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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
“Actions speak louder than words.”
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
You’ve no doubt heard these statements, or countless others like them, throughout life, and maybe especially on Instagram. They are called aphorisms — pithy and (sometimes) profound observations meant to impart wisdom or express a truth.
How do you feel about aphorisms? Are they clever and insightful, or trite and unhelpful? What are some of your favorite (or most-loathed) aphorisms? Why? Do simple “words of wisdom” have enough power to spur action in the real world? Has one of these sayings ever inspired you?
Tell us in the comments, then read the related Opinion essay to learn about one writer’s opinion on the matter.