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

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

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

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 Delano 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

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

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: A Book for Free Spirits

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

Dejan Stojanovic
“To write good poems is the secret of brevity.”
Dejan Stojanovic

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Verbosity wastes a portion of the reader’s or listener’s life.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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

Erik Larson
“To do our work, we all have to read a mass of papers. While energy has to be spent in looking for the essential points.

I ask my colleagues and their staffs to see to it that their reports are shorter.”
Erik Larson, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The brevity of life is walk in the path of light.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Believe is brevity.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The breath of life is the brevity to live.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The brevity of life is the calmness of a courageous soul.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“To believe in God is the brevity of life.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We often say a lot about ourselves by saying only a few words, or nothing at all.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Half of mathematics is the art of saving space.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Brevity makes us fall in class and gravity makes us fall in mass”
P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Boldness is the brevity of being.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Frank Sonnenberg
“If you can say it in a paragraph, don’t write a book.”
Frank Sonnenberg, Listen to Your Conscience: That's Why You Have One

Lara Ehrlich
“She is eager to rewrite the pages. They are too grandiose, too preachy. She has come to appreciate short sentences.”
Lara Ehrlich, Animal Wife

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The greater a speech, the longer it can be. The longer a speech, the greater it ought to be.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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