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Encyclopedia > Maxim (saying)

A maxim is a wise saying similar to an aphorism


To quote Mintzberg

  • Most maxims are obvious
  • Not all maxims are meaningful
  • Some obvious maxims are contradicted by other obvious maxims

Therefore

  • Beware of maxims

(Mintzberg, 1998:92)


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saying. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. (237 words)
A saying is an often repeated and familiar expression: a collection of philosophical sayings.
Maxim denotes particularly an expression of a general truth or a rule of conduct: “For a wise man, he seemed to me … to be governed too much by general maxims” (Edmund Burke).
Adage applies to a saying that has gained credit through long use: a gift that gave no credence to the adage, “Good things come in small packages.” Saw often refers to a familiar saying that has become trite through frequent repetition: old saws that gave little comfort to the losing team.
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