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Brief Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Brief

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Brief is life but love is long.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

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The unknown is like the darkness of a cave -
it can be illuminated by the brief light
of one adventurer's small candle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch
which I have got a hold of for the moment,
and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible
before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw

We fear the unknown,
perhaps more than we fear anything else,
and yet we are, at heart, adventurers.
We seek to expand our realm of knowledge and dominion.
Perhaps we are attempting to overcome and crush the unknown,
but our duel with the unknown is such a one-sided clash
that we must know in our hearts
that our adventure is no more than a child's game.
Perhaps we hope that the unknown
is like the darkness of a cave
and that the brief light of our adventurer's candle
can illuminate the entire cave.
Nonetheless, the path of the adventurer
is a path of joy, while the way of fear is one of suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

The creative act lasts but a brief moment,
a lightning instant of give-and-take,
just long enough for you to level the camera and to
trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired.
- George Santayana

Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief,
a forlorn hope; it is impossible.
- Elizabeth Bowen

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In his brief 21 years on this earth,
Michael Smith Jr. touched countless lives.
- Mike DeWine

I hated my brief fame.
We had TV vans camped outside my house,
reporters hounded me...
people i'd know for years started treating me differently.
- Malcolm Wilson

The Liberals have been pressing for the brief on the
basis of which he said there was authority for war.
- Clare Short

My definition of an executive's job is brief and to the point.
It is simply this: Getting things done through other people.
- James Cash Penney

It is when I struggle to be brief that I become obscure.
- Horace

I have barely time to give you a brief statement of facts as I find them.
- John White Geary

There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation,
and for some men it is quite as difficult to record
an observation in brief and plain language.
- William Osler

In brief, egoism in its modern interpretation,
is the antithesis, not of altruism, but of idealism.
- John Buchanan Robinson

A good script and a good brief from the director is
enough to let me know what is expected of me.
- Sanjay Dutt

I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the
rhythmical creation of Beauty.
- Edgar Allan Poe

We're drinking my friend, To the end of a brief episode,
Make it one for my baby, And one more for the road.
- Johnny Mercer

They who grasp the world, The Kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, Must pay with deepest misery of spirit,
Atoning unto God for a brief brightness.
- Stephen Phillips

Times of my life, brief periods without music,
have completely felt dangerously over the edge.
- Tom Jenkinson

Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law,
and must be plucked where it is found,
and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.
- David Herbert Lawrence

Favor comes because for a brief moment in the great
space of human change and progress some general human
purpose finds in him a satisfactory embodiment.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

But only a brief moment is granted to the brave one breath or two,
whose wage is the long nights of the grave.
- Muhammad Iqbal

So on May 1, 1987, at Gary's invitation,
I agreed to see him one last time - to confront him
face-to-face about his sincerity and with the intention
of ending our brief relationship.
- Donna Rice

On a cosmic scale, our life is insignificant,
yet this brief period when we appear in the world is
the time in which all meaningful questions arise.
- Paul Ricoeur

When a small child, I thought that success spelled happiness.
I was wrong, happiness is like a butterfly which appears
and delights us for one brief moment,
but soon flits away.
- Anna Pavlova

Happiness is brief.
It will not stay.
God batters at its sails.
- Euripides

In his state of complete powerlessness the individual
perceives the time he has left to live as a brief reprieve.
- Theodor Adorno

The flame of anger, bright and brief,
sharpens the barb of love.
- Walter Savage Landor

No, Queer Eye has a book coming out before mine,
in the Spring of 2004, in which each of us has a section
and we do a brief overview of our subject area.
- Ted Allen

Grant us a brief delay; impulse in everything is but a worthless servant.
- Caecilius Statius

That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true
as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.
- George Santayana

I want to make a summing up, brief and to the point,
but thorough.
I have never suppressed a word in my books out of regard
for other people and their prejudices.
- John Henry Mackay

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.
- Gene Fowler

And whether you're an honest man, or whether you're a thief,
depends on whose solicitor has given me my brief.
- Benjamin Franklin

And suns grow meek, and the meek suns grow brief,
and the year smiles as it draws near its death.
- William C. Bryant

In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity
remain the masters of the world,
and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

We modern Marxists regard socialism as a historically
brief transitional stage between feudalism and capitalism,
necessary only in backward countries.
- John McCarthy

In brief, Western democracy, as other political models,
is not exportable to all regions of the world.
- Omar Bongo

We experience moments absolutely free from worry.
These brief respites are called panic.
- Cullen Hightower

My life had no meaning at all.
I found only brief interludes of satisfaction.
It was like my whole life had been about my whole basketball career.
- Pete Maravich

Never thank anybody for anything, except a drink of water in the desert -
and then make it brief.
- Gene Fowler

His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define;
Of inspiration one percent,
of perspiration, ninety nine.
- Thomas A. Edison

Quotations are slippery things, really.
A brief sentence or phrase, often repeated -
always completely out of its original context -
and sometimes not an accurate representation
of the author's original words, let alone his intentions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As a result of the asthma I was sent to school in the country,
and only visited Sydney for brief, violently asthmatic
sojourns on my way to a house we owned in the Blue Mountains.
- Patrick White

A brief visit to Nepal started my insatiable love for Asian art.
- Richard Ernst

Rather than viewing a brief relapse back to inactivity as a failure,
treat it as a challenge and try to get back on track as soon as possible.
- Jimmy Connors

If Senator Kerry decides to join us for an hour,
then we may only use one or two brief clips.
And use the bulk of what he has to tell us as part of that program.
- Mark E. Hyman

Fundamentally, all writing is about the same thing;
it's about dying,
about the brief flicker of time we have here,
and the frustration that it creates.
- Mordecai Richler

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

All pain is either severe or slight,
if slight,
it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Never be so brief as to become obscure.
- Hosea Ballou

I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.
- Baltasar Gracian

Out of fifty mathematical papers presented in brief at such a meeting,
it is a rare mathematician indeed who really understands
what more than half a dozen are about.
- E. T. Bell

There is something wrong about the man who wants help.
There is somewhere a deep defect, a want,
in brief, a need, a crying need, somewhere about that man.
- Herman Melville

There is a brief moment when all there is in a man's
mind and soul and spirit is reflected through his eyes,
his hands, his attitude.
This is the moment to record.
- Yousuf Karsh

The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells
us that our existence is but a brief crack of light
between two eternities of darkness.
- Vladimir Nabokov

This is not a letter but my arms around you for a brief moment.
- Katherine Mansfield

Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability
to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.
- Jean Rostand

When contrasted with the much longer time that life has been present,
the course of Christianity thus far is but a brief moment.
- Kenneth Scott Latourette

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is my hope that during my brief passage through this universe,
that I may share with you the joy of hearing the music of the stars...
knowing that the composer was from a distant place
and the songs were written eons ago,
which now fall gently on this place for all to hear.
- Richard H. Baker

In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents,
worried five of them to death, impeached one and hounded another out of office.
And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character.
- P. J. O'Rourke

Men pass in front of our eyes like butterflies,
creatures of a brief season.
We love them; they are brave, proud,
beautiful,
clever; and they die almost at once.
They die so soon that our hearts are continually racked with pain.
- Philip Pullman

When you become part of something, in some way you count.
It could be a march; it could be a rally,
even a brief one.
You're part of something, and you suddenly realize you count.
To count is very important.
- Studs Terkel

We worked with the engineers in the design and construction
and testing phases in those various areas,
then we would get back together at the end of the week
and brief each other as to what had gone on.
- Alan Shepard

Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star;
one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up
for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Anytime you open your mouth there's going to be someone who's put off.
I try to deal with that by keeping the topical portions of my show brief.
I realize that some people wish my comments were briefer.
- John Hall

From too much love of living, From hope and fear set free,
We thank with brief thanksgiving Whatever gods may
be That no life lives for ever;
That dead men rise up never; That even the weariest
river Winds somewhere safe to sea.
- Algernon Charles Swinburne

The interval allowed was only five minutes,
at the end of which I resumed the lecture;
but so refreshing was the effects of the brief rest and,
above all, the admission of pure air,
that during the second hour the attention was as completely
sustained as during the first.
- George Combe

Let me say that the path I did take for a brief period
of my life was not of reckless drug use,
hurting others, but it was a path of quiet rebellion,
of a little experimentation of a darker side of my
confusion in a confusing world,
lost in the midst of finding my identity.
- Jennifer Capriati


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