aphorism, a statement of some general principle, expressed memorably by condensing much wisdom into few words: â€˜Give a man a mask and he will tell you the truthâ€™ (Wilde); â€˜The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdomâ€™ (Blake). Aphorisms often take the form of a definition: â€˜Hypocrisy is a homage paid by vice to virtueâ€™ (La Rochefoucauld). An author who composes aphorisms is an aphorist.
A usually pithy and familiar statement expressing an observation or principle generally accepted as wise or true: adage, byword, maxim, motto, proverb, saw, saying.
Is Twitter the coliseum of days past where aphoristic gladiators train and do battle?
Today I'm the guy with the answers masked as questions, someday I'll be the guy with answers marked down ready for a sidewalk sale.