15 Epigrams to live by

Epigrams- they were engraved on statues, the walls of homes in Pompei, and even on the rock of the Temple of Apollo. Think of them as the ancient predecessor of today’s memes. An epigram is a pithy saying often packed with wisdom or humor – it’s often written in verse. Just as many on social media find memes irresistible, epigrams still carry weight in the twenty-first century. As the famous poet and playwright Oscar Wilde puts it, “I can resist everything but temptation”. So let’s indulge our appetite for some famous, insightful, and irreverent epigrams.

  1. “An economist’s guess is liable to be as good as anybody else’s” – Will Rogers
  2. “The best revenge is not to be like that.” -Marcus Aurelius
  3. “Character is fate.”- Heraclitus
  4. “Action expresses priorities.” -Mohandas Gandhi
  5. “If you can’t be a good example, you’ll just have to be a horrible warning” – Catherine the Great
  6. “This is not your responsibility, but it is your problem.” – Cheryl Strayed
  7. “You never know who’s swimming naked until the tide goes out.” – Warren Buffett
  8. “Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.” – Viktor Frankl
  9. “Justice delayed is justice denied” – Unknown
  10. “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” – William Shakespeare
  11. “Be curious, not judgmental.” – Walt Whitman
  12. “Education isn’t something you can finish.” – Isaac Asimov
  13. “We are all broken- that’s how the light gets in.” – Ernest Hemingway
  14. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher
  15. “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” -John Steinbeck




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