Quidquid praecipies, esto brevis.(Whatever advice you give, be brief.)
Life is too short to waste being a productive member of society.
Against the censurers of brevity. – Something said briefly can be the fruit of much long thought: but the reader who is a novice in this field, and has as yet reflected on it not at all, sees in everything said briefly something embryonic, not without censuring the author for having served him up such...
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
I’d like to get away from earth awhileAnd then come back to it and begin over.May no fate wilfully misunderstand meAnd half grant what I wish and snatch me awayNot to return. Earth’s the right place for love:I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.
The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit.
Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.
It’s not my accent, but my brevity makes me stylish.
Like all sweet dreams, it will be brief, but brevity makes sweetness, doesn’t it?
My liege, and madam, to expostulateWhat majesty should be, what duty is, Why day is day, night night, and time is time,Were nothing but to waste night, day and time.Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,I will be brief.
A novel is just a story that hasn’t yet discovered a way to be brief.
When we fully understand the brevity of life, its fleeting joys and unavoidable pains; when we accept the facts that all men and women are approaching an inevitable doom: the consciousness of it should make us more kindly and considerate of each other. This feeling should make men and women use their best efforts to...
The present life of man upon earth, O King, seems to me in comparison with that time which is unknown to us like the swift flight of a sparrow through the mead-hall where you sit at supper in winter, with your Ealdormen and thanes, while the fire blazes in the midst and the hall is...