The old notion that brevity is the essence of wit has succumbed to the modern idea that tedium is the essence of quality.
Brevity is the soul of lingerie, as the Petticoat said to the Chemise.
Ceux qui emploient mal leur temps sont les premiers a' se plaindre de sa brie' vete . Those who make poor use of their time are the first to complain of its Brevity.
Concerning the gods I am not in a position to know either that they are or that they are not, or what theyare like in appearance; for there are many things that are preventing knowledge, the obscurity of the matter and the Brevity of human life.Protagoras
Discriminating Brevity is a law of the right biographic method.sir sidney lee
As touching the gods, I do not know whether they exist or not, nor how they are featured; for there is much to prevent our knowing: the obscurity of the subject and the Brevity of human life.Protagoras
You evidently feel that Brevity is the soul of widowhood.saki
When we look to presumed sources of origin for competing evolutionary explanations of the giraffe's long neck, we find either nothing at all, or only the shortest of speculative conjectures. Length, of course, need not correspond with importance. Garrulous old Polonius , in a rare moment of clarity, reminded us that "Brevity is the soul of wit" (and then immediately vitiated his wise observation with a flood of woolly words about Hamlet 's Madness.)stephen jay gould
Much of the magical effect that poetry gives of rendering everything it touches pellucid comes from the necessity of compression that it imposes. The impossibility of pausing in poetry as long as may be needed to make sense clear causes many a set of words actually deficient in linguistic workmanship to pass for an eloquent Brevity.laura riding
How very paltry and limited the normal human intellect is, and how little lucidity there is in the human consciousness, may be judged from the fact that, despite the ephemeral Brevity of human life, the uncertainty of our existence and the countless enigmas which press upon us from all sides, everyone does not continually and ceaselessly philosophize, but that only the rarest of exceptions do.Arthur Schopenhauer
If, in the very intense electric field in the neighbourhood of the cathode, the molecules of the gas are dissociated and are split up, not into the ordinary chemical atoms, but into these primordial atoms, which we shall for Brevity call corpuscles; and if these corpuscles are charged with electricity and projected from the cathode by the electric field, they would behave exactly like the cathode rays.j. j. thomson
Sense, Brevity and point are the elements of a good proverb.
What is an epigram? a dwarfish whole, Its body Brevity, and wit its soul.
For Brevity is very good, Where we are, or are not understood.
In the pleading of cases nothing pleases so much as Brevity.pliny the younger
Since Brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief.william shakespeare
Without losing ourselves in a wilderness of definitions, we can all agree that the most obvious characteristic of an aphorism, apart from its Brevity, is that it is a generalization. It offers a comment on some recurrent aspect of life, couched in terms which are meant to be permanently and universally applicable.
As touching the gods, I do not know whether they exist or not, nor how they are featured; for there is much to prevent our knowing: the obscurity of the subject and the Brevity of human life.
Four basic premises of writing: clarity, Brevity, simplicity, and humanity.
We find that the manager, particularly at senior levels, is overburdened with work. With the increasing complexity of modern organizations and their problems, he is destined to become more so. He is driven to Brevity, fragmentation, and superficiality in his tasks, yet he cannot easily delegate them because of the nature of his information.
How very paltry and limited the normal human intellect is, and how little lucidity there is in the human consciousness , may be judged from the fact that, despite the ephemeral Brevity of human life, the uncertainty of our existence and the countless enigmas which press upon us from all sides, everyone does not continually and ceaselessly philosophize , but that only the rarest of exceptions do.
“What is the greatest surprise you have found about life?” a university student asked me several years ago. “The Brevity of it,” I replied without hesitation. ... Time moves so quickly, and no matter who we are or what we have done, the time will come when our lives will be over. As Jesus said, “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work” (John 9:4).billy graham
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