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BREVITY
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[ Also see Conciseness Simplicity Simplification ]

I would fain coin wisdom--mould it, I mean, into maxims, proverbs, sentences, that can easily be retained and transmitted.
      - Joseph Joubert

General observations drawn from particulars are the jewels of knowledge, comprehending great store in a little room.
      - John Locke (1)

It is not a great Xerxes army of words, but a compact Greek ten thousand that march safely down to posterity.
      - James Russell Lowell

The fewer words, the better prayer.
      - Martin Luther

Talk to the point, and stop when you have reached it. The faculty some possess of making one idea cover a quire of paper is not good for much. Be comprehensive in all you say or write. To fill a volume upon nothing is a credit to nobody; though Lord Chesterfield wrote a very clever poem upon nothing.
      - John Neal

The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are, brief and pithy.
      - William Penn

With vivid words your just conceptions grace,
  Much truth compressing in a narrow space;
    Then many shall peruse, but few complain,
      And envy frown, and critics snarl in vain.
      - Peter Pindar (pseudonym of Dr. John Wolcot) (Wolcott)

Brevity is the soul of wit.
      - Proverb

Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.
      - Pythagoras

Brevity is the body and soul of wit. It is wit itself, for it alone isolates sufficiently for contrasts; because redundancy or diffuseness produces no distinctions.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

A downright fact may be briefly told.
      - John Ruskin

Generally, downright fact may be told in a plain way; and we want downright facts, at the present, more than anything else.
      - John Ruskin

It is excellent discipline for an author to feel that he must say all he has to say in the fewest possible words, or his reader is sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words, or his reader will certainly misunderstand them. Generally, also, a downright fact may be told in a plain way; and we want downright facts at present more than anything else.
      - John Ruskin

If any man will draw up his case, and put his name at the foot of the first page, I will give him an immediate reply. Where he compels me to turn over the sheet, he must wait my leisure.
      - Lord Sandwich

As man is now constituted, to be brief is almost a condition of being inspired.
      - George Santayana

To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired.
      - George Santayana

I will be brief.
      - William Shakespeare

Since brevity is the soul of wit, and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes--I will be brief.
      - William Shakespeare

We must be brief when traitors brave the field.
      - William Shakespeare

Brevity is the sole of wit.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at II, ii)

Great captains do never use long orations when it comes to the point of execution.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Brevity in writing is what charity is to all other virtues--righteousness is nothing without the one, nor authorship without the other.
      - Sydney Smith

It is the work of fancy to enlarge, but of judgment to shorten and contract; and therefore this must be as far above the other as judgment is a greater and nobler faculty than fancy or imagination.
      - Bishop Robert South

The seven wise men of Greece, so famous for their wisdom all the world over, acquired all that fame, each of them, by a single sentence consisting of two or three words.
      - Bishop Robert South

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


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