Brevity Quotes

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ahmed Mostafa
“No sooner did we start than it all came to an end.”
Ahmed Mostafa

“The secret to good writing is to use small words for big ideas, not to use big words for small ideas.”
Oliver Markus Malloy

Charlotte Eriksson
“Fear is the thing that makes the heart grow.”
Charlotte Eriksson, You're Doing Just Fine

Ahmed Mostafa
“I've had orgasms lasting longer than our relationship.”
Ahmed Mostafa

Anton Chekhov
“Brevity is the sister of talent.”
Anton Chekhov

Plutarch
“When someone blamed Hecataeus the sophist because that, being invited to the public table, he had not spoken one word all supper-time, Archidamidas answered in his vindication 'He who knows how to speak, knows also when'.”
Plutarch, Plutarch's Lives, Vol 1

Darnell Lamont Walker
“If you are not brave, say you are, then be it.”
Darnell Lamont Walker

“BISOW........ (Brevity is the soul of Wit)”
Ankala V Subbarao

Robert Sarah
“A few sentences are enough to tell the truth.”
Robert Sarah, The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise

Plutarch
“Lycurgus, who ordered that a great piece of money should be but of an inconsiderable value, on the contrary would allow no discourse to be current which did not contain in few words a great deal of useful and curious sense.”
Plutarch, Plutarch's Lives, Vol 1

Ludvig Holberg
“Jeg fik udi min Ungdom engang Tiltale af en Præst, efterdi en Prædiken, som jeg holdt for ham, havde kun varet et Qvarteer. Men jeg meenede, at, naar Tautologier og u-nødige Repetitioner bleve borttagne af hans Taler, vi prædikede lige længe. Thi, ligesom en Times god Søvn er lige saa kraftig, som 4 Timers Slummer; Saa kand en med faae Linier betyde det samme, som andre med heele Ark.”
Ludvig Holberg, Epistler

Sarah Morgan
“I know you're scared, but doing something even though it scares you is the definition of brave.”
Sarah Morgan, Sunset in Central Park

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Some people talk too much without saying a lot.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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