Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.
A mediocre speech can never be too short.
But what is the use of brevity, tell me, when there is a whole book of it?
As man is now constituted, to be brief is almost a condition of being inspired.
Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief. (Hamlet)
If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams – the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.
Brevity may be the soul of wit, but not when someone’s saying “I love you.” When someone’s saying “I love you,” he always ought to give a lot of details: Like, Why does he love you? And, How much does he love you? And, When and where did he first begin to love you? Favorable […]
Let thy speech be short, comprehending much in few words. (Ecclesiasticus 32:8)
Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.