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Description

A proverb is a short statement that contains a wisdom or truth of some kind.

Example

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Time is the greatest healer.

You do not change minds; you facilitate the process whereby people do it themselves.

Discussion

Proverbs are often used to explain or point the way towards an effective action. Traditional proverbs contain old wisdoms and folk truths that have been honed to teach enduring lessons.

The form is also used to frame an important point, utilizing the structure that speaks the truth of known proverbs to imply that the new point is equally true.

A proverb is also known as a saying, adage, maxim or sententia.

Classification: Reasoning

See also

Parable

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