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epigram (EP i gram") (noun)
A wise or witty saying: Benjamin Franklin knew how to present an epigram about many topics.
Here are a few examples of Benjamin Franklin's epigrams:

"Genius without Education is like Silver in the Mine."

"Keep our eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards."

"He's a Fool who makes his Doctor his Heir."

"Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."

epigraph (EP i graf") (noun)
1. An engraved or carved inscription on something; such as, a statue or building: The epigraph over the entry to the edifice gave the date when it was built.
2. A quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, or section of a book, usually related to its theme: There is an appropriate and amusing epigraph located every so often in this dictionary.

The epigraph on the stone which marked the grave of the author quoted a portion of an epigram from his friend.

Additional epigrams are available at this "Benjamin Franklin: A Genius of Many Gifts" page.

epigraph (EP i graf")
1. An inscription on a building, monument, gravestone, etc.
2. A motto or quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, play, etc.
This entry is located in the following units: epi-, ep- (page 6) grapho-, graph-, -graph, -graphy, -grapher, -graphia (page 33)