Adage – a wise saying. 

For example:  Eagles soar, but weasels do not get sucked into jet engines. 

From Latin ad (to, toward) and agere (to do, to drive).

Here are a few more of my favorite adages:

  • Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald.
  • You cannot get to the top by sitting on your bottom.
  • Parents can tell but never teach, unless they practice what they preach.
  • Drop by drop – a whole lake becomes.
  • Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.
  • If you are willing to admit faults, you have one less fault to admit.
  • The fellow who never makes a mistake takes his orders from one who does.
  • Ask the young, they know everything.