- The apothegmatic style well employed gives away very little for the readers and listeners. They have a responsibility to strain and seek, and the writers and speakers who love them most would not dare take this responsibility away from them.
- A man who cuts off a conversation with a proverb is least worthy to wield the proverb on his tongue. One might say that pro-verbium is merely a word-put-forth, but it should also be a word-on-behalf-of, -in-service-of, -for-the-sake-of. Of what? A conversation.
- There are two kinds of maxims: one that is an impetus for further thinking, and the other that is a summation of much experience and a summary of what would have been a great and lengthy account. But who can say that beginnings and ends govern human affairs any differently? There is, then, only one kind of maxim.
- What better way to “unlearn” untruth than through a maxim, which is both a fragment and a whole, is a beginning and an end, and in all cases is unwilling to submit to the System.
- Obscurity, ambiguity, paradox, antinomy—these are not the enemies of truth. They are rather the enemies of ease. What has ease got to do with truth?