Apothegm, Philosophy, Wisdom Lit

Apothegm, adage, aphorism, maxim, proverb, saying—it's remarkable how many English words exist to convey the idea of a shared shard of wisdom faithfully handed down to succeeding generations. In America, now, such sayings may not be in vogue, in our modern age of enlightenment. By forgetting the past, some might say, we are free to wander into the future untethered. But even the Renaissance and Enlightenment sparked . . .