Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts these aphorisms ... no, wait, that was us. Aphorisms are succinct, pithy observations, that despite their cliché, do contain general truths. Test how many phrases your can complete in our quiz.
If it's not broke, don't fix it.
The heart, writes Oscar Wilde, "was made to be broken."
It is always better to be slightly undressed, spoken by Coco Chanel.
Speak low if you speak of love, Shakespeare writes.
Again, William Shakespeare. "Nothing can come of nothing," is from King Lear.
Adlai Stevenson once said, "It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts."
Plato gives us the aphorism, "Necessity is the mother of invention."
A man is known by the company he keeps.
Better the devil you know than the devil you don't.
Spoken by John F. Kennedy, it's "conformity that is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth."
The saying goes, cold hands, warm heart.
St. Francis of Assisi is credited with the saying, "He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his head and his hands is a craftsman."
The saying goes, "A fool and his money are soon parted."
Alexander Pope wrote, "To err is human, to forgive divine" in "An Essay on Criticism."
Meanness is the parent of insolence, said Benjamin Franklin.
Actions speak louder than words, the saying goes.
It goes, "All's fair in love and war."
Again, an aphorism from Benjamin Franklin: "Men and melons are hard to know."
Idle hands, the saying goes, "are the devil's workshop."
Words of wisdom: "Measure twice, cut once."
Slow but steady wins the race, is this aphorism.
As this saying goes, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions."
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, is the saying (although, "plagiarism" sure is funny).
Great minds think alike, is a well-known aphorism.
Said Benjamin Franklin, "Glass, china and reputation are easily cracked and never well mended."
A classic: "Rome wasn't built in a day."
Brevity is the soul of wit, the saying goes.
Experience is the mother of illusion, the teacher of all things and the name we give our mistakes.
The saying goes, "Keep your mouth shut and your ears open."
Remember, it's laughter that's the best medicine.