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





Take not God's name in vain; select a time when it will have effect.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


'Twas but my tongue, 'twas not my soul that swore.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


Grant me some wild expressions, Heavens, or I shall burst.


George Farquhar (c.1677-1707, Irish playwright)


I've tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I'm afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


Oaths are the fossils of piety.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


A whoreson jackanapes must take me up for swearing; as if I borrowed mine oaths of him and might not spend them at my pleasure. When a gentleman is disposed to swear, it is not for any standers-by to curtail his oaths, ha?


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


It comes to pass oft that a terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply twanged off, gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would have earned him.


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


Ay, ay, the best terms will grow obsolete: damns have had their day.


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


A footman may swear; but he cannot swear like a lord. He can swear as often: but can he swear with equal delicacy, propriety, and judgment?


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


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