Call for Suggestions

Your Sable Primate is working on a new poem, based on aphorisms.

aph·o·rism [af-uh-riz-uhm]
–noun
a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation, such as “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton).

Naturally, I intend to corrupt them to suit the nefarious ends of the Black Vatican, and to make them "slamworthy." Here's the kind of thing I'm looking for: "One good turn deserve another." Properly twisted, this comes out as, "One good turn gets all the covers." Another example: "There, but for the grace of God, go I" becomes, "There, but for the gods of grace, go I." You get the idea...

Please submit any clever sayings like the above, or feel free to submit any of the old classics that you'd like to see twisted. All who submit suggestions will receive a minor beatification and have their pinky toe bone placed in a gilded reliquary after death (or before - your choice).

7 comments:

La Petite Fleur (AKA Tessa) said...

the cheesy, must have aphorism - “The best things in life are free.”

an aphorism to describe the state of our nation - “If the thinking breaks down, the order breaks down as well.” Confucius

a bit about chaos – one of the most fascinating and most profound (and what is an aphorism, if not profound) subjects in my opinion - “Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.” Henry Brooks Adams and “Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.” Henry Miller

and just a nice and rather true one - “Nostalgia is a seductive liar.” George W. Ball

finally, a good college aphorism - actually found deep in the heart of chick lit - "You can't puke in wicker. It leaks."

His Sinfulness said...

Excellent suggestions, all! Thanks, Tessa. :)

Raksha said...

"Absolute power corrupts absolutely. It rocks absolutely, too."

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but whips and chains excite me!"

"I'll fall off that bridge when I come to it."

MightyMightyM said...

I'm too innocent* to twist them myself, but here goes:

"That which does not destroy us, makes us stronger." Nietzche

"Lost time is never found again." Ben Franklin

"One man's meat is another man's poison" (good for vegans) also "one man's trash is another man's treasure"

"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." Mark Twain

*by innocent i could mean lazy, not positive.

-Max

BCP 235632236 said...

"The pleasure of criticizing robs us of the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things."
-Jean de la Bruyère; Les caractères

"Probability is the guide of life."
-Bishop Butler

"Trust in Allah, but tie your camel."
-Moslem proverb

"Treason does never prosper, for if it does prosper, none dare call it treason."
-Jim Garrison in ‘JFK’

Dr. Smith said...

the only constant is change.

hindsight is 20:20

nothing chanced nothing gained

you can't judge a book by its cover

not all that shimmers is gold

He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins

Measure twice because you can only cut once.

Flynn said...

When in doubt, use the smell test.

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