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McGann modifies an initial assertion that the poem refers to an inscription into a peculiar assumption: "Indeed, we are probably meant to take the poem's famous Beauty-Truth apothegm not as the urn's actual inscription (translated, perhaps?
In defending the closing moral which celebrates those sympathies, House once wrote that, "coming in context, after the richness and terror of the poem, it is no more a banal moral apothegm, but a moral which has its meaning because it has been lived" (House 54).
One wonders whether Scholem's apothegm does not have the same validity today, as the reader pursues Alexander's excoriating exegesis of the incendiary statements made within the last decade by people like Amos Oz, Meron Benvenisti, Yigal Tumarkin, Ze'ev Sternhall, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, David Grossman, Dedi Zucker, Yossi Sarid, Avishai Margalit, and Shulamit Aloni.
What we are seeing is the evil of banality -- to invert Hannah Arendt's apothegm.
It also reveals how much the standards of democratic pluralism have been devalued, and how little some African-American citizens appreciate the political apothegm of the historian Marvin Meyers: "With talk begins responsibility.
The Chretien de Troyes apothegm that introduces Pauline at the Beach wittily suggests the logorrhea of Rohmer's characters--their wagging tongues never tire--and their infinite capacity for linguistic snares.
If legend has often tagged such a character with the apothegm "fortune favors the brave," Shakespeare stubbornly transformed this to "fortune favors the planner.
O Gnimh's complex meditation on an English beheading does not simply close the circle on Webster's apothegm about Irish beheadings.
The Prologue's apothegm, "A hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action" (13), and the Epilogue's promise, "I must emerge.
Having made a grand joke of his apothegm, the Jonathan character is now free to exploit it whenever he sees an opening.
Villon himself imparted a slight but definite distancing to the phrase; it is, after all, a ballade, a sung poem, not an apothegm.
74) Docility also figures into Michelangelo's apothegm by referring to Sebastiano's sinecure bestowed by Clement VII, which in Vasari's words "rendered the industrious Sebastiano indolent.