Brevity Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old brevity quotes, brevity sayings, and brevity proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

You evidently feel that brevity is the soul of widowhood.     

Hector Hugh Munro

Like all sweet dreams, it will be brief, but brevity makes sweetness, doesn't it?     

Stephen King

The brevity of life is grace to walk on your own path.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

The fewer the words, the better the prayer.     

Martin Luther

This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments, some meaningful adventures.     

Rudyard Kipling

There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.     

Josh Billings

Brevity in writing is the best insurance for its perusal.     

Rudolf Virchow

If brevity is the soul of wit then brevity and levity are the whole of it.     

Michael R. Burch

The little things are what is eternal, and the rest, all the rest, is brevity, extreme brevity.     

Antonio Porchia

Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.     

Hosea Ballou

Let those who thoughtfully consider the brevity of life remember the length of eternity.     

Thomas Ken

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

If human lives be, for their very brevity, sweet, then beast lives are sweeter still.     

Isobelle Carmody

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Many things prevent knowledge, including the obscurity of the subject and the brevity of human life     


Brevity is the soul of lingerie.     

Dorothy Parker

The brevity of human life gives a melancholy to the profession of the architect.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is need of brevity, that the thought may run on.     


Aim for brevity while avoiding jargon.     

Edsger Dijkstra

True brevity of expression consists in a man only saying what is worth saying, while avoiding all diffuse explanations of things which every one can think out for himself.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

The more you say, the less people remember.     

Francois Fenelon

Brevities are the golden formations in the quartz of literature.     

James Lendall Basford

Never be so brief as to become obscure.     

Tryon Edwards

If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought.     

Dennis Roth

To write good poems is the secret of brevity.     

Dejan Stojanovic

A few sentences are enough to tell the truth.     

Robert Sarah

If you can't explain something in a few words, try fewer.     

Robert Brault

A parsimony of words prodigal of sense.     

Benjamin Disraeli

No weapons are more potent than brevity and simplicity.     

Katherine Cecil Thurston

The definition of Brevity: That which people believe would be a virtue - in me!     

Greg Curtis