2. A short poem, often expressing a single idea, that is usually satirical and has a witty ending or an ingenious turn of thought: Another example of an epigram is a brief saying that's either true and not new or new and not true.
A good epigram to remember: "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance and see what you get."
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You may go to the Benjamin Franklin: A Genius of Many Gifts page to see several examples of 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)
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.