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An aphorism is a very short and quick statement that gives a principle, truth, or an opinion. It is important that the aphorism be truthful. If the statement is not truthful, then it is not considered an aphorism. These short, true statements are usually considered universally accepted, which means they are true for most people. These are statements that apply to life and what it means to be a human. This makes them relatable to others. We often call them morals, proverbs, and cliches.
Aphorisms can be serious or humourous. We often find the humorous aphorisms, or short phrases, more memorable and appealing. They can be used to inspire, and we often pull aphorisms from motivational speeches that convince us to improve ourselves and perform specific actions.
Parents often us aphorisms to teach children life lessons. Look at the following aphorism that parents often use with children:
Actions speak louder than words.
This statement is short, quick, and tells you the point or idea immediately. The aphorism is telling us that what we do, or the actions we take, mean more than the words we say. This makes sense because we need to fulfill our words, keep our promises, and do the things we say we will do. In this way, actions tells us more about someone than the words they say.
Regardless of your age, we all tell each other aphorisms and use them in our everyday speech. For example, look at the following aphorism that is commonly said to others:
If you snooze, you lose.
We often say this to each other when someone misses out on an opportunity. The statement is short and quick. It tries to tell us a universal truth that if you do not act quickly, you may miss out on something important. The aphorism is telling us that we should not wait or delay when trying to achieve something. If we late too long and do not act quickly, we may lose our chances. Remember, an aphorism must be truthful, and it usually considered a universal truth. The aphorism above is truthful because delaying your actions decreases your chances of success, and it limits your opportunities.
The following are more examples of common aphorisms found in our everyday lives:
-You don’t know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes.
-Treat others the way you want to be treated.
-If you are not with me, then you are against me.
-Knowledge is power.
-You live and you learn
-Old habits die hard.
-The proof is in the pudding.
-You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
-Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
-You’re never too old to learn.
-You have to take the good with the bad.
-The pen is mightier than the sword.
-Out of sight, out of mind.
-People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
These aphorisms try to convey truthful ideas that apply to human life and what it means to be a human in this world. Notice that they are always short and quick.
This bundle contains 5 ready-to-use Aphorism worksheets that are perfect to test student knowledge and understanding of an aphorism which is a very short and quick statement that gives a principle, truth, or an opinion. You can use these Aphorism worksheets in the classroom with students, or with home schooled children as well.
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