Time To Make It Short

BlaisePascal once wrote in a letter, "The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter."

Or in the original, "Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte."

Similar quotes have been attributed to MarkTwain, MrVoltaire, JohnLocke, Cicero, HenryDavidThoreau, MartinLutherKing, and many others, but listing all instances of the thing would violate the spirit of the thing itself.

Relates to the difference between DoTheEasiestThingThatCouldPossiblyWork and DoTheSimplestThingThatCouldPossiblyWork

See also, VerbalDiarrhea, ShortAndToThePoint, ShortBooks, WabiSabi, ShortCut, OmitNeedlessWords, KillYourDarlings.

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