An aphorism is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as a ""principle or precept expressed pithily"". This is a collection of aphorisms. Certainly not a book for a wide market, but there are always people who delight in dipping into Montaigne and others of the masters of this form -- classical and modern. Joseph Mayer has a graceful gift for phrase and crystalized thought. At times one feels that he defines himself when he says ""A cynic is a realist whose personal feelings have been hurt by contact with reality"". For much of his pungency has a sharp edge of cynicism. The subtitles of his little volume indicate its scope:-Homo Sapieas and Not So Sapi: Tiny Pearls from the Deep Sea of Wisdom; Love from Romance to Biology; Politics, Economics and Other Headaches; Let's Get Down to Business; Bouquets To The Smarter Sex; The Gold and the Glitter of Civilization; Enter the Muses for a Brief Visit; The Labyrinth of Happiness; Thoughts Allergic to A Headline. 267 all told. Public speakers might provide a special market.