Quotes on brevity

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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.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Quotes

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

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Brevity is the soul of lingerie.
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Dorothy Parker Quotes

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In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give your style.
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Sydney Smith Quotes

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

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It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what other men say in whole books - what other men do not say in whole books.
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Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

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The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.
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Blaise Pascal Quotes

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

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

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A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.
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William Strunk Quotes

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