by Mark Lugris
From the Latin "maximus," the superlative of "magnus" or large, maxim means, according to Webster, a general truth, a fundamental principle, a rule of conduct, or a saying of proverbial nature. In essence, a maxim is the rule we live by.
According to Goethe:
Thus, maxims are worthwhile words of wisdom. A maxim can be taken as gospel whenever we consider the source is reliable and wise.
According to Colton:
But a maxim must become personal, a rule we have selected. A maxim cannot be imposed upon us since a maxim by nature is a freely chosen principle.