„The more important the emotion is, the fewer words required to express it“

—  J. Michael Straczynski, Context: The more important the emotion is, the fewer words required to express it: Will you go out with me? I think I like you. I care for you. I love you. Marry me. Goodbye. JMSNews (31 January 2008) http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-17708&topic=Spiderman.
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—  Robert Grosseteste English bishop and philosopher 1175 - 1253
Context: That is better and more valuable which requires fewer, other circumstances being equal, just as that demonstration is better, other circumstances being equal, which necessitates the answering of a smaller number of questions for a perfect demonstration or requires a smaller number of suppositions and premises from which the demonstration proceeds. For if one thing were demonstrated from many and another thing from fewer equally known premisses, clearly that is better which is from fewer because it makes us know quickly, just as a universal demonstration is better than particular because it produces knowledge from fewer premises. Similarly in natural science, in moral science, and in metaphysics the best is that which needs no premisses and the better that which needs the fewer, other circumstances being equal. i. 17, f. 17<sup>vb</sup>

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„Could anything be more inimical to art than a fear of emotion, or a fear of "excessive" emotion, or a reluctance to express emotion around others?“

—  Caitlín R. Kiernan writer 1964
Context: Could anything be more inimical to art than a fear of emotion, or a fear of "excessive" emotion, or a reluctance to express emotion around others? No, of course not. Art can even best the weights of utter fucking ignorance and totalitarian repression, but it cannot survive emotional constipation. I want a T-shirt that says, "Art is Emo." We live in an age where people are more apt to believe a thing if they read it on a T-shirt. "Would you like to see a little of it?" said the Mock Turtle. (3 April 2010)

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„The fewer the words, the better the prayer.“

—  Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546

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„Wilders: Do you want more or fewer Moroccans in this city and in the Netherlands?
Public: Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!
Wilders: We'll take care of that.“

—  Geert Wilders Dutch politician 1963
During a party after municipal elections ( video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaRxCHXuoLA) (19 March 2014), quoted in Aljazeera: Dutch far-right in crisis over Wilders chant (22 March 2014) http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/03/dutch-far-right-crisis-over-wilders-chant-2014322143319384578.html

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„I know more than I can express in words, and the little I can express would not have been expressed, had I not known more.“

—  Vladimir Nabokov Russian-American novelist, lepidopterist, professor 1899 - 1977
Context: To be quite candid — and what I am going to say now is something I have never said before, and I hope that it provokes a salutary chill — I know more than I can express in words, and the little I can express would not have been expressed, had I not known more. p. 45

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„My emotions are expressed through the piano.“

—  Li Yundi Chinese pianist 1982
telegraph.co.uk http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/classicalmusic/10863146/Lang-Lang-Weve-never-met.html

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„It is pointless to do with more what can be done with fewer.“

—  William of Ockham medieval philosopher and theologian 1287 - 1347
Summa Totius Logicae, i. 12, cited in "Ockham's Razor" by Paul Newall at Galilean Library (25 June 2005) http://www.galilean-library.org/manuscript.php?postid=43832

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