Quotations The Best Quotes About Brevity  

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A list of the best brevity quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous brevity quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic brevity quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational brevity quotes from that same writer.

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

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The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit. François Fénelon

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The fewer the words, the better the prayer. Martin Luther

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Brevity is a great charm of eloquence. Cicero

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Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction. Hosea Ballou

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

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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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Good things, when short, are twice as good. Baltasar Gracián y Morales

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

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

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

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Never be so brief as to become obscure. Tryon Edwards

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

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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

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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. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg