A tersely phrased statement of a truth or opinion; an adage. See Synonyms at saying.(noun)
A brief statement of a principle.(noun)
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Use "aphorism" in a sentence
"Code and other Laws of Cyberspace, in which he coined the aphorism "code is law" and predicted that commercialization would lead to the demise of the open Internet."
"*: The aphorism is true in its weak sense; words have no inherent meaning, so of course the meaning of a word is whatever is history has led to it being recognized as denoting."
"A good aphorism is the tip of an iceberg of thought."