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Brevity Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Brevity

Please enjoy these Brevity Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Infancy is what is eternal, and the rest,
all the rest, is brevity, extreme brevity.
- Antonio Porchia

Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.
- Hosea Ballou

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

 

What is a epigram? A dwarfish whole.
Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Aim for brevity while avoiding jargon.
- Edsger Dijkstra

I find it satisfying and intellectually stimulating
to work with the intensity,
brevity, balance and word play of the short story.
- Annie Proulx

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Brevity is the soul of wit.
- William Shakespeare

With this sense of the splendour of our experience
and of its awful brevity,
gathering all we are into one desperate effort to see and touch,
we shall hardly have time to make theories about the things we see and touch.
- Walter Pater

Men and women belong to different species and communications
between them is still in its infancy.
- Bill Cosby

In Ethiopia, democracy is in its infancy and it must
be nurtured along by its leaders.
- Jack Kingston

Finding that no religion is based on facts and cannot be true,
I began to reflect what must be the condition of mankind
trained from infancy to believe in error.
- Robert Owen

Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre,
the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage,
only seeks to adorn its prison.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Habituated from our Infancy to trample upon the Rights of Human Nature,
every generous, every liberal Sentiment,
if not extinguished, is enfeebled in our Minds.
- George Mason

Heaven lies about us in our infancy and the world begins
lying about us pretty soon afterward.
- Ambrose Bierce

I like the idea of Wild Infancy, of people who have a deprived background,
of starting out wild.
- Tina Weymouth

Women are from their very infancy debarred those Advantages
with the want of which they are afterwards reproached.
- Mary Astell

Childhood: the period of human life intermediate between
the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth -
two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age.
- Ambrose Bierce

The four stages of man are infancy, childhood,
adolescence, and obsolescence.
- Art Linkletter

Nations, like men, have their infancy.
- Henry Bolingbroke

Grace tried is better than grace, and more than grace;
it is glory in its infancy.
- Samuel Rutherford

From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not
this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few.
- John Updike

The prehistorical and primitive period represents the
true infancy of the mind.
- James M. Baldwin

We are all in a post-hypnotic trance induced in early infancy.
- R. D. Laing

The neuroscience area - which is absolutely in its infancy -
is much more important than genetics.
- Leon Kass

We cannot even recollect the actions of our infancy,
our childhood is like something written on a slate and rubbed off.
- Vinoba Bhave

Of my infancy I can speak little, only I do remember
that in the fourth year of my age I had the measles.
- William Lilly

In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of state shape its institutions;
later the institutions shape the chiefs of state.
- Charles de Montesquieu

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence,
it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.
- Bertrand Russell

Freud has shown one thing very clearly:
that we only forget our infancy by burying it in the unconscious;
and that the problems of this difficult period find
their solution under a disguised form in adult life.
- Herbert Read

Even from their infancy we frame them to the sports of love:
their instruction,
behavior, attire, grace, learning and all their words azimuth only at love,
respects only affection.
Their nurses and their keepers imprint no other thing in them.
- Michel de Montaigne

Most of my career up until the last couple of years
has basically been a training ground for me.
Actors that came up in the '50s and '60s,
they had the theater, and television was in its infancy.
- Thomas Jane

On the other hand, the waging of peace as a science,
as an art, is in its infancy.
But we can trace its growth, its steady progress,
and the time will come when there will be particular
individuals designated to assume responsibility for
and leadership of this movement.
- Fredrik Bajer

Women's sports is still in its infancy.
The beginning of women's sports in the United States started in 1972,
with the passage of Title 9 for girls to finally get athletic scholarships.
- Billie Jean King

Few men can be said to have inimitable excellencies:
let us watch them in their progress from infancy to manhood,
and we shall soon be convinced that what they attained
was the necessary consequence of the line they pursued,
and the means they used.
- Adam Clarke

In its entirety, probably, it follows us at every instant;
all that we have felt,
thought and willed from our earliest infancy is there,
leaning over the present which is about to join it,
pressing against the portals of consciousness that
would fain leave it outside.
- Henri Bergson

Regression to the stage of early infancy is not a suitable method in and of itself.
Such a regression can only be effective if it happens
in the natural course of therapy and if the client
is able to maintain adult consciousness at the same time.
- Alice Miller

Joint-stock companies are yet in their infancy,
and incorporated capital, instead of being a thing which can be overturned,
is a thing which is becoming more and more indispensable.
- William Graham Sumner

A child is beset with long traditions.
And his infancy is so old, so old, that the mere adding
of years in the life to follow will not seem to throw it further back -
it is already so far.
- Alice Meynell

When It's Darkest, Men See the Stars.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Love men and women not for their strength
but their softness,
not for their fullness but their hunger,
not for their plenty but their need.
- Anais Nin
(paraphrase)

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is not work that kills men; it is worry.
Worry is rust upon the blade.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Men kick friendship around like a football,
but it doesn't seem to crack.
Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

My heart bleeds at the death of every one of our gallant men.
- Robert E. Lee

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
- Elbert Hubbard

Real friendships among men are so rare
that when they occur they are famous.
- Clarence Day

The difference between men friends and women friends
is that men tend to do things together,
women tend to just be together.
- Art Jahnke

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men
is primarily based on mutual trust
and only secondarily on institutions
such as courts of justice and police.
- Albert Einstein

We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
- Henry David Thoreau

I look only to the good qualities of men.
Not being faultless myself,
I won't presume to probe into the faults of others.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Men are what their mothers made them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The revelation of thought takes men
out of servitude into freedom.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery
as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man.
All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are,
the more they are frightened.
- George S. Patton

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil.
If they would only expend the same
amount of energy loving their fellow men,
the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
- Helen Keller

Little do men perceive what solitude is,
and how far it extendeth.
For a crowd is not company,
and faces are but a gallery of pictures,
and talk but a tinkling cymbal,
where there is no love.
- Francis Bacon

I do not believe in a fate that
falls on men however they act;
but I do believe in a fate
that falls on them unless they act.
- The Buddha

Women must try to do things as men have tried.
When they fail their failure must be
but a challenge to others.
- Amelia Earhart

Wise men put their trust in ideas
and not in circumstances
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men of lofty genius,
when they are doing the least work,
are most active.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The majority of men meet with failure
because of their lack of persistence
in creating new plans to take
the place of those which fail.
- Napoleon Hill

Who never walks save where he sees
men's tracks, makes no discoveries.
- J. G. Holland

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many men go fishing all of their lives
without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
- Henry David Thoreau

Trust men and they will be true to you;
treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
- Billy Sunday


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