According to my Reference Handbook of Grammar & Usage (seen here), an epigram [ep-i-gram] is "a short, pointed, often witty statement of fact or opinion, either in verse or prose. Such statements are useful for focusing attention on a particular idea, making it easy to remember and to quote."
Here are a few well-known epigrams:
- Little strokes
- Fell great oaks.
- ~ Benjamin Franklin
I can resist everything except temptation.
~ Oscar Wilde
- What is an Epigram? A dwarfish whole;
- Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
- ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
- ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
To be or not to be, that is the question.
It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction.
Fiction has to make sense.
~ Mark Twain
Do you have some favorite epigrams? Maybe you'd like to try writing one? If you do, please share -- I'd love to see them!