Of those numbers we are obliged to say they confirm the truth in the Disraeli aphorism , ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.’
Edison's method was to doggedly persist in searching for an answer to a problem, expressed in his memorable aphorism that invention is ‘ten percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration.’
the opening sentence of the first aphorism of Hippocrates
the debate begins and ends at the level of aphorism, with commentators saying that something must be done
Politics is the art of the possible, as the old aphorism puts it, and progress is usually incremental.
This pithy aphorism graphically tells us the sad state of affairs on the roads of India.
In all these examples an aphorism as a general truth makes a powerful point in its present context, but it could also make good sense in a very different context.
We all know the old aphorism that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.
the old aphorism ‘the child is father to the man’
Wilde, who could never resist an aphorism , frequently undermines the seriousness of his beliefs by his brilliant and paradoxical style.