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Quotes About Brevity

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William Shakespeare
“Brevity is the soul of wit.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Blaise Pascal
“I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter."

(Letter 16, 1657)”
Blaise Pascal, The Provincial Letters

Robert Frost
“I'd like to get away from earth awhile
And then come back to it and begin over.
May no fate wilfully misunderstand me
And half grant what I wish and snatch me away
Not to return. Earth's the right place for love:
I don't know where it's likely to go better.”
Robert Frost, Birches

Friedrich Nietzsche
“It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

George Burns
“The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.”
George Burns

Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Be sincere, Be brief, Be seated.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Clarence Darrow
“When we fully understand the brevity of life, its fleeting joys and unavoidable pains; when we accept the facts that all men and women are approaching an inevitable doom: the consciousness of it should make us more kindly and considerate of each other. This feeling should make men and women use their best efforts to help their fellow travelers on the road, to make the path brighter and easier as we journey on. It should bring a closer kinship, a better understanding, and a deeper sympathy for the wayfarers who must live a common life and die a common death.”
Clarence Darrow, The Essential Words and Writings of Clarence Darrow

Stephen King
“Like all sweet dreams, it will be brief, but brevity makes sweetness, doesn't it?”
Stephen King, 11/22/63

Stephen King
“This is a short book because most books about writing are filled with bullshit. Fiction writers, present company included, don't understand very much about what they do -- not why it works when it's good, not why it doesn't when it's bad. I figured the shorter the book, the less bullshit."
Stephen King, On Writing
Stephen King

Louise Brooks
“Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination.”
Louise Brooks

Bede
“The present life of man upon earth, O King, seems to me in comparison with that time which is unknown to us like the swift flight of a sparrow through the mead-hall where you sit at supper in winter, with your Ealdormen and thanes, while the fire blazes in the midst and the hall is warmed, but the wintry storms of rain or snow are raging abroad. The sparrow, flying in at one door and immediately out at another, whilst he is within, is safe from the wintry tempest, but after a short space of fair weather, he immediately vanishes out of your sight, passing from winter to winter again. So this life of man appears for a little while, but of what is to follow or what went before we know nothing at all.”
Bede, Ecclesiastical History of the English People

Noah Lukeman
“Personally, I am always more impressed by simplicity, clarity; it is the mark of a writer who knows his subject well and is secure enough not to 'lay it on' in the telling. Aim for complexity of thought, not expression.”
Noah Lukeman, The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Against the censurers of brevity. - Something said briefly can be the fruit of much long thought: but the reader who is a novice in this field, and has as yet reflected on it not at all, sees in everything said briefly something embryonic, not without censuring the author for having served him up such immature and unripened fare.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human

William Shakespeare
“My liege, and madam, to expostulate
What majesty should be, what duty is, Why day is day, night night, and time is time,
Were nothing but to waste night, day and time.
Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Shirley Conran
“Life is too short to stuff a mushroom.”
Shirley Conran

George Saunders
“A novel is just a story that hasn't yet discovered a way to be brief.”
George Saunders

José Saramago
“We have deemed all these words necessary in order to explain that we have been traveling more slowly than was predicted, concision is not a definitive virtue, on occasion one loses out by talking too much, it is true, but how much has also been gained by saying more than was strictly necessary.”
José Saramago, The Stone Raft

Michel Houellebecq
“The story of a life can be as long or as short as the teller wishes. Whether the life is tragic or enlightened, the classic gravestone inscription marking simply the dates of birth and death has, in its brevity, much to recommend it.”
Michel Houellebecq, The Elementary Particles

Horace
“Brevis esse laboro, obscurus fio.”
Horace

Greg Curtis
“The definition of Brevity: That which people believe would be a virtue - in me!”
Greg Curtis

Sol Luckman
“Life is too short to waste being a productive member of society.”
Sol Luckman, Beginner's Luke

Abigail Adams
“From her character in the HBO miniseries: "The art of politics is the art of applying the seat of the britches to the seat of the chair.”
Abigail Adams

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