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HoraceStruggling to be brief I become obscure.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

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Blaise PascalI have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Friedrich NietzscheIt is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

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

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

Rutherford B. HayesI have a talent for silence and brevity. I can keep silent when it seems best to do so, and when I speak I can, and do usually, quit when I am done.

—  Rutherford B. Hayes, 1822-1893, American President [1877-1881]

Franklin RooseveltBe sincere, Be brief, Be seated.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

     (advice to his son James on how to make a public speech)

William ShakespeareBrevity is the soul of wit.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Hamlet










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