Add Authority To Your Words With Quotes And Aphorisms

by Dr. Rick Kirschner on August 6, 2012

Quotes, and aphorisms, have the benefit of adding authority to your words.  Whose authority?  Whomever you are quoting.  You only need provide attribution for your quote if you desire to grant its authority to yourself.  You can even quote yourself!

“As I often say, change your mind, change your life, change your world.”

And even an anonymous quote has the power to grant authority, if the quote is compelling enough, since the assumption made is that the person who said something so interesting was important enough to be quoted

An aphorism is a brief expression of an important principle.  Aphorisms are best known for delivering a lot of information in very few words, through the clever turn of a phrase.

“Some say that a committee is a dark alley down which ideas are led to be strangled. I have an idea that I’d like you to try instead.”

“According to Mark Twain, it ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.  Here’s what we don’t know”

You can even combine an aphorism with a quote.

“You know the saying, ‘Think outside the box?’  Well, I say,  ‘Don’t get in the box!’  Better yet, don’t put anyone else in there either!”

What are some of your favorite aphorisms, and where do you use them?  For what?  I’d love to hear from you.

Be well,




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