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.
—E. O. Wilson (b.1929) American Zoologist
Brevity is the soul of lingerie.
—Dorothy Parker (1893–1967) American Humorist, Journalist
Talk low, talk slow, and don’t say too much.
—John Wayne (1907–79) American Actor, Director, Producer
The most valuable of all talents is never using two words when one will do.
—Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) American Head of State, Lawyer
The one prudence of life is concentration.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
When you introduce a moral lesson, let it be brief.
—Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) (65–8 BCE) Roman Poet
I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.
—Blaise Pascal (1623–62) French Mathematician, Physicist, Theologian
Good things, when short, are twice as good.
—Baltasar Gracian (1601–58) Spanish Scholar, Prose Writer
Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.
—Hosea Ballou (1771–1852) American Theologian