More Aphorisms by Gregory Norminton

I first blogged about Gregory Norminton’s aphorisms back in 2010. In September, he publishes The Lost Art of Losing, in the preface to which he writes of the aphorism: “Other forms possess, like Claudette Colbert showing her leg in It Happened One Night, assets worth slowing down for: the absorption of narrative, the imprint of facts. The aphorism, exposing its slender thumb to traffic, has little to recommend it save brevity and concision. But these are qualities with cachet, too often absent from baggy novels or hackneyed journalism.” Norminton’s aphorisms are worth slowing down for; in fact, you might want to just park the car and walk the long way home. More info is to be had on Norminton’s website and How to be Awake.

 

Prone to sudden enthusiasms, I leave the main work undone. The pursuit of novelty is the evasion of effort.

 

The truth may set you free but it’s cold outside.

 

Perhaps thunder is the sound of God slapping His forehead in pure disbelief.

 

The skeptic’s burden is always lighter.

 

A question mark is an exclamation mark that stoops to inspect itself.

 

The past is a work in progress.

 

Some things must be seen through to be seen.

 

The shallowest minds go off the deep end.

 

What we think we understand of science is really only its metaphors.

 

The tragedy of sleep is that we cannot be awake to appreciate it.

 

The body has wits that the conscious mind lacks. Pure intellect can’t dance.