Posts Tagged ‘Aphorisms’


Iain M. Banks

“There is a saying that some foolish people believe: what does not kill you makes you stronger. I know for a fact, having seen the evidence — indeed often enough having been the cause of it — that what does not kill you can leave you maimed. Or crippled, or begging for death in one of those ghastly twilights experienced — and one has to hope that that is entirely not the right word — by those in a locked-in or persistent vegetative state. In my experience the same people also believe that everything happens for a reason. Given the unalleviatedly barbarous history of every world we have ever encountered with anything resembling Man on it, this is a statement of quite breathtakingly casual retrospective and ongoing cruelty, tantamount to the condonation of the most severe and unforgivable sadism.”

–“Tem” in Iain M. Banks’ Transition

(In the first sentence, Banks is referring to Nietzsche’s most idiotic aphorism: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” from Twilight of the Idols)

Aphorism of the Day 12-11-17

Posted: December 11, 2017 in Humor, Quotations
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“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.”

— Anonymous


“History does note repeat itself, but it rhymes an awful lot.”

— often attributed to Mark Twain, mentioned (as a “timeworn truism”) by Norman Solomon in his well worth reading “The Ghost of Hubert Humphrey


FIRE, n. The centerpiece of an ancient half-witticism parroted by the chronically unoriginal to justify censorship.

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–from the revised and expanded edition of The American Heretic’s Dictionary, the best modern successor to Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary

American Heretic's Dictionary revised and expanded by Chaz Bufe, front cover