Adage


The adages are similar to sayings, maxims, proverbs and aphorisms, among other types of expressions. On a general level it can be said that they act as a guide, since they suggest certain behaviors, sometimes appealing to humor or irony.

It is used to designate those proverbial sentences or short sentences, which are transmitted with conviction of certainty, lasting generationally in the collective memory. They are thoughts based on experiences and are considered true, expressing causalities, rules of conduct or ethical standards.

For its part; The apothegms are also short phrases, but unlike the adages, they are always funny and recognize an illustrious authorship, and in them underlies a moral lesson, for example the one pronounced by the renowned writer José Luis Borges. “The Peronists are neither good nor bad, simply incorrigible.”

An adage is characterized by containing very short sentences that contain a lesson or sentence, the objective of this is to emphasize an ethical or moral concept.

The adage shares qualities with:

Apothegm, Aphorism, Abstain, Paremia, Maximum and Proverb.

They share a common point, express an abstract and direct concept about what they refer to.

The value of the adage can be increased if the person saying it is a socially prominent or recognized person.

Some examples of Adagio:

  1. Better late than never.
  2. Whoever walks badly ends.
  3. You have to take the first step.
  4. Don’t challenge nature.
  5. The law is tough but it is law.
  6. Everything that starts ends.
  7. It is human nature.
  8. It is a cost that we must pay.
  9. Life is the beginning of death.