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BREVITY
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[ Also see Conciseness Simplicity Simplification ]

I like brevity. Undisciplined people write long; they don't bother to edit--mostly because they have no idea what they want say. When Brian DePalma and I were working on "Body Double" together he said to me, "If you can't say it in 90 minutes, then you shouldn't bother saying it at all.
      - Robert J. Avrech

Rather to excite your judgment briefly than to inform it tediously.
      - Francis Bacon

Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.
      - Hosea Ballou

It is safe to make a choice of your thoughts, scarcely ever safe to express them all.
      - Isaac Barrow

You may get a large amount of truth into a brief space.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The more an idea is developed, the more concise becomes its expression; the more a tree is pruned, the better is the fruit.
      - Alfred Bougeart

Brevity is very good, when we are, or are not, understood.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

Cervantes speaks of potted wisdom as "short sentences drawn from a long experience."
      - Charles Buxton

Concentration alone conquers.
      - Charles Buxton

Brevity is a great praise of eloquence.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Brevity is the best recommendation of a speech, not only in the case of a senator, but in that, too; of an orator.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

The Grecian's maxim would indeed be a sweeping clause in literature; it would reduce many a giant to a pygmy, many a speech to a sentence, and many a folio to a primer.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

A parsimony of words prodigal of sense.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Never be so brief as to become obscure.
      - Tryon Edwards

The one prudence in life is concentration.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A sentence well couched takes both the sense and understanding. I love not those cart-rope speeches that are longer than the memory of man can fathom.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

Brevity never fatigues; therefore, brevity is always a welcome guest.
      - Pierre Jules Theophile Gautier

Good things, when short, are twice as good.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)

And there's one rare strange virtue in their speeches,
  The secret of their mastery--they are short.
      - Fitz-Greene Halleck

A verse may finde him who a sermon flies,
  And turn delight into a sacrifice.
      - George Herbert,
        The Temple--The Church Porch

Aiming at brevity, I become obscure.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Whatever precepts you give, be short.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

I saw one excellency was within my reach--it was brevity and I determined to obtain it.
      - John Jay

Was there ever anything written by mere man that was wished longer by its readers, excepting Don Quixote, Robinson Crusoe and the Pilgrim's Progress?
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")


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