For example, let's see my question in Academia: I may not be admitted to the school that have the professor I have interest in. What should I do?

So I know that I shouldn't put all my eggs in one basket. In fact, I know most of the reasons behind the top answer. However, until that top answer appears, no answer and comment could enlighten me. The different between that answer and other answers is one single sentence in a whole answer:

Yes, that might mean changing your proposed research, but your research career will span decades; there's plenty of time to go back to your initial proposal later.

After reading this one, my mind is suddenly clear, and I feel that I don't need to read the rest of the answer to know what to do. It seems that my mind has been stuck somewhere, and this sentence unstuck it.

How should I call this sentence?

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    Perhaps an eye-opener (an unexpectedly enlightening fact). – 0.. Jan 6 '16 at 18:54
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    Also epiphany or a revelation. – mkennedy Jan 6 '16 at 20:39
  • I'm wondering what you call this sentence: In fact, I know most of the reasons the top answer given. – Hot Licks Jan 6 '16 at 23:42
  • The grand unified field theory ? – Blessed Geek Jan 7 '16 at 6:42
  • @HotLicks I don't understand what you mean – Ooker Jan 7 '16 at 7:03

From vocabulary.com:

incisive -

The adjective incisive describes something that is sharp, decisive, and direct. A comment that cuts right to the bone can be just as incisive as an actual knife.

The word incisive is rooted in a Latin word that literally means "to cut with a sharp edge." To help you remember the meaning, you can think of the similar word, incisors, which are the teeth that are sharp and cut and tear. The more figurative meaning of describing something that is mentally sharp first appeared in the 1850s. Keen criticism and cutting remarks have been called incisive ever since.

I would add that incisive is not a perfect synonym for cutting, which more often implies wounding criticism. The remark you quote is not a cutting remark, but an incisive comment.

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  • when should I use remark instead of comment? – Ooker Jan 7 '16 at 7:05
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    With incisive, either is fine. With cutting-- again because it is an adjective for criticism-- remark is more common than comment, just because the connotation for comment is more mild. – stevesliva Jan 7 '16 at 21:47

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