Quotes of Brevity

“ Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit… I will be brief. ”

- William Shakespeare

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

- Friedrich Nietzsche

“ If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. ”

- Robert Southey

“ The fewer the words, the better the prayer. ”

- Martin Luther

“ Brevity is the soul of lingerie. ”

- Dorothy Parker

“ The theatre is certainly a place for learning about the brevity of human glory: oh all those wonderful glittering absolutely vanished pantomimes. ”

- Iris Murdoch

“ Brevity is the sister of talent. ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ The old, slow, creaking descriptions are a thing of the past; today the rule is brevity — but every word must be supercharged, high-voltage. ”

- Yevgeny Zamyatin

“ For brevity is very good, Where we are, or are not understood. ”

- Samuel Butler

“ In all pointed sentences, some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ Those who make the worst use of their time most complain of its brevity. ”

- Jean de la Bruyere

“ Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity. ”

- William Zinsser

“ Brevity may be the soul of wit, but not when someone's saying "I love you.". ”

- Judith Viorst

“ Brevity is the soul of wit, and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ Brevity is the body and soul of wit. ”

- Jean Paul Richter

“ Brevity is the soul of wit. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction. ”

- Hosea Ballou

“ What is an epigram? A dwarfish whole, its body brevity, and wit its soul. ”

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“ In labouring to be concise, I become obscure. ”

- Horace

“ Let thy speech be short, comprehending much in few words. ”

- Bible

“ Let thy speech be short, comprehending much in a few words. ”

- Aprocrypha

“ Never be so brief as to become obscure. ”

- Tryon Edwards

“ It wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics. ”

- Ernest Hemingway

“ I will be brief. Not nearly so brief as Salvador Dali, who gave the world's shortest speech. He said I will be so brief I have already finished, and he sat down. ”

- Edward O. Wilson

“ Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness. ”

- Jean de La Bruysre

“ There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together. ”

- Josh Billings

“ The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit. ”

- Francois de Salignac Fenelon

“ The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. ”

- Thomas Jefferson

“ Good things, when short, are twice as good. ”

- Baltasar Gracian

“ All things are subject to change, and we change with them. (Omnia mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis.). ”

- Unknown
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