I know I am not alone in finding some of the aphorisms a little puzzling. Perhaps an experienced teacher could have helped us by providing a commentary. Again, Mary highlights a similar,point: taken out of context the meaning may change. Indeed, the title page of the book contains the aphorism ÒBe careful of the printed matter: you may not read it as it is written down.Ó One or two of the aphorisms may have been so specific to a particular pupil that it would be almost impossible for the original meaning to be gleaned by another, in another time and place. But these are far outnumbered by many invaluable classics to which we can never return too many times. I also liked those that were, new to me, such as
ÒThey may teach you anatomy and physiology till they are black in the face - you will still have this to face: sticking to a decision against your habit of life.Ó
It is a great pleasure to have all the aphorisms together in one attractive volume. There is also an extraordinarily detailed index which enables you to find an aphorism suitable for any occasion! Perhaps this would be a good book to have in your waiting room.
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