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An aphorism is a concise statement of an insight or truth, usually having a practical or political significance.

Jesus' aphorisms are some of the most beloved and highly revered in history. Christians and non-Christians alike see the wisdom in them.

  • "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." Luke 6:31
  • "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Mark 8:36
  • "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

President Ronald Reagan, for example, liked to say the following aphorisms:[1]

  • "I once played a sheriff who thought he could do the job without a gun. I was dead in twenty-seven minutes of a thirty minute show."
  • "Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."
  • "Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15."

See also


  1. http://www.aphorisms-galore.info/author/Ronald-Reagan/