An adage was a type of saying made as a concise observation that expressed a general truth, piece of advice, or rule of conduct.
In preparing Wesley Crusher to become a leader, Deanna Troi explained that "Leadership grows from self-confidence", but the situation also reminded Jean-Luc Picard that "there is an old horse trainer's adage about putting too much weight on a young back. We don't want him to break under pressure." (TNG: "Pen Pals")
- "Be careful what you wish for"
- In 2285, after "Mr. Adventure" complained that he wanted more challenges, adventure and surprises in his life, Uhura said "You know what they say, 'Be careful what you wish for. You may get it.'" and locked him in a closet. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)
- In 2373, upon Tom Paris saying to B'Elanna Torres that he wouldn't mind seeing her Klingon side again, Torres warned him to be careful what he'd wished for. (VOY: "Blood Fever")
- In 2377, when 204 Klingons came aboard Voyager, Torres said that she should be careful what she wished for, after six years of feeling uncomfortable being the only Klingon aboard for. (VOY: "Prophecy")
- "Finders, keepers."
- "Look before you leap."
- Specifically, "to look before I leap," was claimed to be an antiquated adage by Seven of Nine. (VOY: "Bliss")
- "Patience is sometimes a more effective weapon than the sword."
- "The best defense is a good offense."
- James T. Kirk spoke of a variation of this adage, "the best defense is a strong offense, and I intend to start offending right now," when he, Spock and Gem were held in Vian captivity. (TOS: "The Empath")
- Described as a phrase by The Doctor, he used it to explain to Seven of Nine that "Throughout human history weapons of mass destruction were often designed in the hopes that they'd never be used," when facing the prospect of dealing with Species 8472. (VOY: "In the Flesh")
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