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Although it is somewhat elaborate in its production of terms and categories, Shaw's study is important in its claim to recover wisdom in a time when it is in decline and in the insights it offers into various kinds of oracular and aphoristic writing.
The Sutra Stones, as their name indicates, use aphoristic legends around which geometric bands of colour and patterning are organised.
The result is that Rossetti employs what Pater identified as a "gnomic" or aphoristic style, characteristic of wisdom literature such as Ecclesiastes, Pascal's Pensees, Part IV of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, and The Rubaiyat.
Musings at the End of Modernity: An Aphoristic Essay" is a collection of aphorisms, or short, to the point paragraphs speaking author Conor O'Brian Barnes' opinion on many things about life.
Only the relatively brief and aphoristic 2500-year-old Art of War by the (possibly mythic) Chinese sage Sun Tzu has a reputation approaching Clausewitz's masterpiece.
The political philosophy of China's leaders, generally expressed by aphoristic slogans, is normally dismissed by foreigners, even by China scholars, as just so much empty rhetoric or blunt force mass manipulation.
Further, there are other examples in the Adi Granth where gurus employ single lines for the shaloks in the form of aphoristic sayings.
Altholz's own judgments, moreover, are often as aphoristic as are those of the Victorian polemicists whom he quotes at length.
Henry's book especially offers up many aphoristic attacks on egalitarianism that could have come from a radio talk show host.
A companion of sorts to La Valdene's The Fragrance of Grass, a collection of essays on hunting and nature, On the Water (with a foreword from the author's friend Carl Hiaasen) is an assemblage of pitch-perfect vignettes so aphoristic that to open the book anywhere is to be delighted and instructed by a writer whose work speaks to the power of earned experience.
An enigmatic and endearing portrait of the artist emerges from its pages--in the mode of "semi-classic semi-fiction," to quote one of Berman's aphoristic lines.
The book is organized into three sections roughly though not explicitly aligned with these groups of past readers, while the chapters are often very short (3-5 pages) and aphoristic, bearing witty titles that seem to nod to Nietzsche's influence.