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Aphorism

a.k.a. wise saying, proverb,
motto, sound bite


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Oxford English Dictionary: Any principle, precept, or rule for behavior expressed in few words; a short pithy sentence containing a truth of general import; a maxim. ()

An original laconic phrase conveying some principle or concept of thought.

synonyms:

maxim, wise saying, epigram, apothegm, axiom, proverb, adage, moral, byword, motto, sound bite

 

Web definitions:

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/aphorism: a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation, as “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton).

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aphorism: a concise statement of a principle

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphorism: Many societies have traditional sages or culture heroes to whom aphorisms are commonly attributed, such as the Seven Sages of Greece, Confucius or King Solomon.

[In American literature and culture: Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, Emerson, Dorothy Parker, Will Rogers . . . .]

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