A succinct or concise statement of an opinion or truth, a pithy saying, an adage.
This is all told in a flood of Oprah-ready sunny aphorisms ("Miracles are out there somewhere. You just got to find them"), and most grandly emotional scenes end with the participants collapsing in laughter at something funny the reader's missed.
Patrick Ness, The Guardian, 22 September 2007, Guardian
reviewing Tom Spanbauer's Now Is the Hour . Amazon
Of the many collections of anecdotes, aphorisms and bons mots that litter the bookshops, this is one that is worth picking up.
Campbell Stevenson, The Observer, 1 April 2007, The Observer
reviewing Matthew Engel's Extracts from the Red Notebooks. Amazon
But Churchill’s aphorism that those who do not know history will be doomed to repeat it is, in my opinion, enormously true.