„What is the short meaning of the long speech?“

—  Friedrich Schiller, Act I, sc. ii
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—  George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
Context: Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. Never use a long word where a short one will do. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out. Never use the passive voice where you can use the active. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

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„Speech after long silence; it is right“

—  W.B. Yeats Irish poet and playwright 1865 - 1939
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„Short on glamour and long on tragedy.“

—  Quentin Reynolds American journalist and war correspondent 1902 - 1965
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„Life is short, but the years are long.“

—  Robert A. Heinlein American science fiction author 1907 - 1988
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„Art is long, life is short.“

—  Horace Roman lyric poet -65 - -8 a.C.
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„The days are long, but the years are short.“

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„A good sketch is better than a long speech.“

—  Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821
Quoted in L'Arche de Noé (1968) by Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, p. 48; this has sometimes also been translated as "A picture is worth a thousand words", though it is not known to be the origin of that English expression.

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