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It wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer.

The fewer the words, the better the prayer.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest and scholar.

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences; what others say in a whole book.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

Brevity is the soul of wit, and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.

Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet.


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

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.

It is no great art to say something briefly when, like Tacitus, one has something to say; when one has nothing to say, however, and none the less writes a whole book and makes truth into a liar -- that I call an achievement.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.

Josh Billings (1815-1885) American humorist and lecturer.

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

Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer, politician and great roman orator.

Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.

Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer, politician and great roman orator.