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





In doing good, we are generally cold, and languid, and sluggish; and of all things afraid of being too much in the right. But the works of malice and injustice are quite in another style. They are finished with a bold, masterly hand; touched as they are with the spirit of those vehement passions that call forth all our energies, whenever we oppress and persecute.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Malice is only another name for mediocrity.


Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1967, Irish poet, author)


There's no possibility of being witty without a little ill-nature -- the malice of a good thing is the barb that makes it stick.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


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