sententious saying

See: maxim
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Of equal antiquity is The Oxford English Dictionary's earliest reference to saw in the sense of 'sententious saying;" an early reference in the Oxford English Dictionary is from a manuscript of proverbs attributed to king AElfred dated 1275.
in which it is the subject man and not moegen which is closer to the finite form of the verb, sceal (moegen and man also show inflectional syncretism in this respect); this sententious saying means: 'One shall nourish strength with meat' (food) (Gordon 1954: 344) 'A man must feed strength with meat' (Bosworth, entry fedan)
Chapter 3 covers commonplace books and, more broadly, how early modern readers and writers recycled proverbs, verse and other sententious sayings to produce a sense of identity.