A quotation is "something that is quoted; a passage quoted from a book, speech, etc." ~ dictionary.com
A proverb is "a short, popular saying, usually of unknown and ancient origin, that expresses effectively some commonplace truth or useful thought." ~ dictionary.com
An aphorism is "a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation, as 'Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,' (Lord Acton)." ~ dictionary.com
A maxim is "an expression of a general truth or principle, esp. an aphoristic or sententious one
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