An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.


Hosea Ballou (1771-1852, American theologian, founder of "Universalism")


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


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


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


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Never be so brief as to become obscure.


Tryon Edwards (1809-1894, American theologian)


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


Francois de Salignac Fenelon (1651-1715, French writer)


Good things, when short, are twice as good.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


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 (1898-1961, American writer)


I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


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


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


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 C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


The fewer the words, the better the prayer.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


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


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Brevity is the soul of lingerie.


Dorothy Parker (1893-1967, American humorous writer)


What you cannot say briefly you do not know.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


Brevity is the body and soul of wit.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


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


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit... I will be brief.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


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.


Edward O. Wilson


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