An aphorism, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is "a concise statement of principle," so it is a short line or phrase that illustrates some belief of the speaker. Henry David Thoreau was absolutely fond of confidently stating his point of view and offering neat, plain advice on how others could live the way that he did: more simply and more fully.
An example of one of his aphorisms from his famous text Walden is
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.
This statement illustrates Thoreau's belief in simplicity, that man should try to reduce his...
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