This related question touched on redundancy which appeared as a strict upgrade from an autological "word" to a "phrase" to me.

It would be enlightening to find more instances that provokes a string of thoughts such as one of Shakespeare's from Hamlet:

"Brevity is the soul of wit."

Also, how would you place them in taxonomy or nomenclature? Is this a scholar's pun?

  • Pearls of wisdoms, words of wisdom? Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. Oscar Wilde
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    Commented Sep 26, 2014 at 7:01
  • Omne ignotum pro magnifico Commented Sep 26, 2014 at 7:57
  • I believe this is in danger of being closed as being "listy", though I wouldn't be in favour of that. Also, @Crosscounter, the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray and Hamlet's soliloquy are full of phrases of a similar kind. Commented Sep 26, 2014 at 8:48

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A couple of terms come to mind:

Epigram, if it's more a turn of phrase.

Koan, if it's more to inspire or enlighten.

  • Welcome to EL&U. Your answer could be improved by linking to dictionary definitions and perhaps some more explanation; I understand a koan, for example, to be a philosophical paradox rather than an aphorism, and an epigram to be a type of short poem. I encourage you to take the site tour and to read through the help center for further guidance.
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    Commented Oct 20, 2014 at 14:55

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