Apothegm

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Apothegm

 

a generalized, polished, and pithy saying attributed to a specific author. Examples are “Harmony creates friendship” (Democritus), “Education develops talents but does not create them” (Voltaire), and “A lie offends the listener and debases him in the speaker’s eyes” (Chekhov). An aphorism is a type of apothegm.

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But for the most part she invokes a sturdier interpreter, her own vehement and apothegmatic style, exemplified by the following:
Bennett is fine, and Graham Greene pops in and out as an apothegmatic cop ("Clues live in the tiniest of details," etc.
The quick phrase, apothegmatic, works in French; in English it misfires because it is unidiomatic.