Patrick Hunt, about whom I first blogged back in 2008, has published a new collection of aphorisms: A Few Hundred Thoughts, from Corinthian Press. In her Book Haven blog, Cynthia Haven recounts Hunt’s recent reading at the Stanford Bookstore, including the author’s description of aphorisms as “intellectual judo—much like poetry, every word counts.” This sampling of Hunt’s take on Martial’s art also comes from Haven’s blog and prompts me to reaffirm my conclusion from 2008: Patrick Hunt is a damn fine aphorist.
Only leaves know the true color of sunlight.
Humans have stomachs twice the size of their brains and three times the size of their hearts.
A constellation is a village where stars live.
Anguish is proof of the soul.
Stars obey the same laws as snails.
Unlike comets and more like candles, souls don’t burn up but down.