This is an aphorism.
“A penny saved is a penny earned” is an example of an aphorism.
- a short, concise statement of a principle
- a short, pointed sentence expressing a wise or clever observation or a general truth; maxim; adage
Origin of aphorismfrom Old French and ML: Old French aufforisme from Medieval Latin aphorismus from Late Greek aphorismos from Gr, a distinction, determination from aphorizein, to divide, mark off from apo-, from + horizein, to bound: see horizon
- A tersely phrased statement of a truth or opinion; an adage. See Synonyms at saying.
- A brief statement of a scientific principle.
Origin of aphorismFrench aphorisme from Old French from Late Latin aphorismus from Greek aphorismos from aphorizein to delimit, define apo- apo- horizein to delimit, define ; see horizon .
From Middle French aphorisme, from Late Latin aphorismus, from Ancient Greek ἀφορισμός (aphorismos, “pithy phrase containing a general truth”), from ἀφορίζω (aphorizō, “I define, mark off or determine”), from ἀπό (apo, “off”) + ὁρίζω (horizō, “I divide, bound”), from ὅρος (horos, “boundary”).