"only invent a moral epigram"
Robert Hayman's 1628 book Quodlibets devotes much of its text to epigrams
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeRobert Hayman's 1628 book Quodlibets devotes much of its text to epigrams - Credit: Ambassador Neelix

An epigram is a brief, interesting, memorable, and sometimes surprising or satirical statement.  The epigram originated in Greece, where it was often inscribed as a poem at sanctuaries, on statues, and on funerary monuments.