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The word aphorism denotes an original thought, either spoken or written, presented in a concise and easily remembered form. From Hippocrates to Blaise Pascal, they have been a part of humanity’s literary arsenal for thousands of years. The often profound Marty Rubin lends his work to RELATIVTY Online this month and we are grateful to have him. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy these original little snippets of semantic jewels.
How many truths are really true?
When I told the rainbow what its colors meant, it laughed.
If you’re in the fault-finding business, you’ll find me full of faults.
Dreams must be ground into bread and the bread eaten.
I’m the man to call when you need absolutely nothing.
Spend yourself; there’s plenty more.
If it rains tonight, rain will be the cause.
Happiness exists, but not the conditions of happiness.
There is a truth for each occasion, but not for all occasions.
Opinion: a sign of ignorance.
Things put in the wrong place have found a new place.
Lead me not into the corporate world but deliver me from evil.
The wisdom of old age: hardening of the arteries.
Every line is the perfect length if you don’t measure it.
Suppose nothing is wrong. What do you do, then?
Some lives, like some remarks, only make sense out of context.
Words make known. But we live in the unknown.
Tell the truth. It’s more disturbing than telling lies.
Rain is the picnic when it rains.
Press your lips to the fountain and drink life in.
Death is. That’s its only excuse.
Priceless things are things you put no price on.
Real dishes break. That’s how you know they’re real.
He’s the happiest who’s happy with nothing.
Does it really matter who the fastest runner is?
New ideas are nothing new.
New ideas wind up on the same trash heap as the old ones.
The riddle we’ll never solve is how to get along.
Blessed are they who expect nothing, for they’ll be pleasantly surprised.
If you paint a black picture, the picture will be black.
God may be an atheist for all we know.
Humanity will never solve its problems as long as there are people around.
It is incredible the number of things I find not to take seriously.
Lovers of beauty can’t be too discriminating.
If you’re glad to be alive, the rest doesn’t matter.
Cheer up. You don’t have to do anything.
If you need a second to think, it’s too late.
Miracles happen so often they become commonplace.
Bullets that miss the mark travel just as fast.
It’s easier to draw a straight line than to straighten a crooked one.
All rabbits are not the same rabbit. Just as all Roberts are not the same Robert.
What costs me time costs me nothing.
A few names have survived oblivion. In time oblivion will have them all.
Art: a conversation through a locked door.
Boredom is the price one pays for not enjoying everything.
From Marty Rubin. . .
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