Brevity Quotes

It is the work of fancy to enlarge, but of judgment to shorten and contract; and therefore this must be as far above the other as judgment is a greater and nobler faculty than fancy or imagination.
– Anonymous

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.
– William Strunk

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

I find it satisfying and intellectually stimulating to work with the intensity, brevity, balance and word play of the short story.
– Annie Proulx

I take six or seven years to write really small books. There is a kind of aesthetic of leanness, of brevity.
– Mohsin Hamid

Aim for brevity while avoiding jargon.
– Edsger Dijkstra

Infancy is what is eternal, and the rest, all the rest, is brevity, extreme brevity.
– Antonio Porchia

What is a epigram? A dwarfish whole. Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

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

Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero

Brevity is the soul of wit.
– William Shakespeare

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

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.
– Sydney Smith

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

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.
– Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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

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

Four flowers The Sun Arose in Morning Glory with His Goldenrod Wanding Violet to Rose.
– Saiom Shriver

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