Brevity Quotes

Brevity Quotes

brevity quotes
I hope you enjoy these brevity quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brevity is a great charm of eloquence. -Cicero

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

If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought. -Dennis Roth

Any philosophy that can be put in a nutshell belongs there. -Branch Rickey

If you can’t write your idea on the back of a calling card, you don’t have a clear idea. -David Belasco

In labouring to be concise, I become obscure. -Horace

If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now. -Woodrow Wilson

Spartans, stoics, heroes, saints and gods use short and positive speech. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Talk low, talk slow, and don’t say too much. -John Wayne

Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity. -Jean de la Bruyere

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

I think we can all think of someone that should read these brevity quotes, right?

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    • Laurie
    • October 17, 2010

    There is truth behind these quotes: My favorite:
    If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought. -Dennis Roth

    • J
    • October 17, 2010

    “Brevity is the soul of wit.” -William Shakespeare in Hamlet

    • Allan B Benogsudan
    • October 20, 2010

    Hi Shawn,

    All entries about brevity are superb!

    Thanks for continuously sharing

    • laura
    • October 21, 2010

    these are very true I wish people aimed more for brevity rather than going on and on. Absolutely love this one “Talk low, talk slow, and don’t say too much.” -John Wayne

    • Lee
    • October 21, 2010

    Hello Shawn, great words create great thoughts as it happens to be in these quotes.

    Sometimes we just need a few words to capture a special moment yet other times no amount of words is ever too much. There are so many unique circumstances that words are used to create or capture amazing moments in time, place or life. Since we are all different in our likes and dislikes what captivates one persons may be completely boring to another. We are very fortunate to have so much variety to choose from.

    Writing isn’t about words, it’s about recreating ideas:
    With good writing we hear the author’s voice, not our own thoughts deciphering their message. The ideal of communicating raw ideas appears in programming, design, art and even humour (”Brevity is the soul of wit”).

    It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. ~Robert Southey

    Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
    And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
    I will be brief.
    ~William Shakespeare, Hamlet

    My great-grandfather used to say to his wife, my great-grandmother, who in turn told her daughter, my grandmother, who repeated it to her daughter, my mother, who used to remind her daughter, my own sister, that to talk well and eloquently was a very great art, but that an equally great one was to know the right moment to stop. ~Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Enjoy your day!

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