„A good speech should be like a woman's skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.“
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
„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.“
— 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.
— W.B. Yeats Irish poet and playwright 1865 - 1939
Context: Speech after long silence; it is right, All other lovers being estranged or dead, Unfriendly lamplight hid under its shade, The curtains drawn upon unfriendly night, That we descant and yet again descant Upon the supreme theme of Art and Song: Bodily decrepitude is wisdom; young We loved each other and were ignorant. After Long Silence http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/1432/
„An idealist believes the short run doesn’t count. A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.“
— Sydney J. Harris American journalist 1917 - 1986
Reader’s Digest (May 1979)
— Robert Hunter American musician 1941
"Box of Rain"
„We tend to overestimate what we can do in the short term and underestimate what we can do in the long term.“
— Tim Hurson Creativity theorist, author and speaker 1946
— 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.