Favourite aphorisms and sayings

A few favourites of mine, for starters:

Every fool is a sage when he keeps his mouth shut (Tuscan saying, quoted by Allan Cameron in ‘In praise of the Garrulous’)

Poetry is a pheasant disappearing in the brush (Wallace Stevens, quoted in ‘Poetry as Life’ by Samuel French Morse)

It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance … and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process (Henry James, ditto)

6 thoughts on “Favourite aphorisms and sayings

  1. James Argles

    Hi Rob – John Reed once described the slow movement of Schubert’s DATM Quartet as “A clear-eyed searching for the beauty that lies beyond tears”. I’ve always liked that.

    On more day-to-day matters? That’s easy! “What are tones for if not to be lowered?” (Neil Hannon)


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