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If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.

If you can't be kind, at least be vague.

An aphorism is a pithy observation that attempts to communicate a truth about the human experience, often with a dash of wit. History's greatest thinkers and wri

Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published (first published 2009)
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May 19, 2014 Liz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: aphorism and English language lovers
I can understand that not everyone has a love of English like I do or loves to immerse themselves in a book containing thought-provoking quotes. If this appeals to you, you will enjoy this book. You can't read it in one sitting and effectively appreciate it (part of the reason it took me over two months to finish). Some quotes were great by themselves, while some really achieved their effectiveness when you read who originally said it.

The author gives some history behind some of the quotes' aut...more
Richard Martin
Ifferisms are aphorisms beginning with "If." The book should be classified as philosophy as evidenced by such chapter subtitles as "The Human Condition," "Words to Live By," and "Ages and Stages of Life." Each chapter begins with a historical anecdote. The author then provides a few examples with discussion followed by many examples that illustrate the concept. The index lists the names of those attributed.
Entertaining and instructive. I gave a thorough review on my blog:
Douglas Wilson
A good competent collection of aphorisms that begin with the word "If . . ."
Kathy McC
Read for information to be used in my forensics class.
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