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Fun With Aphorisms!

Hum II Lit
We have all heard sayings that tell us a universal truth about the way things are. Not to be confused with
Proverbs, these statements are called Aphorisms. Definitions:
AphorismBrief statement or truism of life. A philosophy on a small or large aspect of life.
Example: Life is like a box of Chocolates; you never know what youre gonna get (Forrest Gump).
ProverbAn analogy, often metaphoric, that provides dual layers of meaning.
Example: You can lead a horse to water, but you cant make it drink.
1. "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be."
(Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night)
What does Vonnegut mean by pretend to be?
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Paraphrase the following aphorisms into your own words.
2. "Your children need your presence more than your presents" (Jesse Jackson).
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3. Lost time is never found again. (Benjamin Franklin)
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4. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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5. Death with dignity is better than life with humiliation. (Husayn ibn Ali)
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6. That which does not destroy us makes us stronger. (Friedrich Nietzche)
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7. Believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see. (Mark Twain)
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8. A lie told often enough becomes the truth. (Vladimir Lenin)


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9. Like a road in Autumn: Hardly is it swept clean before it is covered again with dead leaves. (Franz
Kafka)
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10. It is better to be hated for what one is, than loved for what one is not. (Andr Gide)
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11. Hate the Sin; Love the Sinner. (Mahatma Ghandi)
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Create your own Aphorisms
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Choose one of your Aphorisms and explain in detail the statement it is making on life.