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say·ing  (sng)
Something, such as an adage or maxim, that is said.
Synonyms: saying, maxim, adage, saw2, motto, epigram, proverb, aphorism
These nouns refer to concise verbal expressions setting forth wisdom or a truth. A saying is an often repeated and familiar expression: a collection of philosophical sayings.
Maxim denotes particularly an expression of a general truth or a rule of conduct: For a wise man, he seemed to me ... to be governed too much by general maxims (Edmund Burke).
Adage applies to a saying that has gained credit through long use: a gift that gave no credence to the adage, Good things come in small packages.
Saw often refers to a familiar saying that has become trite through frequent repetition: old saws that gave little comfort to the losing team.
A motto expresses the aims, character, or guiding principles of a person, group, or institution: Exuberance over taste is my motto.
An epigram is a witty expression, often paradoxical or satirical and neatly or brilliantly phrased: In his epigram Samuel Johnson called remarriage a triumph of hope over experience.
Proverb refers to an old and popular saying that illustrates something such as a basic truth or a practical precept: Slow and steady wins the race is a proverb to live by.
Aphorism, denoting a concise expression of a truth or principle, implies depth of content and stylistic distinction: Few writers have coined more aphorisms than Benjamin Franklin.

saying  /se/  n. a wise thought: There is a saying that you cant teach an old dog new tricks.

Thesaurus: saying a proverb, maxim, adage. saying

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