Invented Adages

An adage is a pithy pronouncement of wisdom that sounds indisputable.

Here are some examples:

  • A bird in the had is worth two in the bush.
  • A stitch in time saves nine.
  • Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
  • Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
  • The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
  • Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

Create at least THREE of your own adages.

Here’s some advice:

  • Keep them short.
  • Use parallel structure.
  • Use the present tense.
  • Use fairly short, simple words.

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Page Last Updated: 15 August 2013