What does apothegm or apophthegm mean?
The definition of apothegm and apophthegm
Ap”o*thegm, Ap”oph*thegm, n.
A short, pithy, and instructive saying; a terse remark, conveying some important truth; a sententious precept or maxim.
Note: [Apothegm is now the prevalent spelling in the United States.]