A polished, terse and witty remark that packs generalised knowledge into short compass:The learn’d is happy nature to explore
The fool is happy that he knows no more. (Pope)
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. (Johnson)
What is an Epigram? A dwarfish whole
Its body brevity, and wit its soul. (Coleridge)
France was a long despotism tempered by epigrams.