An epigram of modern literature has come to mean a short, clever and memorable statement. Epigrams began as short poems written in Greek. Though in Greek literature, the epigram was not the one or two liners that they are today. Epigrams can be both poetic as well as non- poetic in form. Now their use is usually a way of saying something witty or paradoxical. The epigram also refers to very short portions or a few sentences from longer pieces of work, which have come to be used often as quotations. Some examples of epigrams are:
What is an Epigram? A dwarfish whole
Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge
I can resist everything except temptation
— Oscar Wilde