In addition to The World in a Phrase, James Geary is the author of the popular science book The Body Electric: An Anatomy of the New Bionic Senses. When Geary isn't writing books, he is the Europe editor for Time magazine.
Mark Twain once said, "I never let school interfere with my education." That's just one example of an aphorism from a new collection of the handy sayings gathered and annotated by author James Geary. Renee Montagne talks to Geary about his book, The World in a Phrase: A Brief History of the Aphorism. The book chronicles many of the form's sharpest and most famous practitioners.
Selected aphorisms featured in The World in a Phrase: