I Thought So: A Book of Epigrams
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- Cynthia Frank
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An epigram is a distilled thought, a few words equaling many. Webster s Dictionary defines an epigram as A concise, clever, often paradoxical statement. In the ancient world, the first epigrams were inscriptions in verse, carved into the stones of tombs, statues, temples, and triumphal arches. Later, with the advent of paper, they evolved into brief morsels of insight, often witty or satirical. I Thought So is a distillation of wisdom in the classic tradition of Mark Twain, H. L. Mencken, Samuel Johnson, and la Rochefoucauld. If you love epigrams, you ll be delighted by the original mind reflected here. If you enjoy seeing things from a different angle, and like to discuss life s larger questions, then this is the book for you.The epigrams are sectioned into the traditional categories and presented in a meaningful array. One doesn t read a book of epigrams like a novel; one quite properly skips around in it. Most readers will begin with HEALTH, then LOVE and WEALTH. FOOD and TRAVEL will get some attention. Some may foolishly forgo the invaluable lessons in MANNERS, MORALITY, and VANITY. Those who choose to skip DEATH will be forgiven.