Brevity is the soul of wit.
I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.”
(Letter 16, 1657)
This is a short book because most books about writing are filled with bullshit. Fiction writers, present company included, don’t understand very much about what they do — not why it works when it’s good, not why it doesn’t when it’s bad. I figured the shorter the book, the less bullshit.”
Stephen King, On Writing
A novel is just a story that hasn’t yet discovered a way to be brief.
Quidquid praecipies, esto brevis.
(Whatever advice you give, be brief.)
It’s not my accent, but my brevity makes me stylish.
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.