aph·o·rism [af…

[af-uh-riz-uhm] Show IPA
a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation, as “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton).
1520–30; French aphorisme < Late Latin aphorismus < Greek aphorismós definition, equivalent to aphor ( ízein ) to define (see aphorize) + -ismos -ism

Related forms
aph·o·ris·mic, aph·o·ris·mat·ic [af-uh-riz-mat-ik] Show IPA , adjective

Can be confused: adage, aphorism, apothegm, axiom, maxim, proverb.


Choose your aphorism

for instance: “Its plain hard work that does it…!” This explains how and why people struggle to get where they want to be in life.


Think about your audience: what does each need to know to understand this concept.

Analyze the meaning of the thought: Tell the life story of the average person. All of life you have to work hard in order to be where you are today and to continue to where I want to be in the Future.

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