Friday, June 09, 2000
Definitions for apothegm
- a short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark or aphorism.
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Citations for apothegm
One need not go beyond the limits of the British Museum to be profoundly accomplished in all branches of science, art, and literature; only it would take a lifetime to exhaust it in any one department; but to see it as we did, and with no prospect of ever seeing it more at leisure, only impressed me with the truth of the old apothegm, "Life is short, and Art is long."
…to misquote another apothegm frequently attributed to Ms. Angelou: "They may forget who said it -- but they will never forget how it made them feel."
Origin of apothegm
Apothegm stems from the Greek term apophthéngesthai meaning "to speak out." It entered English in the mid-1500s.