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A saying, also known as an aphorism, adage, axiom, maxim, motto, pearl of wisdom or words of wisdom, was a concise observation that expressed a general truth, piece of advice, or rule of conduct.

Like the above, a proverb or precept was commonly sourced from folklore, historical allusion, tribal memories or religion. (TNG: "The Naked Now")

In 2268, Romulan commander described the fact that Vulcans were incapable of lying as a well-known saying. (TOS: "The Enterprise Incident")


The following sayings were generalized as "old sayings", but are in fact more accurately defined as proverbs:

  • According to Jean-Luc Picard, the reason why everyone on the bridge looked so uncomfortable after William T. Riker was given the power of the Q, was "perhaps they're all remembering that old saying. 'Power corrupts',", which Riker completed, "'And absolute power corrupts absolutely.' Do you believe I haven't thought of that, Jean-Luc?" (TNG: "Hide and Q")
  • According to Hayne, a Human colonist on Turkana IV, when discussing the recovery of the crew of the USS Arcos, "There's an old saying, Captain. 'The enemy of my enemy is my friend.' I've decided it's in my best interest to help you get your crewmen back." (TNG: "Legacy")

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Background information

A cut scene from DS9: "Dramatis Personae" had Quark mentioning "The twist of your tulamak," which was implied to be analogous to "the cut of your jib."

The phrase "practice makes perfect" was used in the final draft script of ENT: "Chosen Realm". In the "Chosen Realm" script, the phrase was said in the teaser by Travis Mayweather, in reply to Charles Tucker III commenting – during the Xindi mission – that he believed the crew of Enterprise NX-01 was growing accustomed to experiencing turbulence while in cloaking barriers.

A deleted scene from "" referenced the expression "cut from the same cloth."

A deleted scene from "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II" established "the die is cast" as a mirror universe saying.

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