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The ABCs of Aphorisms in Kindergarten An aphorism is a short statement expressing a truth or clever observation Benjamin Franklin and Robert Fulghum both used aphorisms in things they have written Ben Franklins Poor Richards Almanac uses aphorisms in a more literal way However Robert Fulghum uses his aphorisms in a more metaphorical way Although the two are different both writers have the same type of ideas on how to morally live your life Living a balanced life is an aphorism used by Franklin and Fulghum Although used in different context and in a slightly different way they mean the same thing no matter who uses it In Fulghums aphorism he says Live a balanced life Learn some and think some and paint and draw and sing and dance and play and work everyday some Being simpler in his words yet not in his meaning makes this an interesting aphorism Also being a little more direct and straight to the point are Franklins words Eat to live and not live to eat In spite of the fact that Franklins definition may seem simpler they are in fact saying the same thing only wording it differently Both aphorisms mean that one must balance themselves and that you must do everything in moderation and never to excess Taking a slightly different approach both men got there message across in an clear and precise manner A metaphor can be described as a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity On the contrary a literary term is one that can be described as very clear and one that expresses emphasis on a topic Robert Fulghum being a more metaphorical writer wrote his aphorisms in such a way that they seemed almost too simple to have a deeper meaning However that was quite the opposite The aphorisms were meant to
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