From the Publisher
This is not a
book - it is a cannon with live bombs, all the
burning questions of human life in a nutshell.
Many did not have the courage to read, many did
not have the courage to print; and the government
of the time subverted its circulation. The fourth
edition appeared after 45 years of silence.
are the salt of literature. The epigramatic form
is eminently suitable for recording the
concentrated moments of a soul which can live and
experience intensely and cannot be adequately
replaced by any other form of literary expression.
The volume before us consists of epigrams all of
them striking and powerfully expressed and
displaying great insight and penetration, in
exposing the palpable as well as the subtler forms
of cant and social hypocrisy and injustice."
Ibsen's epigrams these thoughts make you think
desperately. They act like bobs- intellectual
bombs, destroying the old fogyism of reactionaries
and hypocrites. What it undertakes to do is to
make you think and act straight."
excellent book of practical epigrams represents an
outline of the genius of an exceptionally
"This is a
book containing epigrams on such subjects of
interest as love, marriage, society, politics,
religion etc. and these are very striking and
thought-provoking. The writer seems to have a real
insight and has given much thought to the ordinary
problems of life and to have risen above the
conventional way of looking at things and holding
opinions on them. His remarks are very shrewd,
incisive and sometimes well-nigh revolutionary.
They are very short, but often suggest a world of
thought. It is a very clear work which is well
worth reading and keeping."