New hypothesis: Nobody actually learns anything from aphorisms, we just really enjoy the succinct and poetic communication of an idea we're already invested in.

So probably don't try to teach people a concept by saying pithy sounding things to them, explain with plain language and examples instead? I say this because I can remember plenty of times in my life when someone has tried to change my perspective with a catchy motto, and I've only really hooked on to the relevance and truth in what they were saying many years later.

I think the aphorisms probably help more in focusing the mind on a concept more than they do in introducing it.

This hypothesis is from gut feels and 0 evidence.

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