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Definition an old saying considered wise by many; e.g., "Actions speak louder than words."
  • Remember the old adage: "It's not how much you earn; it's how much you save."
adage = saying
  • It's based on the old adage, "Sex sells."
  • adage = saying
  • There is a homely old adage which runs: "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far.
    Theodore Roosevelt
  • I knew what awkward humor like this was meant to conceal because I'd used it in the past. Grin and bear it, says the adage.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
  • adage = saying
  • I condemn myself in so many ways that I'm beginning to realize the truth of Father's adage: "Every child has to raise itself."
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • adage = saying
  • The old adage says that it's better to be lucky than good.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
  • adage = saying
  • Oh, it's sad, very sad that the old adage has been confirmed for the umpteenth time: "What one Christian does is his own responsibility, what one Jew does reflects on all Jews.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • adage = saying
  • That experience is the parent of wisdom, is an adage the truth of which is recognized by the wisest as well as the simplest of mankind.
    Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
  • There must always be two parties to a quarrel, says the old adage.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Oliver Twist Or The Parish Boy's Progress
  • A curious friendship theirs must have been: a pointed illustration, indeed, of the old adage that "extremes meet."
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Unless the adage must be verified,
    That beggar mounted run their horse to death.
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 3
  • But manifestly to our Priests and Women this adage did not apply.
    Abbott, Edwin  --  Flatland
  • Another of Henri's adages: Those things that are most obvious are the very things we're most likely to overlook.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • You know the old adage: 'The wife is always the last one to find out.'
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • That experience is the parent of wisdom, is an adage the truth of which is recognized by the wisest as well as the simplest of mankind.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The world won't move on tomorrow," the gunslinger said, quoting the old adage with a smile.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • "A doctor a day keeps the jim-jams away," he added heartily, driving home his hypnopaedic adage with a clap on the shoulder.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • The adage is quite right: The old fool is the complete fool.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • To do otherwise was to believe there was solid truth in the old adage: like father, like son.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • A curious friendship theirs must have been: a pointed illustration, indeed, of the old adage that "extremes meet."
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre

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