85 Brevity Quotes to Help You Get to the Point

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The Most Famous Brevity Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Brevity is the body and soul of wit. — Jean Paul

Brevity is a great charm of eloquence. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

There is need of brevity, that the thought may run on. — Horace

Brevity is the soul of wit, and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes. — William Shakespeare

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Brevity is the soul of lingerie. — Dorothy Parker

Whatever you want to teach, be brief. — Horace

I strive to be brief, and I become obscure. — Horace

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

Short Brevity Quotes

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  • But life is just a party, and parties weren't meant to last. — Prince
  • For the sake of brevity, we will always represent this number 2.718281828459... by the letter e. — Leonhard Euler
  • Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow. — William Shakespeare
  • Even when months and days are long, life is short. — Japanese Proverbs
  • it wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. — Ernest Hemingway
  • If you can't write your idea on the back of my calling card, you don't have a clear idea. — David Belasco
  • The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are brief and pithy. — William Penn
  • If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought. — Dennis Roch
  • The more you say, the less people remember. — Francois FeNelon
  • Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest. — Leo Babauta

Brevity Image Quotes

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Brevity quote by William Shakespeare

Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow. — William Shakespeare

Brevity quote Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.
Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.
Brevity quote by Ernest Hemingway

it wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. — Ernest Hemingway

Literary Quotes

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If the literature we are reading does not wake us, why then do we read it? A literary work must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen inside us. — Franz Kafka

What a newspaper needs in its news, in its headlines, and on its editorial page is terseness, humor, descriptive power, satire, originality, good literary style, clever condensation and accuracy, accuracy, accuracy. — Joseph Pulitzer

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow. — Anais Nin

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Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world. — Samuel Johnson

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So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

The grounding in natural sciences which I obtained in the course of my medical studies, including preliminary examinations in botany, zoology, physics, and chemistry, was to become decisive in determining the trend of my literary work. — Johannes V. Jensen

The grounding in natural sciences which I obtained in the course of my medical studies, including preliminary examinations in botany, zoology, physics, and chemistry, was to become decisive in determining the trend of my literary work. — Johannes Vilhelm Jensen

Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

Women need to become literary "criminals," break the literary laws and reinvent their own, because the established laws prevent women from presenting the reality of their lives. — Kathy Acker

It was less a literary thing than a linguistic, philosophical preoccupation... discovering how far you can go with language to create immediate, elementary experience. — Robert Morgan

Brevity Of Life Quotes

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O people who take pleasure in a life that will vanish, falling in love with a fading shadow is sheer stupidity — Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya

What can the redwoods tell us about ourselves? Well, I think they can tell us something about human time. The flickering, transitory quality of human time and the brevity of human life - the necessity to love. — Richard Preston

Even in our best shape we are a brittle piece of mortality. Your life is a breath, don't waste it. — LeCrae

There comes a moment when we all must realize that life is short, and in the end the only thing that really counts is not how others see us, but how God sees us. — Billy Graham

He will see himself and life and the world as truly as our human limitations will permit; realizing the brevity and minuteness of human life, he will realize also that in individual minds is concentrated whatever of value the known universe contains. — Bertrand Russell

it is the brevity of life which makes it tolerable; its experiences have value because they have an end. — Winifred Holtby

The greatest surprise in life to me is the brevity of life. — Billy Graham

Live life like you mean it! Stop procrastinating! Do all that you can...with all that you have...in the place that you are...right now! Life is too unpredictable to put things off and not take it seriously. — Les Brown

Let those who thoughtfully consider the brevity of life remember the length of eternity. — Thomas Ken

The public, as a whole, finds reassurance in longevity, and, after the necessary interlude of reaction, is disposed to recognize extreme old age as a sign of excellence. The long-liver has triumphed over at least one of man's initial handicaps: the brevity of life. — Vita Sackville-West

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More Brevity Quotes

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Brevity is the soul of command. Too much talking suggests desperation on the part of the leader. Speak shortly, decisively and to the point–and couch your desires in such natural logic that no one can raise objections. Then move on. — Cyrus the Great

This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments, some meaningful adventures. — Rudyard Kipling

If the hand be held between the discharge-tube and the screen, the darker shadow of the bones is seen within the slightly dark shadow-image of the hand itself... For brevity's sake I shall use the expression 'rays'; and to distinguish them from others of this name I shall call them 'X-rays'. — Wilhelm Rontgen

Expressing the matter, in such startling terms, makes it easy to see why philosophers from ancient Greece to the present have taken the brevity of life to be the defining problem of human existence. We’ve been granted the mental capacity to make almost infinitely ambitious plans, but practically no time at all to put them into action. — Oliver Burkeman

Folk melodies are the embodiment of an artistic perfection of the highest order; in fact, they are models of the way in which a musical idea can be expressed with utmost perfection in terms of brevity of form and simplicity of means. — Bela Bartok

...when a sentence is made stronger, it usually becomes shorter. Thus, brevity is a by-product of vigor. — William Strunk, Jr.

Realize that illness and other temporal setbacks often come to us from the hand of God our Lord, and are sent to help us know ourselves better, to free ourselves of the love of created things, and to reflect on the brevity of this life and, thus, to prepare ourselves for the life which is without end. — Ignatius of Loyola

Great art must proceed to precision and brevity. It presupposes the alert mind of an educated listener who, in a singleact of thinking, includes with every concept all associations pertaining to the complex. — Arnold Schoenberg

Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity. — William Zinsser

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

[Six principles that make for a good story:] 1. Absence of lengthy verbiage of a political-social-economic nature; 2. total objectivity; 3. truthful descriptions of persons and objects; 4. extreme brevity; 5. audacity and originality: flee the stereotype; 6. compassion. — Anton Chekhov

Simplicity has to be a mandate. — Paul Jarvis

A parsimony of words prodigal of sense. — Benjamin Disraeli

Brevity in writing is the best insurance for its perusal. — Rudolf Virchow

I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time. — Mark Twain

This is the very ecstasy of love. — William Shakespeare

He who writes distichs, wishes, I suppose, to please by brevity. But, tell me, of what avail is their brevity, when there is a whose book full of them? — Martial

True brevity of expression consists in a man only saying what is worth saying, while avoiding all diffuse explanations of things which every one can think out for himself. — Arthur Schopenhauer

The land is not old. It only changes, becoming one thing and the next. We are the ones who ascribe age, the brevity of our lives demanding a beginning, middle and end. — Craig Childs

For effective communication, use brevity. Jesus said, 'Follow me.' Now that's brief! He could be brief because of all that he was that he didn't have to say. — Jim Rohn

Brevity - the sister of talent. — Anton Chekhov

Brevity never fatigues; therefore, brevity is always a welcome guest. — Theophile Gautier

In Conclusion

In these quotes, brevity is celebrated as a virtue that allows us to capture the essence of a concept or message without unnecessary elaboration. They encourage us to prioritize substance over verbosity and to distill complex thoughts into simple and impactful statements. These quotes about brevity serve as reminders to value brevity in our daily interactions and to appreciate the beauty and effectiveness of concise expression.

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