For Lovers of Quotations -- Sayings of Mine That Have Gone Viral :)


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From time to time, acquaintances will bring to my attention that a saying of mine, also known as an aphorism, has gone "viral" and somehow captured the popular imagination, online.

Even though I've been writing in this time-honored form since I was a teenager, nearly 30 years ago, it's only now in the Age of Twitter (and shortened attention spans) that my one-liners have really begun to gain traction.



For example, here's a talk I was invited to deliver at Oxford University, just a few weeks ago, to launch a book of my aphorisms, Where Epics Fail: Meditations to Live By


Growing up in Egypt, I was surrounded by a love of language, where it was not uncommon to speak in proverbs. Both my maternal and paternal grandmothers, for example, spoke almost almost exclusively, at times, in sing-songy, witty-wise sayings. It came as no surprise when I began to write them.



It's always interesting for me to see which ones of these personal reflections resonate with strangers, and why. Below, is a mixed selection of some of my quotes that I hope you appreciate:

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"Do you know what an aphorism is? It’s not exactly a Haiku, a proverb, an axiom, nor a poem, yet it harnesses the power of all these. Aphorisms are an ancient form, but its current-day master is Yahia Lababidi."

Richard Blanco, President Barack Obama's inaugural poet


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“Lababidi is an aphorist of the spirit. His aphorisms could form a new gnostic religion, and I could dwell a long while inside them. Yahia Lababidi may be our greatest living aphorist.”

Sharon Dolin, award-winning poet


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'Lababidi writes as a man possessed with both the sayable and unsayable, as a poet “in search of that which is in search of him," as one of his mystical predecessors, Rūmī'

Chard deNiord, Poet Laureate


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"I find myself pausing everywhere among these wisdoms, wondering why the world stumbles and staggers through such a dark and greedy time when there are people alive with such keen, caring insight. . . If Yahia Samir Lababidi were in charge of a country, I would want to live there."

Naomi Shihab Nye, Youth Poet Laureate, USA



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I hope you enjoyed these short reflections and, if so that you might consider sharing them with others who might appreciate them. Below, is a short video trailer of my new book of aphorisms, Signposts to Elsewhere from Hay House, the publishers of Deepak Chopra. _/|\_


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