The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit.
— Francois FeNelon brevity quote
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
— Thomas Jefferson
Brevity is the soul of lingerie.
— Dorothy Parker
There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.
— brevity quotation by Josh Billings
Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.
Good things, when short, are twice as good.
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.
The fewer the words, the better the prayer.
Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.
Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.
Brevity is the soul of wit, and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes.
The art of reasoning becomes of first importance.
In this line antiquity has left us the finest models for imitation; I should consider the speeches of Livy, Sallust, and Tacitus, as pre-eminent specimens of logic, taste, and that sententious brevity which, using not a word to spare, leaves not a moment for inattention to the hearer. Amplification is the vice of modern oratory.
Never be so brief as to become obscure.
I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.
It is no great art to say something briefly when, like Tacitus, one has something to say; when one has nothing to say, however, and none the less writes a whole book and makes truth into a liar -- that I call an achievement.
If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams -- the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
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.
Brevity is the body and soul of wit.
How very paltry and limited the normal human intellect is, and how little lucidity there is in the human consciousness, may be judged from the fact that, despite the ephemeral brevity of human life, the uncertainty of our existence and the countless enigmas which press upon us from all sides, everyone does not continually and ceaselessly philosophize, but that only the rarest of exceptions do.
What is a epigram? A dwarfish whole. Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
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.
The soul of wit may become the very body of untruth.
However elegant and memorable, brevity can never, in the nature of things, do justice to all the facts of a complex situations. On such a theme one can be brief only by omission and simplification. Omission and simplification help us to understand - but help is, in many cases, to understand the wrong thing; for our comprehension may be only of the abbreviator's neatly formulated notions, not of the vast, ramifying reality from which these notions have been so arbitrarily abstracted.
Aim for brevity while avoiding jargon.
With this sense of the splendour of our experience and of its awful brevity, gathering all we are into one desperate effort to see and touch, we shall hardly have time to make theories about the things we see and touch.