As some say, Solon was the author of the apophthegm, "Nothing in excess."
This apophthegm is one of the landmarks of religious history.
The lump of earth, being taken somewhat by surprise, was not prepared with an apophthegm, and said nothing.
He has inspired me with an apophthegm, however—let us give Bonvoisin his due!
Madame de Staël repeats this apophthegm in her work on Germany.
He re-read the apophthegm with a slower and more solemn utterance.
He delivered this apophthegm with emphasis, and repeated it in another form.
I was still pondering over this apophthegm, when Crofton aroused me by pushing across the table a great heap of gold.
I should prefer to reverse the apophthegm, and to say that in life I see the promise and potency of all forms of matter.
They did not dream of the apophthegm that knowledge is power; and that we become strong by subduing nature to our will.
"pithy saying," 1550s, from Greek apophthegma "terse, pointed saying," literally "something clearly spoken," from apophthengesthai "to speak one's opinion plainly," from apo- "from" (see apo-) + phthengesthai "to utter." See aphorism for nuances of usage. Spelling apophthegm, restored by Johnson, is preferred in England, according to OED.