What is an epigram? A dwarfish whole. Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
I take six or seven years to write really small books. There is a kind of aesthetic of leanness, of brevity.
A novel is just a story that hasn’t yet discovered a way to be brief.
Be sincere, be brief, be seated.
Franklin D Roosevelt
It is my ambition to say in 10 sentences what others say in a whole book.
I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
Good things, when short, are twice as good.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Any philosophy that can be put in a nutshell belongs there.
Brevity is the soul of lingerie.
The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit.
Never be so brief as to become obscure.
The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.
Writing is one percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination.
Life is too short to stuff a mushroom.