The World in a Phrase

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Feb 1, 2011 - Reference - 240 pages
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Starting with the ancient Chinese and ending with contemporary Europeans and Americans, The World in a Phrase tells the story of the aphorism through spirited and amusing biographies of some of its greatest practitioners, including Emily Dickinson, and Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker; great French aphorists like Montaigne, La Rochefoucauld, and Chamfort; philosophers like Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein; as well as prophets and sages like the Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Jesus. In our modern age, The World in a Phrase explores how aphorisms still retain the power to instigate and inspire, enlighten and enrage, entertain and edify.
James Geary is the author of The Body Electric: An Anatomy of the New Bionic Senses. He lives in London with his wife and three children.
"James Geary's celebration of the smallest-and sometimes wisest-of literary forms. Geary defines the characteristics of aphorisms and discusses their history and their role in his life, and shares the work of renowned aphorists from Buddha to Dr. Seuss."-Associated Press
 

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The World in a Phrase : A History of Aphorisms

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Journalist Geary (The Body Electric: An Anatomy of the New Bionic Senses ) here offers his personal "bible, a blast of triumph from the great aphorists." This quote contrasts with the comprehensive ... Read full review

Contents

The Confessions
1
Ancient Sages Preachers
21
Laotzu
27
Confucius
35
Muhammad
42
A Man Is Wealthy in Proportion to the Things He
49
Epicurus
55
Epictetus
62
The Rise
126
Henry David Thoreau
133
Mark Twain
139
Know Then Thyself Presume Not God to Scan
149
William Blake
157
Samuel Hoffenstein
164
In the Beginning Was the WordAt the End Just
174
Antonio Porchia
180

Michel de Montaigne
69
Baltasar Gracidn
81
Heretics
102
Arthur Schopenhauer
109
Ludwig Wittgenstein
119
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
188
Afterisms
199
Bibliography
209
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James Geary is the deputy editor of Time Magazine in Europe and the author of The Body Electric: An Anatomy of the New Bionic Senses. He lives in London with his wife and three children.

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