Brevity Quotes

It is the work of

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

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A sentence should contain no

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

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

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

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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

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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.
– Sydney Smith

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

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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.
– David Belasco

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