I suppose you've heard a number of adages concerning the irresponsibility of corporations?
As an example of Palmer's exposition, we will give that based on two adages of like import.
One seems to detect several grades or qualities of friendship in these adages.
The adages or proverbs of all nations are the outgrowths of their first attempts at civilization.
The real monument of his Venetian days is the great second edition of the adages, in substantially their final form.
Pythagoras drew up a collection of adages for his disciples, and Plato, Theophrastus, and Chrysippus accumulated stores of them.
But I have learned that the adages, as well as the books and the formulas were made by and for others than us of the black race.
He gives in it no indication of the sources from whence the adages are derived, adds no explanatory notes, and works on no system.
"Avoid a man who neither drinks nor smokes," was one of Don's adages.
A person who would be always dragging in these adages would be a terrible nuisance in conversation, and no less so in literature.
1540s, Middle French adage, from Latin adagium "adage, proverb," apparently from adagio, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + *agi-, root of aio "I say," from PIE *ag- "to speak." But Tucker thinks the second element is rather ago "set in motion, drive, urge."