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Brevity

Brevity is the quality of being brief in duration.

QuotesEdit

  • I do not object to people looking at their watches when I am speaking. But I strongly object when they start shaking them to make sure they are still going.
  • Amplification is the vice of modern oratory. It is an insult to an assembly of reasonable men, disgusting and revolting instead of persuading. Speeches measured by the hour, die with the hour.
    • Thomas Jefferson, letter to David Harding, April 20, 1824, "The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" (1854), ed. Henry Augustine Washington, vol. 7, p. 347
  • Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.
  • Few sinners are saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.
    • Commonly attributed to Mark Twain, but not found in any collection of his writings.
  • Le secret d'ennuyer est celui de tout dire.
    • The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
    • Voltaire, "Sixième discours: sur la nature de l'homme," Sept Discours en Vers sur l'Homme (1738).

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