“I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.”
— Blaise Pascal, mathematician and physicist.
“Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.”
— Henry David Thoreau, writer and philosopher.
“If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero, philosopher and statesman.
“You know that I write slowly. This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length.”
— Carl Friedrich Gauss, mathematician and scientist.
“It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher.
“The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit.”
— François Fénelon, writer e theologian.
“No one who has read official documents needs to be told how easy it is to conceal the essential truth under the apparently candid and all-disclosing phrases of a voluminous and particularizing report…”
— Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States.
“If you want me to give you a two-hour presentation, I am ready today. If you want only a five-minute speech, it will take me two weeks to prepare.”
— Mark Twain, writer.
All those aphorisms are very aligned with the mood of this blog, I had to rewrite those here. I’ll probably use them sooner or later.
(via Dangerous Intersections)