An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown




It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.


Italo Calvino (1923-1985, Cuban writer, essayist, journalist)


To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Twenty or thirty years ago, in the army, we had a lot of obscure adventures, and years later we tell them at parties, and suddenly we realize that those two very difficult years of our lives have become lumped together into a few episodes that have lodged in our memory in a standardized form, and are always told in a standardized way, in the same words. But in fact that lump of memories has nothing whatsoever to do with our experience of those two years in the army and what it has made of us.


Vaclav Havel (1936-, Czech playwright, president)


Life is too short for a long story.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


With a tale, for sooth, he cometh unto you; with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney corner.


Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586, British author, courtier)


The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it.


Laurence Sterne (1713-1768, British author)


Faith! He must make his stories shorter or change his comrades once a quarter.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


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