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Entertaining Epigrams

Updated on January 3, 2013

Welcome to Entertaining Epigrams

If air is like the air we breathe -- invisible, inescapable, indispensable and something we all take for granted, then entertaining expressions like epigrams should at least tickle the tongue if not the funnybone to read!

For those who haven't got a hot clue what we're talking about, the Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines an epigram as:

"1. a concise poem dealing pointedly and often satirically with a single thought or event and often ending with an ingenious turn of thought; 2. a terse, sage, or witty and often paradoxical saying."

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"An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly." - Edwin P. Whipple

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BELIEVE IT OR NOT, WHERE THERE'S WIT THERE'S WISDOM!

"Statistics show that teen pregnancy drops significantly after age 25."

Epigram Engraved Upon the Collar of a Dog Which I Gave to His Royal Highness - by Alexander Pope

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EPIGRAM ENGRAVED UPON THE COLLAR OF A DOG WHICH I GAVE TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS

I am his Highness' dog at Kew

Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT - Does wisdom come in nutritious bite-sized chunks?

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Is feasting excessively upon entertaining epigrams bad for one's health?

If too many cooks can spoil a broth ... what do you call a piece of prose or poetry filled with too much pith and vinegar?

People with a taste for blood rarely have time for a short, sharp saying in prose or verse, frequently characterized by acidity or acerbity and sometimes by wisdom.

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FROM THE PONDERING POOL

"If all aliens are green, doesn't that make them environmentally-friendly?"

A PIECE OF PELICAN POETRY - by Dixon Lanier Merritt

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"A wonderful bird is the pelican

His bill will hold more than his belican.

He can take in his beak

Food enough for a week,

But I'm damned if I see how the helican."

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OF STENCHES AND WENCHES - by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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In Keln, a town of monks and bones,

And pavements fanged with murderous stones,

And rags, and hags, and hideous wenches,

I counted two-and-seventy stenches,

All well defined, and separate stinks!

Ye nymphs that reign o'er sewers and sinks,

The river Rhine, it is well known,

Doth wash your city of Cologne;

But tell me, nymphs, what power divine

Shall henceforth wash the river Rhine?

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A PITHY PIECE OF ADVICE

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"If you think you're too small to make an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito." -- Edith Sitwell

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The Titillating Turtle ... - by Ogden Nash

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"The turtle lives 'twixt plated decks

which practically conceal its sex.

I think it clever of the turtle

in such a fix to be so fertile."

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HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED THE AMOUNT OF AMUSING ADVICE THAT GOES AROUND? - Especially when it comes to how to endure the Ho Ho Ho Holiday season.

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      When you're a progressive thinker, people ask where do you think you're going.

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      People don't always see eye-to-eye about an eye for an eye.

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      Inspection standards give us cross-your-fingers food.

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      Only the foolish don't do windows of opportunity.

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      drybredquips 3 years ago

      A divorce can be so bitter that both parties wish they didn't want it so bad they can taste it.

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      drybredquips 3 years ago

      Your marriage can be like your drink - on the rocks.

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      drybredquips 3 years ago

      A stranger next to you on a cell phone makes it impossible for you to mind your own business.

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      drybredquips 3 years ago

      If the reality check doesn't bounce, then you get funny money.

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      drybredquips 3 years ago

      You can get your fill of full potential.

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      drybredquips 3 years ago

      News is sometimes the result of a secret letting its guard down.

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      drybredquips 3 years ago

      So often when you call the roll, the dice don't answer.

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      drybredquips 3 years ago

      Relief is in sight. You glimpse it as it speeds past in any direction but yours.

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      drybredquips 3 years ago

      So much of life is dog-eat-dog. Even between meals.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Very nice ... I especially like the Mae West quote.