2013
What are aphorisms?

Aphorisms ... They are present in our speech from ancient times. At one time, many scientists tried to define what aphorisms are. Hippocrates first introduced the definition of aphorisms.

Familiarity with aphorisms

Aphorisms are complete thoughts that are distinguished by their originality. They exist in a concise form, which is well remembered and repeatedly repeated by other people. Since childhood, we meet with aphorisms. “Knowledge is power, ignorance is darkness,” an expression familiar to everyone from school. And if we analyze it, we see how clearly and clearly the whole meaning of what was said is conveyed in a few words.

This concept came to the dictionary of the Russian language in 1789. But this does not mean that in Russia these expressions were not used until then. People already at that time knew what aphorisms are. We know their examples well: “A meek word tames anger”, “Tell me who your friend is, I will tell you who you are”, “Apple is not far from an apple tree”. We well know the meaning of what these statements carry.

Those aphorisms, which are composed of several words, are the most accurate, they very aptly convey the content of what was said. Just think of them harder. Three or four words make it easy to remember.

Aphorisms - this is our story

Today, every student knows what aphorism is. In the literature they are found especially often, as well as in philosophical works and in everyday life. We often use them colloquially.

These precise and concise statements are made up on many topics: love, money, religion. There are also aphorisms about aphorisms. You can tell a lot about them, they can be called a separate art form. But the fruits of this art, basically, come from the past, and modern statements, which would be accurate and clever, carried with them some wisdom, very little.

By aphorisms, you can study history because they reflect the reality of the past. The authors of accurate statements were poets and scholars of the medieval East, generals, and noble people in the world.