In the society in which she lived such plain statements produced the effect of the wittiest epigram.
But all the time he was uncomfortable and angry, he could not have said why—whether because he could not get his epigram just right, or from some other reason.
During those two hours in Volgarinov’s waiting room Stepan Arkadyevitch, stepping jauntily about the room, pulling his whiskers, entering into conversation with the other petitioners, and inventing an epigram on his position, assiduously concealed from others, and even from himself, the feeling he was experiencing.
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It was dull, rambling, and full of those go-go-get-’emget-’em epigrams concerning the critical need for every human being to live up to his highest potential and to squeeze every possible morsel of knowledge from the textbook.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
This isn’t just an epigram — life is much more successfully looked at from a single window, after all.