Use the noun aphorism when you have something compact and astute to say, such as "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."

An aphorism is a statement or saying that is both efficiently presented and either witty or wise. While there are loads of trite and silly statements, a good aphorism is supposed to stand the test of time and remain true and elegant — a very difficult task! Friedrich Schlegel even wrote an aphorism about aphorisms: "An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog."

Definitions of aphorism

n a short pithy instructive saying

apophthegm, apothegm
Type of:
axiom, maxim
a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits

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