I remembered this apothegm of Jane's, which sounded well, and fitted in nicely just here.
An apothegm is a terse statement of what is plain or easily proved.
That a style of this kind should be rich in apothegm is not surprising.
But the truth of this apothegm was not sustained in the present instance.
It has been an apothegm these five thousand years, that toil sweetens ...