Aphorisms by David Giannini

Thanks to Jim Finnegan, proprietor of the ursprache blog and author of the aphoristically amazing Tramp Freighter, for alerting me to 42 Aphoristics by David Giannini, published recently in Talisman:

Some echoes are spitefully returned
to themselves unheard

Who marinate in spotlights
are condemned to be burnt

Infinity is the last
of its kind


Let your own arms hold
you first

Down close to certain flowers
all excesses are sufficiencies


Wit defies death
but death defines wit

Aphorisms by David P. Gontar

The indefatigable aphoristic archeologist Dave Lull alerts me to selected aphorisms by David P. Gontar, adjunct professor of English and philosophy at Inner Mongolia University in China and author of Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays. If you want to read more, Gontar’s aphorisms appear in the January 2013 issue of the New English Review. A selection:

Democracy is a brawl settled in advance by counting heads.

The rich man cannot enter the kingdom of heaven because he is already there.

A mystery is a topic about which the more is learned the less is understood.

The seekers of Truth find only each other.

To see things as they are is to see them as they might be.

A little toxin is the best tonic.

Success is not the avoidance of error but the making of the right mistakes.

In the long run there is no long run.