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

 

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Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.
~ Marcus T. Cicero

 

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

 

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

 

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Good things, when short, are twice as good.
~ Baltasar Gracian

 

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

 

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

 

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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 C. Lichtenberg

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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