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Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.

Author: Hosea Ballou (1771-1852)

Profession: American Theologian, Founder of ''Universalism''

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

Author: Josh Billings (1815-1885)

Profession: American Humorist, Lecturer

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

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

Never be so brief as to become obscure.

Author: Tryon Edwards (1809-1894)

Profession: American Theologian

Good things, when short, are twice as good.

Author: Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658)

Profession: Spanish Philosopher, Writer

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.

Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)

Profession: American Writer

I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.

Author: Horace

Profession: Italian Poet

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

Author: Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Profession: Third President of the USA

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.

Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Profession: German Physicist, Satirist

The fewer the words, the better the prayer.

Author: Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Profession: German Leader of the Protestant Reformation

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

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

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

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams -- the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.

Author: Robert Southey (1774-1843)

Profession: British Author

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.

Author: Edward O. Wilson